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reading “the art of drew struzan" …and was really moved and saddened by a particular part of the book, in regards to the pans labyrinth poster he painted, but was never used for the films release.
here’s an excerpt about why the studio didn’t use his art for the poster:
"They were having a press conference in Europe, and a reporter actually stood up and asked one of the suits, "How come you didn’t use Drew Struzan’s artwork for the poster?" See, I had some fans out there. "The suits reply was: "We didn’t use it because it looks too much like art”. That just floored me. How do you respond to that? What I had always tried to do was make art out of advertising. To take some hard-nosed commercial sales pitch and invest it with some beauty. For that guy to give that answer to that question at that time… just devastating. That’s when I had to seriously question what I was doing. It’s a great way to lose your center, and probably your mind.”
-Drew Struzan from the book “The art of Drew Struzan”
highly recommend this book, but prepare to be disgusted at how the studios have degenerated the art of the movie poster. his work is beautifully presented, and you get to see a lot if his comps (preliminary drawings), but it’s a downer to see how he and his work were treated by the “suits”.