New Edition of Richard Williams’ “The Animator’s Survival Kit”

Richard Williams discussing Vincent Price's highly mobile facial features.

Veteran animator Richard Williams has updated his classic guide for animators, to include additional material on animal action, invention and realism. The new version is called The Expanded Edition.
He was recently interviewed in BBC Radio 4’s “Midweek” programme.

Listen to his 10 minute interview here:


Hello Again! I’ve Been Missing You Too….

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Click the image to make it bigger, please. (It’s a rare picture of the Articles and Texticles aesthetics committee, scrutinising a submission from an artist hoping to have his work hung on this site…)

Articles and Texticles is now functioning (almost) normally after changing web hosting company. Yippee, I say.

It was a somewhat fraught process though, and I nearly lost ownership of a domain name I’d owned and used for 10 years, which was a bit of a skidmark moment.

In short, the message is: Don’t move a domain name if it is within 10 days of renewal.

Even as I write, I’m still waiting for signs of life from a web domain that should have fully migrated to the new host by now. All very nailbiting stuff, I can tell you!

Coming next:

  • The Millennium Seedbank
  • Colin Stimpson’s, new book “Witch Wars”
  • Humphry Repton.
  • A brilliant watercolourist.
  • A scintillating oil painter
  • More British Art Directors
  • …and many more random dips into the artistic and cultural well….


I offer my apologies to the people who kindly left comments just before the site moved house. I don’t think I used the very latest backup when I restored the whole shebang. Whoops!


Colin Stimpson’s Panoramic Header Picture

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I’m really happy that my friend and (near) neighbour Colin Stimpson, has kindly sent a panoramic picture from his forthcoming book, Germs!, and it’s now joined the randomised collection of pictures in the header of this blog.

If you were a patient sort of person, you could repeatedly press [Ctrl] 1 + F5 to force the page to refresh, and serve you a new header image each time. But because the selection of sixty pictures is truly randomised, you might have to wait a long time.

So, to make it a bit easier for you, either click on the thumbnail picture above, or scroll down the right hand side of this page till you reach the bottom of the Header Images Thumbnail Gallery, and click number 061.

I’d always be happy to show other artists’ work in the header, with a linked credit, if you have something you think would be suitable for the panning background style stretched letterbox format.
The actual dimensions are 1000 x 175. Send ’em in!


Footnotes for this post:____________________________________
  1. Or Apple, natch []

Holy Cao!

You might remember that I posted some drawings by Jose Maria Cao almost exactly a year ago.
As you’ll see from the recent comments in that post, Julio Mauricio Neveleff, curator of the Cao exhibition and author of the catalogue, kindly offered to send me the exhibition catalogue.
I’m really happy to say it arrived yesterday, and report that the catalogue is a treasure trove of hundreds of Jose Maria Cao’s caricatures.

I’ll take a little while to present a full post on the catalogue, but for the moment, here’s the cover from the exhibition “La Argentina Sin Careta1 “.

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(Click for a really big version)

If all goes well, the exhibition will be staged later this year in Europe, in the city of Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain, which is where Cao set off on his journey to Argentina in 1886.


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  1. Roughly translates as “Argentina unmasked” []

Naomi Klein Wins Award for “The Shock Doctrine”

The video above is an illustration of the central argument contained in Naomi Klein‘s book, “The Shock Doctrine“, in which she asserts that governments exploit the state of shock suffered by populations after traumatic disasters, to force through measures that would be unpalatable or strongly resisted in calmer times.

Now, eighteen months after publication, The Shock Doctrine has picked up a £50,000 prize from The University of Warwick.
The Warwick website that celebrates Klein’s win would profit from the attention of a good literary sub-editor who could rephrase the ungainly tautology on the front page: “Innovative new prize”, which should surely be better expressed on a site that celebrates good writing.

Nice motion graphics in the vid, though… (link to Flash site of


Tatsuyuki Tanaka – Cannabis Works

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(Click all these small images to enlarge them, please….)

Tatsuyuki Tanaka, the animator from 4c Studios whose first major job was key animator on Akira (1988), has a folio of work from his 2003 graphic novel / manga “Cannabis Works” on view at Digik Gallery.

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Aside from enjoying the masterly draughtsmanship evident in all his work, I’m also a great admirer of the subdued colour schemes he employs. They give a sense of otherworldliness that suggests not just another place, but also another time for the events he draws so well.

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This third panel is from a series called “Fifth Dimension” that Pink Tentacle has thoughtfully translated into English.

Truly, gorgeously, bizarre….


Lost And Found – Studio AKA’s Shot at Christmas TV Short Prize

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What’s a boy supposed to do when a penguin turns up at the door?

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Take it back to Antarctica of course.

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This might mean having to row it all the way back….

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Just don’t ask how it arrived in the first place, that’s all….

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Above all, do not question how a penguin is supposed to row a boat using only stubby little wings. We’ll have to wait for the film to be released on Christmas Eve to find out.

The thorough impracticality of returning penguins to the Antarctic is shown by this picture taken during repatriation rehearsals….

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That penguin isn’t even trying to help…

Adapted and Directed by Phillip Hunt at Studio AKA from a book by Oliver Jeffers, published by Harper Collins.

To be screened on Channel 4 this Christmas Eve and again on Boxing Day.

Watch the trailer below: