Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Al Khamsa, the Five Horses of Legend

The Bedouins tell tales of the noble equines, Al Khamsa, five magnificent mares that were a gift from Allah to  the Prophet Muhammed.  My heart has a special place for this beloved breed of horse, commonly known as the Arabian.  Their distinctive dish-shaped faces, spirit, and large, intelligent eyes make them a favorite of horse fanciers the world over.  My passion for them began when I was a young girl, and I will always love the "Drinkers of the Wind", as the Bedouin people affectionately and reverently call them.  As you can see from this set, I have a fondness for the Kehilan strain with its characteristic facial features.

My friends, I hope my Arabian horses might find as dear a place in your hearts as they have mine.  This PNG set includes dapple grays, palominos and one black Arabian.  Strictly speaking, there are no purebred palomino Arabians, however; horses with beautiful Arabian characteristics do occur with careful selective breeding for conformation and color. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fairies, fairies, fairies!  I love to make them, and I love to share them. 
This little sprite is ready to flit right into your next project.  She's dressed to celebrate Fall's beautiful golden colors, and comes in 6 different poses that range from sleepy to down right sassy.  Some of you know what I mean when I say she has lots of SAS-y attitude, just like the wonderfully creative SAS-y folks who visit from Stone Accents Studio.

Oh, dear!  What's a person to do?  This fairy was so picky about what wings to wear.  She only wanted them if you would kindly add a pair from your very own fairy closet.  A long time ago, I learned never to argue with my fairies.  They always win!  Yes, my dears, CU is definitely allowed. See the TOU in the zip for details.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Is she Daddy's girl, Mom's little angel or the perfect best friend?
You decide. This young teen is ever so relaxed and casual in her blue jeans, but she's still extra sweet and innocent. She'd love to help decorate your digital artwork, blog or scrapbook. You may download the set of 6 different poses in .png format at ShareCG. Yes, CU is allowed.  For full details, see theTOU included in zip.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Preview of Good Things to Come: Below you can see a few of my sample thumbnail previews. Please forgive the cruelty of no downloads for the moment. I hate to torment anybody with promises of "soon". With a bit(or a lot) of divine providence, actual downloads will become available. I love to make animals, unicorns, fairies, mermaids, and anything Gothic, oriental or ethnic. Thank you for your patience as I get things sorted out here. Enjoy a wonderful, creative day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Welcome to My World

Welcome to My World: My life as a creative person began as soon as I was able to hold a crayon. In high school and college, I studied traditional studio art, including painting, printmaking and drawing. After I lost my studio space, I decided to switch over to computer graphics. To my great surprise, computer art has been far less expensive an undertaking than traditional art. Some of the most wonderful folks I've ever met just happen to be my fellow addicts--oops, I mean artists, really I do. This blog will feature my musings, art and photography.

CGI: Most of my graphics begin their life in a 3D program. Next, the image gets varying levels of additional work in PSP and PS Elements. At some point photos may come into play. I choose not to artificially divide the process from an initial raw image and secondary software "postwork". At this point in my life, I will use any legitimate means at my disposal to create an image. It's all hard work. Program or process snobbery doesn't have a place in my creativity.

My Ongoing Obsession: Some of my graphics eventually have more than 10 raster layers. It's not unusual for me to spend a day just to get the right lighting, pose or expression on a 3D character. My traditional experience gave me a solid foundation for any creative project I may have in mind. If I've learned anything, it's that there are a multitude of ways to achieve a similar end result. I don't have to spend a lot of money to make something pretty, but I may have to stay up all night to get it where I want it.

Tubes & Stuff:
All of the 3D and 2D content I use is commercially licensed. My images comply with the terms of use supplied by the content creator or site. I will add more images as time allows. I have a lot of tube and .png transparency layer graphics to share as soon as I get the blog on track. When downloads become available, I will post a TOU. My images have their own unique style, and I try my best to maintain consistent, quality images.

Your Opinion Matters: Please take a moment and cast your vote for the format you prefer for an image on a transparent layer. I want to provide an image format most people find useful. You will find the poll in the right hand column. Thank you so much for your vote and your visit!