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Drew Struzan: Oeuvre Hardcover – Illustrated, 14 Oct 2011
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"I can't recommend picking up Oeuvre enough. Such a great collection of the man's art; a must own for any movie/pop culture fan!" --Ain't It Cool News
"This book is truly a thing of beauty - a real must-have for movie buffs and art buffs alike." --Nerd Approved
"As far as a career-spanning retrospective, Oeuvre is hard to beat." --The Playlist
"Even if you only have a passing interest in movie posters or the art of Drew Struzan do yourself a favor and grab this book. You won't regret it!" --Posterocalypse
"The man is unparalleled in his talents. Drew Struzan: Oeuvre is a simple and beautiful celebration of his work. It's a book you want in your house." --Very Aware
"This is a must own book for any movie or art lover." --Geek Tyrant
"High-quality print and thick glossy pages capture the illustrations' fine detail and precision perfectly. This is an awe-inspiring portfolio." --Imagine FX
"A must-own... It's not only a love-letter to his work, but one that provides a greater understanding of it." --Collider
"A must have for any film fanatic." --Slashfilm
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Drew Struzan's art is some of the most iconic in modern movies, with the artwork for over 150 movie posters to his credit, including all the Star Wars, Back to the Future and Indiana Jones movies, Harry Potter, E.T., Big Trouble in Little China, The Goonies and the Muppets. George Lucas dubbed him ""the only collectible artist since World War II and Steven Spielberg called him his ""favorite movie artist"".
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This is the updated edition of the 2004 edition Drew Struzan: Oeuvre. The publisher Titan Books considers it a brand new edition, with lots of additional and up-to-date material, plus text by Dylan Struzan - Drew's wife. It is described as 'a sumptuous companion volume to The Art of Drew Struzan'.
So what's the difference between this book vs The Art of Drew Struzan and The Movie Posters of Drew Struzan?
The Movie Posters of Drew Struzan is a 120-page hardcover selection of movie posters up to 2004. The Art of Drew Struzan is the 160-page hardcover selection of works featuring lots of accompanying sketches together with his finished drawings, complete with commentary on his thoughts and stories behind each piece. Oeuvre is collection of works representing his career, up to 2010.
Much of what you see here is duplicated in The Movie Posters of Drew Struzan so there's no point getting that book, especially when the price different is small. Even though there is duplication in The Art of Drew Struzan as well, that book is still worth getting because of his sketches and if you want to read about his creative process.
Alright, back to Oeuvre.
Drew Struzan's art is beautiful, possibly unparalleled. You already know that.
The amount of work he created is immense and this book is a tribute to his mastery. It's a 314-page large format hardcover with illustrations all printed at full page on good paper. You're getting close to 300 illustrations. This is an amazing value for money.
His familiar works for movie posters are all inside, arranged into the type of work namely, music, movies, commercial and personal. The bulk of work appears in the movie section, of course. You'll get the see familiar works he did for Star Wars, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, and many of the lesser known ones. His portfolio is awe-inspiring.
For this 2011 reprint edition, Some of the new works included, those after 2004, are Cowboys and Aliens, Pan's Labyrinth, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, Hellboy II, The Walking Dead. Some of this have appeared in The Art of Drew Struzan but included here to make this collection complete. So if you actually have the The Art of Drew Struzan and the 2004 Oeuvre, there's no need to get this edition because you already have all the art.
The personal pieces included are some figure drawings and paintings that are done in a non-Drew Struzan style, compared to his movie art, or course.
The captions for the illustrations appear at the back of the book, arranged by page order, describing the medium and what the art was for. I wish there was another index listing his work alphabetically because sometimes it hard to find a particular title from those 300 plus pages. The alphabetically arranged copyright index at the end could do with those page numbers.
Oeuvre is the definite collection of Drew Struzan. If you have to get just one, this is it.
Most highly recommended. One of the best art books for 2011.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Among movie poster artists, Struzan is masterful, his contributions to the once-prominent technique of hand-drawn movie posters stands shoulder to shoulder with names such as Saul Bass, John Alvin, Tom Chantrell, Vic Fair, Eric Pulford, Renato Fratini, Bob Peak, and Richard Amsel. It's also worth mentioning J.C. Leyendecker, a supremely gifted and inventive classically trained early 20th century illustrator whose style appears to have bore some influence on Struzan's early work. Likewise, the 19th century Czech illustrator Alphonse Mucha, who is almost-solely remembered for inventing art nouveau but whose talents spun much wider and deeper than that, was also an influence on Struzan (and a great many others!).
Yes, Struzan's earlier pre-Indiana Jones work (wisely) does borrow from these old masters however, following his poster for 1983's Return Of The Jedi (the one framed around Vader's iconic visage and the final light sabre battle between Vader and Luke), a unique "look" began to emerge. The work became more elaborately designed, tighter in rendering, and altogether more harmonious. Struzan's images for Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade, for example, show a true understanding of the material in those films and a desire to communicate those elements without resulting to undisciplined exaggerations or timid simplifications. These are big adventure films and Struzan does them justice. Likewise, his posters for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases in 1997 reframe the trilogy into one cohesive image. I might mention that the images created for the follow-up prequels of the 2000s project more dignity and grandeur than those films can really carry.
Oeuvre is not really a coffee table book, being a kg or two too heavy for that, and (for the gentleman who's review preceded mine) nor is it an in-depth look at Struzan's poster design process (THAT book, The Art of Drew Struzan, can be found here and is also worth your money). This book is simply for those with an appreciate for film art or just art in peculiar. It is a great book, and a fine choice to add to your collection no matter what it looks like.
Within are pieces from Star Wars to Indiana Jones, from cult films to personal choices. It's a wonderful journey to explore and if you're of a certain age a chance to wonder down memory lane. The only change that I'd like to have made to this would have been more from the artist himself about the inspiration behind the pieces and the choices but other than that it's a title that stands on its own and one that is not just a coffee table book but one to be shared and enjoyed. Magical.