The following collection of drawings were created several years prior to the actual start of production on SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW.
These sketches were the first attempts to realize the look of the movie. Much of this early work survived largely intact in the completed film.
A discarded idea involving the JR. LEGION.
A fan club of sorts, the idea centered around children in the city alerting Sky Captain to danger through the use of their Flying Legion Signal Pens.
The very first sketch of Joe Sullivan as Sky Captain.
The idea of the gun in his boot came as Kevin was researching WWI fighter pilots. Fliers often carried sidearms in their boots as they were easier to reach while seated in the cockpit.
This design idea made its way into an action piece in the film, helping Sky Captain to escape the clutches of a squiggly-armed robot.
The Mysterious Woman, complete with her widow's peak skull cap.
Frankie's (Angelina Jolie) eyepatch was originally intended for the Mysterious Woman.
The original idea for the Flying Fortress was little more than a floating platform. The idea was eventually left behind in pursuit of a more nautical theme.
One of the first drawings done to illustrate the scale of things in what was to be a very outsized world.
Another discarded idea involved a gigantic caged creature. The plan was for Sky Captain to free the tortured monster who, much like Androcles and the Lion, would later return the favor by saving Sky Captain.
The design of the hovercraft remained virtually untouched from this very first sketch to the finished film.
Before deciding on robots, Totenkopf's minions were intended as an army of cloned humans in jet packs.
The first drawing of Dr. Totenkopf who, at that time, was intended as a living villain.
Living, that is, until he would be consumed by flames in the stories climax.
Another early design idea that would go on to live throughout the movie. The emblem would play a role in helping Sky Captain track Totenkopf to his island.
Hundreds more drawings from Kevin's SKY CAPTAIN work will be added to this site in the future.