This illustration started with a sketch I created while sitting on my sofa looking at my Christmas tree. I like to let my son decorate the tree and choose where things go, and as a result it’s quite haphazard and covered with all kinds of interesting ornaments. I wanted to capture this tree and use it to design a traditional Christmas card.
My illustration process starts with sketching roughs, then linework drawn by hand using my favourite Unipin fineliner. I scan this in and clean up in Photoshop, sometimes adjusting the layout too. In this case, the detail on the baubles was drawn separately and then added in using Photoshop. I bring the linework into Illustrator where I can add colour fills, shading and experiment with the colour palette. Here I’ve chosen a bold colour palette and jewel shades to add depth and Christmas richness.
The font is Spinnaker designed by Elena Albertoni. I always look to use fonts designed by Black or female typographers and credit them wherever possible.
Featured by Hive Collective on Instagram December 2021.
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