Monday, November 19, 2012

Development of 2012 Christmas card

With Thanksgiving this week, the time has come to start thinking about this year's Christmas card. Since 2007 I've designed my own. These cards have ranged from paintings, line drawings with digital color, and old family photographs.

When illustrating the card, I usually come up with the idea for it around mid-October and start gathering reference. This years reference comes from multiple sources - from internet photos, to family photos of myself and my girlfriend as children.

Unlike my comic work, I rarely do a rough thumbnail for the Christmas card. Instead I just jump right in because I have a pretty good idea where I'm going before I start.

After the initial layout I start my rough sketch.

This particular card involves trying to get likenesses right without the benefit of and exact reference.

Every year I try to do a different technique, and this year will be no exception. I will do another update on this when we are closer to the holiday. Until then, please take a look at cards from past years, HERE