Every year my mom commissions me to create a new Christmas card for her clients. This year's theme was polar bears! Here are some photos showing the process...
1. The initial ink drawing
I played around with a few different characters and fell in love with these two. I didn't know what the background would look like when I started this sketch. I was originally thinking I would do something very simplistic with flat, bold colours, until...
2. Final Ink Drawing
A stroke of inspiration hit and I got a bit "ink happy" as I like to call it. I couldn't put the pen down! This resulted in a much more detailed style with many lines and a more complex background. The scenery starts to take shape here and a lot of attention was put toward the Christmas tree and gifts.
3. Initial Colour
I applied many washes of watercolour to slowly build up the colour, and once I was satisfied with that I began to add depth with pencil crayon and gouache
4. Scanning + Editing
Once I was happy with how the painting looked, I scanned the image at 600dpi and began to digitally paint on top of my artwork. I love to apply both digital and analog techniques into my art
5. The final piece
Tada! Here is the finished painting. I love the richness you get from the analog drawing and the depth of colour achieved through digital manipulation! We printed the image on a linen-type of paper, which created a lovely texture. I'm so excited for my mother's clients to receive their card in the mail :)