Jun 19, 2013

The Wonderful Poster Illustrations Of Laurent Durieux

With the red sky looming over metropolis, Soundwave exploded through the corner record store that once stood proudly, leaving a trail of despair and destruction behind. Such was the nature of the chaotic Decepticons.

That is the retro-futuristic narrative that played in my head upon stumbling onto Laurent Durieux's latest Transformers flavored piece, a definite thematic departure from his more retro cinematic tributes to classics like The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, Dracula and Boris Karloff's The Mummy. With over two decades of experience under his belt as a designer and instructor, the Belgian illustrator was just recently discovered by the poster gods over at Mondo, and it's been an upward spiral into prominence ever since.

What struck me the most about Durieux's pieces was the perfect balance of elements, as if the illustrations contained a perfect ratio of visual elements to function, no more, no less. His compositions are entrancing and filled with narrative, nearly boundless, showcasing the level of mastery and sophistication that he's achieved after all these years. Enjoy a small sampling of his recent work after the break.

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