‘Black Panther’ Costumes: How Phillip Boutte, Jr. Brought the Characters to Life
Style Magazine Newswire | 2/26/2018, 6:50 a.m.
Phillip Boutte, Jr. knows how to make dreams a reality.
As the costume illustrator and concept artist for A Wrinkle in Time, Justice League, and Black Panther, he has helped create the captivating images for these incredible films and his hard work is paying off in a big way.
We caught up with the talented artist to find out how he landed the gig of a lifetime twice in one year and gained insight into how the stunning styles in Black Panther went from concepts to costumes.
“As a costume concept artist, my job is completely supportive. I work with the costume designer and I’m the first strike they have to visually show their ideas. I’m the first pass at the characters,” he explains.
“When I present my illustrations, it’s the first time the actors see what the designer is thinking about. I’m very collaborative. I expand on the concepts or translate their ideas to paper. It’s like being a psychiatrist in a way. My drawings are what the actual costumes are based on.”