In a matter of weeks, Stranger Things has taken over fan art. If you haven’t already watched the Netflix series that’s practically an 8-hour Steven Spielberg movie, we predict you eventually will. And you’ll love it. It’s really that good. The series borrows proudly and generously from John Carpenter and Steven King movies, but it isn’t the gore or scare fest you might be afraid of. It’s more of a psychological thriller with extra-dimensional and psychic overtones, which, in this age of never-ending, cookie-cutter superhero movie franchises is pretty refreshing.
Speedpaint video in SketchBook
We’ve been breathlessly watching all of the fan art that people have been making around this show and squeeing at all the creative things that pop up. Our own Kyle Runciman found this old process VHS footage in a box untouched for what must have been two decades. Figure we’d share it with you. It’s a speedpaint video that tackles the main crew of characters in the show: Lucas, Will, Eleven, and Dustin.
Stranger Things focus on characters
To us (and we talk about this show a lot at the SketchBook office) what makes the show so winning is its characters. When since The Goonies have you seen a cast of middle-school-aged characters leading a storyline that’s aimed at a general audience? For that matter, how long has it been since a quality piece of entertainment came down the pike that could sport a “G” rating that everyone in the whole family could actually enjoy? To my mind, this is the real success of Stranger Things. It shies completely away from sex and violence and focuses on portraying great character moments. It’s a joy to watch and clearly a joy for fans of the show. The art people are creating is staggeringly good.
A few of our favorite posters
In particular, there are a lot of people making their own poster art, usually in the vein of Hollywood collage character ensemble style posters. we wanted to share a few of our favorites — as well some of the places you can go to find more of this lovely art or even purchase what we consider to be the best of the best… so far.
It’s only the beginning
And this is surely just the beginning. Clearly, this series was carefully conceived and storyboarded, and that makes it ripe for further fan art participation. Have you made any Stranger Things fan art, or do you have any favorites? Please point us to it by shouting out to us on Twitter, Facebook, or DeviantArt.