I dove into my Christmas memories for inspiration. My favorite ornament was one of an elf sitting on a mistletoe ball from my Grandma, candy canes, handmade ornaments and Christmas TV Specials. When we got the main assignment of a Christmas Card I was ready and I had a concept.
These are my sketches and paintings for the assignment.
I knew I wanted an elf so, I decided she was going to decorate a very challenging tree. I knew I wanted her dress to have a pattern so, I made a candy cane one in Photoshop.
Then I tried coloring my sketch of the elf in Photoshop. The results were cute but I decided to go with traditional media.
Then I realized I needed to tilt her head because the tree was going to be little. So, I cut and played in Photoshop instead of redrawing the elf.
Next came the ornaments that I envisioned spilling from her box.
This was the first draft of the card.
I wasn't thrilled and then the idea of a winter scene popped into my head. But, there was even more. I imagined this card as a novelty card. You would open it up and the elf transforms the Charlie Brown inspired tree into a big beautiful tree. The elf had to change on the inside too. Instead of drawing a new elf I decided to make the parts I needed and do some Photoshop magic.
This is the draft I submitted. The card cover nice and big on the presentation sheet and a decorated tree with a joyful elf for the interior of the card underneath. I even managed some hand lettering on the cover of the card inspired by the curlz font. If I had more time I would've hand lettered the inside text but, I ran out of time. It was very important to me to have the concept presented.
A few months ago I never would've attempted something like this. I used Photoshop and Illustrator for this. I wish I had dived into the programs more between Part A and Part B of this course but I am proud of what I was able to accomplish.
This week we are doing Baby/Children's Apparel. I've been shopping in those departments for years now. I think this week will be fun! Please check back next week to read the next installment of my diary.
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