Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ghosts of Christmas Cards Past - #2

I've always loved animal interlace patterns and the astounding Celtic gospel books ornamented in that style. Wiener dogs just naturally lend themselves to such a design. This is one of my personal favorites, because it comes the closest to being a successful combination of real Christian sentiment with the silliness of the dog designs. It seems like one ought to be able to be pious and have fun at the same time, but I found the combination very tricky to execute.Media for this design: gouache and digital manipulation.Walkin' in a Wiener animal dressed up in people clothes + St. Nick + tacky snow globes. What's not to like? This piece was truly mixed media. Paint, photography and Photoshoppery were all combined. This was the year I abandoned the attempts to combine secular and sacred. Wiener dog nutcracker - another of my favorites. This design was rendered in Prismacolor pencil.
Are you getting in the mood for Christmas 2010 yet?