Here we are, another year, another list that was extremely hard to compile. More than ever, a lot of the best work is being done behind closed doors through commissions or as wayward fan art, so as you can imagine, it’s getting really hard to keep up with everything. It’s nice to see that there aren’t any trends threatening to make the scene stagnant, but instead a slew of artists stretching their legs and coming up with some really creative solutions. Here are our favorite alternative film posters of 2017. Keep in mind, these aren’t official one-sheets, but posters from art boutiques, fans and private commissions.

Arrival poster Cristian EresArrival by Cristian Eres: Eres came out of nowhere with this poster, but immediately solidified himself as an artist to watch. A film like Arrival is difficult to encapsulate, and Eres did a fine job by coming up with his own take on the matter, something that goes beyond the source material with healthy nods towards favorites like Syd Mead and Moebius. The line work is exquisite and the colors pop.

Blade Runer 2049 Ben OliverBlade Runner 2049 by Ben Oliver: Another film with dense themes. This one isn’t as conceptual as the others on this list, but it boasts a beautiful aesthetic – it’s hypnotic and impressionistic just like the film, paring things down to characters caught in a state of flux.

Chris Skinner MatrixThe Matrix by Chris Skinner: No matter how you slice it, this one’s a doozy. Taking his penchant for architectural detail and 3D design, Skinner’s piece is a multi-faceted illustration that elaborately shows off the Wachowski’s layered world. From the epic lobby shootout, to the ruins of Earth’s future, this one covers our heroes’ worlds from inside and out.

Cristiano Siqueira Twin PeaksTwin Peaks: The Return by Cristiano Siqueira: By sheer ambition, Siqueira has everyone else beat. Taking David Lynch’s 18 Part behemoth, Siqueira put it upon himself do a poster for each episode of the massive show. The show was truly an event like nothing before it, swirling with the impenetrable type of mystery that only Lynch could convey, so it was nice to see how Siqueira choose to handle each chapter. Looking back at the completed series is a great reminder of The Return’s instantly classic iconography, and a roadmap of sorts to all of its enigmas. View all 18 posters HERE.

Eddie Holly Get OutGet Out by Eddie Holly: Like Jordan Peele’s subversive masterpiece, this poster from Eddie Holly is a brilliant twist on an American Classic. There isn’t much else I need to say about this one, it’s pretty much perfect.

Tomer Hanuka AkiraAkira by Tomer Hanuka: Akira is one of those films that, because of its strong sense of style, has left an indelible mark that’s almost ubiquitous. Still, that didn’t stop Hanuka from crafting a beautiful poster that bucks the trend of any Akira poster we’ve seen before. Rather than a collage, we get a single portrait that captures Tetsuo outside of his conflict. The colors are bright, their figures askew and grotesque, capturing the horror of the source material but also the deep bond between its characters.

Ise Ananphada Romeo & JulietRomeo & Juliet by Ise Ananphada: Just a fleeting glance at this, and anyone should be convinced that Ananphada was born for this poster. Mirroring director Baz Luhrmann’s wonderfully dense aesthetic, Ananphada has created an ornate collage that captures so much of the film and its excess in the best way. This is the type of piece we think we can know, but still find new things to drool over every time we look at it.

James Jean Blade RunnerBlade Runner by James Jean: Another classic, done with style and sophistication. Jean killed it this year, and this poster isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. Jean’s constantly shifting aesthetic does the film well, giving its classic design a modern edge that feels timeless.

Jonathan Burton Blade RunnerRear Window by Jonathan Burton: Leave it to Burton to create such an elegant solution for this film. The best thing about Hitch’s film is how it locks his story to a single perspective. Burton smartly does the same, forcing us to look around for new discoveries, while also keeping our view just as limited to his characters. The color palette is beautiful, drenching the paranoid image with a sense of melancholy that still feels vibrant.

Kilian Eng Picnic at Hanging RockPicnic at Hanging Rock by Kilian Eng: Eng’s name is synonymous with fantasy sci-fi vistas and things that aren’t yet possible in nature. It’s a surprising twist, then, that one of his best works is an understated portrait that makes the mundane and innocent feel alien. I love how it feels as if we’re peeking through a door half cracked, as our imagination races to put together the whole picture.

Matt Ryan Tobin Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey posterBill & Ted’s Bogus Journey by Matt Ryan Tobin: Is this film underrated or what? The classic, heavy metal time travel misfit comedy finally gets its due, thanks to Tobin. Tobin is an artist capable of a lot of things – high concepts, visual metaphor, portraiture, but here, he lets Bill & Ted’s insane world speak for itself, delivering a poster that’s very to the point, but still full of nuance and wit.

Edgar Ascensao Moonlight posterMoonlight by Edgar Ascensao: A few artists have tried to capture the expanse of time and awakening in Moonlight, but this minimalist image takes the cake. It’s a real stunner that says more with less, and it’s absolutely striking from top to bottom.

WBYK Mulholland Drive posterMulholland Drive by We Buy Your Kids: File this one under bummer. WBYK shared this poster recently, a proposed piece that for whatever reason, was shot down by Lynch and his crew. At any rate, it’s a lovely work of art that manages to subvert what we’d expect while delivering strong visual poetry. The cracked Mulholland map line/tear is killer!

Jessica Seamans PhenomenaPhenomena by Jessica Seamans: This one’s a twofer. Both Seamans and this psychokinetic chiller from Dario Argento don’t get enough love. Together, this artist and film are a knockout, capturing the eerie quality of Argento’s film with huge scope and a haunting composition that crawls under our skin.

Tula Lotay Personal ShopperPersonal Shopper by Tula Lotay: Another piece that boasts perfect synergy between artist and source material. Olivier Assayas’ film is a knockout that conveys its theme through impressionistic washes of mood and color – and that’s exactly what Lotay captures with this piece. Taking a pivotal moment from the film, Lotay has captured Maureen’s (Kristen Stewart) moment of awakening in a way that’s empowering and hard to look away from.

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