Total Nerd A Sneak Peek Inside The Grotesquely Beautiful Sketchbooks Of Guillermo Del Toro  

Alex Welch
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Thanks to his work on films like Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro has become one of the most accomplished and beloved filmmakers of his generation. The director's heavily visual style isn't just limited to the actual production phase of the filmmaking process either, with some of the best sketches by Guillermo del Toro offering amazing new looks at his detailed approach to creating his films' various sets and creatures, sometimes before a script has even been written. 

While the filmmaker has always teased what his pre-production process is like too, fans got their first real look at that when the first images from Guillermo del Toro's notebooks were released in Cabinet of Curiosities back in 2013. Whether it be the filmmaker's first design ideas for Hellboy characters or tastes of what his H.P. Lovecraft film adaptation might have been like, the Guillermo del Toro sketches were truly eye-opening.

Del Toro's sketches take typical storyboards to a whole new level. So now, without any further ado, here are 18 of the best sketches featured in that book, for all of you die-hard Guillermo del Toro fans out there!

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An Early Sketch Of The Faun From Pan's Labyrinth

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Photo:  Cabinet of Curiosities
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A Colorful Pan's Labyrinth Sketch

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Photo:  Cabinet of Curiosities
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Few Storyboards Look As Good As These Pan's Labyrinth Sketches Do

Few Storyboards Look As Good A... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list A Sneak Peek Inside The Grotesquely Beautiful Sketchbooks Of Guillermo Del Toro
Photo:  Cabinet of Curiosities
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An Early Image of Mako Mori From Pacific Rim

An Early Image of Mako Mori Fr... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list A Sneak Peek Inside The Grotesquely Beautiful Sketchbooks Of Guillermo Del Toro
Photo:  Cabinet of Curiosities
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