Here is the finished art for 2012's Christmas card. Happy Holidays everyone!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
When I was a kid, Christmas was a very special time. Not only because the food, presents, and cartoons that were coming along with the holiday, but because of the things we, as a family, only got to see once a year and the new things that would be added to our tradition.
|Raymond Larson circa. 1980. If you look closely, you can|
see a couple of the miniature houses he built under the tree
I had spoken in a previous entry about my Dad, Raymond Larson, and how creative he was. Christmas time was when that creativity seemed to shine the brightest. He had produced special decorations that were exclusive to us. From paintings to ornaments to miniatures, we were surrounded by things that could not be found anywhere else:
|This painting was done when he was still a student |
at American Academy Of Art in 1948.
Poppy also used to create miniature houses and buildings from
scratch. Though around all year, they usually became part of the old railroad
train set that came out at Christmas time.
In addition to the decorations, Poppy also made his own Christmas cards. He was doing them all by hand ( unlike the ones I make and digitally print out- this was before computers) so only made a couple each year.
|These are the plans for one of his earliest creations - a puppet|
theater for the kids
|My brother Erik, Me, and my nephew Joey doing a puppet play ( circa. 1975)|
|He created the fort out of illustration board, dowel rods, and styrofoam.|
The end result was a more durable and realistic toy than was mass produced by the toy company.
|30 years later and this creation is still mind blowing to me...|
The effort that was put into these creations was amazing. The result of all of this is that Ray Larson gave us all something special. It wasn't just the unique gifts, but the memories that we will always carry with us. There is no better Christmas present than that.
Friday, December 14, 2012
In a previous blog I showed the preparation I did for this year's holiday card. Every year I draw my own cards with different variations. I wanted to do something a little different.
As with all artwork I do, I start with a pencil sketch. This pencil is always a little rougher than my finished comic book pencils are:
So this year, instead of doing a traditional painting, I decided I wanted to "paint" the card digitally. This process starts by adding the basic colors just like in a painting that's done by hand:
After this I started adding details. Because this was something new, it took me a while to get a feel for what I was doing. Eventually, things clicked and I was able to render a good face:
Once that was done, the rest fell into place pretty quickly:
After the faces were nailed down I began to concentrate of the smaller details:
So how did the finished product come out? The finished card will be shown in a future post closer to the holiday.