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Artist Illustrates a Different Famous Movie Quote Every Day for a Year

Artist Ian Simmons was busy this past year. In his own version of the 365 project, he drew one movie quote every single day. This impressive undertaking combined hand-lettered typography, calligraphy, and illustration as he brought the words to life on the page. These chosen quotes represent a number of artistic styles and compositional approaches. Many of the drawings are text-heavy and focus on memorable (as well as nostalgic) monologues while others are concise—they convey incredible emotion with just one word.

To begin his project, Simmons picked a famous line from Fight Club that most people will recognize. “I want you to hit me as hard as you can,” is drawn with black pen and splattered with just a hint of red ink. After a year of drawing, Simmons ended with an appropriate “so long” from The Truman Show: “And in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon good evening and good night.”

It was hard to choose, but here are some of our favorites from the collection. See the entire project on Imgur. And movie buffs, you can also purchase 96 of the most popular pieces as prints via Etsy.

Simmons posted a bonus movie quote on the 366th day:

Ian Simmons: Instagram | Tumblr | Etsy
via [Buzzfeed]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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