Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Must buy: The Art Of Drew Struzan

If you don't know who Drew Struzan is, then buy this book. If you do, then you don't need any encouragement from me. Back To The Future, The Thing, Hellboy, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, the Star Wars prequels, The Shawshank Redemption, and Blade Runner are just some of the movies Struzan's produced masterful and indelible movie posters for. This wonderful book (out on Friday from Titan) collates the best of his work and includes many preliminary and unused poster designs. As you flick through the pages, savouring every brush stroke and every choice of character and placement, you'll wish you had a Struzan hanging on your wall. Alas, Frank Darabont, who provides the foreword, apparently has a home full of his original artwork. The rest of us will have to make do with this lovely tome.


Hal Gracie said...

I saw this book in London's Forbidden Planet last month (maybe the US edition).

Have you seen Darabont's The Mist? Thomas Jane's character is partially based on Struzan, with the opening scene showing him in his workspace surrounded by Struzan's artwork.

The film is sadly terrible however, continuing Darabont's hero to zero descent since Shawshank. The love-in between King and Darabont on the blu-ray is even worse.

Mark Salisbury said...

I have seen The Mist and yes, you're right, the Jane character was based on him.

I have to say I like The Mist (story and film) although I found the ending to be one of the most downbeat and depressing imaginable. Made me angry if I recall correctly.