Movie posters have always been a way to grab the attention of potential movie-goers because they are and always have been a form of advertising. While photographs of the main actors are used nowadays, heading back 20 years ago illustrations were used instead of photos on movie posters. There has been a trend building up for a couple of years now where graphic designers and artists have been creating stylized movie posters, like some fan-made Drive posters and Texas Chainsaw.
Artist Mike Matola is continuing the trend with his hand-written posters instead of the usual hand-drawn. Matola takes a line from a film, like “All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy” from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and writes it over and over again in pen. He manipulates the phrase to create the image he wants by increasing or decreasing the space between the letters. So far he has done the films The Shining and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, and posters of each of The Beatles band members.
I would like to see more movie posters from Matola, maybe more from the horror or science fiction genre? Perhaps a series based off some cult classics like The Warriors, or The Evil Dead? Check out his Etsy page for hopefully more of his artwork coming soon.
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