suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
michael KUTSCHE: In 2008 was asked to do the character design for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”. Since all these characters were supposed to be Cg generated but had to work in a live action film with real actors, a style that was whimsical and surreal but photorealistic at the same time had to be developed; these detailed and rather finished pieces were the result.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
mK: Even if the goal was to create something fresh and contemporary, I still wanted to somehow pay tribute to the original designs by John Tenniel and Arthur Rackham.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mK: The hauntingly beautiful stop motion animated version of “Alice” by Jan Svankmajer.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
mK: I’ve been very much into the work of Ruprecht von Kaufmann recently.