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.

Joining Andy Park at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects on November 18th will be concept artists Jackson Sze, Anthony Francisco, Adam Ross, Tully Summers, and Ian Joyner. The world-class panel will share 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 will also be presented, which helped the director and the studio visualize what the look and feel of the film could be. Additionally, they will examine how 3D tools were critical in creating many of the characters and assets that were pivotal during the concept design phase of the movie-making process.

The event is free and attendance is RSVP only, with seating offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Due to the anticipated popularity of this event, we advise arriving in good time to avoid disappointment. This event will not be recorded or Livestreamed.


5:00 pm – 8:00 pm: The Art of Thor: Ragnarok – An Evening with Marvel Studios ft. Andy Park, Jackson Sze, Anthony Francisco, Adam Ross, Tully Summers, and Ian Joyner

Gnomon School of VFX offers a full-time BFA and vocational program, as well as individual classes on campus and online courses for those looking to pursue careers in film, games, and TV.

Guest Speakers

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Andy ParkVisual Development Supervisor

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.

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Jackson SzeSenior Concept Illustrator

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.

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Anthony FranciscoConcept Illustrator

Anthony Francisco worked in film and games before moving into movie concept art for effects houses such as Stan Winston Studios, and Rick Baker. He?s produced art for Superman Returns, Spider-Man, and many more. He worked as a concept artist at NCsoft Santa Monica on the Guild Wars and Tabula Rasa MMO game titles, and at Offset Software as Lead Concept Artist. In 2010, he worked at Rhythm and Hues on The Hunger Games, R.I.P.D., and Seventh Son. He also creates art for Magic: The Gathering.

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Adam RossDigital Sculptor

Adam Ross is the Digital Sculptor for the Visual Development department at Marvel Studios. His duties include creating proof-of-concept models and sculpts based on the illustrations created by the Vis Dev team, fleshing out rough concept illustrations into finished 3D models, and helping bridge the gap between concept illustration and props/costumes/VFX. His extensive background in 3D printing and scanning comes from a history working for film, toys, collectibles, and military industries.

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Tully SummersConcept Artist

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, 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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Ian JoynerConcept Artist

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, Justice League, 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. When not working or spending time with his wife and daughters, Ian enjoys a well-deserved nap!

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