Branislav Perkovic – Art Director & Concept Designer

Clive Powsey wised me up to Branislav’s work through the comments form here. Although uncredited by IMDB, Branislav was responsible for some of the lovely production designs for the recently released European film, Nocturno. (See my earlier post here.)

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Some fine work on show, but the site navigation is super clunky!

ColourCountry

This is one of the oddest websites I have seen in a while. I cannot remember what I was researching when I found it. All I know is that I was held entranced in its soft and quirky grip for a time that seemed to last for ages, but in reality was probably very short.

I give you – Colourcountry.

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I’ve made this conjectural map a bit bigger in the next picture. Anyone familiar with the uneven distribution of underground lines in London, and who lives in South East London, will appreciate the desire to see this map become a true reflection of the reality on the ground.

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In your dreams!

There’s a lot more to the site than new twists on maps, however. You must take a while to look at the “Gentleman’s Enquire Within“, alongside the rest of the curiosities on offer.

Some Kimono Fabrics

While doing some visual research for an ongoing project, I came across this beautiful group of textile print designs from a photo set on Flickr.
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Here’s the Flickr set it forms part of –
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There’s a blog called Teatime, that is linked to the set …

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… that contains some very lovely vintage illustrations of Japanese and Chinese women from the early part of the 20th Century.

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Some of these images had been first published on another site, Atown graphics.com

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Beautiful.

Bibliodyssey In Print

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If you ever take your mouse for a walk over the blogroll links at the top left of this page, you will meet the link for Bibliodyssey, which is an extraordinary treasure trove of printed illustrative material, assembled for your delight by PK, (also yclept peacay), and occasionally known as Paul K.

The good news is that PK has been working on a book showing many of the printed treasures he has fossicked on the net, which will soon be published and marketed by FUEL publishing.

I visit the site regularly, and part of the reason why I like it so much is because it is so hard to define.
It’s the best kind of hotchpotch, or miscellany of pictures. You might see a series of designs for 18th Century French fortresses, a collection of beautifully coloured butterflies from Brazil, or etchings of strange costumes worn by South sea islanders.

PK works very hard to assemble the collections of pictures that he has unearthed in obscure university libraries, or scraped from unsearchable databases.

He always takes pride in presenting his discoveries at a high level of quality. If there are stains and stamps on the originals, they are sensitively cleaned up, and if he meets the horrible and detestable “Zoomify” image “enhancer” , he will circumvent its nasty interface and take multiple screengrabs which he laboriously reassembles so we, the visitors, can see the pictures large and pristine.

As a fellow image truffler, I take my hat off to the man’s tenacity at always managing to prise the pictures from the grasp of niggardly webmasters and rulebound library administrators who can make the hunt for printed arcana such a struggle.

PK has very kindly helped me to gather and re-assemble pictures that were presented by the server as multi image “slices”, for which I publicly repeat my thanks to him. (Yay, peacay!).

Here is a selection of some of the choice items I’ve saved from Bibliodyssey over the past couple of years.
They include some beautiful hand painted pictures of bamboos from an ancient Japanese botanical book, several miniature maquettes and concept paintings from an archive of theatrical and masonic ceremonial backdrops, and some rare illustrations of plants from an early Brasilian flora.

I am sure that you will soon discover your own batch of well presented pictures.
(Please click on the small thumbnails below if you want to enlarge them.)

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Japanese Bamboo Book from Tokyo Museum

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Japanese Bamboo Book from Tokyo Museum

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Theatre Curtain

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Watercolour design sketch.

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Masonic Ritual 3D Maquette.

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Decorative Front Curtain Design.

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Horsetail.

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Cinchona.
Link: Bibliodyssey

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart now available for download.

I’m delighted when One Good Move (In the Blogroll sidebar ) posts a Daily Show clip, because it almost always guarantees a wickedly mordant take on the idiotic goings on in American politics. You might remember Jon Stewart as the compêre of last year’s Oscars ceremony. He is the 180 degree opposite of the archetypical anodyne anchorman on US TV news programmes.

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The good news is that Comedy Central has now placed the entire archive of The Daily Show online, so you can go back to any broadcast clip from the last 9 years. Brilliant!

(Via BoingBoing)

UPDATE: Unfortunately, some miserable spoilsport jobsworth has now decided that these videos are too subversive for a United Kingdom audience, so pressing on the video link will only reward you with a mealymouthed message about videos not being available for your country. We are not worthy, we are not worthy. Hello Tor.

Myoung Ho Lee. Recontextualising Nature

There’s something truly inspired in Myoung Ho Lee’s work.
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He painstakingly erects gigantic white backdrops behind specimen trees and then photographs them, so as to disassociate the subjects from their contexts.

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Erecting the backdrop using cherry pickers.

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This image contains some intricate layers of meaning, especially when you figure that the tree must have been carefully trimmed into shape over several decades.

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Look! No assistants.

(via Lens Culture)

Alan Coren R.I.P.

The late Alan Coren, wit and genius.

Alan Coren has delivered his last punchline.

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Alan Coren liked to tell the story of how he had been invited to lunch at Buckingham Palace. He was late, and was stopped by a policeman for speeding. “You’re not going to believe this, officer,” he said, “but I am going to lunch with the Queen.”

The policeman glowered. “What are you, sir, some kind of humorist?”

“Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the corners of our rooms.”

“Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.”

“The word ‘souvenir’ has, of course, slightly extended itself in meaning until it now denotes almost anything either breakable or useless; but even today, 90 per cent of the items covered by the word are forgettable objects in which cigarettes can be left to go stale.”

More obituaries here.
and here.

Nocturna Meets The Light Of Day

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The long awaited animated feature Nocturna, from Animakids and Filmax, has had its debût in Spain this weekend, and cinemagoers in France will be able to enjoy it next week.

The film boasts some beautiful artwork, especially in the backgrounds department.

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This is Tim, the hero of the story.

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Adrià García and Victor Maldonado, the directors of Nocturna.

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The Cat Shepherd (left) offers to help Tim discover why the stars are disappearing from the night sky.

The French distributor is Gebeka Films, and the Spanish distribution is handled by Filmax.

Here’s the link to the IMDB entry, and you can find the synopsis here.