I have a young friend whom I see fortnightly down at the riding school where I keep my pony and each time she’s excitedly telling me about how she’s improving on her graphics and learning more in Photoshop or Paintshop Pro.
She loves mixing horse graphics with gorgeous scenery images or adding in text to the same pictures or other affects and the result is a great looking graphic. For example, she once made me a pic of a Friesian called Knightmare (I would love to have a Friesian mare in the future and name her this), merging an image of a rearing Friesian and that of a dark castle that made up the background once she’d finished.
The images are quality and I wouldn’t be surprised if she turned to graphic design for a small income or even as a career. As much as their are photographers who focus on equines, there are also graphic designers who specialise in creating equine related images and adverts, catering to horse businesses.
Perhaps this is your calling? Perhaps, you’d love to design something like the graphic to the right. If you have skills in website design and photography also, this would seal the deal for a lot of clients. If not, perhaps pairing up with some businesses that will compliment yours would be the way to go. This way you can refer clients on to each other. *Graphic copyright to creator for Cadre Noir.
Take a look at what some others are doing with graphic design:
– Diamond D Graphics offer graphic design for adverts, websites, business cards, flyers and logos. They also provide website design and hosting services and photography.
– Marijke Janssens in Belgium has been a graphic designer for 15 years and produces pieces like this.
“To seek the winds power, the rains cleansing, and the suns radiant life, one need only to look at the horse.”