Merry Christmas, dear readers!
As is my tradition, here is my annual Christmas drawing, and the finished Christmas card.
I’ve dedicated this drawing to my wonderful, creative aunt Diane, who, sadly, passed away last October. I miss her so much that I almost skipped making a Christmas drawing this year because my heart was so heavy. She died about the time I was planning to start this drawing. But I decided to do the very best I could, because she was a great encourager of my artwork, and she would have been sad if she knew I wanted to skip my annual Christmas card drawing. As you can see in the photo below, she loved getting my Christmas cards, and displayed them at her house every year.
This year’s drawing was quite involved and detailed, and those of you who follow my blog know how much I enjoy details in drawing.
– 8×10 inches in size, drawn on Strathmore 500 series Bristol Plate paper.
– Drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, varying in size from 005 (primarily), 01, and 03. I haven’t used these pens much, but the ink is a bit warmer, and it flows quickly from the tip, which is nice for deep darks, though it can feel a bit out of control sometimes. But the quick darks that can be achieved make them a delight to use.
Here is the finished card. We did something different this year by choosing to print the drawing on parchment paper, which really warmed it up nicely.
Continuing with our tradition, my mom and I put our heads together to make the cards. In the end, as usual, we are happy with the result, and though they require a lot of work, they are worth it.
The inside of the card. The left side has the lyrics of the hymn “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”, and the right side has a message that we created ourselves with some inspiration from other sources.
And here is the back. In memory of Diane.
Merry Christmas, dear readers. Thank you for looking.