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The Art of Drew Struzan

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by Drew Struzan, David J. Schow, Frank Darabont (Foreword by)
He 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


He 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.

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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

Library Journal
Struzan's name might not be familiar, but if you're a fan of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, or Hellboy, you know his work. For 40-plus years, Struzan was the Michelangelo of Hollywood movie poster artists, working with the hottest directors, like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Frank Darabont (who provides the foreword), and Guillermo del Toro, who contends that "every movie that had to be something special had to have a poster by Drew Struzan." This book complements 2004's The Movie Posters of Drew Struzan and is not another poster collection. Struzan here offers multiple "comps"—drawings and paintings representing concepts and ideas—along with the final work. Each series of comps is accompanied by detailed background on Struzan's approach to the project, dealing with the directors and studio suits, and how he constructed the final image—sometimes literally cutting and pasting from several comps. VERDICT The stories behind the work are interesting and often amusing, but the art is the shining star, and more than 300 pieces are beautifully reproduced. Struzan's numerous fans—from Hollywood's elite to guys on the street—will be richly rewarded by this luxurious volume.—Mike Rogers, Library Journal

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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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Art of Drew Struzan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 10 months ago
This is a very good read.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
You know you’re a filmmaker when Drew does your poster. This book is not merely a compilation of Drew’s art (which would be incomplete if it was), but instead an exploration of selected works, from roughs to completed image, along with the corresponding backstory of each piece. It’s fascinating to learn the process he went through for each one, which even now can be painful for him to recall. Also included are all of the smaller scale (usually black and white) roughs which he submitted for approval before the final image was agreed upon and produced. Some of these differ minutely from the finished product, others are starkly different. The anecdotes for each piece are what I found the most captivating. I never suspected the my favorite Big Trouble in Little China poster featured Drew assuming the pose with Kurt Russell’s head on top! I was particularly astounded by the Adventures in Babysitting poster which he had to cut into pieces and reform on a bigger backdrop just to please the suits at the eleventh hour! By the end, I was a bit heartbroken when it was clear that the studios would commission his work with no intent to use the images. A crime against humanity! Movies like Waterworld, Harry Potter, Sahara, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Mist & Hellboy all could have benefitted. If you know Drew Struzan well enough to be reading this review then you need to see this book. It’s just like him, one of a kind.
MAB-Reviews More than 1 year ago
ART OF DREW STRUZAN For a photo gallery of this book, visit movieartbook(dot)com Drew Struzan must be considered one of the best movie poster artists in history. His posters capture the spirit and excitement of some of the most memorable films ever made. In the 70s and 80s he was most prolific, creating posters for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Back to the Future. But he's done some remarkable work more recently as well, such as Hellboy and the first two Harry Potter movies. 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.