- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848566190
- ISBN-13: 978-1848566194
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.7 x 12.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Drew Struzan Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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"If you love movie posters you’ll want to have this on your bookshelf, or coffee table." -- Leonard Maltin
"The Art of Drew Struzan is required reading for any fan of the artist, any fan of the films he did art for, and any fan of movie posters in general." -- comingsoon.net
"...visual chocolate for every lover of movie posters..." -- Tor.com
"Page after gorgeous page of draft compositions and alternate posters that, until now, went unseen by the public at large." -- Cinematical
"Drew’s work evokes the magic of cinema and his raw passion for it is right there on every single page." -- Film Junk
"The art alone would make this a worthwhile book to pick up — but it's the context and history you get along the way that seals the deal. The Art of Drew Struzan should be on the reading list of any movie buff." -- Blog Critics
"The Art of Drew Struzan immortalizes a man who contributed much more than film advertisements. He gave America icons and the magic to remember them by." -- One Metal
About the Author
Drew Struzan has painted album covers, advertising, collectibles, and book covers, but he is best known for his extensive movie poster work.
A particular favorite artist of film directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Struzan created distinct and indelible images for many of their film releases, with Spielberg decreeing that Struzan be the only artist allowed to render the space-creature character E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
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There are works dating back to the from the first Indiana Jones movie (1981), Star Wars (he drew for all of them), Back to the Future, Shawshank Redemption, Police Academy, Hellboy and a few movies which I didn't know existed. Going through this book made me feel like watching all those movies again. A very nostalgic collection.
The paintings are gorgeous, nicely reproduced, and many printed full page. Also included are many variations of the movie posters, both in sketches and colours, and all almost as detailed as the final piece.
There's some sort of magical quality in his paintings that evoke a sense of fantasy and adventure. Together with his traditional approach to art, he has created a style that's easily recognisable. Every page is a marvel to look at, to admire.
Besides the art, Drew Struzan himself provided some commentary on the background stories and working with people. It's all very interesting to read.
This is definitely one of the top art books for 2010.
You probably do not want to miss this fantastic book.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
As you'd expect, the book is full of artwork - some of it printed full-page in high quality. One of the interesting things about the book is that you don't see just the finished posters, but you see them in various stages of completion. There is often also alternate artwork for many of the movies - posters that Mr. Struzan completed but were not used by the studio.
But this isn't just an art book, it contains text as well. The book starts off with a great foreword by Frank Darabont (director of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist), who frequently uses Struzan and writes about why his posters are the best in the business. And then as you flip through the book, Struzan becomes the author and writes about each project. Struzan's anecdotes are interesting to read, and he discusses what he was hoping to achieve with each poster and working with directors over the years. Another idea he puts forth is that he's not very happy with the way movie posters are heading these days. And I agree with him. I always preferred the more artistic painted movie posters over the typical mash-up photoshop jobs you see today.
There is also another book out if you are interested in Struzan's work: Drew Struzan: Oeuvre
My only complaint about the book is the binding. I got it new and shrinkwrapped in the shipment, but when opened the binding is already semi-loose and falling apart. Not sure if this is a one-off problem or not, but i didn't want to go through the hassle of sending it back for a binding issue that i wasn't sure would be there in the next book.