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Gregory Manchess’s Visions in Oil

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Gregory Manchess’s Visions in Oil

The veteran illustrator behind our covers for Jubal, 3:10 to Yuma, and A Night to Remember invites us inside his creative process.

Designing Dumont
Designing Dumont

Combining elements of her own paintings with an improvisatory Photoshop process, artist Vivienne Flesher captured the grim beauty of Bruno Dumont’s cinema for our releases of La vie de Jésus and L’humanité.

How Sam Smith Finds Inspiration in the History of Poster Art

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How Sam Smith Finds Inspiration in the History of Poster Art

The longtime Criterion collaborator behind our covers for Japón, House, and Modern Times combines his love for film and design in his vividly colorful artwork.

Harnessing the Entropy of Diamonds of the Night in One Static Image
Harnessing the Entropy of Diamonds of the Night in One Static Image

The artist Sterling Hundley details his multilayered approach to evoking the slipperiness of time and memory for the cover art of Jan Němec’s war film.

Transposing To Sleep with Anger to Paint
Transposing To Sleep with Anger to Paint

The Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer took on the challenge of distilling the intricacies of Charles Burnett’s family portrait into a single painting.

A Close-Up on Greg Ruth’s Genre-Infused Portraiture

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A Close-Up on Greg Ruth’s Genre-Infused Portraiture

The artist behind our covers for Notorious, Dragon Inn, and Moonrise shows us how he achieves the simple but hauntingly beautiful effects in his illustrations.

Sculpting Tadzio
Sculpting Tadzio

The artist behind the cover of our Death in Venice edition lays out the painstaking process of creating a bronze-like sculpture out of plaster.

The Key Moment: Drawing a New Look for Notorious
The Key Moment: Drawing a New Look for Notorious

The artist behind our new cover for Hitchcock’s spy-noir masterwork remembers falling in love with the film as a child and walks through the process of illustrating one of its most iconic scenes.

Angela Rizza Conjures Magic with The Princess Bride

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Angela Rizza Conjures Magic with The Princess Bride

Known for her lush and imaginative children’s-book illustrations, the artist got her dream assignment when we asked her to work on our edition of Rob Reiner’s beloved classic.

Ping Zhu Harnesses the Wild Energy of Tampopo

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Ping Zhu Harnesses the Wild Energy of Tampopo

With her thick, flowing brushstrokes and eccentric sensibility, illustrator Ping Zhu captured the buoyant flavor of Juzo Itami’s “ramen western.”

Richard Haines Gets Messy with Tom Jones

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Richard Haines Gets Messy with Tom Jones

When we asked the beloved fashion illustrator to work on our cover for Tony Richardson’s Tom Jones, he delivered a playful look that matches the film’s modern sensibility.

Riccardo Vecchio Paints Certain Women

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Riccardo Vecchio Paints Certain Women

Go inside the process of creating a Criterion cover with Riccardo Vecchio, who painted the artwork for our edition of Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women.

The Road to Hell: Designing Lone Wolf and Cub
The Road to Hell: Designing Lone Wolf and Cub

The Lone Wolf and Cub film series has its roots in Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima’s manga of the same name, which was itself a major influence on Western cartooning and illustration in the 1980s. It felt only natural to pay homage to that connection…

Designing for del Toro
Designing for del Toro

When putting together the Criterion editions of Guillermo del Toro’s films, we assembled a talented group of artists, including Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, del Toro collaborator Guy Davis, comic book creator Becky Cloonan, and Russian artist Vani

Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove

The film is is a high-water mark in the careers of its director, actors, and cowriter. But for design nerds, the contributions of Pablo Ferro, who designed the film’s iconic opening credit sequence, are just as notable.

Criterion Designs: Bitter Rice by Ken Laager
Criterion Designs: Bitter Rice by Ken Laager

The film is is a high-water mark in the careers of its director, actors, and cowriter. But for design nerds, the contributions of Pablo Ferro, who designed the film’s iconic opening credit sequence, are just as notable.

Kwaidan by Sean Freeman
Kwaidan by Sean Freeman

Creating the design that graces our cover of Masaki Kobayashi’s haunting set of ghost stories involved inks, a tank of water, and a fair bit of ingenuity.

Blind Chance by Gérard DuBois
Blind Chance by Gérard DuBois

The combination of deep-rooted anger and intellectual trickiness in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s film called for an artist with an unusual combination of skills.

Criterion Designs: The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Les Blank: Always for Pleasure
Les Blank: Always for Pleasure

The challenge of designing this box set was in finding a way to convey both the vast scope of the filmmaker’s overarching project—documenting the unique idiosyncrasies of regions and communities rarely seen on film—and the warm, casual intimacy

Working with Jack Davis
Working with Jack Davis

When it came time to assemble the Criterion release of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, using Jack’s classic art was a no-brainer, and we were thrilled to find the man himself willing to revisit the film and provide new illustrations for the menu

Phone Art
Phone Art

Criterion designer extraordinaire Eric Skillman used a distinctive drawing style of his own devising for our release of Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz (and blogged about it here and here). Sitting across from him in a meeting the other day, we …