Monthly Archives: January 2008

Spot The Howler 7

I was listening to a repeat of the most amazing programme about an extremely ancient murder mystery – 2 million years old to be exact – that was part of a Radio 4 Science broadcast. In the first minute of this fascinating piece, the scientists presenting the show completely threw away their credibility. Listen to […]

Speculative Cigar Box Samples 5

Here is a selection of beautiful samples of the chromolithographic printer’s art, applied to cigar boxes. They seem to be speculative samples that were sent out to North American cigar packers around 1880 -1910, judging by the costumes. While it’s fortunate that whoever runs the Brasilian website containing these images has gone to the trouble […]

More Car Problems… 3

This car problem is entirely my own fault (which makes it extra hard to bear), and it has nothing to do with wearing high heels (see the post below). I drove back from work on Monday early in the afternoon, I walked to the post office and posted a parcel (a short journey of 200 […]

Car Problems…. 2

Some very good advice for motorists. (Please click to enlarge.)

Art & Design in The British Film # 15: Laurence Irving 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 Laurence Irving. (1897 – 1988) The Doctor’s Dilemma Pre-production sketch for a film that wasn’t released until 10 years later, in 1958. Watercolour. (Click thumbnail images to enlarge) Irving […]

Well Chuffed 2

One of the interesting dynamics of publishing a blog is the positive affirmation bounced back to the author in the shape of comments left by readers. In the case of many artist’s blogs, it seems that the need for positive affirmation ( call it ego strokes if you will ) is one of the main […]

Early Cartoon Drawing By Paul Terry 0

This is a drawing from early in Paul Terry‘s career, in the days before he became an animator. He later went on to produce over 1,300 cartoons between 1915 and 1955 including the many Terrytoons cartoons, making him one of the most prolific film producers in history. (Wikipedia) I found it on the Otis Historical […]

Jiří Bartoš 3

From the “AdrÅ¡pach” Mountains 1999 Winter Graphics 1983 Hoarfrost in the “Jizerské” Mountains 2004 Some thumbnails of his photographic work here, but the enlargements have disappeared from that auction site now. If you click the thumbnails above, they will reveal the enlargements, however. If you google his name, you come across an amazing story of […]

Clearing The Cellar – David Dabner of the LCP 2

For once, here’s a YouTube video with some intelligent comments appended to it. The subject is the Typography tutor at the old London College of Printing, David Dabner, or “Debner” as the slightly 1950′s style voice over artist pronounces it. The LCP is now known as the London College of Communication, and it’s the largest […]

Clearing The cellar – Terrible Lawyer Joke 0

* Lawyer: “Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?” * Witness: “No.” * Lawyer: “Did you check for blood pressure?” * Witness: “No.” * Lawyer: “Did you check for breathing?” * Witness: “No.” * Lawyer: “So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?” […]