|Thor concept art by Benton Jew|
Check out Thor concept art by Benton Jew!
While working on a blockbuster film like Thor, many illustrators try different designs to create the final look. One artist who worked on the film for only a brief time came up with some striking designs for "All-Father" Odin played by Anthony Hopkins. Benton Jew shared the art on his blog along with a fascinating description of the design process.
Benton Jew is a professional concept illustrator and storyboard artist living in Los Angeles, CA who's worked on big budget movies like G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Incredible Hulk and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.
Check out the rest of the images after the jump (click to enlarge).
"These were pieces made for the first Thor movie for costume designer Alexandra Byrne. I didn't do much on the show as I was only on it for a week or two. The two pieces represent Odin in ceremonial gear as well as more casual clothing. I wanted to make the ceremonial gear very 'Kirby-like' in it's feel. Everything ridiculously wide and vast. All elements point to Odin's face. I also wanted to relate him to the traditional Thor elements (like the disks on his tunic) to tie him to his son. I did the piece in photoshop combining pieces that were digitally hand painted, some photographic elements, and elements from previous versions done by other artists." - Benton Jew
If you're wondering what Benton meant by 'Kirby-like' here's a sample of Odin from a Thor comic drawn by Jack Kirby. While Odin never had a set costume in the comics they were all pretty wild.
See more of Benton Jew's work in film at bentonjewart.blogspot.com
Click on the links if you want to see more of Benton Jew's work and Thor on my blog.
What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Thor what did you think? Would you have preferred these looks for Odin?
Official Thor Synopsis
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the epic adventure, “Thor,” which spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful, young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Cinematography Haris Zambarloukos
Production Design by Bo Welch
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins
Official site: thor.marvel.com
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