Monthly Archives: May 2008

The Most Appropriate Job Ad Placement Ever 2

I’m a big enthusiast for WordPress, the software that runs this site. The crew who write it (A company called Automattic) have just celebrated WordPress’s fifth birthday, and as part of their continuing success, they’ve recently expanded their software team by hiring Warwick Poole as a “Systemologist”. Nothing strange there, you might say, apart from […]

Art & Design in The British Film # 18 Oliver Messel 2

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 Oliver Messel (1904 – 1978) Messel was a Costume Designer and Art Director. He sometimes worked in the Art Department as well as being Production Designer for films. A […]

Animated Wall Paintings by BLU 1

Absolutely extraordinary. MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo. Link to the artist’s website…

Animation Notes #1 – The Richard Williams Studio Memos 0

While sorting through some papers recently, I discovered a few internal memos from the Richard Williams studio in the 1970′s. These were circulated among staff and freelancers (like me) with the aim of setting the highest standards, team building and flying the flag. The first of these – the Memo To All Artists – was […]

The Best Photoshop Tip I’ve Ever Forgotten 4

There are so many handy tips about obscure Photoshop techniques floating around, that sooner or later, some of the more arcane ones just float off, beyond the reach of memory. Well; my memory, anyway. The research I do entails a lot of scanning, and of all sorts of materials. Typescripts, books and magazines, and even […]

Paul Lasaine, Production Designer, Art Director, etc., 0

I’ve just added a link to Paul Lasaine‘s blog in the blogroll. I remember Luc Desmarchelier telling me about him when he was working at Dreamworks back in the 90′s. If you don’t know Paul Lasaine or his work, here’s the link…. Click the thumbnails to reveal the big images, please. Those first two images […]

Pressed Metal Paintboxes 9

When you were very young, did you ever yearn for a great big paintbox like this? The 92 cake behemoth paintbox of my dreams, by Page of London. (Click it to see it bigger, please.) I remember wishing for a really big paintbox while using the piddly little 12 and 18 tablet jobs that were […]