Mike Mitchell

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There are just so so many pop-culture inspired illustrations brimming over Sir Mike of Mitchell’s cup. Quick. Drink up.

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Kubrick at LACMA

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“We can’t believe anyone has made it to adulthood without seeing at least one of his flicks, but in case you grew up in a cult, for sheer power of iconography alone, Kubrick deserves his place in the pantheon of greats…”

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a notable retrospective exhibit of the life and work of Stanley Kubrick. It sounds cliché in creative circles but 2001: A Space Odyssey is my favorite film of all time and several of Kubrick’s other works rank in my top 10.

It looks as thought the exhibit will be up for a while and I may actually try and head out to LA at some point just to see it. If you live there then you have no excuse.

Read more about it here.

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Cesar Moreno

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César Moreno is one of my favorite people to have recently stumbled upon. I’ve been jumping hard and fast into illustrating and generating imagery inspired by pop and movies and César’s work in that arena stands out. He’s got some downright fantastic work in his portfolio and is holding it down in Mexico. Release some prints my friend. The people will buy.

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Alice X. Zhang

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I am really digging the pop/movie inspired digital paint works and portraits of Alice X. Zhang who must be keeping busy since all she has to say for herself in her about section is ‘yada yada’. Fortunately her work says much more.

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Laurent Durieux

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I was recently turned onto the work of illustrator Laurent Durieux from a poster he released through Dark Hall Mansion. I’ve heard it through the grapevine that he has some upcoming posters being released through Mondo as well. It’s easy to see how he attracted the attention after you take a look through his exceptional body of work.

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Happy Birthday David

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Wow this viral promotion for Ridley Scott’s upcoming summer blockbuster Prometheus (a precursor to the Alien series of films) looks amazing. It’s weird, artsy and modern. All the things that I love. I cannot wait to see the film. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

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Ted: Restricted Trailer

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Okay I’ll be honest when I first heard about this movie and the premise of it all I thought, ‘I don’t know, sounds like hype and potentially crap’ but I do love Seth MacFarlane so I figured I better give it a chance. Well all of those thoughts were totally obliterated after I saw this uncensored trailer. Opinion upgrade: this looks awesome.

A little background on the movie:
“Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since.”

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Rizon Parein

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There are some pretty kick ass 3D illustrations in the portfolio of Rizon Parein not the least of which includes a seriously awesome set of poster concepts for last year’s thriller Drive.

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Mondo x Horkey x Moon

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This amazing laser-etched poster for the Coen Brothers version of the Movie ‘True Grit’ goes on sale tomorrow morning at a random time through Mondo. Only 33 will be released and if you have the hefty amount $450 bucks to let loose then it could be yours.

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Creative Spark

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Creative Spark put together a nice project for Halloween this year. They created posters for their favorite horror movies. You can view and buy them here. The best part about the entire project is that the proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

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Eye Sea Posters

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Wow. Eye Sea Posters is pretty awesome. It’s a website that archives genuine original film posters from obscure movies released all over Europe throughout the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. There are some fantastic posters up for sale at very reasonable prices if you are a collector and there is more than enough to take in for inspirations sake if you are a curious designer.

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The Machines Are Winning

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Jay Shaw calls himself ‘Iron Jaiden’ and has gathered quite a following on hardcore print and poster websites like Expresso Beans and OMG Posters (I know because I am one of the nerds who constantly frequents those websites and collects posters). You can see his excellent work at Kingdom of Nonsense. I was totally excited to recently discover that Jay is actually a resident of Denver, Colorado and his studio is just downtown. That excitement was compounded when I also discovered that he is hosting a silkscreen poster exhibition tomorrow night as a tribute to the amazing writer/director Sydney Lumet. The show was expertly curated by Jay himself and features some fantastic posters by artists like Kevin Ang and James Rheem Davis. You can see most of the posters in the show here at OMG posters. This is going to be a great event and it’s a little something new for the art scene here in Denver. So don’t miss out tomorrow night. I am planning on being there myself.

Here are the details:
Laundry on Lawrence
2701 Lawrence
Denver, Co

Doors open at 7. Be there or be square or at least miss out on that poster you are coveting.

Leftover posters will be sold at Jay’s online storefront the following day.

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Velvet Geek

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Apparently you are supposed to be a bit of a geek to appreciate the paintings on black velvet by tattoo artist Bruce White. But I don’t think you have to be a geek to appreciate that White is a talented painter who has genuinely mastered his chosen medium. The fact that his work depicts famous movie characters is an added bonus.

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The Schwarzenegger Trilogy

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I was totally consumed by Schwarzenegger as a child. I even competed in bodybuilding as a teen I wanted so much to be like him. So I was pretty jazzed by this animation piece paying homage to the now dethroned king of manliness by Brainbow.

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Classics: Behind the Scenes

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If you are a movie buff like I am then you will likely appreciate this wonderful little collection of behind the scenes photographs from some of the better pictures ever put on film.

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Olly Moss: Cutouts

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If you want to see practically all of the fantastic paper cutout silhouette portraits created by pop-culture-enthusiast artist Olly Moss from his solo exhibition at Gallery 1988 in LA, you can do so here.

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Film on Paper

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Film on Paper has been called to my attention a couple of times in the past few weeks. It is a new website again dedicated to the art of the movie poster. It offers up a broad spectrum of work produced in that vein over the last several decades and is a pretty great mishmash of both then and now. Movie poster art is back on the rise and definitely in popular demand. Hopefully the studios will get on board and start hiring artists and designers to produce memorable artistic posters once again as opposed to a giant photo of the leading actors face that’s ready to go straight onto the DVD packaging.

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Phantom City Creative

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Phantom City Creative is a Toronto based illustration and design studio that has turned out some fantastic posters lately for some of their favorite movies. The posters are actually for sale too but only come in small 11×17 sizes. I would give anything to see some of the pieces printed larger because the quality of the illustrations and the compositional arrangement is top notch. Keep an eye on this studio.

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