Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays 2010!

Season's Greetings, everyone!
Here is the 2010 version of my annual Holiday Card..
This year, I attempted another Art Deco motif; based on a few vintage cards that I've managed to collect off of eBay over the years..  Overall I'm happy with most of it. But in hindsight, it's probably a bit too close in overall design, to the Holiday Card that I did back in 2007..
The coloring was done digitally.. For the most part, it was applied color-to-color, without any holding lines. I cheated a bit here and there, though. The Birch Trees actually looked better with the remnants of linework, I thought..
Unfortunately, while the series of Gradient Fills I applied with Photoshop, looked pretty decent in the original file on my monitor.. The subtleties got a bit muddied in the actual printouts I received back from Kinko's.. Skewing everything, slightly darker. Parts of the Deer got lost on the Night Sky. As did some of the Pine Trees, etc.. 

The experience of making/sending out the Cards this year too, was somewhat bittersweet. As this was the type of project that I would traditionally do with my Mom; who passed away just last year. In fact, looking back.. I think I did it more for her, than for myself. She would nag me about getting the Cards done. And for whatever reason, I would always wait 'til the last-possible-minute, before actually finishing them. It was a real Dannys Christmas tradition! bwa-hah

As mentioned in my previous Blog posts,-- any Christmas Card done BEFORE my Birthday, is a raving success story.. So, I did alright this year! But I'm a man of limited financial resources, so I wasn't able to printout quite as many copies as I once did. But if you're on my Card List, expect a hard copy in your mailbox soon.. For the rest of my friends, I hope that this "digital" -version of the Card will suffice? Y'know, they say it's the thought that counts, in the end..

Anyways, I hope that everyone has a terrific Holiday Season.. Best Wishes to everyone at Christmastime!.. And hoping you have a fantastic 2011!


Dominic Bugatto said...

Looks great , got mine in the mail today , thanks man , have yourselves a great Christmas.

Cheers, Dom

Rich Dannys said...

That was fast!! Sent it only the day before. The Canada Post work hard. Especially THIS time of year!

Anonymous said...

I like the play on the vintage cards. Well done! the composition is really nice and feels complete.

Kerry Schofield said...

Very nice, love the reindeer!

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Rich Dannys said...

Steph -- Thanks for your kind comments! I enjoyed looking at your excellent Vector illos, on your wordpress page.. Wish I had a better grasp of Adobe Illustrator, myself!

Kerry -- Thanks! Yeah, the reindeer were going to look even more Deco, at first.. But I ran outta steam, towards deadline..
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heidi aldin monteleone said...

Definitely has that vintage feeling. Sorry about your mom.
Beautifully done.