Hello! Here is an illustration of the ever so handsome O’Reagan family, designed for their Christmas card.
Man in uniform, a beautiful wife and adorable puppies – how could I say no to this project? The picture they sent me of their cavalier king charles to work from actually showed her wearing a sweater and drinking a Starbucks iced coffee.
I mean… I almost printed it out and framed it.
Anyway, this is just one of the many holiday projects that have been keeping me busy this season. I am starting to feel like an Elf! I wonder how the elves find time to shop for their own family’s presents? I don’t know when I’ll get a moment away from the workshop. Busy busy!
Here’s a sketch of Clara I created for a ballet school in my hometown to help them celebrate their 2012 production of The Nutcracker. Is anyone going to see the ballet?
I am dying to go, I say this every year, and then I never do it. I think subconsciously I have a block against it because I know that it wont be MY version of the Nutcracker and I’ll be disappointed.
Growing up as a ballerina meant that The Nutcracker outranked Christmas and my birthday combined. I lived for it. LIVED FOR IT. It was the single most important part of the year, and finding out what role I was cast in was essentially how I evaluated my entire existence and progress as a human being.
I guess, I was a little bit unhealthily obsessed. I owned multiple books and videos all documenting various versions of the ballet and I would pour over them again and again trying to distinguish all the discrepancies that made each story a little different. No version will ever be as perfect as the one I grew up dancing. I could probably still act the entire thing out for you right now if you put the soundtrack on.
So this one goes out to all you Claras out there. We’re the ones who really know what Christmas is about – magic and wonder.
December, at last. Can you believe another year is winding down? Time to change the calendar one last time for 2012 and maybe take this opportunity to also order your 2013 calendar! They’re flying off the shelf, hurry and get yours too!
Here is my newest illustration for the Layla Grayce blog “The Back Room”
This month I’m thinking about party dresses because everyone and their brother is having a holiday party. Visit the blog to read about my inspiration behind the post!