Marvel Studios Visual Development Team Discuss Thor: Ragnarok at Gnomon

Posted December 5th, 2017 by Nicole Hendrix — Category: Events — 0 Comments

Image courtesy of Marvel Studios. Artwork by Andy Park.

Image courtesy of Marvel Studios. Artwork by Andy Park.

Hear from Marvel Studios Visual Development Team about the Art of Thor: Ragnarok!

Thor: Ragnarok is the latest and most critically praised film in Marvel Studios’ illustrious cinematic library. Led by the Visual Development Supervisor, Andy Park, Marvel Studios’ Visual Development team was responsible for designing the characters, costumes, creatures, props, and the overall visual look of the movie. On November 18th,Andy Park, Jackson Sze, Tully Summers, and Ian Joyner from the Marvel Visual Development Team, spoke to students and professionals at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects.

The world-class panel shared early designs of all the various characters from the latest Marvel epic, including Thor, Loki, Valkyrie, Hela, as well as the various gladiators that inhabit the Jack Kirby-inspired world of the Grandmaster, Sakaar. Various keyframe illustrations were presented, that helped the director and the studio visualize what the look and feel of the film could be. Additionally, they examined how 3D tools like Z-brush and Maya were critical in creating many of the characters and assets that were pivotal during the concept design phase of the movie-making process.

"I absolutely loved designing the look of Hela on Thor: Ragnarok! It was so great that Taika (the director) fully embraced her comic book visuals with her sinister looking costume, cape, and massive headdress. I spent the majority of my time exploring the various looks she has in the film."- Andy Park

Andy Park is the Visual Development Supervisor at Marvel Studios. Along with serving as a concept designer, he has led his department and a team of artists on several films, including: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Captain Marvel. He has worked on almost every Marvel Studios film during the past seven-and-a-half years. Previously, Andy worked on the God of War video game and was a comic book artist on Tomb Raider and Uncanny X-Men.

"It’s always fun going to Gnomon to give these talks as their production values are really top notch. But I enjoy it mostly because the crowds are always so enthusiastic, being filled with both passionate students as well as seasoned professionals." - Andy Park
Ian Joyner has been working in the industry for over 15 years on a great number of film, commercials, and game projects. His credits include Thor: Ragnarok, Suicide Squad, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Power Rangers, Spectral, and Jurassic World, to name a few. Ian has worked with some of the top names in entertainment, for the likes of Legendary Pictures, Digital Domain, Legacy FX, and many others.

"My favorite thing to design was Surtur's dragon and minions, exploring all the different ways to bring them to life was a fantasy nerd's dream come true." - Ian Joyner


Jackson Sze has worked in advertising, video games, TV, and film for studios including Lucasfilm Animation and Sony Computer Entertainment of America. He’s a founding member of the Battle Milk series of art books and is currently a Senior Concept Illustrator at Marvel Studios. His credits include Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Little Prince, Marvel’s The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, and the latest Thor: Ragnarok.
"My favorite thing to design for in Thor: Ragnarok is Stan Lee's Barber Costume." - Jackson Sze

Image of Stan Lee. Photo by Steve Granitz - © WireImage.com - Image courtesy WireImage.com
"I like doing events at Gnomon, because I like to engage and share with passionate artists who are vested in the future our industry."- Jackson Sze


Tully Summers has been specializing in creature and character design for film for over 15 years and is known for his work on Independence Day. He has contributed to many blockbuster films, including but not limited to Tomorrowland, The Jungle Book, Passengers, Ghostbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Black Panther, and Thor: Ragnarok. Tully is skilled in both traditional and digital illustration and sculpture, and is fluent in ZBrush, Maya, Modo, and Photoshop.

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