Andy Park is an accomplished comic book illustrator, a concept artist for video games, and presently the Visual Development Supervisor for Marvel Studios. His work has appeared in the pages of titles such as Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, Maxim, Muscle & Fitness, Tomb Raider, WildCats, DC’s God of War comics and much more.
Andy has been instrumental in designing a lot of pin-up artwork for comic book heroines. It’s time to feature some of his creations, and to pull some quotes about his approach to his art.
At the top of the page: cover art for the Tomb Raider: Rebirth comic book
Concept art for Scarlett Johansson’s character of Black Widow, from 2012’s The Avengers movie.
An unused look for the character of Scarlet Witch, introduced in 2015’s Age of Ultron.
When Andy was working on the look of characters to appear in Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi wanted to keep the wild comic book design of her character. “I looked at how comic book artists have depicted her through the years & the 4 that influenced this look the most were Jack Kirby, Walter Simonson, Alan Davis & Olivier Coipel,” Park explains on his DeviantArt page.
An early concept for the character of Mantis, who made her screen debut in the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Before working as Marvel Studios’ lead conceptual artist, Park did stints at the two major comic book publishers, DC Comics and Marvel. One of his jobs was drawing Marvel’s X-Men series. It was a chance to work on the same title that his idol, comic book artist Jim Lee, had done back in the 1990s.
The ink drawing of Psylocke, the team’s resident ninja and a skilled telepath, was done by Andy. Psylocke was given a major visual redesign when Jim Lee started work on X-Men, and she was one of Andy’s favorite characters on the team.
Andy has also provided concept artwork for the next Marvel Studios project, Captain Marvel. Brie Larsen portrays the movie version of the popular superhero. Park’s design held true to the character’s current costume in her comics but also placed a realistic take on how an actor would wear a suit like Marvel’s in real life.