Akiko Stehrenberger graduated with distinction from the Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 2000. She is a multi-award winning movie poster illustrator and designer, who works with directors, movie studios, advertising and movie advertising agencies.
She was handpicked by directors Roman Polanski, Jonathan Glazer, Charlie McDowell, Joe Swanberg, and celebrated by David Lynch, Michael Haneke and more. Her poster for “Bad Milo” was featured on the Conan show, she was deemed “Poster Girl” by Interview magazine in 2011, and Creative Review dedicated their January 2011 Monograph to her illustrated movie posters.
Her clients include A24, A&E Network, FX, IFC Films, Levi’s, Lifetime, Lionsgate, The Orchard, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Neon, Radius/The Weinstein Company, Sony Pictures, Weiden + Kennedy Amsterdam, Weiden + Kennedy Portland, and more.
2017 CLIO Entertainment Award – Silver – “The Void”
2017 CLIO Entertainment Award – Silver – “Donald Cried”
2017 CLIO Entertainment Award – Shortlist – “I, Daniel Blake”
2016 Key Art/CLIO Award – Silver – “Keanu”
2015 Golden Trailer Award – Best Independent Poster – “Cut Bank”
2015 Key Art/CLIO Award – Bronze – “Bates Motel” Promotional Mailer
2013 Epica Awards – International Creative Award – Bronze – “Booking.com’s Halloween”
2013 Key Art/CLIO Award – Short List – “Kiss of the Damned”
2013 SXSW – Best Poster – Jury Award – “Kiss of the Damned”
2013 SXSW – Best Poster – Audience Award “Kiss of the Damned”
2012 Key Art/CLIO Award – Silver – “Brand X”
2012 Key Art/CLIO Award – Silver – “Life During Wartime”
2012 Key Art/CLIO Award – Bronze – “Casa De Mi Padre”
2012 Key Art/CLIO Award – Finalist – “Louie: Season 2”
2010 2012 Key Art Award – Finalist – “Funny Games”
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.
Are these real posters? All work is commissioned by movie studios, directors and/or movie poster advertising shops. Some simply make it to the end, some don’t. However, none are fan art nor design exercises.
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.
Do you do posters for mainstream films? I work on all types of films, but the non blockbuster movies allow for more creative work.
It’s my first feature film/labor of love project. What can I get for a $500 budget?
A nice referral to someone else.
Will you do a portrait of my dog or baby? Not unless it’s smoking a doobs or high-fiving Garfield.