Back in September 2014, we got a new Latin teacher. She liked to use the interactive whiteboard, something which our previous teacher absolutely did not. During one of the lessons, I asked her - totally unrelated to the topic at hand - why she was using the default cursors. She said that if I'd create new ones, she wouldn't mind using them! So, next Sunday, I set to work.
It wasn't too hard to think of something to base them on: antiquity. In specific, ancient Rome. I created four cursors in total: a normal and a link select, both based on the drawing of the SPQR pin at the start of each Asterix & Obelix album, and a busy and a working, both resembling a crumbling column, the only difference being the working one including a pointer.
I installed them at her pc, and have been using them myself ever since as well. I've got to say: I still really like them. So I figured that now, over two and a half years later, it was about time to share them online.
You can download these for personal use, but you can't upload them to your own website, or make money off them. When sharing these cursors, always link to this page, and not the zip file itself.
These cursors' dimensions are 32 x 32 pixels, but these previews have been resized to 128 x 128.
Normal. This was based on the entire SPQR pin. I actually fixed up one frame a moment ago as the middle line of dark red on it wasn't making any sense, but in practice, those lines are so subtle that you won't notice if they might still not be perfect. The hot spot (the pixel with which you click) is located at the bird's beak.
Link select. This is based on the SPQR pin as well, zoomed in on the bit with 'SPQR' and the eagle. This was actually my second attempt at this, as the eagle from the first attempt looked adorable instead of majestic, and the letters didn't look good. Again, the hotspot is located at the bird's beak.
Busy. This one took me a while, as you might be able to understand. It was fun to create, though. You cannot click while the machine's busy, so there's no pointer here.
Working. Same as above, but with a pointer, for an obvious hotspot. Nowadays, you'll see this one much more often, as most machines can handle running lots of processes at a time, so even while it's working, you'll still be able to do other stuff.
You can download a zip containing these four cursors from my Google Drive.