Drew Struzan's art for "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." (© 1998 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.)Link
Drew Struzan's art for "Creature from the Black Lagoon." (© Hollywood on Paper 2001)Link
Drew Struzan's art for "Frankenstein." (© Drew Struzan 2003)Link
Drew Struzan's art for John Carpenter's "Snake Plissken Chronicles." (© Drew Struzan 2003)Link
"The Lord of the Rings Masterpieces." (© Drew Struzan 2006)Link
Drew Struzan's depiction of the captain and crew of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." (© The Franklin Mint 1999)Link
Drew Struzan's movie poster art for John Carpenter's "The Thing." (© Universal City Studios, Inc. 1982)Link
Drew Struzan's artwork, titled "Star Wars: The First Ten Years." (© 1987 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.)Link
Drew Struzan's poster art for "The Green Mile." (© Warner Bros. Inc. 2006)Link
Drew Struzan's art for "The Shawshank Redemption." (© Drew Struzan 2004)Link
"Drew Struzan: Oeuvre" (Titan Books)Link
George Lucas. Guillermo del Toro. Frank Darabont. These are just a handful of Drew Struzan’s fans.
Struzan created posters for “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter” “Indiana Jones,” “Back to the Future” and many other iconic franchises during his career of more than 30 years. In his book “Drew Struzan: Oeuvre,” a 320-page hardcover from Titan Books out this month, the prolific movie poster and album cover illustrator turns back the pages on some of his most memorable designs.
Though Struzan’s work still frequently appears in movie theater displays, his paintings may be the last of their kind. Most movie art and design is now created digitally, and Struzan’s contemporaries, renowned illustrators John Alvin and Richard Amsel, have died.
“Most of what passes for movie poster art these days are just Photoshopped pictures of actors striking saucy poses and staring at us like a troop of lobotomy victims,” Darabont told the L.A. Times in 2008. “He crafts a piece of art that honors your film instead of just merely trying to sell it. Seriously, for a filmmaker who really appreciates what poster art means, Drew doing your poster is like getting an award.”
Struzan has illustrated posters for many of Darabont’s projects, including the AMC hit TV series “The Walking Dead” and the Oscar-nominated drama “The Shawshank Redemption.” He also did posters for Del Toro’s “Hellboy” movies and for “Pan’s Labyrinth.”
“What Drew does isn’t really distilling the elements of a movie,” Del Toro told the L.A. Times in 2008. “It’s almost alchemy. He takes images and makes them quintessentially cinematic. His style has been copied so many times in a bad way, people don’t realize until they revisit his posters just how powerful the pure Struzan style is, how purely filmic it is.”
Click through the gallery above for a peek at some of the artwork featured in “Drew Struzan: Oeuvre.” Be sure to turn the captions on.
– Noelene Clark
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