What a wonderful collection of art this is! "The Art of John Alvin" is a must-own book featuring work from one of the greatest movie poster artists ever.
As Hollywood filmmaking gets more paint-by-numbers, movie posters follow suit by getting more uniform and sterile. The one-sheets that you'll see at your local multiplex probably don't really engage you that often -- they may briefly capture your attention (as they are designed to do), but they don't often leave any lasting impression. It's rare to find a movie poster that actually makes you optimistic for what a film can be - the best posters must of course get your attention, but they also inspire you to imagine the possibilities of that film.
Artists like John Alvin elevate movie posters from just a marketing gimmick into high art. This book gives us an in-depth look at his posters - from Star Wars to Star Trek; from Batman to Darkman; and from E.T. to Blade Runner. Unlike the typical poster which is a photography-based composite, all of Alvin's work was hand-drawn and painted from scratch. The finished poster is always excellent, but it's also great that the book includes a bunch of sketches in progress - sometimes they advanced into the final print; other times they were abandoned in favor of a better idea.
This is one of my favorite books related to movies and art, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in either discipline.
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