In his early years as a professional artist, Andy Park was one of the top illustrators in the comic book industry. Park worked on a number of notable series, including Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, and a best-selling run on Tomb Raider for Top Cow. However, Park has made an even bigger impact as a visual concept artist for Marvel Studios. His work has been featured in several of the MCU’s most popular movies. SYFY WIRE recently invited Park to be a guest on our Artists Alley series, where he briefly revisited his time chronicling Lara Croft’s adventures and how it gave him a reputation for drawing heroines.
“Throughout my career, I ended up drawing a lot of female characters,” recalled Park. “I used to draw the Tomb Raider comic book... for about 20 issues. I’ve done a lot of female characters while I was drawing comic books. Then, when I got into film, it wasn’t planned, but somehow I ended up designing a lot of the female characters of the MCU... I love that I got to design Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Gamora, Nebula, Mantis, Hela, Wasp...”
However, Park added that it’s Black Widow who holds a special place in his heart, since he designed her costume in all of her MCU appearances. He even chose to sketch for us Black Widow in her S.H.I.E.L.D. costume from the first Avengers movie.
“She’s an interesting character,” noted Park. “Her costume has been fairly consistent. I think it’s one of those ‘if it’s not broke...’ situations. She does have that tactical black suit that she wears... it is her iconic look.”
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