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As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been busy writing a couple of books in the last year and have neglected my graphic designs. During the past couple of months, I’ve made up for that with HEAPS of new images created and uploaded to the shops (except for the Australian store which I will update with the last of the new images as soon as I can).
While many of my images are original, there are also some that have been created out of old posters or images which I have edited and repaired, and even coloured. Because of copyright issues in Europe, some images of old posters etc were unable to be uploaded, even though they are out of copyright in the USA and Australia. Unfortunately, the copyright laws differ in various countries which makes it challenging at times to know what images can and can’t be used, and just because a photograph or an image has been released into the public domain, doesn’t necessarily mean it can be used. Don’t ask me to explain it – it’s all rather a bit confusing!
Following are some of the images that I’ve created that have been uploaded into the stores – don’t forget, if there’s something you’d like me to create for you – please let me know. You can email me at the following email address (you’ll have to remove the spaces) magdalena_babblejack @ yahoo and then add a dot (.) and com.
Here’s a beautiful image that I found, edited and coloured and then combined with an old water-colour:
I had an interesting time creating the following patchwork images. First I began with a couple of windows with rather interesting shapes, and then using images of fabrics, many more than 100 years old, I painstakingly cut them out and copied them across to their individual sections:
This lovely old image was originally an advertisement (out of copyright). It was quite dirty and needed some major cleaning up (digitally). I then removed the references to the original advertisement so that just the image was left..
One of the other issues I had was the use of photographs of famous people, specifically movie stars. Two of the images I created included Audrey Hepburn and Lucille Ball. Even though an uncopyrighted image could have been released by the person’s agency or movie studio, there was some concern about the exploitation of a movie stars image. I found the suggestion ironic considering how many times I’ve seen Audrey Hepburn’s image splashed across items and posters almost everywhere I go, with no suggestion of copyright anywhere.
Anyway, both Audrey and Lucille’s images were rejected by the online stores who supply the goods on which my images are placed. Weirdly enough though, Albert Hitchcock’s image was deemed acceptable by one!
I’ve also been enjoying creating images from interesting textures and the outlines of animals etc:
And finally – find an old image of a princess, tidy it up, edit and colour it and swap the crown for a floppy hat and here’s the final image. It kind of reminds me of the 60s and 70s.
This may well be my last entry in here for a few months as I get back into editing my last book. Meantime, I do encourage you to drop by the shops – there are other images on items there, that have not been shared here, plus you can also find some of the earliest images that I uploaded.
As promised, I have some new images which will be going into the shops over the next few months, and here are some more I’d like to share with you.
The above was recreated from an original black and white photo from the 1920s. I believe she was a Ziegfield Folly Dancer.
If you’re a movie buff who loves classic movies, then you may recognise the face above – Clara Bow. She was a huge star in her day. I thought she had such an interesting face – certainly not the classic beauties often seen at the time.
Here’s another face from around that time. This actress never gained the fame of Clara Bow. Have you ever seen her before? The actor was Louis Brooks.
How could one forget Greta Garbo. She played some very interesting roles over the years, and was successful in her comedy characters through to the more serious parts.
And now for something completely different… I was doing some experimenting and came up with the pattern above. I liked it so much that I’ve decided to include it in my shops. It’ll likely just go onto shirts.
A friend of mine asked me to create a cartoon-style pug with this message on it. She’s mad about her dogs, and wants to wear a t-shirt to tell everyone!
Edited and recoloured, this is a classic image which I thought was so lovely, that I should use it.
That’s about all of my news for now. Once I get my head back into my writing again, the graphic designs will probably get put on hold. While I was busy writing, I didn’t realise how much I was missing using that particular part of my creative mind, until I found some of my old, unused images/designs, and began to work on them.
Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to drop back in and share some more images/ideas with you before too long.
In my last entry, I mentioned that I’d been busy writing a book since I moved house last year. It’s now September (2014) and I have the first book with an editor, and I’ve also written the second in the series of three. It’s still only in its infancy at this point and I’ll spend probably a couple of months editing it. I’ve already determined to radically change the relationships between one of the main characters and the remainder, which means there’ll be a lot of re-writing.
But before I tackle that, I decided to have a little rest, and take the opportunity to get back into my graphic designs once more. Hopefully I’ll be able to upload some of the new designs to the shops over the coming weeks. One of the things I’ve been focussing on is old posters, many of which were damaged and some needed major repairs/editing. Following are some of those (all over 50 years old) which should be going into the various shops when possible:
I love this particular image. It was recreated from an old advertising poster for corsets, probably dating to the late 1800s or very early 1900s. After repairs, I removed all traces of the original advertisement so the focus is on the image alone.
Above is a poster from a classic movie – it was quite badly damaged, and although it’s not perfect now, I think it’s come up quite well.
This old comic cover also needed some repairs due to damage and deterioration over the years. As a child, I can recall seeing comics like these, but we were never allowed to read them. That was probably a good thing too, because with my overactive imagination, I’d probably have had nightmares for years.
Another poster from a classic movie – probably from the 1920s. Rudolph Valentino was a huge star at the time, and had thousands of women swooning at his sensual roles.
Here’s a wonderful early poster advertising Wolf Motor-cycles. While I certainly don’t condone using scantily-clad women to promote products to men, it’s clear that the concept has been around for a long time.
I have lots more that I’ve been working on and will share some more with you soon.