I created a Christmas illustration for a competition. It is shown on a website, where the visitors have to click on the socks and Christmas cards, then solve a quiz to test their code breaking abilities.
If you fancy having a go yourself, go to https://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/ , click the Competitions tile, then play the Christmas cipher.
Tis the Christmas season again and the time when people spend too much on gifts, eat and drink too much, drape a thousand lights over their houses and put up their Christmas trees. I still enjoy Christmas (probably don’t get as excited as I did as when I was a wee girl) and how decorative towns, villages and shops are, especially at dusk – seeing the contrast of the brightly coloured, festive lights against the dark night background.
What appeals to me the most about Christmas are the vast ranges on display of greeting cards and gift wrap designs. There is so much choice and I have collected quite a few cards that people have given me over the years. I do tend to buy cards from the same stores mainly because I know that they will have the style of illustrations that I like. These include Paperchase and stores that sell designs by Hallmark. There are a few bespoke designs that I like too, which are sold in boutique shops.
This is a card that I bought from Waterstones. It has a real retro feel and the design is made up using bold shapes.
This card, which I think resembles a Christmas jumper, is very decorative.
This tag is really pretty. The snowman and robin characters are cute and I like the overall drawing style too.
A friend of mine gave me this card. She said that it reminded her of my sketchbook work. I just love the different scaled baubles and how some are outlined and others have patterned details.
This card design demonstrates a variety of textures, colours and looks fun. I love how there are lots of elements and even though there is detail, the overall composition works.
A trend that is popular at the moment is the Christmas jumper. In this design the jumper designs are all colourful and patterned, sitting on a plain white background. My favourite, and those to which my eyes are drawn, is the blue and white polka dotted jumper with the centred Christmas tree.
Other designs that caught my interest were on the www.printpattern.blogspot.com Here are just a few examples: