New Christmas Artwork!

I've been concentrating heavily on Christmas themed pieces lately. I initially thought there were not too many to choose from but the more I thought about it, the more kept coming to mind. There are so many Christmas movies out there that are so visually striking. National Lampoons Vacation, A Christmas Story, Gremlins and How the Grinch Stole Christmas just to name a few. 

I enjoy brainstorming how I can come up with a composition that will not only look great as an Art Print but will also look right on a T-Shirt. I'm not a huge fan of shirts with a big rectangle image on them. In some cases that looks fine but I prefer a more free floating design that utilizes the abundant space on a shirt.

 Finding a way to incorporate a hand into the piece can be tricky too. I try to be as original as possible so in the Grinch piece it would have been easy to simply recreate the popular image of the Grinch holding the christmas bulb. I instead choose a different approach with his hands tearing through a package, while he is in the background peeking through. 
Some subjects do not lend themselves easily to incorporating a hand. For example, A Christmas Story is more well known for its famous leg lamp. It was, after all, Ralphies Dads "Major Award". So I analyzed the scene and loved how Ralphie ran his hand up the leg lamp as his mother swatted him away. So I incorporated that into my art.
And of coarse, who can forget Clark Grizwald getting frustrated with the Christmas lights in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. That piece was one of the first pieces I intentionally added text to. It was designed purely to go onto a shirt. I later added some snow to the background for the art print. 
Lastly, I really had fun dealing with the many different light sources on the Gremlins piece. I toyed around with whether or not to include Gizmo in the piece. I'm glad I chose to because I was very pleased with the outcome.

I certainly hope you are all enjoying my art and I'd love to hear from you. Follow me on social media and don't be afraid to ley me know what you think.  Until next time, 



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