I enjoy creating worlds, and drawing out all the intricate details. Illustration is an iterative process, and sometimes you stumble onto a new idea just by doodling. Such an occurrence took place today. I was inking an old Christmas illustration that I had sketched back in 2014:
I decided I didn’t really like the first elf in the picture. First of all, there’s a flaw in the proportions. His head is set too far down in his body. I started to redraw him and came up with this elf:
Right away, I like this character. He has a sort of stern Liam Neeson look, mixed in with a bit of Leonardo Da Vinci. If he’s the master elf, who is he in charge of? Perhaps I’ll come up with a few more characters and create a small coloring booklet of Santa’s Elves. It would also be neat to redesign Santa Claus himself, and the North Pole and his workshop. Give sort of a Lord of the Rings style design to the myth of Santa Claus.
Completed Illustration, updated 12/12/17:
I’ve pulled some more drawings that would fit this concept. I’m not sure if I’ll take time to develop it. Perhaps it will come together gradually, since I spent a few weeks each year drawing new Christmas Printables.
The above sketch was drawn in 2015. The two kids are clearly precursors to George and Tessa from my comic strip “Ergo” I hadn’t even come up with those characters back then. Interesting how the mind gradually develops ideas.
Above is a rather complete concept of a little reindeer I’m quite happy with. There’s a story brewing here, somewhere throughout these pieces.
Which of these sketches do you like the best? Please let me know in the comment section below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! – Tim