Did you ever see Xanadu? Not the brilliant stage adaptation, but the Olivia Newton-John disaster? You know how the roller skating protagonist has a job painting movie poster billboards? Drew Struzan is sort of like that guy, only, you know, he doesn't paint the literal billboard, he just makes pre-poster film art and his career has probably been severely damaged in the age of Photoshop. You know his work, too. You know it well. He's the guy responsible for the instantly recognizable poster/cover art for dozens upon dozens of massively epic popcorn flicks (particularly in the 80's & 90's), but almost no one knows his name. Talk about being taken for granted.
Now you know Drew Struzan, the master of replicating Harrison Ford's face in paint. You can even buy his work. He's having a gallery retrospective at Nucleus in Alhambra, CA.
Hit the jump to see some other familiar Struzan images.
Yeah, Harry Potter. Acrylic and colored pencil, bitches.
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