After seeing the documentary Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, I became aware of the incredible talent of the illustrator Drew Struzan. Seeing his portfolio, I realised just how highly regarded he is within the industry and how much of his work I was already familiar with. While I pay close attention to actors, directors, composers and scriptwriters, I’ve never really thought about film posters before, apart from when I highlighted the ones I have in my bedroom. Here are eight of Drew’s more famous works, with some bonus ones thrown in. Do you have a favourite? For more information n the man himself check out this Wired article.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
First Blood (1982)
The Thing (1982)
Back to The Future (1985)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
And here are some from his most famous collaboration
I’ve been told I’m as good as whistling as I am singing. Which I’ve decided to take as a compliment and use it as inspiration for a post about some of the best whistling songs around. Featuring more one hit wonders than you might think (more here), please enjoy my eight favourite whistling songs that just beg you to join in. Do you have a favourite? Any others that you like?
There was a fantastic set of free light exhibitions in Canary Wharf, London, which ran for two weeks last month. It was a collection of indoor and outdoor, with some borrowed for the event and others specially commissioned. The advantage of having several displays was made full use of, with some themed on sound, movement, brain waves and interactive displays. The area frequently puts up different temporary exhibitions. Among others I’ve covered have been the Remembrance Art Trail and Flower Sculpture.
I’ve covered countless artists who have left a huge legacy through their consistently superb and prolific output. But sometimes there are artists who only strike gold once. At least here in the UK. But hey, that’s one more than the rest of us. Before listing mine, I actually thought others could be included. But while they may be best known for one song, artists like Haddaway, Shakespeare’s Sister, Soul Asylum, Vance Joy and Sinead O’ Connor have had chart success with other tracks. Do you have a favourite one hit wonder? Was there an artist you thought would go on to more success?
10 years after the original series, Planet Earth II has been released, mesmerising viewers with its extraordinary landscape views and detailed insights into animal life. Narrated by legendary broadcaster and famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough, it is expected to garner as much acclaim as its original, which was five years in the making. Below are eight different photographs taken from the Islands, Deserts, Jungles and Mountains categories.
As a lover of animals, photography and comedy, I just had to include The 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography awards, which I saw on the Yahoo website. As well as highlighting the humour within the animal kingdom, the awards also serve as highlighting awareness of global conservation efforts. I’ve chosen eight of the most memorable images from the winning entries. Do you have a favourite? You might also be interested to see how they compare to these neatly timed animal shots which I posted a while back.
There’s a very striking exhibition by Mark Humphrey in Canary Wharf that commemorates the fallen, in association with The Royal British Legion. Here are photos from the art displays, each with the aim of focusing on a different aspect of military experience. If you like them, you may well like this post of an exhibition that commemorated 100 years since the start of World War I.
Halloween 2016 has been and gone and it was certainly celebrated by plenty of celebrities. Below are eight of the more notable efforts. Did you dress up this year? Are you a big fan of the holiday? If you’re interested, underneath those are some examples of my own with friends from previous years.