Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Grodd Lives in THE FLASH Concept Art by John Gallagher

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - by Maurice Mitchell 0


Check out The Flash (2014) concept art by John Gallagher!

The TV Show The Flash promised that the long-time villain Gorilla Grodd would make an appearance, but he only got brief momments. That is until the episode "Grodd Lives" which aired a few weeks back and we finally got to see what Grodd could do. One of the artists that helped establish the style and look for Grodd is artist John Gallagher and he recently shared some of the style art on his DeviantArt page. He already shared style art for Reverse Flash and Girder.

Gallagher is a professional concept artist who's worked on Hollywood projects like Mockingbird Lane (2012) and V (2009).

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I talked to John briefly and here's what he said about working on the show and what he described as the "tone piece and explainer".

"Gorilla Grodd has such a rich visual and narrative history that it's nearly impossible to miss the mark." Gallagher said, "It all becomes about what story you're wanting to tell and where it lands in his evolutionary arc. In our case, Grodd is a newly formed rapidly evolving super hominid, so it's early in his tract: Learning exponentially, mastering language and the written word, moving far beyond the trappings of normality. Sewers would normally be a place a regular primate would actively avoid, but Grodd is no regular primate. Plus they work very well as a reveal scenario for building suspense, heightening mystery and of course are a place where most people are a natural sensory disadvantage, meta-human or not: smells awful, low visibility, an acoustic nightmare. But if you're a powerful psionic, well, the advantage is yours"

Here's what Grodd looked like on the show

Here's what Grodd looks like in the comics


See more of John Gallagher's marvelous portfolio at http://uncannyknack.com

Click on the links if you want to see more of John Gallagher's work or The Flash artwork on my blog.

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen The Flash what do you think of Grodd?

Official The Flash Summary
"After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only "meta-human" who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion -- and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won't be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become...The Flash."
Created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino.
Cinematography by C. Kim Miles, Jeffrey C. Mygatt and Glen Winter
Production Design by Tyler Bishop Harron and Ian D. Thomas
Original airdate: October 7, 2014 (USA)
Official Site: http://www.cwtv.com/shows/the-flash
© Copyright 2014 Bonanza Productions, Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution. All rights reserved


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