very long time ago, Dino de Laurentiis contracted Mentor to design
KING KONG. The film came out in 1976. Work on the film began much
earlier. Probably Mentor started working on it in 1975. I don't
general public is frequently led to believe that the Technician
who builds the mechanical entity is the designer. Though often
very talented in his field, the Technician is not the original
Designer. It's rare to have the Conceptual Design done by the
same artist as the one who does the mechanical structure.
was true for FORBIDDEN PLANET and the GREAT RACE, and every other
Film Entity designed by Mentor. The building of Kong, as with
every other one of Mentor's designs, exactly followed Mentor's
view. That is why Mentor was contracted. To Design.
complicated tricky happening came out of Mentor's Conceptual Designs.
Mentor's Conceptual Designs were handled is much the same as is
true of how the Conceptual Designs for a Sky Scrapper are handled.
One thing is certain, it is not usual for the Architect to also
function as the carpenter. And visa versa.
was necessary for Mentor to create drawings that could offer the
full impact of Kong's size. he did super sized Concepts. However,
it is impossible to achieve that same effect with the small screen
of the computer's Monitor. The drawing of Kong lying on the ground
is six feet long. Of course here ... it isn't.
drawings are old and worn but fun to see.
am sure you will enjoy them.
peers were turned on to Kong and so Mentor fooled around doing Cartoons
for fun. I don't know if it was on Dino's dime or not. I've included
only one below. Several were published in Genesis Magazine either
in 1976 or 1977. The publisher was Bob Guccione of Penthouse Magazine.
He liked them.
display them all on the Site soon. So check us out again. They
are quite risque.
Mentor Huebner ( C ) 1978
60" X 24"
Mentor Huebner ( C ) 1975
Super Size Conceptual Drawing
Onion Skin 72" X 24"
view to increase Kong's scale.
Quote: "Ms. Lovelace to see you."
Mentor Huebner ( c ) 1976 Geneis Magazine
Artist Drawing Paper 18" X 24"