Friday, May 29, 2015

Stunning 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Promo Art by Bob McCall

Friday, May 29, 2015 - by Maurice Mitchell 0

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Check out 2001: A Space Odyssey promo art by Robert T. McCall!

Every Friday, I try to feature artwork from a classic of science fiction cinema or television. This week's "Flashback Friday" post is on 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Bob McCall had a wonderful career in the 1960s for Life Magazine illustrating their series on the future of space travel. Kubrick saw McCall's work in the magazine and cut them out as a reference while working on his film 2001. Kubrick then asked McCall to come to London and paint promotional material for his film. He later told Johnson Space Center Oral History Project, "My work with [Stanley] Kubrick in London was another facet of my career that was especially enjoyable and challenging and significant, in that it was for a film that has since become a classic."

Robert Theodore McCall was a professional illustrator who also worked on sci-fi classics like Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), The Black Hole (1979) and Future Flight (1987) .

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Here are some of the 2001: A Space Odyssey posters using McCall's paintings.



See more of Bob McCall's inspiring portfolio at www.mccallstudios.com

Click on the links if you want to see more of Bob McCall's work or 2001: A Space Odyssey artwork on my blog.

Thanks to Christopher for his help researching this post! Some artwork from "Sketches from 'Robert McCall, Illustrator'" by Patricia Allen Dreyfus, "American Artist" magazine, March 1971, Codex99 and John Eaves

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen 2001: A Space Odyssey what do you think of the movie?

Official 2001: A Space Odyssey Description
A Kubrick masterpiece that spans from the dawn of man to it's title year when an alien artifact is found on the moon. An expedition is launched to Jupiter to track it's origins.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth
Producton Design by Ernest Archer, Anthony Masters, Harry Lange
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Douglas Rain
Release date: April 2, 1968  (USA)
Official Site: http://kubrickfilms.warnerbros.com
© Copyright 1968 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros Pictures. All rights reserved


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