For the uninitiated, I run two different websites on Richard Amsel. The first is www.richardamsel.info / www.richard-amsel.com, now going on its tenth year. It's primarily designed to document the artist's work, pay tribute to his life, and provide additional news on the general topics of illustration and movie poster art. This site, www.richardamselmovie.com, is obviously more geared toward sharing the progress of the documentary. So when a newly discovered (rather, rediscovered or resurfaced) piece of art comes my way, I'll usually limit mention of it to the former page, to avoid redundancy.
But. times like now, I just can't help myself.
I've added some new images to the online gallery, including pics of Amsel's paperback book cover illustration for ELEANORA DUSE, and a 1971 portrait...
December 4th marks what would have been Richard Amsel’s 70th birthday, and I’d be terribly remiss if I didn’t post an update to mark that occasion.
Some people have asked me about the status of the documentary, as I’ve been pretty quiet these past few months. The reason was a very personal one: my father died at the end of September, and in the weeks since I’ve had to juggle work along with some funeral and estate arrangements.
My dad’s health had been in decline for some time, and I had taken intermittent leave from work to visit him on the other side of the country every 2-3 months. I was also able to dedicate some of that time to doing more interviews on the east coast – all of which I have yet to write about here. Please bear with me, more updates will be coming!
For months I've wrestled with the ongoing process of finding the best possible images of Richard Amsel's artwork for use in the film. Many of these are from scans of newly acquired transparencies, while many others required my actually buying old posters and cleaning them up.
Sometimes it's easy. THE LITTLE PRINCE, for example, was rather simple to do. The final poster art of THE BIG SLEEP, however, was a bit of a nightmare. I bought an original poster from 1978, scanned it piece by piece, "puzzled" it together (a long, laborious process)...but ultimately, I had to give up. The reason: the multitone color printing process used on some older posters causes a whirlwind of issues when scanning, even at high resolution (over 400 pixels per inch). This causes a "banding" effect in images th...