Happy thoughts with a warm feeling.

“One of the nice things about being an artist is never having to waste money on greeting cards again.”

I picked up that line from a friend somewhere in past, and I wholeheartedly have to agree with it. As every year comes and goes, I haven’t had to buy a greeting card for ages anymore. And just as last year, I loved drawing this one.
Last year I was overwhelmed by long lists of accomplishments on almost everyone’s homepage. Hence why I had decided to go against the stream and not to look back in the past. This year is no different. Though, with one minor exception.

I remember when I wrote last year, that I was looking forward to a hopefully brighter future. One without the need to look for heroes. Unfortunately, we got worse. Murphy, I blame you again, old boy. Just having to think of the many things people have had to go through this year: Paris, Mali, those crashed airplanes and I’ll probably forget a lot more.. It seems we’re still a long way from a future where we work together as an intelligent species in order to be able to write this post on board of an intergalactic starliner. But let’s not dwell too much on the past, and instead look ahead to the future, with a positive view.
This year’s pretty girl is sitting on a stack of presents, and naturally acting as one in the process. I’ve been dying to create an illustration like this for a while now, but never found the right reason/moment for it. Intentionally, she was to be a bit more saucy, but since this greeting card is ment for my grandmother as well I.. wisely decided against it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make the rest of the family and a few of my closest friends quite happy with her and thus providing my share for a warmer Christmas and new year.

As is usually the norm, I decided to add the complete process here as well, this way you can actually spot the many mistakes and errors I made during the creation process. Or just be awed by the process and stare/ogle at her enticing beauty like I do. Anyways.. -hum- I also decided to add a shiny wallpaper for all of you, just like last year. You can download it here for free and adorn your desktop with it, for an even warmer -hum- Christmas experience.

So, with that in mind, the only thing for me to wish you is: lots of fun in the snow (if we’ll get any this year), a lot of hot cups of chocolate (with a marshmallow of course) and some solid positive vibes. Happy holidays folks.

A happy Christmas & a merry new year. Or something like that.

Happy HolidaysI’ll start of with a few classic tropes in times like these. “Another year has passed.” “So many things have happened.” “I wonder what next year will bring…”
And now I’ll let you in on a small secret of mine. I only care for one of these three feeble sentences. Guess which one. I’m not one to look behind. If and when I do, it’s mostly about stuff I really like, but with a mind as forgetful as mine, that’s unlikely to happen very fast. Hence, I look ahead. No long lists of accomplishments here, sir. Oh no.

I look forward to a hopefully brighter future. One without the need to look for heroes. One where we don’t cherish a football god and where instead, we work together as an intelligent species in order to be able to write this very post on board of an intergalactic starliner (one can always dream, right?). Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to be all negative here and whatnot, I too stop to smell the roses once in a while, but I see no point in doing that at the end of every year, pure out of obligation or because everyone else does.

So that’s why I drew this illustration. A pretty girl sitting behind a window in a warm fuzzy place, dreaming and staring out to what lies ahead. I made a few of my closest friends (hopefully) quite happy by turning her into this year’s Christmas card and I’ve added the work in progress and results in this post for you to see as well. So for now, just enjoy the snow (if you have any), get toasty in front of the fireplace and have a hot coco with a marshmallow in it. I know I will. Happy holidays folks.

Oh, and if you’re as big a fan of this sweetheart as I am, you might want to grab the free wallpaper I’ve included at the bottom. Because, you know, it’s Christmas after all 😉


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