Adam McDaniel is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and writer. He is also a complete nerd, though he has yet to win an award for it. 

He attended New York's Vassar College, winning honors at various festivals for his student film work and receiving the college's academic film & cinematography prize upon graduation. He also wrote and directed a three-hour stage play that had the misfortune of opening the same night as an on-campus Billy Joel concert.

Growing up in Connecticut and New Jersey, he was largely a self-taught artist, drawing at an early age and winning several local and regional art competitions. While at Vassar, McDaniel studied film production, history, and theory, as well as directing, cinematography, and set design.

Following graduation, McDaniel went on to serve as a technical director and set designer for several theatrical stage shows, and as a production designer and cinematographer for independent films and documentaries.

Since moving to Los Angeles, he has worked for such companies as Warner Bros., Disney, Ascent Media, Columbia College Hollywood, Big Ticket Television, and continues freelance work in illustration and writing on the side.


With lifelong interests in both art and film, McDaniel's definitive website about American illustrator Richard Amsel (The Sting, The Dark Crystal, Raiders of the Lost Ark) helped to rekindle awareness of the late artist's work. McDaniel is currently filming a feature length documentary on Amsel's life and career.

He is also a writer, with screenplays garnering coverage in the popular entertainment website Aint It Cool News, and honors from Amazon Studios and other screenwriting contests.  His first novel, How To Succeed in Heaven Without Really Dying, was published in 2002, and a second book, Chasing Echoes Through the Dark, is forthcoming.


Artwork Featured with

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

  • Intrada Music

  • The Secret Movie Club / Vista Theatre

  • The Hollywood Reporter (online edition)

  • LA Weekly (online edition)

  • The Newport Beach Film Festival

  • The Academy for New Musical Theatre

Gallery Showings

  • Paris Games, Paris, France

  • Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA, USA

  • POPzilla Gallery, Anaheim, CA, USA

  • Creature Features, Burbank, CA, USA

  • San Diego Comic Con, CA, USA

  • SugarMynt Gallery, South Pasadena, CA, USA

  • Capsole Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, CA, USA


Online Art Groups

Profiled in

  • 24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters (documentary)

  • Indyfans: The Quest for Fortune & Glory (documentary)

  • marketing promo

  • Imagekind marketing promo

  • Indymag (featured artist & magazine profile)

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Art Books

I now have a page on Shutterfly where you can buy copies of my 12x12' hardcover art book. I know the price is steep, but it reflects only the manufacturing cost for print on demand. I make no profits or residuals from any sales, as it's designed only for showcasing my artwork for those who want a keepsake. On the plus side, Shutterfly often has discount promos for their subscribers.

I'm one of the artists featured in the first art volume published by Posterspy and Artitude, featuring alternative movie posters.

Original softcover edition

Hardcover edition

PIXEL Underground

Alternative Movie Poster Collection


Website designed and maintained by Adam McDaniel. All original writing, illustration, and artwork featured within this website (unless otherwise noted) copyright © 2018 by Adam McDaniel. All rights reserved. Images (in whole or part) may not be downloaded, copied, linked to, or edited in any manner or form for use on any website, image gallery, clipart collection, printed product, or other derivative uses without express written permission from the artist, unless it is for the purpose of critical reviews or commentary.

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