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Great Collection of Retro Comic Strip Cartoons

One of the nicest memories of my childhood were the few minutes on a Saturday morning before my dad headed off to work when he and I read the newspaper together. I felt so privileged when he handed over my preferred section and I could catch up on the Bumsteads, Beetle Bailey,  Andy Capp, Hi and Lois, et al, while sitting beside him at the breakfast nook. I loved the funnies, mini-stories of comical characters laid out in strips. There were favourites, such as the aforementioned, and some less so,  generally those of the science fiction genre, such as Sky Masters. But for several minutes, this book-loving tot would bury herself between the pages of the weekend's entertainment section to enjoy the antics and adventures, reading the comics side to side, top to bottom, beginning to end. Now, when I find myself searching for cartoon illustrations, while my tastes tend to run to the ones that make me feel all warm and fuzzy, or tickle my funny bone, those with a retro comic strip s

Awesome Cartoon Illustration Tutorials

When it comes to drawing characters,  I really haven't improved much since my kindergarten days. My attempts at moving beyond stick figures are  unimaginative at best, downright childish at worst. The unimaginative came about as a result of copying the work of a friend of mine years ago. A budding fashion designer, she had become rather adept at drawing young girls in fab '60s attire. Taking her style I was able to produce reasonable facsimiles, though my range was most assuredly limited. A couple of different hairstyles, or a change from bellbottoms to a mini-skirt and go-go boots were the only alterations. The fact that I could copy them I see in retrospect proves that she was not exactly a major talent either, though.  But at that time, to a young teen with limited exposure to people with artistic ability, this was pretty cool.  All I saw was a blank piece of paper transformed by a fairly accurate depiction of a person.  That there was a rather cartoon-ish flare to the

Top Tutorials for Making an Animated Film

Several years ago, I met a talented young artist whose paintings transformed reality into fantasy with a few small touches. Captivated by the image of a beautiful young woman playing a flute in the forest,  impressed by the tones and shadings, the careful blending of colours, one didn't immediately notice the delicate fairy wings she wore. I was so enchanted by the feel of this particular artwork that I bought it for my daughter, and borrowed it for my own wall, and enjoyment, until she had a place of her own.  It is difficult to break into the artistic fields, let alone make a living at them. This young man, however, went on to become an animator at major Hollywood studios, working on such projects as Space Jam. It was a long way from the beautiful paintings that had so captured my attention years before, but it was the dream he had hoped to achieve. While I certainly had a deeper appreciation for his traditional art I have to admit it must be fun to bring images to life t

Some Really Great Cartoon Collections

There are some great images available from online graphics services. Lovely landscapes, beautiful backgrounds, fancy flourishes are perfect as starters for so many design projects. Illustrations of people, places and pets are useful for everything from accessorizing your scrapbook page to website decorations.  They can be elegant or simple, retro or contemporary. Yet, while I do use a variety of types when I'm having one of those spells where I either feel crafty or have a need to be, my eye is typically drawn to one particular style over and over again. Unless they fall outside the boundaries of propriety, the go-to image will usually be a cartoon. Every day thrown in with all of our blessings we also face challenges and stress. Therefore, the more light-heartedness I can bring to my world to keep those spirits lifted the better.  Life can be far too serious to take it that way, so any time I can infuse a little playfulness into a task,  I'm all over it. A cute cartoon i

Tutorials for Turning a Photo Into a Cartoon

Charlie Chaplin once said that a day without laughter is a day wasted.  Even a simple smile will brighten a life.  It has been determined that just going through the motions will improve your mood. When you're blue,  just plant a smile on your face and see how long it takes until you are feeling just a little happier.  Obviously, presenting a dour puss to the world isn't going to do anything for the people around you, but give them grin and you'll likely get one in return. And of course, appealing to the vanity in us, it's a known fact that smiling is good for the face. Forget those worry wrinkles and go for the lift. It doesn't matter what type of smile you wear either, I don't think. For example, the smiles we preserve in photography can be forced or genuine, formal or relaxed, coy or larger than life. We catch subjects  in poses, in contemplation, in repose. Either way a smiling face, or one lit by laughter will transform a face only in the best way.