Skip to main content

2020 September Art Dare

“MOVIE POSTERS”

 Taking inspiration from graphic designer Saul Bass, design a movie poster (for a real movie) using only black, white + 1 – 2 colors.
Use any art media! Poster must include the text of the movie title.

Get Art Dare Notifications

October Art Dare: Movie Posters

PRIZE WINNER

Hanna Kumpula
The Birds
digital

Finland
@ladypenknife

“One day on my lunch walk there was a huge amount of little birds flying above my head from tree to tree and knew which movie poster I would make. The original movie poster shows a terrified woman with a few birds attacking her. The viewer is close to the woman.

I liked the elements of the poster but wanted to play with them a little. So I changed the perspective. The viewer is now above and behind the birds. The woman is pictured alone, terrified and about to be swallowed by the ‘wave.’ I also drew inspiration from M.C. Escher and tried to make the birds emerge from the blackness but in a chaotic manner.”

October Art Dare: Movie Posters

HONORABLE MENTION

Rose Weisburd, USA
@r_weisburd

Terminal, 6″ x 8″, digital
“Terminal with Margot Robbie takes place in a huge vintage train station but there’s also a character who has a terminal illness, and that’s just one of the examples of duality in the movie. Characters are not what they seem. The story takes us down a rabbit hole of identities and motivations. One of the subplots even revolves around a giant hole.

There is a lot of rabbit imagery, like Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit. The white duck-rabbit illusion elements are a symbol of how characters create illusions to hide what they really are and take advantage of other characters’ illusions about them. I used Affinity Photo to create the human silhouette from a publicity still. Then I did the layout in Affinity Designer. The hole is clip art downloaded from Freepik and the duck-rabbit is from FreeSVG.”

October Art Dare: Movie Posters

HONORABLE MENTION

Rose Weisburd, USA
@r_weisburd

Us, 4.25″ x 5.5,” digital
“Back when we had movie theaters, Us was one of the few movies I actually went out to see. It has so many details that talk about duality, starting with the famous scissors. The use of overlapping different fonts in the official poster is another example that I just had to shout out with my own choice of fonts. The Hands Across America one is loosely based on a scene but I drew it the way I was seeing it in my mind. The way the figures are attached to each other and their own shadows reinforces the idea of duality and tethering.

I used Photoshop and Illustrator to trace a photo of the scissors. I used Affinity Designer to draw the hill and the Hands Across America line, which I created by assembling one figure out of simple shapes, then copy-pasting and transforming it repeatedly for perspective.”

October Art Dare: Movie Posters

HONORABLE MENTION

Rose Weisburd, USA
@r_weisburd

Soylent Green, Color-aid papers, rubber stamps, gouache
“Soylent Green is an old 70s movie that is set in 2022 in a time of climate change, mass starvation, police control and government breakdown. The Soylent protein crackers at the top of the poster come out of the factory in sheets, like how saltine crackers come attached to each other and you break the squares off.

What looks like mountains are actually upturned faces with open mouths waiting for the handout of processed food. The title font is boxed in and yet eroded, like the society in the movie. The bottom half of the poster gives away the ending…I cut the Color-aid paper into squares with an X-acto knife and glued them down so the gaps made a grid. The title is rubber stamped with gouache.

October Art Dare: Movie Posters

HONORABLE MENTION

Rose Weisburd, USA
@r_weisburd

Casablanca, 6″ x 8,” gouache
“I love old movies and Casablanca is really the classic of classics. To me it’s a story of love not only between people but a love of freedom too. NGL it makes me cry a little every time. I took the movie still into Affinity Photo and turned the contrast all the way up, printed it out and traced it with a light box. I also printed out the title, which I had customized in Affinity Designer (by making the C way bigger). Then I painted it with my own mixed color and black gouache.”

October Art Dare: Movie Posters

HONORABLE MENTION

Rose Weisburd, USA
@r_weisburd

Wristcutters, 6″ x 8″, gouache
“One of my favorite movies, a sweet and funny road movie set in a run-down B-grade afterlife limbo. It has a really good soundtrack that largely manifests through the cassette player in the crappy car the 3 characters drive across the grungy, desert landscape.

I set the title and drew the hand with the pen tool in Affinity Designer, then printed them out to trace on a light box. I used clip art from Freepik as a reference for the cassette. Then I painted it with my own mixed color and black and white gouache.”

Johanna
Ready or Not
acrylic, pen, digital

USA
@johannarlee

“I chose the movie Ready or Not in the horror genre because I find it to be a perfect blend of the horror/comedy genre. I did a few sketches and found my initial pieces focused too much on the movie’s main heroine before deciding to move my focus to a titular item (a card) from the movie that results in the film’s main story arc.

It was challenging for me to incorporate my own handwriting, but it felt essential to have that blocky handwriting paired with a spoiler embedded in the actual text itself. I really loved the use of block-like hands and limbs in a few of Saul Bass’ pieces, so I tried to bring my own version of creepy looking hands to increase the creepy factor of drawing a card of doom. This piece pushed me outside my comfort zone in terms of being monochromatic, but it was fun!”

October Art Dare: Movie Posters

AKA Dorcass
10 Things I Hate About You
Interview with the Vampire
scrapbook paper, ink, colored pencil

USA
@akadorcass

“I was simply motivated by the excitement of participating in my first art dare. I wanted to come up with something that had that retro vibe you get from Saul Bass posters, and I veered toward primarily scrapbook paper when I realized I didn’t have the art supplies to do the puddles of blood and the cassette tape justice.

I saw a Ted Talk a while ago by an artist (sadly I can’t remember who) who takes ideas and strips them down to tell the story with as few lines as possible, and they came to mind during my process. I wanted to reveal the thread of the story as simply as I could without using the sexy vampire angle used with the original movie posters.

For this one I wanted to try and focus on the lettering of the title and building the story of the film around it. The color changes of the lettering are meant to symbolize the hot/cold, on again/off again relationships in the film. The figure in the top references the scene where Heath Ledger’s character performs a song in the stadium to apologize to Julia Stiles’ character while dodging the security guards.”

October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters

Vernon Luna
The Truman Show, Donnie Darko, Midsommar, Fargo

Philippines
@moonsparkx

“This month’s art dare is very intriguing and every week I want to tackle very diverse exploratory pieces. On week 1 on my Midsommar piece I want to play with hyper details, on second week on romance, I want to play with 3d shapes and 2d shapes.

On 3rd week I want to play with manipulation of typefaces and illustration and on the last week I played around with uncommon colors and negative space. This art dare for me is a voyage of finding new things and incorporating them in my future works.”

October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters

Eric Lee
A Quiet Place
digital

USA
@sketchelee

“I was drawn by the way Saul Bass used graphic design to create simple, yet captivating movie posters, so I decided to create my own for A Quiet Place. This is a movie my dad and I enjoyed watching in theaters and we’ve been waiting for the release of the upcoming sequel ever since.

My brainstorming process started with re-watching scenes from the movie while sketching integral ideas, symbols, and characters out on paper. After creating some thumbnail sketches to map out my composition, I started working digitally. I chose a black background for the poster to emphasize the eeriness and silence in the film and added red details and texture to tie in with the horror aspect of the movie as well as the theme of familial love.”

Prajay Pratel
The Dark Knight, Contagion, San Andreas, Inception, Star Trek, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, You’ve Got Mail
markers, pencil, photography, digital

USA
@prajaypatel_phd

“For this Art Dare challenge, I wanted to explore utilizing my scientific background (Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry) into my artwork through incorporating different facets from science within minimalistic designs for movies of various genres as well as display my artistic growth.

These mixed media pieces showcase my growth as an artist through blending traditional illustration media (markers, graphite) and artist fundamentals acquired from the free education provided by Art Prof with digital media (photo manipulation, digital) to capture the contrast, colors, and textures depicted within this body of work.

One notable scientific element is the 2D schematic of the novel coronavirus in Contagion. Other movie posters are included based on general appreciation and/or the development of a singular idea such as the San Andreas fault line, a computer, and even a hand.”

October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters

Amber Udon
The Wind Rises
newspaper, digital

@amberudon

“I’ve loved Studio Ghibli’s movies ever since I was little, so I absolutely had to do a Studio Ghibli poster for this Art Dare! Taking inspiration from Saul Bass, I used a single colour in the background and made use of the protagonist’s silhouette as the main visual element.

To give the piece an original twist, however, I made the silhouette out of a newspaper collage. This plays into the plot of The Wind Rises quite neatly as it is set during World War II, and newspapers are a form of media commonly associated with this period of time. I then took a picture of the newspaper silhouette and brought it into Adobe Fresco to add the title.

The vertical lettering is a reference to the ‘wind rising’ and the word ‘rises’ is found within a geometric plane silhouette, referring to the protagonist’s occupation as an aviation engineer during the war.”

Beatriz Abou
Annihilation, Crimson Peak, Kill Bill, The Shape of Water
digital

Brazil
@bea_draws

“These were the first posters I’ve ever designed and my biggest challenge was dealing with my skill limitations, since I’m a beginner artist and accepting that what I’m able to make does not matches what I envisioned because of it, but not allowing this to prevent me from finishing all of them. This challenge was what gave me motivation.

The first thing I did in my creative process was think about the themes, choosing the movies and choosing things from them that were iconic to me, either they were things, beings or concepts. Them I thumbnailed them, chose colors and all that was left was finishing them.

I picked the vengeful bride from Kill Bill; the red shoes and the poem in The Shape of Water; the mansion in Crimson Peak and the bear from Annihilation and how it could appear in night vision military gear.”

October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters

Emma Chapman-Lin
Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Cabin in the Woods
digital

Canada
@viamagpie

“When I did my first poster horror had been the genre of the week and I got inspired by everyone’s artworks. I had watched The Cabin in the Woods a few years back, and the scene that stuck in my head was when they explored the cellar. My first drafts illustrated this literally.

However I felt my final composition was more impactful and implied claustrophobia and the need to escape. I had so much fun with the fonts and basically did a ton of trial and error scribbles until I had ones I liked.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of my favorite comedies where a trip into the bush spirals into a manhunt. The main character’s conflicting personas are hilarious so I tried to highlight that as well as create a playful scene by personifying them as objects from the movie.”

October Art Dare: Movie Posters
October Art Dare: Movie Posters

Saul Bass
1920-1996

“Saul Bass might be the single most accomplished graphic designer in history. Working in the mid 20th century, when the importance of graphic design was just on the upswing, Bass branded a staggering array of major corporations with his iconic, minimal designs.

Bell, Kleenex, AT&T? All Bass. For about 50 years, if you were looking for a clean, thoughtful design that was made to last, this was the man you called.

Bass stepped up the sophistication of movie posters with his distinctive minimal style and he completely revolutionized the role of title credits in films. Traditionally, credits were static and drab. They were considered so unimportant, they would actually be projected onto the closed curtains which would only open for the first official scene of the movie.

Titles became a spectacle to be seen. Film reels with Bass credits were delivered to movie theaters along with a note: “projectionist – pull curtain before titles.”

Bass went on to create dozens of iconic film posters and title credits. His final projects before his death in 1996 were credits for four Martin Scorsese films: Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993) and Casino (1995).”

Excerpt from Saul Bass: The Man Who Changed Graphic Design by Alex Bigman, 99designs

Movie Poster, Saul Bass
Movie Poster, Saul Bass
Movie Poster, Saul Bass
Movie Poster, Saul Bass

EXAMPLES

Movie Poster, Darinka Arones

Darinka Arones
@dartkook

Movie Poster, Luna Yuan

Luna Yuan
@lunaaayuan

Movie Poster, Hema Somaya

Hema Somaya
@hemaofearth

PRIZE GUIDELINES

We award prizes and honorable mentions. To be eligible for a prize, your artwork must be an original artwork created specifically for this Art Dare, and follow all guidelines.

Art Dare winner
Choose from a portfolio critique, an artist website critique, or an artist Instagram critique!

Honorable Mention
Artists in the US will receive Prof Lieu’s book, and international artists will receive 3 months free in our Discord Voice channel.

Links on this page are Amazon affiliate links that Artprof.org earns from qualifying purchases.

Support Art Prof!

Donate
© 2021 ArtProf. All rights reserved. Site Disclaimer.