Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has shared some early concept art of Groot from the film’s pre-production.
Gunn also includes some notes on the design process, explaining just how far they had to go before Groot’s design was finalized.
Groot Concept art by Josh Herman. We were actually getting close to where I wanted to be by this time. I had been pretty firm from the beginning that I liked Groot without a nose. Here my main notes were - I wanted bigger, darker, more innocent eyes, somewhat like my dog's. I thought the branches up top were too much. And I thought his underbite looked too much like a Grandpa - I think Groot, for his people, is still quite young. Overall I wanted him to appear more innocent and sweet, unless he was in battle. He also needed more of a chin. But this was still a real step forward in the concept. #Groot #iamgroot#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #GotG
Guardians of the Galaxy arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on December 9.