Hey there! I’m Dan, the artist behind Baxter and the Bear. Welcome to my maker’s page. Here you’ll find posters celebrating some of the things I (and hopefully you) really love: mainly movies, TV, and the city of Pittsburgh.
I’m a self-taught photographer and graphic designer who’s been at it since 2015. I mostly make minimalist movie and TV posters using items that I find, stage, and photograph. I search for these items in the real world (at flea markets and second-hand shops) and anything that I can’t find, I create myself. I then take the items back to my home studio, photograph them, and create the poster.
ABOUT MY PRODUCTS:
Each poster I make is for a film or TV show that I want to celebrate. My background is in film studies, and the way I create these posters mirrors the way I would write about movies. I would start with a small detail that stuck out to me and use that to unlock the whole film. So while you can look at these posters as simple references to movies and TV shows (and you wouldn’t be wrong), I hope you can see something deeper in them. I work hard to find the perfect items and present them in a way that distills the key theme or character I want to highlight. On each poster’s listing, you’ll find a quote that helped guide me through the process.
I also create illustrated posters. Many are in the style of WPA-era posters from the 1930s and 40s which I’ve always loved. I hope they capture the beauty and warmth of some of my favorite locales, both real-life and fictional.