Wednesday, April 1, 2015

3 Collections of Magical Unicorn Illustrations

Not sure what it is, but in my experience I've never known a little girl who wasn't in love with horses. From the ill-fated Bonnie Blue in Gone With the Wind, to the childhood me and both my girls, the principle fascination in life at tender years was to own a pony. The ultimate goal when the time came later, of course, was to convince Mom and Dad we deserved a horse.

It's little wonder then that when we combine childhood fantasy with the equine dream of little princesses, one of the biggest fascinations is for unicorns. These mystical, magical creatures are the stuff of legends and fairytales, enchanting and beautiful with spiralling horn and flowing mane.  In the minds of tiny girls they are horses and more, visions of pink and white, friends of dancing fairies and woodland nymphs.

A young girl's fascination with these mythical animals makes them the perfect image for use in projects designed for a little princess — whether it's as a theme for a birthday party, in a mural for a nursery or bedroom wall, to illustrate an original story or decorate a card, or any other possibilities where your imagination might take you. You can find the style you need in these wonderful collections:

ClickArt Online

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thousands of 'Fairy' Nice Illustrations

"Every time a child says, 'I don't believe in fairies,' there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead." — James Matthew Barrie, Peter Pan.

"We call them fairy. We don't believe in them. Our loss." — Charles de Lint

For two days, once a month, a child who does believe works her magic on me.  As our one daughter lives a couple of hours away, we have arranged to bring her two sweet little ones to stay with us one weekend a month.  It ensures they know Grandma and Papa's house,  that Mom and Dad get a break, and that my husband and I can see life once again through the eyes of a child.  With them, particularly the 2 1/2-year-old elder, our staid adult life is left behind and imagination soars.

One of the favourite times during these visits comes at the end of a busy day, when a weary Grandma gets to curl up with a book for a bedtime story.  This past visit the focus for this ritual was on enchanted castles, princesses and fairies, the last of which provided much entertainment and provoked many questions from our 'Missy'.  The charming characters, dainty girls all pink and perky with sparkling wings,  captivated her.

So much so that my imagination took flight and the idea for a 'fairy'-tale of my own began to take shape. Having already completed a book for her, I know there's no need to be an illustrator as you can find all the images you need online. Here are some fantastic collections:

Acclaim Images


ClickArt Online

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fantastic Photoshop Fantasy Tutorials

"Life is just a fantasy
Can you live this fantasy life?

So forget all that you see
It's not reality, it's just a fantasy" 
Fantasy, Aldo Nova

If life is a fantasy,  I'd like to say I prefer mine on the happy after after path. Listening to the news is not for the faint of heart any more, and there are times I wish I could forget all that I've seen and heard.

My notion of fantasy is images of fairies and elves. It's enchanted castles and princesses, dragons and brave knights.  It takes us away from the commonplace to magical kingdoms where evil exists but good always wins.

Incorporating fantasy into Photoshop projects puts a 'fascinating' spin on them and also offers an outlet for  imagination beyond the norm.  There are a number of tutorials online to show you how to add fantasy effects, manipulate a photo,  or design an original magical scene. Here are just a few examples:

Create a Fantasy Photo Manipulation

Fantasy Light Effects in Photoshop

40 Photoshop Tutorials for Creating Fantasy Scenes

Create a Magical Fantasy Image Effect in Photoshop

Create a Fantasy Landscape Photo Manipulation

A Fantasy Manipulation With Light Effects