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Oscar Chichioni did an awesome early concept of Gypsy, u can see his image in the art of book on the page prior to this image. After a month or so Guillermo wanted to see what I would do with the Jaeger and he asked me to do a pass on the design. I started out by coming up with some themes that I thought would represent the 'character" of our hero, after some searching I zeroed in on three main themes; an MMA fighter(strictly for the attitude in the pic not his nationality;)), a WWII Corsair and the American Flag. I assembled the key images onto a board and started on the final concept of Gypsy (I added the text and bg after the fact for presentation purposes). I posted the inspiration board here as well if you want to see it. The key was to not overstate any of these themes but to use it to enhance the design and give me a direction for how i would tweak the proportions and the overall tone of the image while still staying faithful to Oscars original concept. As with every image made for the film Del Toro was there looking over my shoulder every step of the way always providing insight and feedback. He truly is a genius and its because of his creativity that the film looks as amazing as it did. It was an honor to be a part of such an amazing design team and to work with such a visionary director. An experience I'll never forget.