Michael Kutsche, the award-winning German artist who has created concept art for Alice in Wonderland, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Thor, has released his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 character designs for the Love-Bots and Ayesha's Envoy.
After Ego the Living Planet obliterates the fleet of Sovereign drones that were attacking the Guardians and the Celestial being revealed himself to be Peter Quill's biological father, we get our first look at what Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker) and his rambunctious Ravagers are up to.
The Ravagers are partying hard at the Iron Lotus, a brothel on the cold, icy planet of Contraxia. As they pound down drinks and act as rowdy as they like, we see that many of them are hanging out with robot prostitutes which are known as Love-Bots.
Heck, when we first see their blue-skinned leader, Yondu is in a room filled with Love-Bots, implying that he had a busy and productive day. However, he doesn't look happy or satisfied. Of course, his melancholy has nothing to do with the performance of the Love-Bots. Chin up, girls!
Interestingly enough, the look of the Love-Bots took some time to figure. Originally, they were just women painted yellow. “There was nothing really interesting about them,” John Black, Legacy Effects' Makeup Department Head, explained to Make-Up Artist Magazine, “so I thought they would be more robot-looking if we took out the eyebrows and hairline, and used brightly-colored wigs on them. I brought in a model and said [to the producers], 'I’m just going to do this on my own time, but let me try doing something and see what you think of it.' I did a make-up where I used a bald cap, took out her eyebrows and hairline, painted her lips blue and white and put some eyelashes on upside down. The director really liked it, so that’s what we ended up doing."
Below is Kutsche's early concept art of the Love-Bots. His design was inspired by '80s fasion and the artwork of Japanese illustrator Hajime Sorayama.
"I hope you guys enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as much as I did!" Kutsche exclaimed. "It's been an absolute pleasure to be working with Visual Development Supervisor Andy Park and his kick ass team of artists on this awesome project. Here's an early concept for Ayesha's [Envoy], at that stage of the project James Gunn imagined them to be walking, retro sci fi and art deco inspired robots, bulky but somehow still elegant, so this it what I came up with."
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).