By Axel Frank. Clip Art. Published at Tuesday, May 07th, 2019 - 17:03:26 PM.
Almost any old, printed materials can yield interesting vintage images. Some materials, like photos, books and other publications, were intended to be permanent visual records. Other illustrated materials might fall under the definition of ephemera, meaning paper materials that were created for a single practical purpose, with no thought that they would be saved or preserved.
Pounding across the windswept plains of dusty Troy, chariots careen around a savage battlefield as spears fly and swords flash. Gods rage in the sky and on the ground as heroes clash and weapons crash. Amidst it all flows the stuff of greatness. Though recorded by a blind poet, the word-picture of the battles at Troy is enough to drive the image home. Modern times call for modern measures, however, and in the digital world, free clipart has replaced blind poets hands down. The world has its needs for great and powerful words, it is true, but the Internet and amateur and professional worlds of print have come crawling through the dust on their knees, begging a new medium.
Your friend usually doesn’t take advantage of you. If he did, you’d probably drop-kick his game console during the night or something (he might be your roommate, after all). That at least keeps him on his toes-or the edge of his rolling office seat-but he still lets your work slide behind the other work. He comes in first, his customers second, and you, his friend, come in third. You might think that free clipart is a cop-out. If you have the graphic design friend, after all, he can probably get you some pretty sweet free graphics (or design them at least for cheap). We’re here to say, though, that your friend-wonderful, potato-chip-consuming guy that he is-does not prevent you from using free clipart as a viable design tool.
And then your friend finds out. Will he be a little bit hurt? Maybe. He might claim that this is his first time being late, that he won’t ever be late again-well, that’s not such a big deal. You don’t have to argue it with him. Just explain. Tell him you’re not crediting the clip art to him, so it won’t sully his reputation (and if you have done your work right, the free graphics you’ve got are good enough that he shouldn’t worry). Tell him you’re just waiting and that you needed something in place. If he’s really concerned about his art, it might speed him up; if he isn’t it might slow him down. In either case, with your free clipart, you’re set. You can let things run themselves and go join your buddy on the couch for potato chips and movies. After all, he might not start working on your project any time soon.
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