Monday, December 15, 2014

The Making of Christmas Cards 2014

Plenty of people have sent me e-mails letting me know that they received their copy of my Christmas card so I guess I can sure it with the rest of the world now!

Two years worth of experience have taught me to start earlier each year so it was a bit hard to come up with something Christmas-y when I had only just caught the Halloween bug. So sadly I wasn't able to continue my unintended them from previous years of a seasonal messenger coming to your home, be it by angels or an animal.

Instead I opted for a self portrait, to make it more personal.

This Christmas, surround yourself with colorful characters!

My original plan involved a picture of myself at my desk interacting with a variety of fantasy characters. It was fun to construct this set up, but it ended up being too ambitious to be fully completed in just a month.

Its an idea I'd seen in other places and wanted to give my own take on it as a way of showing people the more fantastical elements that I like to draw.

Ed Catmull, John Lasseter and friends

Walt Kelly

Jack Kirby

To try and give it a fun twist, I added the finished card at my desk to create this weird recursion illusion. Yet another case of time limitations and necessity being the mother of invention!

Now I want to hear from you! What do you think of this year's Christmas card and how do you think I can improve for next year?

Merry Christmas!


  1. Looks great as always Erik. I love the self portrait, it reminds me of one of my favorite Rockwell paintings.

    1. Thanks Chris! I assume you mean Rockwell's triple self portrait?

  2. This is a great card Erik! I think color would always be a nice addition for future cards, since Christmas is a jolly holiday. I also like your choice in typeface, it's a refreshing pick.

    1. Thanks Lydia. I've held back on color because of the expense. Maybe now that I've been at it awhile I can afford to step it up next year.

      The font is called "Thingamajig". I use it all the time because its both bold and humorous. It fits my style pretty well I think and I'm glad you agree!

  3. Merry Christmas Erik! And your card looks great this year and makes me curious what you will have in store for the 2015 Holiday. : )

    1. Thanks John. Believe me, I'm already panicking about what to do for next year. Do you know what it's like to try and top yourself each and every year?! haha.

    2. What ever you do it will be great!


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