Iconic movie poster artist retiring.

September 5, 2008 at 2:27 pm 2 comments

Insert sad emoticon here.

Movie poster artist, Drew Struzan, is retiring. Struzan has been responsible for many of the more memorable movie posters of the 80s including the Indiana Jones series, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Blade Runner (featured at left), the Star Wars prequels and the poster re-vamps for the Star Wars Special Editions in the late 90s. 

I hope he continues to work in at least a more scaled back form. I think movie poster art has lost a lot in the last few years. Occasionally, a nice poster will come around that perfectly sells the film, but for the most part, modern movie posters are merely highly Photoshopped jobs with lots of color effects and filters. To the graphic designers’ credit, some of the Photoshop produced posters aren’t all that bad. Photoshop is a necessity for our profession [graphic design] and in a desktop publishing world, you have to work quickly and efficiently. 

That doesn’t mean a really great and inspired piece of artwork can’t be used to sell a film every now and then. It worked back in the 70s and 80s and it can still work today. Just check out the portfolio section of Struzan’s website. There are quite a few movie posters from the last few years and it seems that filmmakers have chosen Struzan specifically to work on them. My guess is that they are special “one-off” type jobs. 

I hope that Struzan’s retirement is great, but I’d love to still be able to see more of his work someday.


Inspiration for this post from this Ain’t It Cool News article.


Entry filed under: art, Design, movies/film, ridiculously cool. Tags: , .

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. adayinthelyfe  |  September 5, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Was his speciality making posters for Harrison Ford?

  • 2. jeffreysnodgrass  |  September 5, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    It should have been because he always did a great job of it!


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