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By no means complete, this gallery represents only a select portion of Amsel's remarkable work, including several unused designs that have, to my knowledge, only been featured within rare auction catalogs. (I'd greatly welcome any new contributions people could provide!) Credit is noted for all known sources.

To learn about those posters often mistakenly attributed to Amsel, click here.

The Seven Year Itch (2)
Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils on board
30 1/4 x 28 in.
This piece, featuring the iconic moment of Marilyn Monroe, a dress, and a pesky subway exhaust vent, was used for the classic film's release on laserdisc. A variation of this artwork was later used for ads by a Hollywood collectibles company.
Nijinsky (2)
Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and gold paint on board
25 x 20 in.
Happily, the recent Blu Ray release wisely includes Amsel's illustration.  Again, here's an example of how much the colors of an illustration can vary; they look much warmer (with more emphasis on purples than blues) than the earlier scan above.

Colored pencil on glassine
15 x 15"
Preliminary study for movie poster.

This piece is currently up for auction by Illustration House.

Nijinsky (2)
Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils, pen and ink, and gold paint on board
23 1/4 x 23 1/4 in.
Unused poster design.
Coal Miner's Daughter (2)
Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and pencils on board
30 x 24 1/4 in.
Amsel's unused piece for the Oscar-winning film is actually one of my personal favorites. Though his illustrative technique is instantly recognizable, Amsel injects it with a delicate sensitivity not often seen in his more "popular" works.
Coal Miner's Daughter -- sketch (12)
Colored pencil on tracing paper
17 7/8 x 16 3/8 in.
Little Miss Marker (2)
Watercolor, acrylic, airbrush, colored pencils, graphite and pen on board
21 1/2 x 16 1/8 in.
Amsel's unused poster design harked back to the period style of the thirties and forties; even the titles and names have been drawn. Note his keen use of color and texture, too.
Flash Gordon (2)
Acrylic, airbrush, colored pencils, and gouache on board
22 5/8 x 16 3/8 in.
A poster so good, you can practically hear the Queen theme song. Flash! Ah-ah!
Raiders of the Lost Ark -- sketch (12)
One of Amsel's earliest drawings of Indiana Jones.
Raiders of the Lost Ark -- Color comprehensive art
Colored pencil and ink on tracing paper
19.5 x 13.75 in.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (2)
Watercolor, acrylic, airbrush, colored pencils on board
27 x 21 in.
The one and only: Amsel's poster used for the film's initial American campaign. It seems inconceivable now, but public awareness of the film was minimal in the weeks leading up to its release. Goes to show what good word of mouth -- and a nice poster! -- can do.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Printed poster 40 x 27 in.
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (2)
Watercolor, acrylic, gouache, airbrush, and colored pencils.
31 1/2 x 22 in.
All Night Long (2)
Watercolor, acrylic, gouache and pencil on board.
25 1/2 x 16 1/2 in.
Unused artwork for underrated Gene Hackman/Barbara Streisand vehicle.


Raiders of the Lost Ark (top: 14, bottom: 12)
Pencil on vellum
Amsel's preliminary sketches for the rerelease poster.

Bottom images:
12 x 9 in.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
19.5 x 13.75 in.
Colored pencil and ink on tracing paper.
Color comprehensive art for rerelease poster.
Image copyright (c) Dorian Hannaway/University of the Arts.

Raiders of the Lost Ark -- original illustration (11)
(Exact size uncertain; possibly 27 x 20 in.?)
Watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and colored pencils on board.

Normally, most movie poster artists work on cavasses as large as -- or larger than -- the dimensions of the final printed one sheet. Many of Amsel's original pieces, however, are considerably smaller than what you'd expect. His first RAIDERS illustration, for example, was only about half the size of a standard poster -- a testament to how intricate and detailed his work was.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Printed poster 40 x 27 in.
Amsel's poster for the action/adventure film's re-release is, in my eyes, the greatest movie poster ever made.

The Dark Crystal (9)
Mixed media on glassine
17 x 12 1/2 in.
Comp for final poster design. Notice how Amsel incorporated the film's title design into the poster by hand.

The Dark Crystal
Watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, colored pencils on board
26.5 x 20" in.
Another one of my favorites, for Jim Henson's classic fantasy adventure. The title is also part of the drawn illustration.

Image courtesy of Illustration House.

The Dark Crystal
Printed poster 40 x 27 in.


Beyond the Limit
(aka The Honorary Consul, featured right)
Size and medium unknown.
Beyond the Limit
(aka The Honorary Consul)
Original artwork courtesy of Judith Davis Goldman, who modeled for Amsel's illustration.
Sahara (11)
Colored pencil, acrylic, and airbrush on board.
Unused concept design.
Sahara -- sketch (12)
Terms of Endearment (2)
Watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencils on board
28 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.
Unused poster design.

A Star is Born (2)
Watercolor, gouache, colored pencils and airbrush on board
24 1/4 x 20 1/2 in.
Amsel was commissioned by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the restored, rereleased version of the classic musical.

NEW! CLICK HERE to see a new, high resolution version of this artwork!

Yentl (12)
Size unknown.
Colored pencils.
Unused concept sketches.

Special thanks to Thomas Haller Buchanan for the bottom image.


Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome -- sketches (12)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils and airbrush on board
36 1/4 x 24 in.
This stunning piece would be Amsel's last for a movie campaign. He died before completing his poster design for The Jewel of the Nile, the sequel to Romancing the Stone.

For info on the original piece, contact Joe Ulster.

Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome
Printed poster 40 x 27 in.