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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear readers!  I am hoping you have a warm and cheerful season and remember why we celebrate this time every year – because Jesus was sent to save us from our sin.  That is truly the greatest gift of all!

Following my own tradition, I have done another drawing to use for Christmas cards this year.  I started in early October and finished it in mid-December.  It is larger than usual, so it took some real dedication and time to complete.  It also has a full background, which I don’t do too often.  One more factor that made this particular year a challenge is the fact that, aside from a few basic references and inspirations, this is hugely from imagination this year.  Was that ever challenging!  The details were slow coming to me since most of them had to be imagined up first.  It was a very good stretch out of my comfort zone.

Nativity

-Measures 8 x 14 inches.  I happened to have a nice frame of this size, and I really liked the idea of a panoramic shape for this drawing.

-Drawn on Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate paper.  I started by making a light but detailed preliminary sketch in graphite.  After several long sittings working on the graphite outline, I began to add ink.  As usual, this is mostly done with stippling, though hatching and some other marks were used, as well.  I used Sakura Pigma Micron pens for this drawing, mostly the tiny 005 size, but a bit of 01 was used, too.

Complete Drawing CR

And here is the finished Christmas card.  My mom and I work so hard on this every year, and it is one of the greatest traditions I can imagine having.  I am so thankful for this tradition!

The card-sized prints we made of my drawing were done in a slight sepia tone so it would draw all the colors of the Christmas card together.  The card has, as usual, several layers of card stocks and papers, and brads hold the banner with John 1:14 on the bottom of the card.

Christmas Card 2015 - CR

And here is the top part of the inside of the card, which is “There’s a Song in the Air” by Josiah G. Holland.

Christmas Card 2015 Top Insert - CR

Here is the lower part of the card, the greeting.

Christmas Card 2015 Lower Insert - CR

And finally, here are some close-ups of my drawing.

Crop - CR

Crop 3 - CR

Crop 2 - CR

I certainly had fun with this, and I hope it will bring all of you some Christmas cheer.  Thank you for looking.  Have a Merry Christmas!

 
 

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Merry Christmas!

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.

Peterson Christmas 008 - Copy

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.

The Magi

– 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.

Magi 10 FINISHED CR

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.

Christmas Card 2014 Face CR

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.

Christmas Card 2014 InsideCR

And here is the back.  In memory of Diane.

Christmas Card 2014 Back

Merry Christmas, dear readers.  Thank you for looking.

 
 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, my dear readers!

I hope you have a wonderful and warm Christmas surrounded by loved ones and good memories.  Since it’s Christmas, it is time to share my annual drawing for the cards that are sent to family and friends.  I finished this drawing some time ago, but I like to save this for Christmas itself.  My gift to you. 😉

Anyway, this drawing was done in pen and ink, and it is an image of Mary and Joseph showing Baby Jesus to Simeon.  It was a little daunting to draw faces with ink…I haven’t done that much.  It was really fun in the end though!

I’ll share the Christmas card all finished first.  My mom and I work on these together, and she’s the one who so beautifully assembles these cards.  Click to view it larger.

Christmas Card 2013 CardCR

We spend hours looking for the perfect papers, ribbons, embellishments, and ideas in stores and at home.  It’s one of my favorite traditions.  This year marks the tenth anniversary of this tradition, and it’s going strong.

Here is the Scripture passage we put inside.  Click to view larger.

Christmas Card 2013 Card InsertEdit

The original drawing…

– 8×10 inches in size

– Drawn with Prismacolor Fine Line Markers sized 005 and 01.

– Drawn on Strathmore 400 series Bristol Smooth paper.

Click to view it larger.

Christmas Card 2013 DoneCR

Merry Christmas!  Thank you for looking! 🙂

Interested in buying some of my Christmas cards or other notecards?  Feel free to email me at indee.artist.jen88@hotmail.com for details.

 
 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Today, at long last, I am going to share my Christmas card drawing.  While not everyone on my list of friends and family have yet gotten their cards, I wanted to share this on Christmas Day.

This year, I worked from a photo I took last winter after a breathtaking storm.  There was a woods laced with snow and ice, and a single Angus cow standing before it.  It was a beautiful scene, and I was fortunate to have my camera handy.  It was very, very slow mapping out the whole woods for this drawing.  Talk about time consuming!  But I always do love a challenge, so that was ok.  I enjoyed this one a lot.

Christmas Cow

– 8×10 inches in size.

– Drawn in pen and ink.  Almost exclusively the Prismacolor Premier Illustration Marker, 0.005 mm size.

– Drawn on Strathmore 400 series Bristol Smooth paper.

ChristmasCowDoneCR

Feel free to click on the images to see them larger.

Below is the actual Christmas card we used the image for.

ChristmasCard2012CR

And here is the inside.  I wrote the poem for the card this year.  It was the first time I wrote the inside message, but I do love to write, so it was fun.

ChristmasCard2012 InsideCR

I hope you are warm and happy and surrounded by family and friends.

Merry Christmas from Oliver and me. 🙂

Yes, he actually seems to enjoy being dressed up.  He feels extra special then.

Thank you for looking.

 

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Christmas Drawing and Card 2005

Here is another of my cards.  This one was difficult due to the detail and the complex composition.  I never felt altogether happy with it, but the time came when I had to call it finished.  This one came together rather slowly, as it is a larger size than some of my work was at the time.  This was one of my more popular Christmas cards, and people seemed happy with it, so that made it all worth it in the end. 🙂

Nativity

-8×8 inches in size

-Drawn in graphite

Thank you for looking.  Merry Christmas! 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2011 in All Artwork, Christmas Drawings and Cards

 

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