Thursday, December 20, 2012

Magic Train Ride a.k.a. Illustration Friday: SNOW or As I Call this one, December.

     It is almost Christmas and to day is yeah… Illustration Friday.  As much as I truly love Illustration Fridays, I am utterly exhausted.  I'm almost falling asleep at the er….. just kidding haven't done that tonight, but I admit it has happened in the past, falling asleep at the computer. 

     After a hectic week of candy making, pralines in particular (they are really the only candy i know how to make… other than covering things in chocolate,) and running around with last minute gift shopping, I am about to fall out.

     Needless to say today's post will be short, SWEET and to the point….

     This weeks topic is SNOW.  I chose to share another piece from my calendar portfolio, December.  I have to say I did put in a great effort trying to find my development sketches for this illustration, but all I managed to scrounge up was my final sketched composition before I inked it and took it to digital paint.   I am unsure as to what happened to the rest of the development sketches… my only guess is that they are in a VERY SAFE Place (as my friend Lou likes to say.)

     Again, as with November, I had the three main conceptual elements for this illustration:
1.)  You must illustrate a potential future vocation a child could choose.
2.)  You must include the major Holiday for that month.
3.)  Each illustration must include an element of fantasy and whimsy.

     As you may have already guessed, December is about Train conducting.  It is a real and very rewarding profession.  I have met a few real life conductors, in my time, and they seem very satisfied with their career choice. :0)  Obviously, I have included the Christmas Holiday and our elements of fun and fantasy are explored through our little conductor flying through the building tops Christmas Eve night delivering gifts to all the good boys and girls of the world from his magical flying train.  You may remember this particular train from a previous illustration I have blogged about…  That's right, the very same Juliet Express with a little bit of a paint job.
You might call this a shout out, but I just call it responsible recycling. ;0)

     Well, folks, as I stated above, I am VERY VERY VERY VERY VEYRVYERYVYEYRYVYERY… Sleepy.  I will leave you all to your hot cocoa, your cold weather, your long johns, your prety sparkly Christmas Trees or Whatever Holiday Decoration adorns your decked halls, chill mac (my favorite), your pralines (if you have them) and your Christmas dreams of Sugar Plums (though I have never really dreamt of a sugar plum, nor seen one in real life.)

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. :0)

Till next time…    
Keep sketching, keep thinking, keep laughing and most important of all, keep making art. 


  1. So fun and cute! Neat job wit the framing and it's always cool to see whatever progress pics people have.

    p.s. You are not alone in falling asleep at the computer! And I do not know what a sugar plum is either - maybe I will go look it up. :)

  2. THANKS, Cindy! :0) That is very kind of you to say. I try to scrounge together all my development stuff to share when I can because I also like that. It's the same feeling that made me convert from VHS to DVD in my movie purchases... I had to have all that way cool behind the scenes stuff. I'm glad you like the frames. I'm fond of them. I think it's because I have a strange affinity for windows. If you ever find out what a Sugar Plum is, please share your discovery. I am still admittedly curious about it though often forget to look it up when I am at the computer. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and your kind words, Cindy.