Like for most people, December was a busy month. Next to my 'regular' job, which I did fulltime this month, it was time to create a Christmas illustration. And because I attended a ladiesnight event in Hekelingen, the Netherlands in November, I created a series of ornaments especially for Christmas.
And to finish off the year, I made a summary of my best nine 2018 Instagram posts. These are the posts that had the most likes. In short, I can finish off December with the thought that this was quite a creative month :-)
See you later Santa Christmas card
As I do each year, I took the time to create a Christmas themed illustration. We always use my annual illustration to create our own Christmas cards. And like in most cases, I let my color pencils lead the way. The result is a Christmas elf sitting on a caroussel polar bear. Her Christmas wrapping job is done, so now it's time for some relaxation, while Santa is on his way delivering presents to all the children in the world.
I created this illustration using Prismacolor pencils, markers and white acrylic paint. I must say that this has become one of my favorite working methods.
Next year I will create a special, limited edition series of Christmas cardsm which will be for sale. If you are interested, then keep an eye on my blog!
For a ladiesnight event in Hekelingen, which was a sort of market with mostly handmade products, I thought it would be nice to create a series of Christmas ornaments.
I had these wooden, heartshaped ornaments lying around for a very long time, which were screaming for a paint job. Next to that, I had a bunch of shell ornaments, and these would do with some paint too.
I painted all the ornaments using acrylic paint. I wanted the painting to match the style of the ornament. So I chose (mainly) woodland animals for the wooden ornaments, and a sea theme for the shell ornaments.
The woodland creatures were created with my characteristic big eyes. And because in my opinion Christmas needs sparkles, I added rhinestones to all the ornaments. Are you interested in buying one or more ornaments? Then pay a visit to my Etsy store.
The wooden ornaments resulted in two commissioned ornaments for a dear friend of mine. She requested me to create two symbolic ornaments for her two little girls. I chose the Chinese zodiac, which were the year of the Dog, and the year of the Goat. Both ornaments were well liked by the receivers.
Best nine 2018
One thing I always enjoy watching on Instagram, are the summaries of best liked posts. These weeks Instagram is flooded with the best nine 2018 posts. The thing I find most interesting to look at, are the best nine 2018 when it comes to popsurrealism.
How to determine your best nine 2018?
It's very simple. Just type 'best nine 2018' in Google, and you will immediately find a site that will analyze your Instagram account. It then creates a collage, depicting your best liked posts.
In 2017 my best nine collage was quite a mess, of this and that. This year I can see a basic theme throughout my artwork, and I'm reasonably satisfied with the look of my summary.
Which one of my illustrations is your favorite?
Soon most of these illustrations will be for sale in my Etsy store. Next to that, a limited series of postcards will become available in 2019. Are you looking for unique and original illustrations? Then you're in the right place!
And would you like to buy one of these prints, but are reluctant to spend a lot of money on them? In my Society 6 store you can order art prints of my illustrations. And right now they are for sale at a reduced rate because of the holidays!
Are you curious to what 2019 has in store for my artwork? I am too :-P
I recently started a collaboration with a good friend of mine, which we hope to expand in 2019. Read more about it in my next post! For now I would like to thank you for sticking with me, and following my blog. I wish you all the best for 2019!