Whether it’s architecture or references to pop culture, it’s fascinating to see how an artist can translate the most complex ideas into a minimalist version of itself. In this visually striking series of posters, Classic Movies, artist Michal Krasnopolski used just a few lines and strong, solid colors to convey a number of movie narratives through clean, straightforward illustrations.
The foundation of each structured print is a basic grid consisting of one circle and two diagonals inside of a square (the template can be seen at the end of this post). The artist then used playful techniques to translate elements from each story into symbolic representations of certain characters and plot points. With one simple yellow circle, he conveys the essence of The Lord of the Rings while a single diagonal line captures the powerful flight of Superman. “There’s an enormous strength in simplicity; the fewer elements, the more we engage our imagination,” says Krasnopolski.