Rick Baker’s Transformation Concept Art for The Wolfman

A. Quinton — Feb. 27th 2009

In the past, special effects legend Rick Baker has expressed a cetain reluctance about the use of computer-generated creature effects in film. Apparently this hasn’t stopped Rick from messing around with ZBrush, and he’s been sharing his progress and experiments over at the ZBrushCentral forum. Starting two weeks ago, he started posting concept art for The Wolfman. Judging from some of his back posts, these are probably proofs-of-concept instead of anything official, but it’s really exciting to see the different stages of the creative process getting posted to a forum by the artist. Amazing stuff!

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  • I was just coming here to post this. Awesome stuff.

  • Roukas

    Frightening but beautiful. I hope that the lead character will eventually turn full-wolf, but whether or not that happens, I wonder if they’ll be able to make his change as terrifying as David’s in American Werewolf in London.

    Ughh, God PLEASE let them bring some sort of lupine consultant on board so that this movie doesn’t nosedive!

  • Pure badassery. Kinda wishing for full wolf (head) as well.

  • Nah….no full wolf needed in this one. He’s a wolf*man* after all. :)

  • Andrew

    I think these photos represent the maximum level of werewolfiness that will be attained in The Wolfman. I’m not usually a big fan of “wolf man” style werewolves, but Baker and Del Toro make it look pretty awesome. I mean, you’d kiss him, right, girls?

  • Mac

    I want so bad for this movie and it’s effects to be fantastic, but I can’t say I’m holding my breath either. Hollywood keeps letting me down, so it’s best to not get my hopes up.

  • George

    I think this will be great! I would have liked for it to have been released in September or October rather than November, but it will have to do. It’s not too late to move up the date anyway. Here is hoping for Universal to reign the horror world once again with these iconic creatures. And this time with a serious approach and not the Sommer’s trash. If this is successful, we should receive the rest of the Universal Monster films with respectful, SERIOUS remakes. Very exciting stuff.

  • grimley fiendish

    As a remake of the old universal movie , turning the lead character into a complete wolf would not be in keeping with the story. glad to see the make ups are like a modern day version of the jack pierce design. ive been up close and personal with the prosthetics and some other stuff from the wolfman , my opinion…no one will be dissapointed. what ive seen was fantastic stuff !! cant wait for its release !!

  • Ken Raia

    Rick Baker is simply the best special effects person period. The guy is a genius.

  • I truly enjoyed this film.. the art work was amazing.. especially the make up.
    Rick Baker., did an awesome job on the masterpiece. totally awesome..

    thank you.

    Steve