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Snowball Fight

In my last Post I showed you my card design from this past Christmas. I thought you might like to see another of my past “Artzee Fartzee” cards that I did. So jump into your DeLorean suped up with a Flux Capacitor, Time Circuits, and a well fed Mr. Fusion, floor it to 88 and screech it to a halt at your holiday destination of yesteryear…2005!

The concept was a snowball fight between me and my wife. Below is the Original Concept Sketch that I did that includes an additional drawing of an unused concept for the back of the card. I nixed the idea of using the bottom sketch in favor of a thrown snowball illustration.

From the above sketch to the Final Pencil Drawing, not much changed. I enlarged the sketch and redraw the illustration much cleaner and tighter.

After the drawing was completed I scanned it into the computer, cleaned it up, and passed it through the Photoshop blender where I mixed in some color. So I pressed the puree button, waited for it to spin and whirl, then poured it out. Presto…Color! The color not lining up was intentional. I wanted it to be offset. I’m happy with the results.

I placed the artwork into a rectangular envelope shaped layout and added snowballs I had drawn separately. The back of the card was basically the Holiday Greeting, which my wife and I signed before stuffing them into envelopes and mailing them off.

Click the artwork above the view it larger if you’d like. I was overall happy with the illustration and design of the card. Had I to do it over again, the only thing that I’d do differently would be to have designed an envelope with it to mail it out in.

Wow, it’s almost Feburary and I’m still talking about the Holidays…go figure!

2008 Christmas Card

Each year I Design and Illustrate a new Christmas Card to send out to a majority of my friends and family to celebrate the Holiday Season. The last couple of card designs I’ve done have featured my “Artzee Fartzee” characters based on my wife and me, so this past Christmas I ran with that idea again. The card’s final layout differed from the original concept that my wife and I discussed. She said, “Hey why don’t we make a card this year that’s shaped like an ornament and it opens to reveal the card.” So with my wife’s suggestion in mind, I did just that and began drawing our new card.

I wanted the gag to be that when the card is folded you think that Troy is holding the Mistletoe over the head of the character based off of my wife, but when you open the card…SURPRISE! So the punchline is revealed when you open the card. After I finished the pencil drawing I took it into the computer and colored it in Photoshop. I stuck to the original Ornament design and worked it up that way initially.

However, after I had printed and mocked a version up…it didn’t fold and stay closed the way that I had intended. That, and the cut and folding time was a bit more than I wanted to spend on it. Christmas was fast approaching so my deadline to get all of our cards printed, addressed, and sent out via the United Postal Service was looming. Below is a video of how the card was to look and be opened. Click on the video below and enjoy!

So with the layout of the card not working exactly as I had envisioned it, I quickly decided to go with a much simpler square design. Not only was it easier to cut, but it also had less fold line to have to deal with. I think the Final layout works much better, even though the original concept was a bit more fun. I may revisit the ornament design in a future Christmas Card but I’ll have to tweak it to make it work a bit better than it did. Below is the Final layout.

I also did an alternative “Happy Holidays” version to send to our Jewish friends. They were the only ones who got this version, so they should consider it a Collector’s Item. One day…some day…maybe…possibly…it might just be worth something on eBay.

Below is a video of how the Final card looked when it was opened. Click on the video below and enjoy!

So there you go, that was my Christmas Card this past Holiday Season. Now I’ve only got less then 365 days until I’ve got to come up with yet another one drawn, printed, cut, folded, signed, stuffed, addressed, stamped, and sent out. I could start now planning for it or…put it off ’til this November…I’ll see what I can do, but until then…Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Hot ‘n’ Cold

And last, but not least…the final two Christmas Post It drawings that I did over the holidays. I couldn’t let the season pass without having drawn two of my favorite Rankin & Bass characters. When you’re Hot you’re Hot and when you’re Not, you’re Not! And so it is with the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser. I guess I’ve always been a little more of a fan of the Cool Miser Brother…funny, being that I’m from the South, you’d think that I’d be more keen on Mr. 101. However, I think it’s because I hail from the land of humidity that I’d rather hang with man that likes his drinks on the rocks.

So in this Post It Post…I pay tribute to the Miser Brothers.

Last year ABC Family Channel premiered a new Stop Motion animated Christmas special based on these two siblings. “A Miser Brother’s Christmas” was a sequel of sorts to the original “A Year Without A Santa Claus,” but only in the regards that the title character were back and that the original voice actors of both Santa (Mickey Rooney) and the Heat Miser (George S. Irving) were back after nearly 34 years. I didn’t have high hopes for the show because most of the other characters looked different and even the Snow Miser’s look was altered from his original design. However, fears aside, the show wasn’t half bad…the songs weren’t all that memorable but the animation as pretty smooth. I’d watch it again, and if it ever comes out on DVD, I’d add it to the Christmas collection and view it at least once a year. I don’t wanna give the impression that it was perfect or was what it could have been, but it was at least entertaining. Maybe next year ABC Family will do another sequel to another Rankin & Bass classic…we can dream can’t we.

Santa and Friends

In my ongoing attempt to present you guys with all that I drew this holiday season, here goes another dose of Post Holiday fun! In this Post It Post, I thought I’d show you yet another tribute to all things Rankin & Bass and more specifically, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” No, I have not drawn the Scarlet Nosed individual again to display here, if you wanna see my take on good ole blinky, read my previous Post on him. Instead I thought I’d draw some of his North Poleian friends.

I originally intended to post “Santa” with my Christmas/Birthday List Post…it seemed more fitting since Troy is asking him to pretty much explain his unforgivable behavior of not getting him everything off of his wish list. How dare Father Jolly not succumb to the will of his list and fulfill it’s every want and desire…how dare he! You tell him Troy, you make him pay for his gross oversight.Instead of posting it then I wait til now because I thought it’d be better to keep him with a fellow “Rudolph” cast mate.

With “Sam the Snowman,” I simply just got Troy’s Canine Pal to ask of Sam a query that has been boggling my noggin for some time now. Hopefully, he’ll be able to get some sort of a legitament and accurate response from the Wintry White one himself. Fortunately for us, we might get him to answer it in a song. Keep your fingers crossed.

I still have a few Christmas items left in my stocking for all to see, so expect a couple more soon on the subject.

2008 Christmas/Birthday List

Okay, I’m gonna let you guys in on a little secret of mine…even though I’m 33…I still write a Christmas List. No, I don’t send the letter North via the Post Office to Santa to take a gander at and hopefully, if I’ve been lucky enough not to be on the “Naughty List,” for him to delivery me all the goodies I’ve asked for. My list is strictly for friends and family, and now for the first time, I’m sharing the list with the rest of you. So every year I write my Christmas/Birthday Wish List. Since New Year’s Eve is my Birthday, I just combine the two into one complete dossier. My thought is, if someone’s going to get you a gift, you might as well let them know what you want and need. Over the years it’s become some what of an annual tradition of sorts. Now I don’t want you thinking that I’m greedy. I don’t expect to get everything on the list or to even get anything off of it. It’s really more of a goof then anything else. I enjoy putting it together and seeing people’s reactions when the printed copy gets passed around. Funny thing is, this year my 13 year old niece even took it to school and showed it off to some of her friends…unfortunately, they did not get me a gift this year…maybe next.

In this Post It Post I wanted to show you some of the Post It drawings that I used when I put together the 2007 edition and a sample of what the final pages looked like. However, first I didn’t want my Birthday to pass without me making some mention of it. I turned 33 this year and in honor of that I wanted to ask Frosty the Snowman for a very special birthday wish.

As a side note, The Frosty Post It note drawing was the last drawing that I did in ’08. The latter three drawings were sketched up while at work during several of my much talked about moments of boredom. When it came time that year to start composing my Christmas/Birthday List, I had to look no further than my little yellow stickies.

Below are three sample pages from the 2007 list. The items on the list have been blurred out due to the fact that the info is now outdated.

I liked how the list came out so for 2008, I decided to keep the basic layout, add new art, and update the items on the list and PRESTO…the latest edition to be read and enjoyed by all!

Now you are at no obligation to buy me a belated Christmas or Birthday gift, but…if you somehow feel compelled to do so, either out of a last moment burp of Christmas Spirit or out of a strong desire to congratulate a 33 year old for his day of birth…there are still plenty of items on the list to choose from. As you can see, there are also quite a few outrageous items at the end of the list as well to take a look at.

Enjoy and look forward to the 2009 Christmas/Birthday List later this year…being that it’s January…much later this year!

Happy New Year!

So here we are, a New Year, a New Post, and lots of new stuff to show you guys out there. I’ve been real busy as of late with the holidays and churning out new artwork. Now that I’m finally getting back into the swing of things and am coming down from my Christmas high, I can finally share with you the fruits of my labor. First thing first, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Ho Ho Day and a Very Happy New Year! So to usher in the New Year and celebrate the passing of the last, here we are with the first Post It Post of 2009!

As I’ve said in previous Posts, I love the “Rankin & Bass” Holiday specials. Love ’em, gotta watch ’em, wish there were more of ’em. So while over the holiday break, I drew up a couple more of my mini tributes to these beloved television specials. First up, again, in honor of the New Year…my Post It Post on “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year.”

In the first Post It drawing, Troy attempts to get Baby New Year to make him a promise for 2009. This last year was eventful…good and bad…but it seemed that the bad tipped the scales in ’08, unfortunately. All we can do is hope that with the changing of the calendar, that mostly good will come from it. Think of it as a reboot for the world, and hopefully with a reboot, it fixes all the problems…if not all of them, then maybe, if we’re lucky…most of them.

I don’t really know what I’m trying to say about the New Year with Troy’s Canine Pal’s conversation with Father Time. I guess I just wanted to doodle Father Time. It took me a while to fully get into the Christmas spirit this year and once I got into it, it’s been hard to let it go. So expect a few more drawings of Merriment to come your way over the course of the next couple of Post It Posts.

Happy New Year everyone…I truly hope that when we look back at this year we can say, “Boy, that wasn’t half bad!” Hello ’09…farewell ’08.

AIGA 2008 Design Summit

As you’ll notice from the drawings below, neither of them really have much to do, if anything to do with the subject of this, my 17th Post It Post. I’ll get to the drawings a little bit later…but first, let’s talk about the AIGA 2008 Design Summit.

The AIGA is an organization for Graphic Artist and Designers. This past Tuesday, December 16th, the New Orleans chapter hosted a Design Summit at Loyola University. It basically was a 3 hour panel discussion about what we as a community of Graphic Artists could do to help with the recovery of New Orleans in this Post-Katrina environment. The panel was made up of several of the founders of some of New Orleans’ leading design firms. Many of them discussed their personal and professional experiences dealing with Katrina and the state of Graphic Arts now here after the big storm.

As someone who has felt like he’s not really been part of any type of Design or Illustration Community, it was an excellent experience for me to be surrounded by like minded individuals. At my previous job, I was pretty much isolated from the community as a whole. For the longest time it was only me designing and drawing in an office by myself until they eventually hired someone else on full-time. So for all of my time there, we were pretty much an island to ourselves. Now as my situation has changed, I want to make an effort to become part of that world that I had felt like I had been denied previously.  I’m still contemplating joining the AIGA, I’m leaning towards it. I’m also going to look into if their are any organization in New Orleans like the AIGA but for Illustrators and Traditional artists. The thing is that I’m both a Graphic Designer and an Illustrator…I’m a Graphic Illustrator so to speak. No matter what I decide about membership, I definitely plan to attend future AIGA events that are open to the public.

So hearing each of the panelist speak, I definitely got a feeling for them, and hope to be able to interact with many of them here in the near future. New Orleans is a great town, despite all the negative images and stories that are put out there…it’s something worth saving and making strong once again…if not better.

And now for the Post It drawings.

I’m a big fan of the classic Rankin & Bass Christmas specials. I must watch them all every season. Without them, the Holidays just aren’t the same. Of course the granddaddy of them all is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” So I couldn’t let the season pass without having Troy and friends confront some of the North Pole’s favorite Misfits. So enjoy Troy’s confusion with Rudolph’s ability and His Canine Pal’s frank discussion with Charlie and his Box. So as you can see, they definitely don’t have anything to do with the subject of today’s post, but I had fun drawing them.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Etc.

The absolutely unbelievable happened here late last week…Thursday December 11, 2008 to be specific, New Orleans and most of Louisiana experienced the rarest of rarieties…it snowed. It SNOWED! This little corner of the South was turned into a Winter Wonderland. It was a brief but very welcomed early Christmas gift. Thursday morning I woke to a barrage of phone calls and text messages telling me to look outside. Some messages simply stated, “It’s Snowing!” 

    

The common thread shared by all were the exclamation marks, whether in text form or in the sound of their voices…the excitement and thrill was definitely there. For those of you out there that are graced with such wintery frozen events each year, what you don’t understand is that an event like this doesn’t come around that often, seriously does not come around that often. There was a very brief snowfall in 2004 on Christmas Day…more sleet than snow, but I was out of town for said event. Then before that in ’93 another sleety snow moment occurred. The closest we ever came to what I would call real snow was back in the 80’s, but it was nothing like what transpired last Thursday. As I ran out onto my balcony, I had my breath taken away by the shear joy of the visual stimuli that was bombarding me. Snow! Real Honest Wintery White Goodness! It was coming down in sheets, quickly covering rooftops, cars, lawns, and anyone that ventured out into it’s downfall. I spotted a couple of kids that had obviously never seen snow in their life run out of their front down, pause a moment, then scream in excitement at the top of their lungs, “OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, IT’S SNOWING, IT’S SNOWING!” They paused again and followed it up with, “IT’S LIKE HEAVEN!!!” There’s definitely no denying the joy those two kids felt, and it definitely was shared by all. The local news interrupted programming to follow the unexpected weather phenomenon until it’s bitter end, when the snow stopped, sleet commenced, and then eventually began to melt off.

In this 16th Post It Post, I wanted to show Troy’s excitement (and mine as well) for this Frozen Treat. I also sketched out Troy’s Canine Pal amongst the Icy Powder. I haven’t drawn him much and plan on showing a bit more of him in the Posts to come.

Though it is sad that the event came and went and not even a sign of it’s occurrence still exists with us other than our collective memories and the countless pictures we took, I am still overwhelmed that we were lucky enough to have been given this little treat. It’s been a hard year and it appears that the times ahead might be just as trying, so what the snow gave us down here in New Orleans was a chance to stop, breathe, and play like a child one more time. It was a very welcomed and much longed for break. Below are a few pics I took of my Winter Wonderland and the fun I partook in it. Enjoy!

        

            

I miss you snow…please came back soon!

Post It Post #13

Last night my wife and I continued our holiday tradition of watching our ever growing DVD collection of Christmas themed movies and specials.  Whether it be a classic Rankin and Bass AniMagic or something a little more non-traditional, we try to get through a majority of them before December 25th rolls around. After Christmas has come and gone and the tinsel has fallen from the tree, we tend to lose interest in such viewing pleasures until the season rolls around 12 months later. After a couple of “Frosty’s” and a “Polar Express,” we followed it up with another holiday goody…“Gremlins!”

    

Okay…so Gizmo and Company aren’t traditionally thought of as holiday fare but in my household…a Mogwai is right up there with Rudolph, the Heat Miser, and the Winter Warlock. Hell…I even consider “Die Hard” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” holiday fun. Now if John McClane were dressed like Santa riding on top of an ass kickin’ Rudolph while fighting off a Gremlin infestation at the Nakatomi Plaza…that…that would be a great Holiday event flick. Throw in a couple of talking snowmen with German accents and a gun toting Charlie in the Box…you got yourself Christmas gold baby…GOLD I tell ya.

So I don’t really have anything in particular to say about each of the Post It Note drawings in this Post It Post, except that I got inspired by the movie last night and really wanted to draw Gizmo. As for the “Snowflake” drawing, I guess I really want it to snow here in New Orleans this winter…real snow, not ice or sleet…but REAL White Winter Fun!

So what about a “Gremlins 3,” well…who knows whenever that little gem may happen. Hell, it’s been 18 years and counting since “The New Batch” was released. Until that glorious day…enjoy the two videos I found on YouTube, the links are below. If you’re a fan of these green little monsters, you’ll love these two little Gremlins tidbits:

Peter Jones BT Business “Gremlins” Commercial

“Gremlins” Fan Film by Sacha Feiner

Post It Post #8

So it’s hot, then it’s cold, then hot once again…and maybe if lucky…cold once more…such is Winter…Southern Style! Living in the surrounding New Orleans area all my life, that’s just one of the many “pleasures” (and I really use that word very loosely in this case) that comes with living in the south during the winter months. At the moment it’s in the low 50’s but it’s a strong possibility that Thanksgiving next Thursday will be more on the warmer side than I would like for that day. Heck I can remember many times as a kid where I wore shorts and a tank top on Gobble Gobble Day…now that’s just messed up…ain’t it? Turkey Day is suppose to be cold…Period! I’ve got my fingers crossed that a cold front comes thru and makes the holiday just a lil’ bit more wintery, which makes drawing and typing a major challenge.

With that said, I bring you Post It Post #8…Enjoy!

    

So here are just a couple more of my Post Its, two that definitely express Hot and Cold!

In the first drawing I drew Troy as the Devil, the Prince of Darkness, Beelzebub…Ole Mister Baddie himself. No real significance to it, just thought I’d post the fiery demon next to an icy popsicle.

With “Frozen Troy” I have to say, I really like the way that this one came out. I’m not bragging, believe me I’d be the first to tell you I don’t do that, but I really like the way this Post It turned out. I drew this while at work on a rather frigid day I might add. I unfortunately decided to wear shorts on said day not realizing that it was going to be as cold as it was, but when I step out of the house and jump into the car, at that point you really have to commit to what you’re wearing. Plus when you’re running late to work, you really don’t have the option to go back in a change…so-be-it! So I guess I was channeling my frozen state that day.

So that’s my Post It Post on the ying and yang of Hot and Cold. See you next time.