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.
October 7, 2014
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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.
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.
September 27, 2014
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While I love creating graphic designs, I also love writing and since I moved town late last year, I’ve been focussing on writing a book. It’s not the first one I’ve written, but will hopefully be the first one that I publish.
This is the first in a series of three fiction books, with the first book set in 1904 in Sussex, United Kingdom. I’m endeavouring to keep the information as historically accurate as possible. That in itself is extremely challenging because oftentimes the specific information I am chasing is simply not available, even when I go directly to the source. This is sometimes because their historical records simply don’t go back that far.
With the writing , and the follow-up months of editing completed, it’s now been passed onto an Editor for the final version before I put it online as an e-book.
Writing is such a personal thing, and anyone else who writes knows how vulnerable to criticism we can be. I’m fine with feedback about how a story can be improved, or editing in general, but it’s scary to put it out there for people to read who may or may not like it.
There are several interesting twists and turns coming up in books two and three and I’m keen to get into writing again. Unfortunately, I’m stuck in the tedious, research stage of book two at the moment and finding it difficult once again, to obtain specific information that I need to get a good start on it.
Meantime though, that means the graphic designs are on hold … but I will get back to them some time soon hopefully.
NB: the title “Sea that Tastes Like Green” is copyrighted.
April 5, 2014
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I LOVE to create quirky and unusual images, not just because they’re fun, but because I think it would be great to wear or have something unique and attention grabbing that makes you stand out from the crowd. Following are some of the images that I have created that I thought you might enjoy. These are available on a multitude of items in the various shops.
First is the cute frog in a tux. As you can see here, it’s available in a mousepad.
Frog in a tux (gel mousepad)
I found an image of the fellow in the top-hat in a balloon – a genuine photo from the early 20th century that I repaired, edited and coloured. I wondered how I could make it quirkier still, and eventually came up with the following:
Balloon antics – if animals could fly
For some reason, I wanted to make a crazy piglet, and here he is:
I began my quest into really quirky territory when I came across this little chipmunk photo and wondered how I could feature chipmunks and squirrels in quirky images.
The next step was to put a squirrel into space.
Since I was already into a squirrel theme, I thought it might be funny to make a squirrel the monster or creature in an old-fashioned horror movie.
Curse of the Squirrel Mummy
This naturally led into ideas of classic horror movies combined with the squirrel theme:
Finally, a parody of the movie classed as one of the worst horror movies of all times, I went a little overboard with “Invasion of the Killer Tomato Squirrels”:
Invasion of the Killer Tomato Squirrels
I still have other squirrel ideas swirling around in my head, but I decided to take a break from squirrel horror movie themes for a while. I love it though, when I come across quirky old, black and white photos. Sometimes ideas dance around in my mind for months before I come up with a concept that I think will do it justice. Here for example is one such image that I am yet to colour and place into an appropriate scene:
They sure make cars small these days, don’t they?
That’s about all for the moment – my mind is unfortunately, very focussed on packing and moving house and all the myriad tasks I need to complete. So, my creative juices will have to be put on hold for a bit.
I look forward to catching up with you soon.
October 19, 2013
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August 29, 2013
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Up until this point in time, I have been focussing on my older images, but today thought I would share some of my latest ones with you.
I have been having a little fun with quilt (duvet) covers, blankets, pillowcases and towels. These are available in one of the USA shops and the Australian shop. You’ll find the links directly after each of the images.
How about an old-fashioned game of fisticuffs with this boxing quilt cover and pillowcase?
If you’ve always loved a good western, how about this cowboy quilt/duvet cover and pillowcase?
Perhaps you’re more into the groovy 60s – then check out this hippy quilt/duvet cover and hippy hair pillowcase:
Or you might like to jump further back into the past with this Knight/King quilt cover and pillowcase:
Get into law enforcement with this Mounted Policeman quilt/duvet cover and pillowcase:And here’s a bathing beauty from the past, on your very own quilt/duvet cover and pillowcase:
If you have any other ideas or suggestions for quilt/duvet covers, beach towels etc, I would love to hear from you.
Let’s catch up soon.
August 18, 2013
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July 30, 2013
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July 29, 2013
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When I first started creating graphic designs I focussed a lot on old photos and found some amazing images that I just couldn’t resist working on. Many of these dated from the early 1900s through to 1940s, with a special focus on the art deco era.
Many of these photos required intensive work, especially when they’d been damaged or had lost some quality. My initial task is to cut the person out of the original photo before I began working on repairing and recolouring it. Once I am satisfied with the work, I then have to create various levels of colour which is quite painstaking. After that, I either create or find an appropriate background to add in.
Some, like the following two images, required hours of painstaking fine work, selecting individual pearls or coins and colouring them individually. But the hard work was worth it in the end, don’t you think?
The thing that drew me to the following image was not so much the beauty of this young woman, but her trapped expression, bordering on despair, as she prepares for her wedding. Dating back to around 1923, I image this Tunisian bride had very little, if any choice in her bridegroom.
July 24, 2013
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Thanks for dropping by.
If you’re looking for original, creative designs on items from t-shirts to mugs, clocks to phone covers, then may I encourage you to hop across to an online store in your part of the world:
Creating graphics is one of my passions and there are several places online where one can set up a shop where the manufacturer produces a variety of items using my designs.
I also create specialised graphic designs to your own specific requirements: just let me know what you would like and as long as the product is available in any of the shops, I can make it for you. (There are some limitations, ie I cannot use copyrighted images, icons, photos or images.)
PS (You may be wondering where the name “Miss Terry Woman” came from. It was a username I thought up many years ago, based on the term “Mystery Woman” and one I thought was an appropriate term for a graphic artist whose imaginings can sometimes be quite mysterious, and often very quirky.)
July 22, 2013
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