Movie Art

As we mentioned early last week with our debut of Francesco Francavilla’s Invisible Man print, the folks at Mondo opened up their latest gallery show this weekend, unleashing their rogues gallery of artists upon the world of the Universal Classic Monsters. The show was headlined by a number of original pieces from artists like Drew Struzan, Kevin Tong, Mike Mitchell, Francavilla and Laurent Durieux, among others. All in celebration of the classics - Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. As you’ll see in the massive gallery we’ve assembled below, it was a colorful display of truly special art, all based on a universal love for Universal’s vintage mainstays. In addition to selling the 13 prints and some 49 original pieces, The Mondo Gallery also brought some stars out for the big debut. As fans poured into the gallery space, they were met with an opportunity to shake hands with legendary artist Drew Struzan and directors Frank Darabont and Robert Rodriguez, who were on-hand to share in the monsterous love that led hundreds to wait in line outside the gallery for hours on-end. But enough talk — there is a lot of art to look at, so you might as well get to it. Here in our epic gallery of shots are scenes from the event as well as a look at all of the artwork.

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Mondo Nina

September brings us many spoils here in Austin, Texas. A reprieve from 100-degree heat (it’s 94, which feels quite nice) and the promise of the biggest, most delicious genre film festival in all of these United States. And while Fantastic Fest is raging at the Alamo Drafthouse, their partners in crime at Mondo will be doing something equally as exciting: opening a new gallery show. From the first Mondo Gallery show to the time they saluted Adventure Time, each one of these events has been special in its own way. This time around, Justin Ishmael and the Mondo team have put together a show with art from Robert Brandenburg and Craig Drake, two artists who have delivered a number of stunning prints. We are profoundly excited to be debuting one such piece today on FSR. From artist Craig Drake, we’d like you to meet “Nina.”

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Ever since Pixar’s Toy Story brought CG animation to the mainstream and dropped everyone’s jaws with the amazing visuals that the process makes possible, traditional, hand-drawn animation has taken a serious backseat. Which makes sense, because the last couple decades of animated movies have used computers to push the artistry of these films to places that never seemed possible before. But hand-drawn animation has its charms, and is still very versatile in how it can be used, so it would be a shame if it went completely extinct in the wake of all the new computer whatsits. Disney has recently tried to keep the art form alive with releases like The Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh, but those films largely failed to find the commercial success of most of the modern CG releases. Could it be possible that today’s children just don’t want to go see a movie that looks hand-crafted and old-fashioned? Or have moviemakers just not found the right vehicle with which to have old-school animation make its triumphant return? DreamWorks Animation seems to be willing to bet that the old way of doing things isn’t dead, and they may have found the best possible way to reintroduce hand-drawn work to a new generation of film fans. The studio’s next project, Me and My Shadow, will blend traditional animation with the more modern stuff. Over on the film’s Facebook page (found via ComingSoon) they’ve posted its first bit of concept art, as well as an […]

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The Hammer Vault

This month, the folks at Titan Books have released a book that cult film fans will be dying for, right in time for you to add it to your Christmas shopping list and satisfy the most hardcore of your movie loving loved ones. It’s called “The Hammer Vault,” promising treasures from the archives of Hammer Films, Britain’s most famous film studio and the keepers of many great cult films. We’ll have more about the book and author Marcus Hearn in an upcoming features. But for now, we’d like to present some exclusive art from the book, some of which is a little NSFW (that means it has bare breasts in it).

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