Monday, January 24, 2011

Matt Needle's "Spirited Away" Movie Poster

I don't think I've ever mentioned Matt Needle and I'm not entirely sure why. He's an insanely talented artist who seems to have a very loving opinion of cinema, be it western, drama, science fiction or animation; the man likes it all. Today's entry and celebration of the artist is in recognition of his recently released open edition Spirited Away movie poster.  If you've never seen this movie you're really missing out.

Spirited Away
I heard about Matt Needle for the first time a few months ago and have been very impressed with how beautifully each of his posters were put together. They seem to perfectly reflect the film and also seem to have a lot of fun with the characters or themes from the movie in question. Take his Spirited Away poster for example. Matt uses the body of Kaonashi (that's the kabuki ghost looking chap in the center) to delineate and outline the boundaries of the image as well as provide a solid background for the Spirited Away globe; the spirit's black body anchors the entire image. It's that sort of efficiency with space that really grabs me. The airy and playful tone of the film are also wonderfully conveyed through Matt's artwork by his inspired color choice, most notably the interchangeable ocean/sky blue (an important element in most, if not all, of Miyazaki's works). The colors and design are SO stunning in fact, that I'm a bit disappointed this isn't a screenprint. Oh well, maybe we'll see some screenprints from Matt in the future (fingers crossed).

This poster is a stunning celebration of a gorgeous film and deserves to be on the wall of anyone who claims to be a Miyazaki fan. The print is currently available at Matt Needle's BigCartel store, measures approximately 11.7" x 16.5" (I wasn't sure if the more exact 297mm x 420mm would translate very well for American audiences) and cost around £25 or $40 depending on your currency of choice. If Miyazaki isn't your thing, you should still check out the rest of Needle's offerings; he's got a ton of great movie and television related artwork available. Got some more time on your hands? Check out his portfolio and blog. Got even MORE free time? Watch Spirited Away - even if you don't have free time. You won't regret it.

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