Raiders of the Lost Ark re­dux

Richard Am­sel’s poster for the 1982 re-re­lease of Raiders of the Lost Ark per­fectly em­bod­ies the film, con­vey­ing the char­ac­ters, the in­trigue and the whip. Adam McDaniel, an ex­pert on Richard’s tech­niques, talks us through its cre­ation

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1 Richard would of­ten make scores of pre­lim­i­nary thumb­nail sketches, try­ing to fig­ure out how best to cap­ture that di­rect essence of a de­sign. Once he’d cho­sen a route to fol­low,

2 he’d draw a more solid and ac­cu­rate sketch – here he still gave him­self op­tions on the whip arm po­si­tion. 3 Richard would then ren­der a rather de­tailed colour comp, which he would show for cre­ative ap­provals be­fore em­bark­ing on the fi­nal il­lus­tra­tion.

4 For the fi­nal poster art Richard would start with the de­tailed pen­cils, work with washes of paint, then add coloured pen­cils and gouache in a back and forth process un­til he was happy with the re­sults.

inc oncei vable ! Steve Crisp’s highly un­usual com­po­si­tion for the UK re­lease of The Princess Bride cap­tures sev­eral story el­e­ments in what’s al­most a book cover. The right-hand por­tion of the im­age is still used on the DVD case.

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