The Art of Drew Struzan by Drew StruzanHe is the favorite artist of both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg and the artist behind some of the most iconic images of our time… he is Drew Struzan.
Struzan has worked on the posters for the biggest films of the last 30 years. Blade Runner, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park and E.T: The Extraterrestrial to name but a few.
The first ever book to cover Struzan’s iconic poster artwork in depth, with the final artwork for each piece accompanied by background and anecdotes from an exclusive interview with the artist. With an introduction to Struzan’s philosophies and techniques, this stunning hardcover will include photos, sketches and reference material, plus closeups and a brief history of each poster featured, from Star Wars to The Goonies.
The Magical Movie Poster Art of Drew Struzan
For this workshop I'll paint a retro film poster-style illustration. Vintage posters used to be painted or airbrushed on canvas or illustration board, and I'll use a technique inspired by the great Drew Struzan. It's based on airbrush painting with acrylic colours to build up the colour and shadings, and then colour pencils for rendering out the lighter parts and adding details. For this I usually use the same mediums, but here I'll be doing a mix of traditional and digital. Often an illustration needs to be changed during or after the process — working digitally makes this significantly easier.
01. Composition and rough sketch
Expand the gallery to widescreen for larger images. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Of the four Indy posters Struzan ended up painting, he says this one is his favorite. Personally, even today when I think of Harrison Ford, this is the image that comes to mind. First Blood This became the template for pretty much every '80s action movie poster. Fellow one-sheet wonder John Alvin ended up doing the original theatrical poster , however. It was so good that Struzan was tapped to do artwork for the two sequels and basically just clone the Marty McFly pose. Big Trouble in Little China Struzan still thinks the composition is "a little busy," but frankly so is the plot of this John Carpenter cult classic.
He has also painted album covers, collectibles, and book covers. A counselor asked Struzan about his interests and told him he had a choice between fine art or illustration. The counselor described the two careers, telling Struzan that as a fine artist he could paint whatever he wanted, but as an illustrator he could paint for money. Struzan chose to be an illustrator, saying, "I need to eat. He graduated in five years, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors.