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The Art of Drew Struzan [Hardcover]

Drew Struzan
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Sept. 14 2010
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

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Filled with movie poster magic and more Oct. 8 2010
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It's really great to see Drew Struzan's art in one wonderful volume. All those that I've seen before were in different making-of and art-of books, particularly the Star Wars books. This book has much more than that.

There are works dating back to the from the first Indiana Jones movie (1981), Star Wars (he drew for all of them), Back to the Future, Shawshank Redemption, Police Academy, Hellboy and a few movies which I didn't know existed. Going through this book made me feel like watching all those movies again. A very nostalgic collection.

The paintings are gorgeous, nicely reproduced, and many printed full page. Also included are many variations of the movie posters, both in sketches and colours, and all almost as detailed as the final piece.

There's some sort of magical quality in his paintings that evoke a sense of fantasy and adventure. Together with his traditional approach to art, he has created a style that's easily recognisable. Every page is a marvel to look at, to admire.

Besides the art, Drew Struzan himself provided some commentary on the background stories and working with people. It's all very interesting to read.

This is definitely one of the top art books for 2010.

You probably do not want to miss this fantastic book.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Book Feb. 22 2014
By Peter
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book contains alot of pencil drawings to go along with the final pieces. Its great if you are interested in the process of creating. There are fewer selections than the Drew Oeuvre book, but go indepth far greater. If youre looking for a book with a larger, more complete collection, then check out the Oeuvre. If youre interested in the process work and pencil compostions, then this is the one for you. Or get both, they are good companion books to have. Very happy with both of them; excellent quality prints and large enough to examine details.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare tour through genius Dec 12 2010
By bulog
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Everyday you can view brilliant art, but its not everyday you get to see the process of that piece, from conceptualization to alternate sketches to final product, here we have that with this book. Starting with a fantastic forward by Frank Darabont, and a great introduction by the books author, the art is complimented by the artist's commentary itself. Each film that is featured here tells a great story as to how it was conceived as a poster, to how it needed to go through changes, who were involved with those changes, and also how his own art saved his home. The highlights so far in reading this halfway through are the stories where he created the poster for John Carpenter's "THE THING" in less than 2 days, to how he was frustrated in cutting his original painting for Adventure's in Babysitting. What's strange is that during the sketches for the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer there is no commentary for that work but for other work that isn't featured there at all!

Starting from Frank's forward and painfully evident during the Buffy sketches, and most importantly the Harry Potter poster, is the disdain for poster art for films as 'art' as viewed by the Studio system. Gone are the days of atmospheric romanticism and pure excitement for a film when you see the poster hanging on the wall at the cinema, now its all photoshopped heads hanging over clouds with big red text on the bottom third. Drew Struzan is the last of his kind and definetly the one of the greatest in his field. This book celebrates that beautifully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, hard cover damaged a little Dec 15 2011
It's the inconvenient of buying online I guess, the risk to have a book not in perfect shape. Book pretty good content though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL... Oct. 18 2011
By KatoD
I didn't releaze how much this guy was loved by others (i.e. Steven Speilberg, Robert Zemeckis). Having collected his posters back in the 1980's and proudly displayed them in my home theatre over the years, how surprised was I to see a book beautifully containing the work of an amazing artist and the stories (plus thumbnails) of some of his best posters.

If you are a lover of movie posters and Drew Struzan ...then this is the book for you!! If you love artwork ...this is also the book for you!

Following in the footsteps of Norman Rockwell and other great artists ...this book of Drew Struzan's artwork and stories will provide a wonderful glimpse at the beautiful artwork behind movie posters!

Beautiful four-colour pages containing the original artwork of the best movies over the past 3 decades. Providing a chance to look and study his artwork over and over again, and know the 'Hollywood' stories behind the poster.
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