I have always had a lot of admiration for illustrators that could simply draw something on an object, a wall or any other surface with ease, and without any 'mistake'. Last year, I forced myself into a project that would allow me to develop such a skill. I created this '5 Minute Face' portable booth, in which I create a portrait of the person sitting in front of me with an inked pen. Having a person in front of me, waiting for their face to be illustrated felt extremely uncomfortable at first but also really exciting at the same time because I was challenged to do great work. Since then, drawing people's faces doesn't stress me anymore and I feel quite confident doing so. Over the last year, I have attended multiple corporate events as well as weddings and I have illustrated over 500 faces! I don't think I am quite as good as I originally wished to be, but I am getting there, and this experience helped me improve my illustration skills by a lot.
This year, I was wondering what kind of cards I should be creating for my clients. I had this idea of creating a digital illustration of something whimsical. After spending some time sketching, I realized I wasn't thrilled about any of my sketches and just for fun, I started illustrating cards on blank card stock for my family and friends. Drawing for them is always fun because they know me well and whatever I come up with, they smile at the quirkiness of my drawings.
After drawing a dozen of cards, I realized that this was pretty fun. I actually liked the fact that none of my reindeers was the same on any card and I started adding some little characteristics to give each of them a little bit of personality. I kept creating family members for Rudolph thinking that my clients would probably appreciate this handmade card, since most of the ones that they will receive will be printed. Once more, I challenged myself with something I have never done before and I am pretty happy with the result!
I wish I had enough time to document the whole project and had digitalized all the different reindeers, but forcing myself into this helped once more building some confidence in my own work.
If you wish to receive or give a reindeer card, it is possible to purchase them in my Etsy shop.