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Merry Christmas 2021!

Dec 25, 2021

Another year is almost over... and Covid is still here! I decided not to put any PPE on Santa this year and went a little more graphic to keep it light-hearted. My approach was fairly straight forward, and of course I used the computer to help put it together quickly. The first step was a quick pencil drawing on 8.5" x 11" card stock. Step 2, I scanned in the pencil drawing, evened out the values to a consistent tone, dropped the opacity to 40%, then printed the image onto card stock. I actually printed out two copies, just in case (which always takes away the stress associated with messing up with a blob of ink or bad decisions). I inked up the print with a sharpie, and scanned it again for colouring.

You'll see that I've changed the final version, removing the spaces from around the soul patch (it was too distracting). I used Krita to do the colouring: by adding a layer beneath the inked scan, quickly painting it up with my drawing tablet.

The final step was to export the painted image, rotate it and set up a layout for my 5"x7" cards. My background is mainly in web based design, so I tend to forget there is such a thing a CMYK colour space. As a result of this oversite, I had to make a few changes due to the difference between RGB and CMYK colour space. I printed out my finals, dropped in some greetings and took a walk down to the local post office. And that is that. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!


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