Style: Wanted to learn how to paint with PhotoShop (as per artist/microscopist Vince Kamp and ImagineFX workflows (link); Credits: I acknowledge awesome critiques from my wife and daughter; their input was tremendous. It helps to produce art with a few crafty, artistic folks around (who are not afraid to tell you how to improve).
Here was the process of generating this year’s card:
1) Conception: The initial goal was to incorporate bears into a Holiday theme. This originated as tribute to our family vacation to the Shenandoah park (having encountered ~5 bears in 3 separate instances). The only conceivable way of including a bear was as a toy…so the vision of an angel cradling a teddy bear while nestled in pillows emerged…with a morning sun encroaching! Between sessions at the recent Society of Rheology convention in Cleveland, I doodled the first composition of a cherub holding a teddy bear.