Christmas wonderland theme designs

 

 

Well Halloween and bonfire night are officially out of the way and now it’s time to concentrate on the festive season!  Hurraahhh!!

Over the past six weeks, I’ve been drawing portraits for a commission and Halloween illustrations. It helps if I do lots of research when starting a new project, as I do tend to struggle for ideas. Christmas is so broad don’t you think? There are lots of directions you can go in when thinking about Christmas, such as Santa himself, reindeers, snowmen, baubles, robins and poinsettias. The list goes on!

To prepare myself for the ever so commercial season, I’ve decided to put together a moodboard, which will help me when creating a range of Christmas wonderland theme designs.

 

Images taken from Pinterest

 

As you can see from the moodboard, I’m drawn to traditional, pretty houses within forests, set in snowy scenes, amongst woodland creatures and people. I think it’s because I’m reminiscing and seeing my past with rose tinted spectacles. When I was younger, there were a few winters which were pretty bad, but I always remember them as being fun. The images also look pretty!

From these, I’ve produced a few sketches to get some layout ideas. Next, I’ll develop these into illustrations, adding colour based from my moodboard. The moodboard gives me a starting point and I may end up bringing in other colours as I go along.

Here are my first set of doodles. I used pencil and ink for these.

Christmas wonderland theme designs

 

I’m really looking forward to getting started on my Christmas wonderland theme designs and adding some colour. I’ll be using gouache, which is what I tend to work with, and I’m definitely thinking about buying an ipad, which I can use with Procreate. It should be interesting to see what new techniques I’ll come up with!

 

Do you work traditionally or do you mainly work digitally? If there are any handy tips you’d like to share, I’ll be very keen to know about them!

 

 

Emma Jayne x