Friday, June 7, 2013

Care for a Little Chuckle?

Besides his gorgeous blue eyes, the thing that made me fall in love with my husband was his ability to make me laugh.  On the worst day he can make me giggle. From my worst mood he can force a smile. In the worst situation he can find the humour.  It is for this, while those blue eyes still get me,  that I am most thankful.

Charlie Chaplin once said, "A day without laughter is a day wasted."  A simple comment that speaks a profound truth.  Laughter makes a cloudy day less grim, a sunny day a little brighter. It's good for body, mind and soul — an antidote for pain and stress. It triggers endorphins, relaxes the muscles and gives a generous boost to one's immune system.

What tickles a funny bone varies from person to person. Some need to be hit over the head, others prefer the soft sell approach. Some like slapstick, some like dry and subtle. Either way, humour makes a day, and even a smile can make a difference. So while they may not make you laugh out loud, these terrific collections by some of my favourite cartoon illustrators at least warrant a chuckle or two.

iCLIPART.com Cartoon Collection

iCLIPART.com Cartoon Collection

iCLIPART.com Cartoon Collection

iCLIPART.com Cartoon Collection

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Love These Fatherly Illustrations

Father's Day — a celebration of dads and male parenting that dates back to the early 20th century in the United States.  Intended as a complement to Mother's Day, it's  held annually on the third Sunday in June.

When the event began, parental roles were fairly well defined. Mom tended to house and home, which involved most aspects of child rearing. Dad went out to earn a living and was called in from time to time for sound advice, permission and discipline.

By the time I was born, in the early back half of the century, things hadn't changed all that much. Though my mother did have a second job out of the house, my father pretty much fit the traditional role. Self-employed, and thereby completely invested in the business,  he put in 16-hour days through the week and a regular day on Saturday. The brief time he was home during the week, he was given the peace and quiet a hard-working man deserved to enjoy a meal and read the news.

But when he had a moment, my young-at-heart father was the one easily convinced to stop and play.  He was my sputtering motorboat ride in the lake during our week at the beach,  my Father May I? games man while getting dressed for Saturday night dancing, and my singer of silly songs just about any time.  Before COPD literally took the wind out of him, Dad was a beautiful dancer. I remember many a spin around the living room, my feet planted firmly atop his.

My Dad — he was my first hero.  On June 16 it's his, and all other hero Dads, time to be celebrated.  These illustrations are perfect for any special project or promotion you plan to create to honour your special man.

iCLIPART.com Father Illustrations

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Tutorials for Creating Your Own Images

One of my favourite things, outside of my family,  is language. I love words, how some roll off your tongue, how others can make you tongue-tied. I love the way they look and how they sound. 

As a journalist and editor, I spent two decades crafting words, my own and others, into a story.  But what I missed during that time was creativity. While I could exercise that in a weekly column and somewhat through features, the news, unless you're watching CNN, is still pretty much rooted in fact. Imagination can only go as far as it leads you to a real conclusion.

Now, I have a fantastic job working for an online graphics service. Each and every day I spend time writing off the cuff, (in this blog, for example), finding words and phrases to explain or appease customers in emails, and most fun of all, allocating certain words to certain images.  Each and every day, therefore, I spend a lot of time looking at images, talking about images and using images.

What I don't know, however, is how to create those images and each and every day I am awed by the work of the talented artists who do. While I would never dream of assuming I could manage the same, I did think it might be fun to investigate a little 'how-to' on this topic and came up with oodles of tutorials, including these:

How to Make Cool Graphics in Photoshop

Vandelay Design Photoshop Illustration Tutorials

PSD Fanextra Amazing Photoshop Drawings

Photoshop Creative Create a Sketch Effect

Photoshop Tutorials Create Anime Artwork

Smashing Magazine AI Tutorials

vector tutsplus Creating Simple Icons With AI, a Beginners Guide

noupe Fresh and Useful AI Tutorials

vectips Create Abstract Backgrounds

Creating Cartoons in CorelDRAW

HONGKIAT AI Cartoon Tutorials

Vector boom Creating a Photorealistic Vector Illustration in Corel

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Beautiful Photos of Beautiful Brides for June

Well, we have arrived at June — the month of the summer solstice, also the traditional month for
weddings. Opinions vary on the reasons for the latter with the favourite being based on ancient folklore.  In Roman mythology Juno was the goddess of marriage and childbirth.

Not everyone thinks in terms of June brides, of course.  In our house, out of five marriages, including my own, we have only had one held in the traditional month, in a somewhat unconventional way.

Our daughter and her fiancĂ©, both nature lovers and avid campers, decided to marry at their favourite place on the beautiful French River.  In a twist on the destination wedding, they and their guests travelled north to a Lodge.  Campfires, canoeing, swimming, cruising on a pontoon boat made up the weekend.  Oh, yes, with a wedding, amazing food and drink, and socializing in there too. 

With so much summer left to enjoy this June wedding was a perfect beginning.

If you choose to marry any time in the summer, however, it's likely that June will still be filled with bridal business. Our other daughter's August nuptials kept us busy all season long with parties, showers, and planning. The anticipation and excitement filled the summer in such a lovely way.

So for the beginning of June this photo collection celebrates brides of every season.

iCLIPART.com Photos of Brides

iPHOTOS.com Bridal Photos

Acclaim Images Bride Photos