One of the things that keeps me extra busy this time of year is the production of the annual Christmas card. Being a professional artist, I feel obligated to make my own. This year I decided to create an image using my newly developed digital illustration technique.
I started with a pencil sketch--Christmas elves playing with a remote control toy airplane:
Then I scanned the image, inverted it in Photoshop, and began to scratch away, painting black back in where needed.
You may notice a subtle difference in the positioning of the plane relative to the elf and presents on the floor. I made the adjustment in Photoshop, selecting the plane with the lasso tool and moving it up slightly.
I opted for a smoother effect this time, more in keeping with the plastickiness of the toy. Less of the raw scratching shows.
Then I added a color layer, bold and bright.
The cards are being printed by Moo.com. I've always been pleased with their work, and they've extended their cyber Monday special til midnight tonight, bless them. I went crazy and paid the extra for red envelopes!