Â Â Â I was commissioned by a family in Atlanta, GA to do their holiday card this year. Â Dr. Ando and her two children are so much fun to illustrate; especially, the ideas and requests that I was given by Dr. Ando were hilarious. Â Samurai, Japanese sword, Japanese fire gun, Kimono, but Christmasy yet traditional Japanesey New Year’s… Â Isn’t it fun!?
Â Â Â So, we wanted it to be very energetic, fun, and festive. Â I also wanted it to look like a cover of Japanese comic books. Â Here are the thumbnails.
Â Â Â She liked No.3, but her daughter didn’t like the idea of having her a weapon. Â That’s totally fine; I made her a cute little princess! Â So this is a very rough sketch now…Â
Â Â Â Then moving on to a drawing… Â This time, I did it simply by a pencil drawing. Â Why? Â I don’t know! haha.Â
Â Â Â So here is the final drawing.
Â Â Â Like always, Let’s dive into Photoshop.
Â Â Â After I laid the whole colour, it’s time to do gouache to paint shadows and highlights.
Â Â Â Something like that! Â And here is the final again.
Â Â Â It’s kinda weird to receive a holiday card that you illustrated for somebody, no? hahaha
But yes, it makes me happy coz she and her family love what they’ve got!! Â Yay us:)
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