Stemming from his interests and background, The Exiled Elite is dedicated to bringing you one of a kind custom movie posters from artist Matthew Warren. Born on the Island of Guernsey off the coast of France, Art and Film have always been his 2 passions. Warren studied undergrad Fine Art at The University of the West of England in Bristol before undertaking his Masters at OTIS College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. The opportunity to live in California has always been a dream of his, and living in the movie making capital of the world, allowed him to gain work experience on a number of film sets, in the Art Department and as a Production Assistant, a job he had also done previously in the UK. Currently back on his home Island, he has been lovingly putting pencil to paper to produce these posters over a 6 month period, while working as a manager at a local charity, GO. Here his creative background is put to use managing a group of young adults, who have varying degrees of communication difficulties, restore and upcycle furniture.
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The seed that would develop into The Exiled Elite, was planted in my mind in early 2012 after watching 'Drive' at a friends house. My friend, Hayley, fell under the hypnotic spell of the film and as a birthday gift I decided to buy a Japanese style poster of the film as something a little different. While scrolling through Google, I found a huge online community of fan art - people who design and in some cases sell alternative versions of film posters. I found one I liked and was about to hit 'Buy Now' when I thought to myself 'Er.... Dude, you can draw.... why don't you do it? Wouldn't that be a nicer touch? To gift something you have spent time and effort making? Unless she doesn't appreciate it because I made her last birthday present as well? Hang on a sec, I can do loads, and set up a website and sell them. Following the trend of 'FunkyPidgeon.com' and MoonPig.com, I'll call it 'Poster Egg'! Bam, let's do this!!" And that is how this website came into being. Or was hatched...
Although I still refer to my posters as eggs, I decided to aim for a much more high brow audience and opted for the more whimsical and individual name 'TheExiledElite'. I was temping at the time at a fulfillment company, 'picking & packing' film and music orders to be shipped out to the customers. During this time I did much of the brain work for my new venture while getting inspiration with each order that passed through my hands. It has been a longer, harder road than first thought, as I wanted to do these to the highest standard possible, which has meant lots of 4:30am starts in order to do some drawing before going to work, and then come back home and draw late into the night. For keeping me sane, I would like to thank Netflix for providing the outstanding entertainment.
Amongst the exceptionally good posters from the likes of Phantom City or Olly Moss, there are also uninspired, poor quality interpretations that have been done in haste on Photoshop. And there were none that I could find that were hand drawn - I thought there might be an interested audience who could appreciate the skill and effect of a pencil drawing, hand crafted with love, which references a favorite film of theirs.
The films represented in the posters are classic movies with a cult status that have a strong influence in pop culture. They are created mainly with 3B graphite pencil - although I have a larger selection, I get comfortable using the same density. It moulds to my hand better and flows better on the paper, rather than switching between grades. For me personally, I also feel a greater sense of achievement looking at the finished product knowing it was all done with the same pencil. Additional color pencils are used to complete the poster while sticking to a minimal color palette.
As with a traditional film poster, their is an element of story telling in the construct of the poster and the image is chosen with this in mind. It is either of an iconic character, a pivotal moment within the film, or a visual which single handedly reflects the themes of the film. Also like traditional posters, the strong imagery acts as bait in order to entice the audience. The rest of the poster is carefully constructed to represent the specific film and the mood it reflects. This is influenced by the opening and closing credits of the film, the way text is used and colors that are strongly associated with the film or its poster.
The works are all created on A2 paper which mirrors the larger scale of standard posters, yet the smaller size of A3 is more accessible and accommodating. The A2 prints capture and maintain the detail needed to make these posters come to life, while the minimizing of the A3 print means the detail is only intensified. Posters generally adorn the walls of teenagers (my room was like a shrine to Pamela Anderson), and are made out of flimsy paper and cheaply mass produced. Mine are printed on 300 mg semi gloss photo paper which is thick enough to provide support to the work. I wanted to provide high quality art prints that people would be proud to have on their wall, and could appreciate the time and detail that has gone in to creating a new interpretation of their most loved movie.
I enjoy creating my own versions of classic films for your viewing pleasure, so I hope you do too. Due to the time it takes to create each poster I have only produced a small number so far. Please check out what I am currently working on and keep up to date with my Facebook page, and do not hesitate to contact me with any requests or suggestions.
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