MTV does fan­tasy!

To cel­e­brate the launch of MTV‘s The Shan­nara Chron­i­cles, Paul Ger­rard has re­leased his con­cept art for the se­ries

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We talk to Paul Ger­rard, who’s cre­ated crea­ture con­cept art for The Shan­nara Chron­i­cles, a TV adap­tion of Terry Brooks’ long-run­ning lit­er­ary fan­tasy saga.

Con­cept artist Paul Ger­rard is shar­ing his art work for MTV’s land­mark fan­tasy se­ries The Shan­nara Chron­i­cles, a pro­ject he al­most didn’t take on.

The Bri­tish artist, who’s worked on Wrath of the Ti­tans and Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles, says de­tails were scarce ini­tially and the stu­dio wanted an in-house artist. But when di­rec­tor Jonathan Liebesman got in touch, Paul was sold.

“I’ve worked with John many times,” says Paul. “I cre­ated some taster im­ages and I was on. I read the script and was hooked!”

Based on the books by Terry Brooks, The Shan­nara Chron­i­cles in­volved long dis­cus­sions with di­rec­tors, pro­duc­ers and writ­ers to man­age ex­pec­ta­tions. “They wanted my ini­tial take on all the char­ac­ters,” he says. “So it was im­por­tant not to get too bogged down in pre-ex­ist­ing vi­su­als.”

Paul’s con­cept art show­cases the es­o­teric lay­ers of im­agery he ob­ses­sively works into his de­signs. “Con­sid­er­ing the sheer depth of the Shan­nara uni­verse I sus­pect an art book will be on the cards,” Paul says. “I would love to do one my­self. Time will tell.”

Stay up to date with Paul’s con­cept art by vis­it­ing www.ger­rar­

Paul couldn’t re­sist the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing Dagda Mor, the epit­ome of evil and cor­rup­tion. Paul loves the Shan­nara uni­verse, so he worked dou­ble hours on his art for the TV se­ries.

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