Illustrated Movie Posters

October 9, 2014

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Kicking off the first post I wanted to share several of my favourite illustrated movie posters and alternatives. This should give you a bit more insight into my tastes and personality, plus it’s a good opener into what will be a collection of all things design to random thoughts and inspiration.

Movie posters (like any design) are subjective to each person, apart from NYMPH()MANIAC which is clearly horrible. I still shudder at the sight of Willam Dafoe after being violated by his happy face at a bus shelter. So what stands out as a good one-sheet then? If you’re basing it on the actual theory then there’s loads to consider, such as capturing the film style, drawing attention, typography, iconography, story telling, teasing, lasting appeal…the list is huge. On the other hand, sometimes you can’t quite explain why you like something, it just jumps out at you. I appreciate the clichés classics like Metropolis, Jaws or E.T but I’d much rather have a Kill Bill or Big Trouble in Little China on my wall any day. I’m not slating those by the way, they’re iconic and rightly so—although it does highlight the point of one man’s Vertigo could be another man’s Superman III.

But enough of stating the obvious, here’s some of my (illustrated) favourites…

Godzilla (2014).
Unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy the film as much as the marketing but this IMAX art completely nailed it.



Back to the Future
We all know the three iconic posters etched into our minds but these pieces by Laurent Derieux are stunning. I’m still undecided on my favourite.


Army of Darkness (Japanese version)
I originally thought this was fan art when I first stumbled upon it but it’s the Japanese release which was apparently called “Captain Supermarket”!

Kill Bill
Tyler Stout is a bloody genius and I absolutely adore all of his work.

'Big Trouble in Little China' by Tyler Stout

I recently found the work of Mr.Doyle and immediately wanted his poster for SpokeArt. It’s influenced on Barry Windsor-Smith’s work on Iron Man #233.

Blade Runner
There’s been some outstanding alternatives but John Alvin’s 2000 reworked piece is still one of my all time favourites. I’m envious each time I visit my friend who hangs a huge framed print of it in his hallway.


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