Saul Bass: Vertigo- An Appreciation

(Originally published on RagTagMagpie) Today marks the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Vertigo which premiered in the US on the 9 May 1958 - 62 years ago! Saul Bass is responsible for designing some of the most striking title sequences in film history, including Anatomy of a Murder, West Side Story, Spartacus, Ocean’s 11, as... Continue Reading →

Bret Easton Ellis…author, podcaster…visual artist?

Born today in 1964, Bret Easton Ellis is a post modernist satirist with a pitch black sense of humour, or a twisted sickness depending on your view. In 1991 Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho was published, and although initially hated by critics, has gone on to be considered a modern classic, since turned into a... Continue Reading →

Oscars! But is it Art? Production Design

NOTE: the following post is a reprint from RagTagMagpie.com where it first appeared on the night of the 90th Academy Awards. reprinted here as it's Oscar weekend, and I don't really care enough about this year's awards. Looking back, who knew?  Black Panther at least got some noms... I was listening to a podcast earlier... Continue Reading →

Designing a Book Cover

NOTE: THIS POST IS ORIGINALLY FROM THIS SITE'S SISTER BLOG RAGTAGMAGPIE.COM Visit RagTag for ideas around arts and crafts, bios on famous artists from all media and genres, and the projects my wife is currently working on. It's updated daily and contains a huge amount of material. Here's the post- enjoy, and if you want... Continue Reading →

2019 Calendar – free download

Here's a post and resource shamelessly stolen from my wife's blog 'RagtagMagpie' where she looks at a variety of art, crafts as well as showcasing some of the things she has been working on...including this - a calendar using some of the iconography from my site. If you're looking for a quick calendar reference and... Continue Reading →

A busy week ahead…

Just a quick update to say it's been a busy couple of weeks, but am hoping the effort is all going to be worth it over the coming days with not one, but two new publications: one all my own work, one I'm honored to have been a part of it, and my first writing... Continue Reading →

Halloween is coming…!

A short one today because there's a whole lot going on and coming up... But given we're now at October 13th, I thought it might be time for the Halloween countdown to begin. (You know, reverse the numbers...or something?) Over the next couple of weeks I'll be posting up some Halloween stuff: movies, novels, shorts,... Continue Reading →

Writing Resource 3/100: Photos

So, the header image above is to establish one thing right away - I am not, have never been, never will be and would never dream of claiming I am a photographer... And this post, only number 3 out of a proposed series of 100 for writers may seem a bit unfocused but it was... Continue Reading →

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