Movie Poster Artist Drew Struzan
American artist Drew Struzan was born in Oregon in 1947. He went to the Art Center College of Design after relocating to Los Angeles at age 18, where he decided to major in illustration. Throughout school he sold his artwork to make extra money and accepted a few commissions, graduating with honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree. “Amongst all the difficulty and turmoil of the business it was the place that dreams were made and it was a beautiful life for me.” – Drew Struzan
As the 1990s arrived and digital animation began to dominate, Struzan’s hand-drawn artwork was in less demand. He created posters for such blockbusters as Hook, Hellboy and Harry Potter, but he began to find other outlets for his work including comic books, limited edition art, and the collectible market. As such his art can be found on such items as Franklin Mint pieces, a twelve plate collectible set commemorating Princess Diana, the 1996 edition of the board game Clue, and various U.S postage stamps.
A colorful account of the life and art of the recently retired Drew Struzan, whose amazing poster work from the 1970s onward still delights cineastes and casual observers. The mild-mannered Struzan reveals his background and technique, but it’s his gorgeous, iconic hand-drawn images that stick: “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Back to the Future,” “E.T.,” “The Muppet Movie” and many more.
Fans and filmmakers like Steven Spielberg (“My films had to live up to the poster!”), George Lucas and Guillermo del Toro sing Struzan’s praises and salute his serious but fun style. The posters were “the first note of the movie,” as Michael J. Fox says. But the summary comes when the low-key Struzan offhandedly reveals what he often hears: “Give it your magic.”