GSS Christmas Card Illustration

GSS Xmas Card

In late November a regular US client, GSS, asked me to do their annual Christmas Card again. For a second time I convinced them to do a full rendered illustration. And this time of my choice, which was to be of a typical Santa Claus.

The only variation to the normal view on the Santa was that he had to be wearing some of their safety gear. After some initial sketching, I worked out a plan to have him placing the North Pole in a workers pose, wearing their shirt. All worked out well, and the only change was the rest of the Santa gear was re-rendered to be more luminous.

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File size: 600.8Mbs/1.95Gbs (open)
Layers: 45 uncompressed
Dimensions: 10000x10000px
Hours (Pencil): 1hrs
Digital rendering: 36hrs

Final Render


1 creative person, slightly matured
2 tablespoons aptitude
1 piece of aesthetic flavouring
6lbs hard work and sweat
4 ideas more than most
salt of the earth to taste

Take a creative person and stir in some aptitude, thoroughly from the start. In time, mix in the aesthetic flavouring with the most appropriate tool at hand, and then, fold into the mix as much of the hard work and sweat that the mix can take. Sprinkle in the ideas; the more the better. And finally, as all is cooking, a pinch of ‘salt of the earth’ to give it the necessary character. Leave to cook over time and serve when required. Tasty treat in a tasteless world.

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