Drew Struzan laughs a lot. That shouldn't be surprising considering his very unique style of movie poster art has always exhibited a profound and heartwarming sense of humor, but I'm not sure I was expecting it after reading his new book, co-written with David J. Schow, 'The Art of Drew Struzan'. In it he chronicles what it was like as a working artist within the trenches of the Hollywood system, a system that eventually ruled that original artists like him were obsolete. It was delightfully reassuring to know, then, that though it got to the point where Struzan would rather retire than deal with an unappreciative system, it never came close to getting the best of him.

From clients that never paid him on time to intense deadlines to days worth of work that resulted in gorgeous posters that studios never even used, 'The Art of Drew Struzan' is the story behind the story of, well, the art of Drew Struzan. It's page after gorgeous page of draft compositions and alternate posters that, until now, went unseen by the public at large. So if you've ever been a fan of the legendary artist's work, then I couldn't recommend this book enough. Not only is it full of never-before-seen art, but it provides succinct insight into an aspect of filmmaking that is woefully undervalued these days.

In conjunction with today's release of the book, publisher Titan Books gave Cinematical the opportunity to chat with the influential artist about his career, his retirement, and what he thinks of the current state of movie posters.