This is absolutely amazing. Concept artist Rob McKinnon (Terminator Salvation, Inception), has revealed a bunch of concept art from Iron Man 3, focusing on the crucial sequence where the Mandarin attacks Tony's Malibu house. And it's astounding to look at.
This art comes from an exclusive interview McKinnon gave to FilmSketchr, in which he says:
Initially, the helicopters were going to be helo-jacked Army Apache gunships. However, there was a pretty cool design opportunity here. So we decided to come up with gunships disguised as civilian news and tour copters. It was fun, but very challenging. These copters had to be armed to the teeth, but couldn't be exposed until the moment of a surprise attack.
So I came up with the concept that the cabin doors crack open like stabilizer wings exposing the mounted armament. I thought if they could pull this off, it would be a kick a$$ moment in the film.
I saw it in the trailer, and I teared up like a little girl with a skinned knee! There's nothing like watching a drawing or painting come to life.