According to his site, “Dan Hipp has created illustration and design work for Cartoon Network, Real Simple, Wired, DC Comics, Image Comics, Random House, and others, while maintaining his zombie survival training in Southern California.” (via Badass Digest).
Last week I was lucky enough to get a chance to speak to one of my favorite graphic designers, Neil Kellerhouse. Unlike most movie posters which are created by design houses, Kellerhouse, Inc. is a one man operation. He’s created striking and iconic images for Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher, The Criterion Collection and Pixar among many others. It was a thrill to be able to chat with Neil about his process, coming up with the tagline for “The Social Network” and his latest poster for Steven Soderbergh’s action-thriller “Haywire.”
Phil Noto is a comic book artist and illustrator whose geek chic art encompases everything from superheroes to 60s-style pinups (and superheroines that look like 60s pinups). If you’ve seen his work before it might be because you came across his portrait of Jon Hamm as Superman (which would be totally perfect). His tumblr is a great place to check out his works-in-progress including this sketch of Ron Swanson that reminds me a little bit of how I draw (if I would have spent 10,000 more hours practicing).
Grzegorz Domaradzki is a Poland-based illustrator and graphic designer and holy shit is he amazing. I came across his Vector Movie Posters series via Yenni and really love them. Not only are they incredibly well illustrated (and detailed) but the typography and lighting effects are excellent. The only thing I don’t understand is his choice of picking images of actors not from the era of the film (like young Woody Allen for “Deconstructing Harry”) but they’re still really nice. In addition to my favorites above he’s done posters for “Apocalypse Now”, “Buffalo 66”, “The Deer Hunter”, “As Good As It Gets” and more. Check them out here and here.
Sam Smith is a drummer/graphic designer whose recent Top 10 Poster Project brought his site to my attention. He’s done work for the Criterion Collection as well as film posters for IFC and Janus. His poster for the Japanese cult-classic House is already iconic but this poster for Black Swan might be my favorite.
I first came across illustrator Olly Moss through his Minimalist Movie Poster series. They’re kind of everywhere at this point but I think he was the first to do it (or at least he was the first I’d seen). I loved his Evil Dead print, as well as his recent Rolling Roadshow series, but this recent series of Star Wars prints for MondoTees has got to be my favorite thing he’s done. Too bad they sold out in about 3 seconds because this would have looked great in my living room.
Martin Ansin is an incredible illustrator whose work I first saw at MondoTees, where I bought a Wolfman print he had done for my dad. Martin Ansin has done illustrations for Wired, Playboy and Entertainment Weekly in addition to the awesome Alamo Drafthouse commissioned movie posters like the Phantom Of The Opera one above.
Lou Romano is amazing design artist who works at Pixar, (he even voiced Linguini in Ratatouille.) I’ve been a fan of his work for years, seeing it in many of the wonderful The Art Of… books for each Pixar film. I came across his blog recently and noticed he’d seen one of my favorite films The Monster Squad and was inspired to paint these portraits of the Big 5. Perfect for Halloween. Now how do I get these prints?
I’ve been a fan of Tyler Stout’s work for a while, randomly stumbling across it every few months in awe. His style is beautifully detailed, and his subjects are the same film geek touchstones from my youth. But his prints are limited and usually sell out in minutes so it wasn’t until recently that I was able to purchase my first (for Total Recall). Now I’m kinda thinking I need to have more but unfortunately these are all way out of print! So here I come eBay, in descending order here are the next 5 Tyler Stout Prints I’d Most Like To Have.
1. The Thing
2. Big Trouble In Little China
3. The Lost Boys
5. The Road Warrior