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
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.