Monday, December 15, 2014

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Thank you Bob Peak for creating the art for the Apocalypse Now movie poster (and many others) inspiring a young boy to become an artist.

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Panzer: Panzerbefehlswagen III, Ausf F
This was the mount of armoured unit commanders who wished to "lead from the front", as opposed to the relative safety of a more stationary command post.
Fitted with extra long-range radio equipment, a Befehlspanzer would keep the commander in touch with his own HQ and staff while keeping close contact with his men on the ground.
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Monday, December 08, 2014

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Prepare for a burst of high-pitched cackling laughter on your morning ride to work, as you watch these rib-tickling prequels to the art of animation: Victorian age zoetropes


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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf D
A Panzer IV which has seen some action is resting in a depot.
The photo was most likely taken after the Battle of France, 1940.
Note the early method of painting vehicle numbers on small rhomboid-shaped pieces of metal. The rhomboid was the tactical symbol of armoured units.
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Monday, December 01, 2014

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Since I stopped being an employee of the arts, I find it fun to make art again.

And nothing is more fun than using ArtRage on my iPad...a simple software tool that enables you to paint with your fingers.

My inspiration?...going round in circles!

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Panzer: Pzkpfw VI Tiger, Ausf E
A Tiger crewman finds time to shave, probably summer of 1944. A BMW motorcycle with sidecar in the background. Possibly this was shared by all members of the unit for when they needed to go places. A Tiger is not the best ride when fetching groceries.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

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Well , this blog should know!  that I did find a new job and have been working there since September.

I teach animation to young people with disabilities in the town of Ringsted, about sixty kilometers from Copenhagen, so now I'm a commuter!

Very happy I found that job.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf D
A panzer crewman studying the damage inflicted by enemy anti-tank weapons. Photo probably taken during or after the battle of France.
Note the small white rhomboid and the number 4 painted next to the damaged vision port.
This denoted that the panzer belonged to the fourth company of an armoured regiment.
Later on came the introduction of large numerals painted onto the turret sides,
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Monday, November 17, 2014


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When I was growing up in the 1970's, most of the art that I knew was the illustration art found in popular culture.

Comic book covers, record covers, book covers etc.

As I've mentioned before here at DAMIJWH, I was a  bookworm,  "hanging" a the local library while the other kids did sports, picked fights, learned how to smoke, or (later on) got laid.

I liked reading. I liked the smell of books. I liked the peace and solitude of the library. I liked the friendly bespecled women who worked there.

Often I would spend my time not reading, but simply gazing at the fabulous covers of some of the books. At one time, I found a particularly exciting one... the one pictured above...

A powerful spaceship, thrusting through deep space, heading for incredible adventures!

All rendered in beautiful blue and blue green hues...

My recollection of that exciting cover rested for many years deep in my memory. Until one day, I decided to use the power of the Internet and, maybe...find that precious book somewhere out there?

I remembered the word ASIMOV...written boldly on the cover. So I began searching, and eventually found it!
 but...

it looked like this!


NOT painted in blue and blue green, but in yellow, red and orange!

After much speculation, I found the explanation: The book I had seen at my local library, had been exposed to the sun, fading some of the colours (red, yellow and orange) while leaving others untouched (the blue and green)

Well, at least I found out.

And a few weeks ago, I accidentally discovered the artist who painted it! British Sci-Fi artist Peter Elson so check out the original here

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/3 , Ausf D
A late model mittlere Kommandopanzerwagen. Filled with long-range radio equipment, 251/3's were mostly used by armoured unit commanders and their staff. The "600" number is typical of staff level vehicles. Using numbers above the numbers 100-400, since these were usually reserved for the halftracks and lorries carrying troops.
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