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“Outstanding.” - Cinema Sentries 

"A must for movie buffs, now available from Titan at vendors everywhere." - The Aisle Seat

"Andrea Alvin has assembled an incredible homage to her late husband in The Art of John Alvin." - Beyond the Marquee

"This is a beautifully-illustrated book and if you’re a fan of movie posters from the 1970s on, it is a must-have." - Trek Today

"Exceptional attention to detail beautifully showcased on every page." - Another Castle

"A beautiful collection of work." - Illustrator’s Lounge

"The extra sketches and stories behind the images add a new level of interest and appreciation to the work" - Geek Dad 

The Art of John Alvin is a wonderfully produced, filled with amazing painting and drawn artwork and easily digestible commentary on the process of poster making and promoting films. It is a great art book and would be an excellent addition to any collector’s shelf.” - Sound on Sight

"A great addition to the trilogy while managing to keep the story fresh and entertaining for avid fans of the television show." - BGG

"Fans of art, graphic design, filmmaking or just movies in general, will all love this book and come away with a new and exciting appreciation for John Alvin’s resume of work." - The Global Dispatch

"A good addition for the library of fans of popular films and poster art." -  Borg.com

"This is a must buy for art and film lovers alike. John Alvin is one of the most gifted artists of our generation and this book is a loving tribute to his memory." - Pop Cults

"Thanks to The Art of John Alvin book, John’s brilliant work will live on even though he passed in 2008. When you see all of the movies he’s worked on you’ll realize he didn’t need an art book to make his work legendary, but this collection definitely honors Alvin’s most memorable pieces perfectly." - Entertainment Buddha

"The color illustrations throughout are beautiful on glossy pages with exceptional quality." - Geek Twins

"As a Generation Y’er with a penchant for film and particularly that of sci-fi, this is a book that will remain in my collection for years to come. For all that Alvin had created, this book filled with ‘Alvinesque’ sketches and concept work is as important today as each piece was in their era. Deserving as the praise is for him, it’s a shame he missed this book’s release. Hopefully, this will only continue his legacy a long time to come." - Another Castle

"The Art of John Alvin is a great addition to a movie- or art-buff’s library, and it helps preserve and honor the work of one of the best poster artists the industry has ever seen. The behind-the-scenes information and concept drawings alone make this one worth picking up." - Film Pulse

"The perfect coffee table book." - Hypable

"Prepare to be blown away by sketches, paintings and even tag lines that you never saw, but could have easily become the art and posters for your favorite movies." - Animation Scoop 

"A must-own for fans of the lost art of the movie poster." - RogerEbert.com

"An incredible book of his work" - Giant Freakin Robot

"Setting the standard, his works have become the world’s most recognizable entertainment industry poster style." - Return to Fleet

"Seriously, if you call yourself a film fan and simply can’t find space on your coffee table for more than one book, make the one you own this fantastic collection." - Midroad Movie Review

"What an impressive art book. Movie fans will learn interesting tidbits about the business and the directors, while art fans can see a master’s craft unfurled. This is a truly epic and great book." - Adventures in Poor Taste

"Artist John Alvin created some of the most iconic film posters in cinematic history." - Indiewire

"If you’re a movie lover or a nostalgic fan of the Disney Renaissance, you gotta check out The Art of John Alvin!" - Rotoscopers

"I would be lying if I said I did not miss seeing posters in the lobby by a master craftsman like John Alvin...If you love films you will want to have this book in your collection." - Retroist

"Fans will want to show off the book to friends thanks to fantastic publication quality." - BGG

"Fascinating." - The Week

"If you have a passion for films and art, then you will definitely want to add “The Art of John Alvin” to your book collection.  So thank you John Alvin for your incredible art and the emotion it brings when we look at these movie posters." - Retrenders

"Kudos to Titan for seeing that Alvin’s work lives long and prospers!" -  Nerdist 

"Any art-collecting movie nerd worth his or her Reese’s Pieces owns at least one John Alvin creation. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, The Gremlins, Jurassic Park—Alvin designed poster art for all of them. By hand. They are among the most enduring images of recent film history." - Wired

"Buy one for yourself and one for all your nearest and dearest loved ones." - AIn’t It Cool 

"You may not know John Alvin's name, but you've admired his work. Along with Drew Struzan, he's one of a few great poster artists who've shaped your love of science fiction and fantasy movies with some indelible images." - io9

"A wonderful celebration of an artist whose influence far exceeded his acclaim." - The Verge 

"The unused Jurassic Park posters and Batman posters are actually pretty fantastic, offering a glimpse at just how differently these films might have been introduced to audiences." - Collider

"The acclaimed artist painted stunning posters for a number of big movies." - Comic Book Movie 

"John Alvin was responsible for creating a number of beautiful painted movie posters across four decades." - Batman News 

"A treasure trove's worth of works in progress the world never got to see." - Movies.com

"I’d highly recommend it to anyone even passingly interested in movie promo art." - Ain’t It Cool News

"There was a reason why The Lion King did the numbers that it did... There was a reason why 'Hunchback [of Notre Dame]' became a big success. It's because of the images that were produced, and a lot of those were John Alvin's paintings." - John Sabel, the executive vice president of creative print advertising at Walt Disney Pictures

About the Author

Andrea Alvin, John's wife of 37 years and studio partner, is a fine artist and designer who worked with John on many of his famous poster campaigns. She gives background stories and insight to the creation of movie ad campaign and John's creative process and technique.

John Alvin
was an American movie artist who painted movie poster art for over 130 films, including E.T., Blade Runner, The Lion King, The Princess Bride and Jurassic Park, as well as the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He also produced work for Disney Fine Art (Disney character official portraits).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857689290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689290
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 12.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 25, 2014
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When it comes to movie poster illustrations, John Alvin and Drew Struzan are among the best.

The Art of John Alvin is a wonderful retrospective and tribute to the late artist who passed away in 2008.

This 160-page hardcover collects the movie posters he has created from 1974 to 1999 plus a special commissioned piece completed in 2007. The artworks includes the finished posters, preliminary sketches, colour drafts and many unused never seen before art.

The reproduction of the artworks is very well done. Many are printed huge and given the full page treatment they deserve. The completed movie poster illustrations are beautiful, and even the sketches are quite a joy to look at as some of them are really detailed.

John Alvin's foray into illustrating movie posters started in 1974 with Blazing Saddles. Soon after that, he got called up to create many more, such as for Blade Runner, Return of the Jedi. E.T., Willow, Batman, Batman Returns, Jurassic Park, several Disney classics such as Pinocchio, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and many more other movies.

Each movie he worked on comes with several sketches, finished coloured illustrations and the final actual poster. For Jurassic Park there were more than a dozen rough drawings and colour layouts.

The artworks are all accompanied commentary that includes the story behind the posters, on how he got the job, conceptualising and even the techniques he used to create the illustrations. The behind the scenes stories are all provided by his wife Andrea Alvin who works alongside him in his studio. No wonder the writeup is so informative and detailed.
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What is the common point between Blade Runner, King Lion E.T, Jurassik Park, Batman forever and Star Wars the return of Jedi?
It is all movies which marked the cinema, finally not for Batman Forever, which has almost killed Batman.
No, the real common point, it is because we remember posters cinema of all these movies, for a very good reason, they are the work of a real artist: John Alvin.
Regrettably, John left us in 2008, and 6 years later we have an artbook tribute: The art of John Alvin.

I am not longer going to keep waiting you, The art of John Alvin, is an absolutely magnificent artbook, because he does not make that to present us the most known posters that he realized. Indeed he would have been able to be easy to make an artbook which I would call "catalog".

No, here there is a real work, and on a real one loves for the work, that includes it in a sense because this book was realized by his wife. So we learn on the work of conception and research. I adored seeing in front pages the sheets of paper with the researches for posters for the promotional campaign of Jurassik Park.

The book The art of John Alvin, presents us in the course of 160 pages, posters in a chronological way, from 1974 to 2007 to posters Star Wars Célébration 4. What is brilliant with the work of John, it is that we have a multitude of varied movies, so the fan of Disney will be in seventh heaven with posters of King lion, of Aladdin or another fantastic poster of The Little Mermaid.
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I love the artwork of John Alvin and this book nice, but it tends to isolate certain posters to a spread of two pages or so and then before you know it the book is finished because all of about 20 posters took up most of the book. Would have liked more to see in sketches and pre-painting work. The process is what I like to see and there wasn't much to see in this one. Great illustrator though and makes for a great addition to anyone's artist book library. I give it 3 stars ***.
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This is far more than a coffee table book. It is intelligently and lovingly written and contains workups of the process he used in making these iconic works of art. I know iconic is a word often over used but is is an apt one for the Art of John Alvin.

If you love movies, Disney, Mel Brooks, Star Wars or ET THIS is the book for you! His work glorified movies and helped them to be marketed in a whole new way. For that accomplishment, he should be given an honorary Academy Award. Thank you, John Alvin for your passionate and meaningful work and Thank you, Andrea Alvin, for telling his story.,,
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My favorite movie posters are the Disney ones from the mid-90s -- the versions used for "adult' marketing. Turns out all of my favorite ones were created by John Alvin.

This book celebrates his work. His career, spanning decades, included work for Disney, MGM, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Studios, and Warner Bros. Inside the pages of The Art of John Alvin, you'll find many examples of the art he created for those studios (and I can't imagine how hard it was to obtain permission to use all of the images!).

This 160 page book includes art from his iconic posters - The Lion King, Blade Runner, and ET, among many others - as well as concept sketches and images previously unavailable for public viewing. The book is broken down by movie in chronological order and includes commentary from his wife Andrea, who offers behind the scenes insights into the creative process.

My favorite images are from the Disney posters, namely Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid (although all the Disney art is stunning). Alvin's use of light in the posters and concept art is the work of a master. The Jurassic Park section is also notable - it contains amazing images that unfortunately weren't used in the movie's marketing campaign. Fans of Star Wars will also be pleased with the selections in the book. In summary: I really love the artwork and my only complaint is that I want MORE!!

Sadly for us, Alvin passed away in 2008. This book at least gives us a chance to peek behind the scenes and see the evolution of his creations. Some fans may even want two copies... one to keep as a book and one to use for images to hang in their house or at work :-)
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