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Sometimes simple and minimal is the way to go when creating movie art. As if to illustrate this point, here are a trio of posters for George Lucas’ Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, that perfectly exemplify this approach.
It’s impressive how much these posters, by artist Matt Ferguson, accomplish with relatively little. Wide-open spaces, a nominal amount of detail, and various shades of a single color, combine to great effect.
These one sheets were created to help hype the release of the Star Wars saga on Blu-ray, as if it really needed help in the promotional department. Through the words star, wars, and blu together in a single sentence, and you automatically start fanboys drooling. Can’t help it, it’s like Pavlov’s conditioned response up in here.
Ferguson’s posters are even color-coded by setting. The Star Wars one is a warm, earthy hue, representative of the desert environs of Luke Skywalker’s home world, Tatooine. Empire is a cool blue, and you can’t help but feel a slight chill thinking about a cold night on Hoth. It’s almost enough to make you want to slice open your Tauntaun and climb inside for warmth. And following in this theme, the Return of the Jedi image is comprised of various shades of greens, for the heavily wooded, forest moon of Endor.
If you think these particular posters would look good hanging on your walls, you can order them here for a surprisingly reasonable sum. There’s also pretty sweet Alien and Blade Runner posters, should you be so inclined.