Eric Tan is a San Diego beach bum and creative at Walt Disney Consumer Products. Working digitally, he builds up dramatic action scenes and sweeping landscapes with crisp flat shapes. You will most certainly have seen his work before. His retro-inspired movie posters are regularly popping up on websites and making the social media rounds.
Nostalgia plays a large roll in Tan’s work. Drawing inspiration from past decades, he can instantly evoke audience feelings from a piece. Much of the communication is already conveyed in the artwork’s yesteryear association. However, Tan is able to honour those original sensibilities while adding his own voice.
Tan has said in an interview with io9 that his interest in graphic design and desire to create posters came after seeing the work of Alphonse Mucha at the San Diego Museum of Art. In the same interview he noted A.M. Cassandre and European film posters from the 40’s and 50’s as big influences in his work.