Postercraft

”Reprinting is shady if you say the image is limited edition.”

Kevin Tong creates these masterpieces directly from his head. No scetches. Just a long meticilous mind planning…

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“The Bride of Frankenstein”

Recently I’ve posted some awesome ”Robocop” posters… Kevin Tong was responsible for creating some of the most impressive of them, so I thought it would be interesting to share more of this Austin-based artist. Here’s an excerpt from his interview to Evil Tender:

– You have some awesome videos online that follow you through your process of creating your posters. Do you sketch heavily before you begin a piece? In the process video for the Mogwai poster it seems that you just begin by drawing, creating a perfectly designed poster from your head. Of course it is from your head, but is every element well plotted out before you start working in the final product? 

– Sketching, I really dislike sketching. Usually I go straight to final. The idea percolates in my head for a long time. I like to think and rethink it, but never put anything to paper until I feel I’m ready to start. I try out lots of ideas in my mind and if I forget an idea, it’s not worth drawing. Eventually, through survival of the fittest, the entire image is formed in my mind, so i just start working. A lot of the thinking occurs when I’m driving somewhere, cooking, or hanging out. I’m told I look really upset when I’m thinking of ideas.

Here are some of the final results:

 

Here’s the creative process behind one poster…

 

And the illustrator himself…Screenshot_20171125-141032

Visit Kevin Tong’s website, ”Tragic Sunshine”. There are basically megatons of graphic awesomeness.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / posters

This “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” poster is just a masterpiece… Unfortunately, I couldn’t find its author or a high-res printable version.

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And some other beautiful posters and artwork of this cult film.

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If anyone finds the the first poster’s author/high resolution version/where I can buy it, please let me know (the same goes for other posters) . It’s weird that so much beautiful artwork is done and then most of it just disappears without any trace even if one is willing to pay for it…

Apart from a couple of official posters which are lovely but just copy a famous scene, this is the only one I found for sale here on Amazon:

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M. Night Shyamalan / posters

Curious fact – M. Night Shyamalan co-wrote “Stuart Little“. Yes, that 1999 movie about a talking mouse that grossed $300 mln and now is rated 5.9 on IMDb, released same year as “The Sixth Sense“. Since then he never did a comedy film again.

While doing recently “Top 17 Highest Grossing Horror Movies“, it was a nice surprise to find out that three movies on the list (“Sixth Sense“, “Signs“, “The Village“) were directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Yes, I did watch them but had no idea that all of them were that successful commercially, and must admit that I didn’t really follow his works in the late 2000-s (post-“The Village” films), like many of you, I suppose.

Now he made a commercially successful comeback with “The Visit” (I haven’t seen the film, but it grossed $98 mln on a $5 mln budget!) and – of course! – “Split” which was widely successful from all points of view and which I have yet to review, but one thing caught my attention while reading the film’s excellent review here – the posters.

The film was mostly promoted with these 2 posters…

…while there was in fact another artwork and I seriously think it may qualify as one of the best posters of 2016 because it explores the films idea just brilliantly:

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As for the rest of M. Night Shyamalan’s filmography, there weren’t so many impressive posters, but here are a few that I find curious:

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And one more thing. While I find the poster of “The Happenning” quite dull (the movie where Mark Wahlberg talks with a house plant, begging it not to kill him, just to find out it’s a plastic plant), there is one interesting detail that I noticed when the film was released but was subsequently removed the the marketing campaing (except for the Spanish poster).

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See those small white writings? It says “We’ve Sensed It” / “We’ve Seen The Signs”, making a clear reference to M. Night Shyamalan’s two other movies. It is just a marketing trick, obviously, but I haven’t actually seen many posters connected in some way to the previous movies of the same director.

High-Rise / posters

4 bloody lovely posters for “High-Rise” that I must have missed when reviewing Ben Wheatley’s surreal film. The last one has some very curious details.

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High-Rise” a bloody mess of a dystopian movie based on a novel by J. G. Ballard, but it had its moments. And it also had Tom Hiddleston, Siena Miller, Jeremy Irons and absolutely beautiful although rather lifeless visuals.

 

Tarkovsky / posters

“And so, what is a film? It’s a mosaic made of time.” (A. Tarkovsky)

 

Dreamy and poignant posters for several films of the great Russian director, by Curzon Artificial Eye. These are definitely most beautiful posters of his works I have ever seen (including probably the original posters)  as they reflect carefully the poetic nature of these films, which continue to influence modern filmmakers, such as Dennis Vileneuve who directed the best science fiction movie of 2016, ”Arrival”.

And probably will make the best sci-fi of 2017. And who is currently working on Blade Runner 2049.