Drew Struzan: Oeuvre is a fitting tribute to a fantastic artistic talent

Han Solo, drawn by Drew Struzan

Han Solo, drawn by Drew Struzan

FOR the past few days, I have been enjoying a wonderful journey through science fiction film history thanks to the work of one man – Drew Struzan.

Drew who? Well, even if you don’t know the name (and if you don’t, you’re dead to me) you’ll certainly know the work as his poster art has been a major part of everyone’s film-going experience for the past three decades.

Drew Struzan: Oeuvre is a compilation of his most famous work as well as some more personal pieces, all of which have the distinctive Struzan style of heightened photo-realism and sudden switches in colour and tone to lead the eye.

For some of his work – for instance on Blade Runner, Back to the Future or Indiana Jones – his posters match the inspiration and creativity of the film-makers. Steven Spielberg has even said he couldn’t make an Indy film without one of Drew’s posters (too bad he didn’t pass on The Crystal Skull).

Even when the films he has worked on have not been much good – The Sting II anyone? Cutthroat Island? – his posters can fill any movie-goers with a sense of hope and have almost certainly added a few quid at the box office.

In the book’s foreward, George Lucas for once gets the dialogue absolutely right when he says: “Drew’s work does much more than show a few characters – it tells its own stories and serves as dramatic and memorable entertainment in its own right.”

If I could add one caveat, it is that while the artwork speaks for itself for the most part, the book would have benefited from some words from the great man himself around some of his greatest work.

Even a line or two explaining his process or why he illustrated an image in one way or not another would have added another layer. Given the attention to detail in his artwork, it is a noticeable omission.

That is nit-picking though – Drew Struzan: Oeuvre is a must for any film or science fiction fan. Click here to order it from Amazon. or here to visit his website.

Back to the Future 2, drawn by Drew Struzan

Back to the Future 2, drawn by Drew Struzan

 

Snake Pliskin, drawn by Drew Struzan

Snake Pliskin, drawn by Drew Struzan

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