Andrew DeGraff Lord of the Rings

The best movie posters transport us into their world. In a single image, they sum up the characters, settings and emotions of a two hour movie. Most posters do this pretty easily, with a crucial image or actor from the movie, but others take the long way. For example, by literally mapping out the entire path of every character in a movie in one image.

Philadelphia based artist Andrew DeGraff does exactly that. He watches a movie, hand draws and paints all the locations, then guides each character via a specifically colored line, from location to location. At the end, you’re left with a stunningly detailed representation of an entire movie. Andrew DeGraff maps the movies.

In the past, DeGraff has done this with the Star Wars trilogy, the Indiana Jones trilogy and more. Saturday March 29, he’ll open his second solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles called Cartography. This time, he’s mapped out films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Princess Bride, The Breakfast Club, Alien, The Shining, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Below, see a few of the images from the show and read more about DeGraff’s process.

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You always remember the first moment you fall in love with an artist’s work. The first time you watch a movie or listen to an album and realize, “I’m going to follow this person for years to come.” That moment happened for me with artist Andrew DeGraff on July 9, 2010 at the opening of Gallery 1988′s fourth Crazy 4 Cult show.

In that show, DeGraff had a huge series of pieces featuring the distinctive outfits of each member of The Goonies, all framed around what appeared to be a treasure map. However, the more you looked at the map, you realized this wasn’t just a map. It was the movie. The work featured all the film’s locations linked by dotted lines of how each character weaved their way through the film. It was (and remains) amazing. Since then, the illustrator has done similar work at the gallery for Shaun of the Dead, North by Northwest and now, he’s created some new maps for his upcoming two person show with fellow artist Bennett Slater.

Andrew DeGraff & Bennett Slater’s gallery show opens Saturday January 5th at Gallery 1988 Melrose in Los Angeles and we’re proud to debut DeGraff’s maps for the original Star Wars trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Check them out, as well as some beautiful paintings by Slater, after the jump. Read More »

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After the jump you will find part two of our preview, which includes /Film favorite Tom Whalen‘s tribute to The Shining, Bruce White‘s Ghostbusters-inspired black velvet painting, Eric Braddock‘s awesome One-Eyed Willie Goonies illustration, and more. So what are you waiting for?

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