Akiko Stehrenberger is a 23-time CLIO award winning movie poster art director, illustrator and designer, who works with directors, movie studios, advertising and movie advertising agencies.
She was deemed “Poster Girl” by Interview magazine in 2011, Creative Review dedicated their January 2011 Monograph to her illustrated movie posters, her poster for “Bad Milo” was featured on the Conan show, Vanity Fair included her “Funny Games” and “Kiss of the Damned” posters in their “Best Movie Posters of All Time” list, her “Da 5 Bloods” poster is on view at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, and NASA/JPL commissioned her to do the Artemis space launch posters in 2022. “Akikomatic: The Work of Akiko Stehrenberger” was published by Hat & Beard Press in 2020 and sold out but a second edition can be preordered here.
Her clients include A24, A&E Networks, Absolut, Amazon Studios, AMC Networks, Criterion Collection, Focus Features, FX, IFC Films, JPL/NASA, Levi’s, Lifetime, Lionsgate, Mondo, Mubi, Neon, Netflix, Nine Muses Entertainment, The Orchard, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Screen Media, Sony Pictures, Weiden + Kennedy Amsterdam, Weiden + Kennedy Portland, and more.
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 your typical work process for one illustrated poster? Click here.
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.
Do you do posters for short films or low budget documentaries? I charge the same project minimum fee as I would for a feature length film. It takes me the same amount of time.
It’s my first feature film/labor of love project. What can I get for a $5K 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.