Fan art is a strange but wonderful thing. Thanks largely to artblogs and portfolio sites, a new sub-culture of design has been created that pays homage to the tv shows and movies that we love. Often created as part of a college project (a favorite design brief of many design instructors) the movie poster is a way for designers and artists to practice their design and visual communication skills.
The results can be amazing! So good, in fact, that the fan version of the movie poster is often better than the original! The real movie posters often lack the visual cleverness that we see in the fan art versions. These particular poster designs have been created by extremely talented artists and designers who have used amazing visual language, artistic skill, and conceptual thinking to create some inspirational work. I hope that these designs inspire you in your own poster design work!
Simply amazing digital artwork by Richard Davis for his interpretation of The Artist movie
Brilliant neon cool 8o’s vibe for this 80’s aesthetic movie
Ferris Bueller gets a classic 50’s makeover in this brilliant poster by Mark Welser
The design on this is so rad by Nicole Antonian, I actually want to see this version of the movie!!?!
I’m such a fan of these games! I wish this really was a movie (fantastic illustration by Pikazilla)
James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein is an outstanding piece of design, illustration and digital mastery
Minimal design by Olly Moss that is so bold and eye-catching! (based on the famous mirror scene; “you looking at me”)
Simply brilliant piece of design and typography!
Amazing illustration by Christine Griffin – love this style
Simple but so visually clever and witty!
Superb retro vector illustration by Tom Whalen
Creepily brilliant illustration by Elif Cinbaşfor a creepily brilliant movie
Great concept and great execution by Sēbastián
This Fight Club poster by Chris Morkaut has all the edgy brilliance of the movie
Exceptional typographical treatment by Jerod Gibson
Absolutely love this poster by polish designer Piotr – dark, elegant, and beautiful
James White’s is such a skilled digital designer. His version of the Green Lantern movie poster is tremendous!
Graphic genius from Joel Amat Güell – love this Contagion movie poster
I Just love this 50’s style cartoon illustration! Great poster from Atipo
Another brilliant design from James White
Graphic brilliance from Abb-d Choudhury
Travis Price has created an amazingly complex digital illustration for his Big Lebowski tribute
Sublime piece of illustration for the Marvel film
Strong visual concept by Oscar Delgado
Beautiful graphic design treatment for The Adjustment Bureau movie from Matt Needle
Another super-cool movie poster by Mark Welser. Beautiful visual style that really pops.
Another movie poster design by Richard Davies – breathtaking digital art mastery!
Great typography and composition by “thescotters”
Jim Tuckwell has Combined two classics here for a funny and cool movie poster
Cool geometrical composition by Vangarde
love the 60’s vibe design from Corey Holms
A super modern graphical treatment of this movie (makes the movie look far more interesting and cool than it actually is!)
Another design by Grzegorz Domaradzki – about as graphically excellent as it gets!
This life Aquatic movie poster by Akashisko is so 50’s cartoon cool
Brandon Schaefer’s poster is colorful, simple and visually cool!
Stunning illustration and composition by Emmanuel-B
Brilliantly striking image for the movie Six String Samurai by designer. James Anderson
Alex Eylar’s fantastic minimalist design
Grzegorz Domaradzki who did this tribute to the British classic, Get Carter, is probably the greatest mixed media artist out there! His work is sublime!
Complex illustration and wonderful composition by “MRMSTYLE”
Cool vector poster of the Moon movie by Harry Gordon
Another amazing piece by Polish designer. Piotr – this cool 60’s style fits perfectly with the X Men First Class movie aesthetic
Incredible digital art interpretation of Apocalypse Now
Funny poster by Alexander Ovchinnikov! I’d love to see the eggplant version of this movie!
Visually powerful image of this Disney classic by Monique Sterling
Beautiful illustration by Alice X. Zhang of character Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games movie
One of my favorite artists going! Alex Pardee’s series of Sucker Punch posters are terrific
Amazing design by Noah Hornstein – visually powerful and unnerving
60’s style illustrated chic by Rob Nichols – when Sean Connery was still young and dashing as bond!
Another fantastic movie poster by Mark Crandall
Amazing digital skill from hyzak to create this concept poster for the upcoming Amazing Spiderman movie
Fantastically simple but effective illustration for The Seventh Seal by artist, Atipo