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North by Northwest movie poster

A giant stone face at The Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

Marker over paper plus digital color | ‘North by Northwest’ movie poster

“North by Northwest” movie poster

One of the most famous sequences in Cinema history

Who can forget Cary Grant running away from a crop duster plane in the middle of nowhere? An iconic image that gave me the reason to draw a new North by Northwest movie poster.

This time I rescued one of my final career project illustrations and just give it some new color and texture. I wanted the new poster to look like one of those technicolor pictures from the 50’s and 60’s, that’s why I chose this color palette. The unique modern concession in the new design was to tear a little piece of paper and use it for the sky behind the aircraft.

The last step of the creative process was to choose a typographic font and place it in the whole new set. In most of the classic film posters I design I use the font Birch Std, as I did again here. I transformed the typography and create a perspective shade effect to compound the words of the title. I think it was a good idea to headlight the dramatic moment of the chase suffered by Roger O. Thornhill (Cary Grant’s character), as well as the place I chose to put the title, the horizon of this desolate landscape plotted by the evil eye of Alfred Hitchcock.