MTV does fantasy!
To celebrate the launch of MTV‘s The Shannara Chronicles, Paul Gerrard has released his concept art for the series
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.gerrardart.com.
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.