See the Purple Gamora That Almost Was in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Concept Art by Andy Park

Guardians of the Galaxy "Nebula" concept art by Andy Park

Check out Guardians of the Galaxy concept art by Andy Park!

In Guardians of the Galaxy Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, the alien assassin and daughter of the Mad Titan Thanos. The design went through many many stages as they tried hard to balance the look from the comics and the modern movie-going audience. Saldana told ScreenRant she had "maybe seven or eight camera tests" while they tested different make-up looks. In then end, she said "what we had to do, when it came to all the characters and for mine specifically it was, 'How alien do we want Gamora to look like?' And what I was thinking was, 'She just needs to be pretty.'

"And that’s usually a thing that I don’t think about with other characters that I play but for some reason because I was going to be green and I was going to be the lead girl, I just wanted teenage boys to find me attractive. I don’t know why I was stressing this a lot but I really was when we were testing. That’s where I was coming from, everybody else was just like, 'Contacts? Do we dye the hair? Wig? No wig? What color hair? How long is it?' I’m like, 'Pretty. Teenage boys, please. We gotta get their vote.'"

She looks amazing even after two to three hours in a make-up chair. One of the artists that helped develop the look of her character was Andy Park. He recently shared some concept art via his Twitter and Facebook account.

Andy Park is a professional concept artist who's worked on Hollywood blockbusters like
Thor: The Dark World (2013), Iron Man 3 (2013) and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).

Click on the images to enlarge.

Here's what Gamora and Nebula looked like in the film


"Most of my time on Guardians of the Galaxy was spent designing Gamora. There were a lot of challenges throughout the process. She's gotta feel alien, but still very attractive. Deadly, yet delicate. Tattoos? [Cybernetics? Prosthetics?] How human to make her, costumes, etc. I enjoyed the whole process." - Andy Park

"This image was fun to do depicting the two sisters back to back." - Andy Park

"I got to explore a lot of different looks for Gamora on Guardians of the Galaxy and this was definitely one of my favorites. It was pretty early in the process so it wasn't required that she be green yet. I was kinda pushing for a more purple/lavender color palette. I thought it would be more appealing. But at the end of the day I'm glad they went with green to keep all the hard-core fans happy." - Andy Park


See more of Andy Park's stunning portfolio at If you want to see more amazing artwork from the film make sure you get a copy of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Art of the Movie.

Click on the links if you want to see more of Andy Park's work or Guardians of the Galaxy artwork on my blog.

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What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy what do you think of the Gamora and Nebula?

Official Guardians of the Galaxy Summary
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team--the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits--Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand--with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
Directed by James Gunn
Production Design by Charles Wood
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close
Release date: August 1, 2014 (USA)
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  1. Interesting designs for Nebula. I do like hair on a woman, so the attractive and sexy never came through to me. (On Gamora, yes!)

  2. I think it's interesting to see the concepts develop over time. It's like watching some of what I go through with some of my story ideas. This here? No, wait, what about this? :) I loved how both characters ended up for the film. I think the actresses and the concept artists did an awesome job showing how "alien" yet beautiful both of the sisters were - and I love how both actresses could pull off the dangerous but vulnerable aspects of their characters.

  3. Nebula is Karen Gillan, aka Amy Pond... I'm quite fond of her...

  4. Very nice designs, I loved how they balanced fan expectations with mainstream audience appeal. Thanks for bringing us such great insights

  5. It’s a hard mix to pull off, but they both did an exceptional job Tyrean!


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