Muffy over at My Friends Are Sluts asked me if I would make a banner for her blog. I like to pretend I'm a graphic designer. And if my Radio Shack computer could handle it I would be taking some graphic design classes online. But I think if I so much as waved an Adobe Illustrator CD in front of it the thing would implode.
But I gave it a shot using a Limited Edition Adobe Photoshop program that didn't take up as much memory. And I came up with what I think is a fun banner for her site. It was pretty easy because she said she likes those campy graphics I drool over. I found these cool Vintage Porn Magazine Covers and thought they would be perfect for the banner background. Then I hunted down the lipstick napkin, smokes and matches. I resized them and tried to make them as close to scale as I could eyeball.
She posted it (yea!) but also wanted to know where I found my images, so here you go Muffy...
Where I Find My Images:
I get quite a few emails about this. The truth is I have very random thoughts and I just type them into Google instead of bothering friends and family with them. For example, the other day I was thinking about a stash of romance comic books that I got from my grandparents, that led me to think about the Seamonkies I always longed for. And the Seamonkies got me thinking about the time I tried to get rich selling greeting cards via an ad I found in my Chip and Dale comic book. So I went to Google Images and started typing in all these thoughts and found these naughty squirrels. Apparently, you used to be able to write away for a free book about squirrels doing it.
The humping squirrels just happened to be an image that was floating out there. But if I do find something that is part of another blog's story or cool site I always bookmark it so I can try to remember to include a link when I use the image. Like the this Darling Pet Monkey comic book ad I found next. If you click on the ad it will take you to the site that I found the image at. If you use the ad as wallpaper on your work computer you can watch any PETA co-workers lose their shit.
So here's where I go to type in my oddball thoughts:
Google Image Search (This is my favorite!)
Corbis (If you create an account you will be able to view images without watermarks)
Because I'm not a designer I'm not totally sure what the image restrictions are. I imagine making and selling tee shirts with a Corbis image isn't cool. But I think you can use it for your personal blog, cards, etc. without concern.