Wednesday, March 23, 2011


This is interesting.

It actually is a photograph. It's been through Photoshop, obviously, but the guy and the girl are real people. The make-up concept and design was by make-up artist Mike Marino (Black Swan, The Wrestler, I am Legend). The graphic was put together by designer Anil Gupta.

Before the current Conan production, the one starring Jason Momoa from Lionsgate, Warner Brothers had the property. According to

At a couple of points it got close to happening at Warner Bros; close enough that make-up tests were commissioned. The image you see above is one of those.

The make up was from Prosthetic Renaissance, and it was a pretty big set of appliances – forehead, nostrils, chin, bridge of the nose, wig, even cheeks. The design was, obviously, based on the late Frank Frazetta’s vision for the character, and it’s looks like a painting from the Frazetta archive come alive.

Here's the base sculpture of the make-up:

And, of course, the iconic Frazetta Conan:

I don't know if it would have actually happened this way at Warner Brothers. I doubt it very much, hollywood being what it is, but it would have been amazing to have a whole Conan movie that looked like a Frazetta painting. Imagine someone like Zach Snyder just going apeshit with those paintings. It probably wouldn't satisfy Howard purists (or Frazetta purists) and it probably wouldn't appeal to a very large audience but it could have been a kick-ass experience for millions of fanboys out there.

If you're one of us, you know what I mean.

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Kal said...

Frazetta is so iconic. His vision is my vision for the character. It's too bad that the filmakers didn't go for a vision closer to this look. He's just so badass. Guess the slaugher of your entire tribe will have that effect on a guy.

E.G.Palmer said...

That's pretty damn awesome.

Anonymous said...

At least the guy who made the poster did some justice to Frazetta.

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