Of typewriter brushes and deadlines

The Movies' Master Draftsman

on November 09, 2010 by Kenneth James Bacon
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DrewStruzan-Art_jacket.pngI love a good poster, from Toulouse-Lautrec's Moulin Rouge work to garish and gigantic circus lithographs. Today, movie posters -one-sheets-are more likely than not a Photoshop-assemblage of studio headshots and explosions. But I'll bet that the movie posters you love the best were nearly all painted-yes, painted-by one man: Drew Struzan. With gesso, gusto and an old ink-soaked typewriter brush, Struzan painted some of the most popular posters over the last 30 years. He is the artist of choice for directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Robert Zemeckis.

Titan Books has just released this beautiful 160-page, full-color celebration of Struzan's work, which includes color sketches and alternate compostions and paintings for many of your favorite films. The book's iconic illustrations are twice as fascinating paired with Struzan's insights into his creative process and the business of marketing movies.

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One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Art of Drew Struzan from Titan Books and the special edition DVD Conceiving and Creating the Hellboy Movie Poster Art from Reel Idea. To enter, send your name to contests@boxofficemagazine.com. Please include ‘Struzan' in the subject line of your email.

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CONCEIVING AND CREATING THE HELLBOY MOVIE POSTER ART
from REEL IDEAS (www.reelideas.com)

From his home studio, revered one-sheet artist Drew Struzan sketches, composes and executes a movie poster for Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro's 2004 graphic novel adaptation. At nearly 100 minutes, this detailed video exploration of the creative process, hosted by Struzan himself, follows the craftsman through all the stages of producing finished poster art, from prepping the art surface through final touchup. An ideal holiday gift for the budding commercial artist.

Tags: Drew Struzan, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Guillermo del Toro
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