Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Nice Christmas Present (Corel Draw 11)

Hello Folks,
My beautiful, kind husband Ray is always wanting to by me something that I really don't want
for Christmas. Yeah I said ! What??
While I appreciate the very kind very kind jester, it can be rather frustrating to me.
Each year I try to help the brother out by telling him,
" Just get me a gift certificate and call it a day!" He sometimes, as Bug Bunny would say, " He just don't git it!" This year I'm gonna have to ambush the brother and do my own shopping. You know people, kinda direct him where he should go. So this is for all you wonderful people who have artist in your life and don't have a clue as to what to give 'em!!
1. Give them a gift certificate to their favorite art store. Like PearlPaint, or Jerry's Artist Supply, or Dick Blick! Yeah that's the ticket!!!
2. Corel as wonderful software for the artist in your life. I actually did this picture with Corel
Painter 11! And no, I ain't bein' paid by the company for this! If it's someone who is into animation purchase this wonderful animation software from Fablevisionlearning.com by artist
Peter H Reynolds. Very inexpensive and Fun! Great for the young artist.
3. Give them as a blank artist journal with some colorful pens. They will love you for it
I promise! So Ra.... I mean people save yourself the headache and try some of these things out
he he he!!
Happy Holidays

56 comments:

Kelly Light said...

Happy Holidays Vanessa!!! Hope you get whatever you want .. and lots of happy moments this crazy season!!!

Janine said...

Wonderful work as allways.
I have corel 11 for my job.
I love it to.
But I just use corel draw and not the other functions.
Have a nice day
Janine

ratu lakhsmita indira said...

lady good nectar...???
vanessa is that you?

ratu lakhsmita indira said...

... and i meant to say: this is a really nice Christmas present... :))
Happy holidays Vanessa!!!

xx

glorv1 said...

Yeah that works for me too. I just did a post a couple ago on the very subject. Can't win em all. Merry Christmas and rest of the holiday season. Take care.

linda said...

Haha...I think a lot of folks insist on getting some "thing" because they don't want to seem as if they didn't care to search for a gift and opted for the easy gift certificate. Although, I think it's totally okay because it's better than getting something hideous...ahah! Personally I have a thing for edible gifts...yum!

Lins Artyblobs said...

I gave a long list of different ideas to my spouse & son, mainly arty stuff, books or even a gift voucher, but they think my list is boring & can't I think of anything interesting!

Loredan Avery said...

Nessa- you're too funny. I tried to make things easier for my hubby too. I put everything that I wanted into my Amazon 'to buy' cart, and gave him access to it and everything. It had like 25 things in there he could pick and choose from.

And you know what the man did? He went to my 'to buy later' cart and chose from there. Which has like 300 things, that he spent most of the night sifting through, picking what he thought I'd like.

I seriously think husbands just need us to buy the gifts ourselves, and put their name on the card.

Love you!
Scribbles

Bella Sinclair said...

Sometimes you gotta KNOCK your men over the head! Hahahaha. I say gift cards are like two gifts in one -- material goods AND retail therapy. Don't get much better than that.

Corel Draw? Ooh, your secret's out of the bag! This is fantastic! He'd better have stacks and stacks of giftcards in those boxes. heeheehee

donny* said...

too freakin cool! awesomely festive. now, where oh where do i find such a matching bike a scarf combo.

SonatasWelt said...

Your illustration is wonderful!!!
Sonata

MONICA said...

Vanessa, thanks for make me smile, very nice bicycle :) wonderful work, happy seasons.

Hugs and kind regards from Spain

Diana Evans said...

oh wow Vanessa!!! wonderful piece....so fective and fun!!! I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season!!!! I am starting my baking this week....yummmmm so no more dieting for me till 2010!!!! hip hip hurray!!!!

hugs
Diana

Lindsey said...

You are just amazing. I have missed your blog! Merry Christmas, my friend.

Chris Kennett said...

Lovely piece of work, I use Corel painter myself, great bit of kit!

Happy holidays, hope you gets what you wants! Thanks for all your chirpy and encouraging messages over the past year.

Cheers!

Cheryl Lynn said...

I just love that illustration. It is so cool. I agree with you, gift certificates to stores you know your giftee loves makes for great holiday fare.

I hope you're having a wonderful week, so far. I miss you, but I'll be on vacation for the next two weeks and I hope we can talk.

Have a great evening, Momma!

Eric Barclay said...

Wonderful illustration! Love the stripes!

Shell said...

I do hope you get what you want for Christmas, even if you have to buy it for yourself!!
I love the picture of the man, he looks satisfied and happy that he got the right gifts.

ratu lakhsmita indira said...

ha ha :D lol...
i thought so!!
i knew it was you ;D
i recognize your style, your drawings!!!
means: GREAT.

Have a nice day, Vanessa!
he he..

Tamara Henderson said...

Hi Vanessa, Wonderful Illustration!! Corel is a great program! Have a Merry Christmas.
Tamara

translucentblue said...

V, I love reading your posts...never fail to give me the giggles each time! And your work? Well, you're probably tired of hearing this all the time..it's gooood....!! Happy holidays! xoxo

michael robertson said...

Beautiful piece as always Vanessa! I love those stripes! I do all my work in Photoshop, but Corel Draw sounds like something I need to check out...I hope Santa reads your blog.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic new year. I can't wait to see all the amazing stuff you'll be cranking out in the coming year!

Joy said...

Hi Vanessa! Happy Holidays!! Thank you for all of your nice comments on my blog. I'm so glad you left one so that I could find your wonderful site. You work is fabulous and an inspiration! I just became a follower :o)

Shirley said...

I am baaa-aaack! I am sorry to have been out of touch. It is so fun to see your recent posts! What a treat to read of your holiday wishes, and now these helpful hints for gift-giving. Your illustrations are da bomb! I have to email you later..just wanted to pop by and check in..I had a super terrific time with my family..and now to the holiday rush. Hope you've been well!! Hugs! : )

Aima Kessy said...

Hii Vanessa! :D Gorgeous piece as always! And your gift suggestions are very helpful indeed~! Hee hee~
Have a happy holiday love~~ enjoy the weekend :))

2 Geechee Girls said...

Okay, so what you are saying is that I should take back the box of Funny Bones and get you something else. LOL!!! Poor Ray, but he loves ya, and you can't beat that with a baseball bat!

nina seven said...

you are so funny, vanessa! great illo and i really got a laugh from your post. thanks much! have a fab holiday!

justdoodleit said...

Hahaha...is that bicycle made of candy cane? Sweet illo.

Angela Matteson said...

I love his candy coated bicycle! Love your sparkly 'blur' girl too!

I hope you don't mind that I added you to my blogroll. (I was surprised I hadn't already.)

I wish you and your family have a wonderous holiday season!

Art Fan Ako said...

Lovely... Love the scarf! The stripes! You're one of the best illustrators out there. Hope you know! Happy Holidays to you Vanessa!

Tomás Serrano said...

I love the hair you always do, the clothes, the faces... and now the bikes...

Ces said...

Hahahahah! You are very funny, calling your husband "the brother" Well my Viking, he tries his best and I tell you, the only thing he gave me that was right on the mark was a diamond band ring to replace my stolen engagement ring. We decided not to give each other anything because I really prefer not to receive anything over getting something i don't like so the wise Viking always has a chocolate box ready for me in case everyone else thought I prefer no presents. He also gives me ornaments which I love and something very cute. Someone gave me a disc with 100000 recipes, yeah like I am going to cook forever; a chia pet; a chicken that you can squeeze and eggs will come out of it; very bright sweaters, etc. i do not want to sound ungrateful but I give away most of my Christmas presents except the ones the children give me - they are wise, they give me pajamas. I love pajamas. I buy new pajamas every month or so. When I was 24 and lived in NJ, people wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas. I did not want any so I told them Chivas Regal knowing I don't drink. That year I received 32 gallons of Chivas Regal, in bottles of different sizes!I could not believe my eyes!!!

Sarah said...

Oooh I love that picture. I am just venturing into that digital world and have been having fun with photoshop, but now you've got me thinking about Corel Draw. How is it different from Painter? Oh I have so much to learn!!

Ale said...

(Ray: look the Vanessa´s list! hehe!)

Wow!! you´re amazing with the corel!! I love this ilus!!!! I am very bad for this, I don´t understand this program...snif! snif!

I hope you have a GREAT Christmas!!! And the year 2010 give you many, many happines, healthy and peace!!!

Many hugs from the color country!!

Ale

Desiree Cassidy said...

Hahaha, great post. I'm always a fan of gift cards, it minimalizes the physical stuff that pack-rat artists just cant fit.

Happy Holidays :)

Sarah said...

Thank you thank you for your comments on my blog! I definitely want to give Corel Draw a shot! And so cool to hear you have two copies of Arugula! Do you want some signed bookplates? Let me know--- Have a wonderful merry Christmas and a PERFECT New Year!!

donny* said...

stopping by to thank you for all your comments and wish you an awesome holiday!

Dena E's Blog said...

Wow, I haven't stopped by for a while and as always your creations are sooo impressive!!!What a FUN and wonderful blog you have!!!You're truly very blessed with a talent from God!!!
Its a joy to feel inspired when you stop by other artists blogs and especially when you can get a friendship going.
It's just another way I am blessed!!! So thanks for sharing and please do come by my blog or website again anytime. I'd be thrilled!!! How do you get sooo many comments Sweeties??? Help!!!
MERRY CHRISTmas and new Year Blessings to You!!!
Hugs Dena

Francisco Martins said...

Ha ha ha! You crack me up V.! And yeah, you're absolutely right... I always make a list of things that i need or like to have! :)

Happy Holidays! :)

Shirley said...

Vanessa, my dear, dear friend..you have been a gift to me this year..truly you have. I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas. I hope you get more spa treatments and time with your friends. Monsieur Olivet has a box of peanut brittle for you. I am thinking about my thank you gift to you..so stay tuned. You are a gem..happy holidays and big hugs to you!

Bella Sinclair said...

Merry Merry Christmas and a ho ho ho, Miss V! I want to wish you and your family the very best this holiday season. I hope you are stuffing yourselves silly and laughing by a roaring fire and then nodding off to sleep while sitting on the couch. May God grace you with good health and fortune and plenty of love. Thank you for your beautiful friendship. I love you, sister!

justdoodleit said...

Wishing you and your family super happy holidays and hoping to see more super illustrations from you in the year ahead :)

fashion fucsia said...

Ooh Vanessa! Lovely illo! Happy Holidays and the best for you in the new year!
^_^

ratu lakhsmita indira said...

wishing you and your family a merry christmas, dearest Vanessa :))

xxoo

Kay Aker said...

Ever so wonderful! Merry Christmas!

Jmontiel said...

Have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic new year!!

Renee said...

Oh darling Vanessa, yes, I will hang on. Yes it is hard, but doable.

Merry Christmas to you my darling friend.

Thank you for the love, I'm digging it.

Love Renee xoxo

Anonymous said...

Amazing as always

Michelle Henninger said...

You said it Miss V!! I hope that Ray ... er, I mean random people out in cyberspace picked up on this list of ideas and you had a super wonderful Christmas (and if you did end up with a pair of tubesocks and a bowling ball instead, I'm sure you will find some way to turn them into something artistic and cool! ... sock puppets, and garden decoration???)

Ana said...

Corel is great, at least corel draw. I use it too :)
Love the bike, looks like candy.

Guto Respi said...

beautiful! beautiful!!

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