Even if you don't immediately recognize the name Drew Struzan, I guarantee you know his work. His art graces more than 150 movie posters, including some of the most celebrated and iconic works of the past 30 years: all of the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" movies, the first few "Police Academy" flicks, "First Blood," "Coming To America," "The Goonies," "Blade Runner"... impressed yet? The guy has a serious resume.
There are two reasons I'm posting about Struzan today. The first is his new book, "The Art of Drew Struzan," which is available from Titan Books next week, on September 14. I've been thumbing through it relentlessly since it arrived last week, and I really can't put it down. The pages are full of amazing poster art, finished and unfinished, used and unused. A significant portion is devoted to a range of "Back to the Future" poster mockups, some of which sell a very different movie than what hit theaters in 1985. Wild stuff.
I'll be chatting with Drew a little later today, and will hopefully have a story up from the interview soon after. To psych you up though, I have a very special treat: an unused poster design from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Struzan did the first "Potter" movie poster, but a regime change at Warner Bros. led to a change in direction for the subsequent posters, halting these "Chamber of Secrets" sketches at the design stage. There are more in the book, but I've got an exclusive one to share with you here today.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets comp © Copyright Drew Struzan 2002. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission