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.