Akiko Stehrenberger began her career in New York doing spot illustrations for SPIN, The Source, New York Press, Filter, XXL, and many other publications. Upon moving back to Los Angeles in 2004, she became an art director/designer for movie posters while illustrating for various types of other freelance projects.
She is a three time Key Art / CLIO Award winner, a two time SXSW Best Film Poster Award winner, was the judge of PRINT Magazine’s 2012 Annual Hand Drawn Competition, was a 2012 SXSW panelist for “Art & Advertising : Two Sides of the One Sheet”, was deemed “Poster Girl” by Interview Magazine, Creative Review Magazine dedicated their January 2011 Monograph zine solely to her illustrated movie posters after naming her as “Ones to Watch in 2011”, her work was featured in PRINT Magazine’s “Movie Pictures” article showcasing celebrated modern movie poster designers, her participation in Spain’s Avalon Blu-Ray DVD Artists Series was personally approved and celebrated by directors Michael Haneke and David Lynch, she was grouped into Cole Haan’s 2010 “Inspired Life” fashion story showcasing artists in New York and Los Angeles, and her illustrated poster for “Funny Games” was a Key Art Award finalist for best horror poster, was featured at the Annual Type Convention, and took both #1 spots on The Auteurs Movie Posters of the Decade list, and Australia’s Stale Popcorn Top Posters of the Decade.
How tall are you? 5’9”.
Do you work on spec? No way, Jose.
Do you do logos? Only if they’re hand done.
Are you a sketch or storyboard artist? No.
What is a typical cost of commissioning a movie poster?
There isn’t one. My illustration styles vary, because of this I charge a day/hourly rate.
How much of the work on your site is your art direction?
I do everything from concept to photo compositing, illustrating, and type layout.
Why aren’t you on FaceBook or Instagram? I don’t like popularity contests.
Do you do posters for big budget films?
I work on all type of films but I chose smaller ones because they allow for more creative work.
Will you do a portrait of my dog or baby? Not unless it’s smoking a doobs or high five-ing Garfield.