GSS Christmas Card Illustration

In late October a regular US client asked me to do their annual Christmas card again. I typically do the illustration in vector cartoon form, due to time constraints. This time I convinced them to let me do a full rendered illustration.

After some discussion it was decided to do a girl popping out of the cake. This was decided (although a little stereotypical), due to the workers typical demographic. The client requested a man popping out, but it was decided that a majority of safety workers are male, and it would suit their palette more to see a cheerleader type lady popping out.

File size: 1.6Gbs/3.38Gbs (open)
Layers: 41 uncompressed
Dimensions: 12015x21800px
Hours (Pencil): 5hrs
Digital rendering: 54hrs


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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