Dan Panosian’s Thor!

Note: With the Thor movie just days away, this man and his mjolnir seems to be on everyone’s minds. Veteran artist Dan Panosian recently proved himself worthy in this inventive take on the Asgardian god of thunder. Dan did this for a Thor movie, but not the one you think. Read below for his comments! – Chris A.

Here’s Dan’s origins of this redesign:

Want to hear a funny story that will bring a tear to your eye?

Of course you do. You’re still reading this. So I get a call from an Art Director friend of mine on Saturday as I was preparing to get my place ready for the Fedor/Arlovski fight. He asked me if I could submit a last minute design for the Thor movie that Marvel is doing.

Over course I was thrilled. They needed it Monday morning. Fine, whatever! They could of needed it in a few hours and I would of complied. It’s Thor! Hell, I did design work for Superhero, the Movie – I was waiting for a REAL superhero movie to come along!

Anyway, I factored in a few things. Like creating a suit that could successfully pad an actor and give him some heroic bulk, etc. I also knew that the colors had to be a bit more subdued than the Kirby comic book. And sadly, I had to come up with something that wouldn’t look ridiculous on. A tall order.

So, I did what I could and enjoyed every minute of it. I managed about 65% of what I envisioned. Generally that’s a decent success when it comes to applying your vision to paper.

I even incorporated the marks on Thor’s plates into his logo…

Here’s the sad part. I turned it in and that’s when the AD mentioned it was a design for the ANIMATED movie. I just assumed it was for the Live Action film I’ve heard buzz about… Clearly I need to learn to ask more questions…! Assumption is the mother of all… what’s the word I’m looking for? ;)

Hell, at least I got to design a Thor costume, right?

11 comments to “Dan Panosian’s Thor!”
  1. That Mjolnir is awesome! It’s so Viking-esque. Perhaps too complicated to be truly iconic, but brilliant nonetheless. I’d love to see it as a kind of prototype hammer in an origin book or something.

  2. The design is nice, I especially like the sorta scale-y armor.

    The Thor movie was… exactly what I was expecting. It was fun and a good film, just not as good as the Iron Man movies. My opinion though.

  3. A really-really-really talented guy we got here… I really dig the lines, the colors..only one thing bugging me: THE FACE: It’s horribble. You know why? it is exactly the same as the Hulk’s. Look at the structure, especially the mouth, jawbone, and the proportions of the eyes n nose. I believe, Thor’s face shouldnt look like a huge green monster’s. just sayin…

  4. I like it, and the hammer is cool; I definitely preferred Bryan Hitch’s half-battle-ax, Ultimates version, and wished they’d used it in the movie. I don’t think this design is different enough from the one currently in the comics (though I hate that loincloth-with-white-circles-printed-on-it thing in that one).

    Also, between the hubcaps for armor and the car floor mat codpiece, it has a strangely automotive theme. Could be good for product placement in future movies, though!

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