Blue Planet 2 Prequel

Yesterday BBC Earth released the “Prequel” for the forthcoming Blue Planet 2. It features the title sequence we have been working on at BDH.



Radiohead rerecorded their track “Bloom” (originally written about the first series of Blue Planet) with series composer Hans Zimmer especially for the occasion.

Here is Radiohead performing Bloom live back in 2011.

Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 172-182

It’s been a while so I am all out of sorts with drawings and order etc.

This is a batch from our Spring trip to Berlin. I have some more of these and I will post them in due course as some of them were scribbled on site and need a little bit of finishing off.

There’s some good advice here on drawing animals by Aaron Blaise, which could be applied to drawing from life of any kind. Mainly:

  • Draw from Life
  • Do your research before you go out.
  • Bring the right supplies and be prepared.
  • Observe first draw later.
  • Keep it loose and make quick observations.
  • Adjust revise your proportions as you go.
  • Take lots of pictures and build your personal reference library.

You should definitely read the whole post here.

Anyways, back to Berlin:


172/365 People from above. Mall of Berlin, near Potsdamer Platz. 5 mins. Notebook: Artemis
175/365 Page of room details from the apartment we stayed in Berlin. Various times. Wilmersdorf, Berlin. April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod.
177/365 FluxBau, from across the Spree. Köpenicker Str. Berlin. 13 April 2017

During out stay we were fortunate enough to visit the Rudolf Belling exhibition at the Hamberger Bahnhof museum. I was relatively unfamiliar with his work before this but we all really enjoyes seeing his work.

This from Wikipedia:

At the very beginning of the 20th century Rudolf Belling’s name was something like a battlecry. The composer of the “Dreiklang” (triad) evoked frequent and hefty discussions. He was the first, who took up again thoughts of the famous Italian sculptor Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1570), who, at his time, stated, that a sculpture should show several good views. These were the current assumptions at the turn of the century. However they foreshadow an indication of sculpture being three-dimensional.

Rudolf Belling amplified: a sculpture should show only good views. And so he became an opponent to one of the German head scientists of art in Berlin, Adolf von Hildebrandt, who, in his book, The problem of Form in Sculpture (1903) said: “Sculpture should be comprehensible – and should never force the observer to go round it”. Rudolf Belling disproved the current theories with his works.

His theories of space and form convinced even critics like Carl Einstein and Paul Westheim, and influenced generations of sculptors after him. It is just this point which isn’t evident enough today.

I hope to make a more comprehensive post about his work in the future.

178/365 Porträt Geheimrat Dr. Kerschensteiner, Bronze 1932 by Rudolf Belling. “Der Münchner Mathematiker und Reformpëdagoge Georg Kerschenstwiner (1854-1932) gilt als Begründer der Arbeitsschull, einer Vorform der heutigen Berufsschule.” 5 mins. V-ball. 14th April 2017 Hamberger Bahnhoff. Notebook: Ichabod
179/365 Rudolf Belling Schuttblume 1972 Olympiaberg Muenchen. V-ball & Pencil. Hamberger Bahnhoff. 17th April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod
180/365 Various rushed studies of “Kopf In Messing (Toni Freeden)” by Rudolph Belling as it was in situ at the Hamberger Bahnhoff Gallery in Berlin, with postcard of the artist with the original. 17th April 2017 Notebook:Ichabod.
182/365 Rendition of Soldier Sculpture by Rudolf Belling. From the “Skulpturen Und Architekturen” exhibition at Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnahof Berlin. Fountain Pen and pencil. 14th April 2017 Notebook: Ichabod.

Use your Vote 2017

I made a very short video to encourage people to vote in the General Election tomorrow.
There is a lot at stake and this time it can really make a difference.
I can’t post video directly here, but I have so far posted it to YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter (all embedded below), so please share on your favourite platform, if you know someone who you think might need some encouragement.

Einige Photographien von Berlin

Uhlandstraße, Wilmersdorf, Berlin, April 2017.
Hohenzollernplatz, Uhlandstasse, Wilmersdorf, Berlin.
The Rolling Horse at Berlin Central Station. “Das Rolling Horse ist eine von Jürgen Goertz entworfene Skulptur auf der nördlichen Terrasse des Berliner Hauptbahnhofs am Europaplatz. Die Skulptur besteht aus Edelstahl, Aluminium, Kunststoff, Glas und Stein. Sie ist 9,70 Meter hoch, 8,70 Meter breit[1] und wiegt 35 Tonnen.”
Oberbaumbrücke, River Spree, Berlin.
“Die Oberbaumbrücke ist ein Doppeldecker-Brücke Berlins Fluss Spree, als eines der Wahrzeichen der Stadt. Sie verbindet Friedrichshainand Kreuzberg, ehemaligen Stadtbezirke, die durch die Berliner Mauer geteilt wurden, und ist ein wichtiges Symbol der Einheit Berlins geworden.Das untere Deck der Brücke trägt eine Fahrbahn, die Oberbaum Straße im Süden des Flusses mit Warschauer Straße im Norden verbindet. Das obere Deck der Brücke führt Berliner U-Bahnlinie U1, zwischen Schlesisches Tor und Warschauer Straße Stationen. Die Brücke erscheint prominent in der 1998 Film Run Lola Run.”
Hohenzollernplatz, Uhlandstraße, Berlin. “Hohenzollernplatz ist ein Berliner U-Bahn-Station im Stadtteil Wilmersdorf in der U3 line.Die Station wurde mit dem ersten Abschnitt der U3 vom Wittenbergplatz bis Thielplatz am 12. Oktober 1913 eröffnet. Ab dem Heidelberger Platz war der Architekt W.Leitgebel.”
Berlin Central Station, April 2017.
“Berlin Hauptbahnhof ist der Hauptbahnhof in Berlin, Deutschland. Es kam zwei Tage nach einer feierlichen Eröffnung am 26. Mai 2006 in Betrieb. Es befindet sich auf dem Gelände des historischen Lehrter Bahnhof, und bis es als Hauptleitung Station geöffnet, es war ein Anschlag auf die Berliner S-Bahn s-Bahn Berlin Hauptbahnhof – Lehrter Bahnhof vorübergehend benannt. Die Station wird von der DB Station betrieben.”
Overhead pipes, Hauptbahnhoff, Berlin.
“Wansee, Mügelersee, Tegelersee – Berlin is surrounded by several lakes, and is home to the river Spree. Not to get into too much detail, it simply means that the ground Berlin is built on is quite marshy. Searching deeper, it has been argued that the word ‘Berlin’ actually comes from a word in the Proto-slavic language, literally meaning ‘swamp’. With groundwater in Berlin existing just two meters under the city’s surface, consequently, it is impossible to dig any tunnels without the risk of flooding the German capital. And could you imagine the city without the metro system? Thus, the pipes surrounding Berlin serve to pump water from the ground and transport it to the canals, allowing both together to drain the basements of the city and to facilitate the urban works. For more than a century already, a company named ‘Pollems’ has been responsible for the system.”

Intermittently Regular #365 Sketch Project Update 167-173

166/365 Ivy on tree trunk. 10 mins. Straight to V-ball Notebook: Myrtle

167/365 Sheep and trees.
10 mins
Notebook: Myrtle

168/365  Another window.
They’re pretty much the only thing I can see from the window where I sit to eat my lunch.
Notebook: Myrtle.

169/365  Suburbanite Window.
Notebook: Ichabod

170/365  Tangle of saplings in hedgerow with accompanying electric cable pole and hazard warning.
Straight To V-ball.
Notebook: Ichabod.

171/365  Whiteladies Road Tree.
30 mins
Uniball micro
Notebook: Ichabod
(Process videos uploaded to Instagram Stories)

173/365Rooftops, Clifton.
March 2017.
4 mins
Notebook: Ichabod