Monthly Archives: May 2007

Dylan Cole: Matte Painter 6

There are many people who misuse the term Matte Painter these days, when what they more frequently want to describe is a background painter. Mind you, just to add to the confusion, even the term `background´ is now being eclipsed by `environment´. I suppose that sounds grander and more important than `background´. Personally, I suspect […]

Art & Design in The British Film # 5: Ferdinand Bellan 9

Another chapter in the continuing series about Art Directors and Production Designers in British Film up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published.. This excerpt considers the work of Ferdinand Bellan. (Click the thumbnails to enlarge) `Bonnie Prince Charlie´ Starring the youthful Ivor Novello and Gladys Cooper. `Bonnie Prince Charlie´ `Salute The […]

Mitchell & Webb: “Identity Theft” 0

David Mitchell and Robert Webb hit the issue of identity theft with a large comedic cosh. Also featuring “Bronze Orientation Day”, “The Rally Drivers” and other inspired nonsense.. This broadcast went out on the 24th of May and you can listen again for 7 days afterwards. If you miss it completely: download the excerpt. Laugh? […]

Art & Design in The British Film # 4: Wilfred Arnold 0

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with Wilfred Arnold (1903 – 1970) That’s right, he was the brother of the Art Director who was featured in the previous entry in this series, Norman Arnold, and they […]

Life Drawing Meetup on Tuesday 7th June 0

Updated The Who: Cartoon, animation + character figure drawing Meetup group The What: 2 hour cartoon figure drawing / photography session. The Where: The Hub, Top floor, 5 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ Tel:0207 841 8900 The When: Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 7:00 – 9:00 PM The Why: Because you need to do some more […]

Madame Tutli-Putli 2

“Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski of Clyde Henry Productions have recently completed their first professional film, Madame Tutli-Putli, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. In addition to their role as filmmakers, Chris and Maciek wear many hats-as animators, sculptors, collage artists, screenplay writers and art directors.” “Madame Tutli-Putli took shape with a train […]

Art & Design in The British Film # 3: Norman Arnold 3

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with Norman Arnold Norman Arnold was one of the most prolific production designers active in British cinema in the two decades immediately before and after the second world war. He […]

October The Cat 0

There’s a strong whiff of Miyazaki that attracts me to this Argentinian animation short. Here are a few background designs: (Click the thumbnails to enlarge) It’s still a work in progress, and looks well worth keeping an eye on. There’s more artwork and linetests / animatics on the project’s blog, here.

Composition part 2: Edgar Payne’s Rogues Gallery 2

About a year ago I posted some little thumbnail pictures by the American painter, Edgar Payne, that act as mini guidelines for composing pictures. These composition hints were much appreciated, especially by students. Happily, I have now acquired the 1941 book from which they were scanned. (Thanks Colin!) It was delightful to see all the […]

Ratatouille Podcast 1

The marketing campaign for Pixar’s next release rolls on. Have a squint at the latest Ratatouille Podcast here. This new feature contains some of the most physical animation that I’ve seen so far from Pixar. Bodies are flying all over the place! Well, at least one body is. And it’s Linguini’s. This last screengrab contains […]