Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Card Design for a private business

I love to illustrate when the client is open to a final product truly based on my work and style--as opposed to the client complimenting me on my work/portfolio and then asking me to do a piece that resembles my work not at all  :)  
In this case, a Holiday card was the desired outcome, and I sketched a few ideas, got the go-ahead on one, and did the illustration.  Straightforward, fun, and everyone is happy!

This is the complete card; the final artwork. (The present is the detail which I'd previously posted.)  It contains a bunch of my favorite things:  A bird, anthropomorphism, Victoriana, checkerboard pattern, watercolor, pen and ink, and the color green.  Also have lately been peculiarly fascinated with snow in artworks.

As far as influence, I know Tenniel's version of the Mad Hatter permanently scrambles around in my unconscious mind, jabbing away at my creative nerve.  He's Victorian, wears a hat, has checkerboard clothing, and is a Perfect Image.
Here is Tenniel's Perfect Image. Seems to me this should be in the Art History surveys, right there with the Mona Lisa. Great illustration is great art--there's no difference.  Do you agree?

1 comment:

  1. I do agree. Tenniel's work should be right there alongside the Mona Lisa! But then again....I prefer Tim Burton to da Vinvi! LOL


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