I had a few people over to my place last night, and my pal Dave and I started nerding-out about old movie poster artwork. After looking through a few of my poster books I had on hand, Dave got on the web and brought the work on Richard Amsel to my attention.
I had seen quite a few posters by Amsel over the years, but never knew exactly which artist had created them. Dave brought up Amsel doing the poster for Raiders of the Lost Arc, which I always assumed was created by Drew Struzan. Diving into Amsel’s work last night was amazing, aside from him being a brilliant illustrator he has a sharp sense of design and use of white space. The girth of his portfolio blew me away.
It really is bittersweet to look through the works of Richard Amsel, Drew Struzan and Bob Peak. These guys were the masters of the movie poster medium which, and I quote Dave, “is a dying form of art.”