A bit of Christmas history

Few and far between are the denizens of the industrialized world who can escape the secular trappings of the Christmas season, perhaps best exemplified by Santa Claus and his loyal team of nine enchanted (or, at least, telekinetic) reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph -- the latter also sporting the superpower of a hyper-illuminated red nose. December 23, 2017

Cut-out Design, Color, pasting, songs to play, fun to do and have during the holidays

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holiday coloring books Here are some strong idea-starters to get those creative juices flowing ... as well as visual activities that are just plain fun! All are very inexpensive and will make superb gifts. If you really make some killer pages, snap a quick photo and send it in! November 24, 2017

Vintage Advertising: the best black & white and color ads from the 1800s to the 1950s

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great projects I've accumulated an archive of classic and vintage advertising and among my favorites are these gems from Dover. You can learn a lot about graphic deaign, typography, graphics and advertising just by studying successful ads from the past. That's why these are such valuable resources for all illustrators and graphic designers -- not to mention anyone in advertising or marketing! Below, you can share a bunch of samples from the books, but you'll want to get the books for your library! They make excellent conversation and idea starters too! Enjoy! November 14, 2017

Graphic Novel: Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra

BlackJack: Second Bite of the Cobra

A tale of blood and vengeance set in the rip-roaring 1930s, this graphic novel stars Arron Day, alias Blackjack, an African-American soldier of fortune. January 11, 2017

Free Adult coloring pages for the holidays and Christmas plus bonus for the kids!

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Following up on our post earlier today, here is another collection of our favorite adult coloring books for the season, along with a whole pile of free coloring pages! This time we also include a cheerful and creative activities book the kids will love ... try some of these tomorrow and you won't need a baby sitter! If you really make some killer pages, snap a quick photo and send it in! Here are our titles :

  • Giant Christmas Coloring and Activity Book
  • An Old-Fashioned Christmas Coloring Book
  • Merry Christmas Designs Coloring Book
  • Deluxe Four Seasons Coloring Book
  • Christmas Trees Coloring Book
November 23, 2016

Free coloring pages from classic, modern, vintage, holiday and Christmas Coloring Books

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Any or all of these special coloring books would not only make great gifts, but will amuse everyone for hours while teaching some valuable skills! Most of these are printed on single side, heavy paper, and perforated for easy removal from the book. Have a great time coloring these free pages, and have a wonderful holiday season! Serious adult coloring books!

  • Vintage Christmas Greetings Coloring Book
  • Snowflake Designs Coloring Book
  • ChristmasScapes Coloring Book
  • Winter Scenes Coloring Book
  • Vintage Christmas Greetings
  • WinterScapes Coloring Book
November 23, 2016

The Art of Maxfield Parrish

You will instantly recognize the wonderful works of Maxfield Parrish . . . you may even now understand many of the works you've seen and loved that were replicas, or copies of Parrish art work, from Michael Jackson to Robbin Williams and Fleetwood Mac! This beautiful treasury will lighten up your day with art references to keep you going all month June 30, 2015

Valentine's coloring art pages on CD-ROM for young and old alike!

We promised we would be back with Valentine's sentiments ... here is a whole collection to download sending all our readers all our best Valentine's wishes! Coloring is a great way for young ones to learn. But some of those line drawings are quite elegant, and can be a rich experience for sparking ideas. These coloring books from Dover provide some excellent resource materials that are low cost, and provide the ready-to-go art for all ages February 14, 2014

Learning the art of Branding, design method, planning, presenting and business innovation

All graphic designers need to be very aware of identity and branding. These books will become your trusted guides to getting and creating the very best for your clients
* 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization
* The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand
* Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
* Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding Team
* Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs
* Communicating The New: Methods to Shape and Accelerate Innovation
* Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences
and more October 27, 2013

Take Great Photos with Your iPad

We're seeing more people take photos using their iPads because it's their most handy camera, but can you really get a good shot? Of course! Photo expert Jeff Carlson shares techniques for snapping sharper photos, handling exposure, and capturing HDR images. Enjoy this free chapter from Jeff's book! September 27, 2013