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.

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