How a new illustration comes to life…!

Let it snow

“Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

It doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I’ve bought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

When we finally kiss good night
How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
But if you’ll really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm

The fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still goodbying
But as long as you love me so
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Well, we haven’t seen any snow in this part of the world yet, but instead we’re having a big storm roaring bringing lot’s of rain and strong winds. And on days like this what is better than sitting indoors by the fire place (preferably) and reading a book, wrapped in a warm blanket to make you feel all snug and warm. Or, you can spend time with your favorite hobby, like I tend to do during most of my free time, well I might add that I tend to have the usual housework out of the way first before I can completely chill.

It’s the fifth of December already and I am feeling the Christmas spirit entering this house, slowly but surely. Tomorrow the Christmas decorations are going to be brought down from the attic [by my husband of course] we usually make a nice family event of decorating the tree and putting up all the snowmen, Santa’s and everything else that makes the house looks comfy and Christmassy again. Most of you have probably gathered that I am a big fan of Christmas, and it’s just that there are certain things you just do once a year. And to stick to those traditions is important, I think, it does not have to be so complicated but instead you can simplify a lot of things. And to make the house “ready” for Christmas is one of the important and big event in our house. I am quite curious though, how our newest family member will react having this big green thingy put up, and the humans hang all sorts of things in it?? But she [Dotty] has already gotten her Christmas jumper, she and her best buddy has gotten the same matching jumpers, they’re so cute.

In one of my previous posts, I posted a famous Swedish christmas poem “Tomten” by Viktor Rydberg. Well, I have got the book and here it is:

The illustrations are fantastic too, and they bring back memories to my own childhood, and the christmas’s that we had. Each picture in this book is beautifully done, and you get that warm and cosy feeling just by looking at them. This to me is Christmas, seeing those old pictures illustrating beautiful landscape covered in a layer of snow, birds sitting on the branches, foxes on the fields and every now and then you could see a deer or two. Growing up on the countryside had it’s advantages, you get to appreciate what you have nearby.

And I believe that my view of Christmas is shining through via my illustrations, I try to stick to the old and traditional, and every now and again there is a new little character popping up. So, last night when I sat down and drew up this illustration, I had the empty sheet of paper in front of me and was thinking – “what do I want to put down on this one?” I had a vague idea what i wanted to make of it, I wanted to have a fence in there and some trees, but the rest was not really clear. So I started to draw the fencing, and then I put the owl on one of the posts, and then the sleeping rabbit on the fence [thought that was a cute and funny thing], then the second rabbit was added sort of popping up. Then I thought I have to have a snowman in there for sure, so there he was.

I gave him something to hold on to, and that’s how the bird house got there, and on top I added my old blue bird that is present in some of my illustrations. I tend to use the same characters but in different settings. And for the sake of Christmas I added in the reindeer with the red nose [giggles] and for a change I added in the Santa riding on his sleigh with his reindeer’s. It’s the first time I have created something like that, was a bit tricky with the reindeer’s sort of running in the air.

IMG_0158While I am working on a picture my work space can look quite messy, but I love having enough space to work. So, this new picture I call it “Santa’s helpers”, I thought it was quite suitable.

What to do next? Well, it usually comes to me, my pencils usually don’t lay there untouched for too long. However, I prefer to be in the right mood if I should illustrate and draw. Sometimes I can get a notion from seeing or hearing something and ca-ching!! there the image is in my head. That is usually how i get the inspiration for my illustrations. Then I usually think about it for maybe one or two days, before I sit down at the drawing board and start working away. At other occasions I get this image and simply have to sit down straight away, it’s like there is an urge to create at that particular moment.

And today I will end with this quote:

“A lot of people forget how important it is to be creative. We get caught up in getting ahead and in day-to-day minutiae. But creativity is a fundamental mode of expression, as is being tenacious and standing by your own convictions and passions, even if it’s not the ‘popular’ choice.”

Tabatha Coffey 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “How a new illustration comes to life…!

  1. Dearest Eva,
    That’s what I admire in you most that you dare to be YOU! Very unique and very pure and only that way you get to know the TRUE person. Not a copy of things around him/her but the depth of a person’s soul with his/her dreams and passions like you wrote.
    It is daring for not trying to fit the mold by just being popular. I never tried that and I’ve also learned that a lot more people think that way and in the end it pays off big time!
    Love your newest work and there certainly will follow more like this.
    Sending you warm hugs and blessings for this cozy season.
    Mariette

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    1. I think that to be yourself always pays out, I wouldn’t do it any other way. If you put up a fake facade people would see through it I believe, I prefer to do things my way. I am happy to have found my passion in life

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