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Exhausting work Nicolas Bannister’s idiosyncratic poster series has caused virtual gridlock online
Find out how a bad case of boredom led Nicolas Bannister to paint movie and TV runabouts from the rear – and the positive response he received.
A bad case of boredom got Nicolas Bannister sketching. “I decided to do what I usually do when I’m bored – a fake movie poster,” he says. “It ended up being just a car with a character and a punchline on top.”
But what grew out of idle doodles has been fuelled by online onlookers and spawned a series of iconic movie cars. The BannCars series is a union of Nicolas’s passions: film, graphic design and cinematic vehicles. “I like it when a car has been designed specifically for a real purpose in the story, when it’s a character,” he says.
The French illustrator says he settled on the unusual rear view because it’s rarely shown, except in car chases. “I love that low angle, very close to the ground. I thought why not try to see if a famous TV or movie car can be recognisable from behind?” The view also poses a challenge for the viewer. “It works for some, not for others.”
As well as art requests, the artist’s been approached for jobs, exhibitions and more. Miramax featured his incarnation of Kill Bill’s Pussy Wagon on its Facebook page, and he’s received ACME commissions for Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon and Futurama’s Planet Express ship. But he doesn’t plan to paint spacecrafts. “It would just open the door to insanity – there are so many!”
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I love that low angle, very close to the ground. I thought, why not see if a famous TV or movie car is recognisable from behind?
“Usually I don’t get much traction with my stuff online, but the feedback on this has been crazy,” says Nicolas. Here’s Nicolas’s Akira poster, featuring the distinctive bike ridden by the character Kaneda. As well as this take on Duel, Nicolas has illustrated other iconic, transportfocused features such as Speed and Knight Rider.