The illustrated movie poster is an art form unto itself. Through illustration, texture, and color, it tells us about the film’s characters, what they’re going through, and what might be in store for moviegoers. Most importantly, an illustrated movie poster is made by an artist.
One person expressing his or her love for movies and storytelling, bringing a style or touch to the film’s imagery that no one else could. Paul Shipper, the supremely talented artist and painter behind Star Wars Celebration Orlando’s key art and many movie posters, is something of a modern master of the form.
Last month saw the release of his Star Wars: The Last Jedi Dolby Cinema theatrical poster — an unimpeachably stunning work, featuring the film’s heroes, villains, and vehicles — and it was met with great enthusiasm by fans. StarWars.com called Shipper to discuss how he did it.