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2015 Christmas Card

By December 18, 2015July 21st, 2018Adobe Mobile App, Photoshop, Tutorial

2015 Christmas Card

We thought about using last year’s Christmas family portrait for this year’s Christmas Card, but that just wasn’t unique enough.

I know that I should draw more. It comes up during every self-reflection. For this reason I decided to illustrate our family portrait, thinking that it would be pretty simple.

family line art illustration

I started the project on my iPad with Adobe Draw, where I traced the outline of our shapes.

color Draw

Still using Draw, I filled in some color block shapes.

rough sketch detail

I thought this part would be so easy, because after all I was just tracing a photo. After spending too many hours working on my iPad, I just wasn’t happy. Mr. Jackson thought he looked like a fat Mr. Miyagi. Family can be tough customers.

I decided to jump over to my desktop applications where I am much more comfortable working. The Adobe Creative Cloud makes this part so easy. WIth a simple tap on the screen, like magic my Illustration opened in Adobe Illustrator on my desktop.

Background Line Art

I drew some background doodle graphics with Illustrator’s blob brush.

Lights Line Art

Holly line art

I drew some lights and holly to put on top of our portrait. I only drew three different leaves, which I duplicated and skewed for variety. I’m not sure I have the patience any more to draw each shape individually.

Finish Detail

Each of the individual illustrations were then brought into Photoshop where I applied the color using all my favorite Photoshop techniques, including color fills, glow effects, drop shadows, and custom brush textures.





I cleaned up the line illustration for each of us, and created a much more detailed painting in Photoshop, including freckles. I just couldn’t help myself. I think it’s both a lack of skill and a personality trait that makes me fuss over the details.

It’s time to embrace who I am and just let it be.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.