Raúl Monge (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy 2) is another of those concept artists and storyboarders who can do it all~ and do it all incredible! I was lucky to work with him too during PACIFIC RIM and like Francisco, he’s an inspiring, drawing powerhouse who always finds time to do something more!
Not content with sending me a couple of awesome Marquis sketches (with no complaints from me, they’re great!)~ he also sent me this beautiful full color illo of the Marquis surrounded by the city of Venisalle! Raúl describes his thoughts on the piece as~
“That city full of white stone, domes, shrines, bridges etc.. is for me a character itself (as is the Church in reality). That's why from the beginning I have a clear idea of representing the Marquis with his dark clothes on the bright background of the city. When I put this graphic concept with the metaphor concept of the city/character I got the idea that, as well as the demons are capable of take possession of the bodies of people, they could take possession of the buildings and streets of the city too, transforming and twisting to kill your character. That is why in my illustration the laws of physics disappear creating a vertiginous space where the Marquis can´t be supported and frock coat waiting for the opportunity to act.”