|Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) concept art by Anthony Francisco|
Guardians of the Galaxy had a huge opening and is currently the highest grossing domestic film of 2014. This is big considering that the year has been a slow one. "This movie just couldn't have come at a better time," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "When we were really down and out in the summer box office — at one point down 20 percent from last year — 'Guardians' came along and injected life. What is surprising is that it was a film launched in August." It's ironic that the strangest, biggest gamble of the year turned out to be the biggest one. The film was supported by a dream team of artists and one of them was Anthony Francisco. He shared some illustrations on his Facebook page using his unique and colorful painting style.
Francisco is a professional concept artist who's worked on blockbuster films such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) and Spider-Man (2002). He shared some unused designs for Groot, The Collector, Korath and more.
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"Here are some concepts from Guardians of the Galaxy, the first movie I was placed on when I started work a year and a half ago at Marvel Studios. I am so happy it is doing so well. When people would ask me what I was working on they would always not know what I was talking about. But Marvel and James Gunn did an awesome job spreading awareness of the relatively unknown property. I feel so lucky getting to work on the project with Marvel Visual Development team. The baby groot creature design was one of my favorites to work on and I am glad that people enjoyed the movie as much as I had fun working on it." - Anthony Francisco
See more of Anthony Francisco's %superlative% portfolio at http://www.anthonyfrancisco.net/
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What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy what do you think of the designs for the characters?
Official Guardians of the Galaxy Summary
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team--the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits--Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand--with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
Directed by James Gunn
Production Design by Charles Wood
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close
Release date: August 1, 2014 (USA)
Official Site: http://marvel.com
© Copyright 2014 Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. All rights reserved
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