Friday, March 14, 2014
With toes set tappin' at the first toot of a tin whistle, with eyes that well at the first strains of Danny Boy, I've always harboured the suspicion that in a previous life I was Irish. I see myself spinning yarn on a picturesque hillside accompanied by (for some strange reason) the haunting melody of a Celtic harp.
Yet, when it comes to honouring the March 17 event, I seem to lack the necessary imagination to bring the magic of Ireland to the occasion. Any decorating would consist of store-bought paraphernalia; any messages sent would contain purchased illustrations.
I thought therefore that it might be fun to find some tutorials that would help me create my very own projects. These websites offer some great suggestions for marking winter's last celebration.
Create a St. Patrick's Day Postcard in Illustrator
Make a Celtic Knot Border in Illustrator
Design a St. Patrick's Day Logo Inside a Flyer
Create Your Own Leprechaun
Create a Leprechaun's Shoe
Turn a Beer Green
Leprechaun Hat With Shamrock
Thursday, March 13, 2014
It was just the other day that I happened on this image of a cat reaching for a butterfly and in an instant found it absolutely charming. Given my ambivalence to both subject and style, this came as a surprise.
But, it dawned on me then, that when it comes to the graceful feline, a monochromatic illustration lends itself well to the animal's mystique. Probably with no other subject does a silhouette convey as much charisma. And there's no mistaking this is a very cute illustration to boot.
I decided therefore to do a little pussyfooting (so, sorry) around the net and see what kind of cat silhouettes I could find. Some of the illustrations had keyword issues that brought a few non-silhouettes into the mix, but below are the results. Some great images for sure.
iCLIPART.com Cat Silhouettes
Clipart.com Cat Silhouettes
ClipartGuide Cat Silhouettes
ClickArt Online Cat Silhouettes
Acclaim Images Cat Silhouettes
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Motivational types, such as the author of Infinite Possibilities quoted above, will tell you that there is power in positive thinking. Simply ridding the mind of all negativity, they say, will send good things your way. Thinking optimistically, they promise, will have your days filling with sunshine.
Well, okay. I am taking them at their word. No more negative thoughts about winter not leaving, but instead I will focus positively on its most certain demise. As for thinking optimistically, well I'm thinking plenty about days full of sunshine, you can be assured of that.
The word 'spring' runs through my mind with regularity. I am busily planning the day for packing away the drab and dreary duds of winter, the weekends and nights to fling open windows and attack the necessary freshening clean. I'm perusing gardening books and sites for ideas on this year's plantings, magazines and stores for colourful spring fashions for which my soon- to-be-cleared closets will be begging.
Even when it comes to creativity, all thoughts shall be focussed these days on spring. In search of some fun Photoshop projects to inspire the season's arrival I found these terrific tutorials:
Turn a Photo in a Nature-Inspired Illustration
Spectacular Grass Text Effect
Make a Magical Forest
Super Easy Flower Text Effect
Adding Sunlight Through Trees
Create Soft Flowing Waterfalls
Magical Forest Photo
Create a Green Planet
Create an Awesome Grass Texture
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
However, as we head into mid-March, with sub-zero temperatures forecasted for later this week, and five-foot tall snowbanks remaining, these feathered harbingers of seasonal rebirth and renewal might take a bit of time yet before bringing us their morning melody.
It is one of the pleasures of my day to sit out on the deck in the warmer seasons and listen to the birds. The raspy whistle of an oriole and slurred tune of the cardinal are spirited songs for a hot summer day. The teasing cry of the chickadee, the robin's morning trill are musical interludes in the morning quiet.
I like, too, watching their busyness as they flit and fly, perch and poke, joust and jig through their routine of nesting, hunting and gathering.
In anticipation, therefore, of the robin's can't-come-soon-enough-for-me arrival, I have scouted out some awesome illustrations of all our feathered friends.
iCLIPART.com Bird Clipart
Clipart.com Bird Illustrations
AnimationFactory Bird Animations
Acclaim Images Bird Illustrations
Monday, March 10, 2014
Saint Patrick's Day, to my point of view, just might be the happiest of holidays. Though its origins commemorate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, though its symbol— the shamrock — is believed to have been used to explain the Holy Trinity to pagans, March 17 in cities world wide today is an occasion for festivals and parades. With the Lenten restrictions on food and drink lifted for the day, Saint Patrick's celebrations are always a party.
The mystical magic of Ireland factors in as well with images of leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold. These delightful animations then are perfect for your Saint Patrick's Day needs bringing all the fun and life to this cultural celebration:
AnimationFactory Saint Patrick's Day Animations