Wintery Christmas cards

Drawing of snowy owl in winter landscape

Happy holidays! πŸŽ„ These drawings might not be all that Christmas-y but I didn’t mean to either. I wanted to do something more generally winter themed. For the past few years, I’ve made bullfinches and yule goats for Christmas so this time I went for a snowy owl and a lynx.

I made these to send as Christmas cards to some Internet friends (Adastra and Kya to be precise) this year, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. :)

Mediums:

  • Ink pens
  • Coloured pencils
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Games Workshop Warhammer paint (raided boyfriend’s stash)
  • Glitter nailpolish (yes, really)

The idea was to make a detailed animal with a sort of grungey unfocused background.

Started with watercolour pencils that I brushed with water, and then used coloured pencils over for more precise colouring. To increase the whiteness and “feel” of the snow I used some waterbased model paint. Don’t know if that’s the best way, but eh, it worked out ok.

You can’t tell from the photos, but the foreground snow and the animal’s eyes are slightly glittering. Did that with a thin coat of shimmery nail polish. Again, I don’t know if that’s the best way, but it looked nice when I did it. :P

Drawing of lynx in winter landscape

Drawing of lynx in winter landscape
Lynx drawing folded as a card
Drawing of snowy owl in winter landscape
Close up of the snowy owl

I’ve celebrated Christmas with my dad and step-mum this year. It was just them and Markus and I, so it was a calm and quiet Christmas. We don’t even buy each other gifts (Officially. Somehow the car is always loaded with stuff after visiting. Mostly food ;) ) so it was super relaxed. We ate food and watched movies, which was a nice.

Hope you all had a nice Christmas (or whatever) and will have a very happy new year! :D

Comments

  1. December 27, 2017

    I already said this on Instagram, but these are so beautiful! The animals are so life like and I think the mist turned out really well as well. Your friends are very lucky beings (and me soon, too)! :D

    • December 28, 2017

      Hehe, thanks again! ☺ I’ll send you something misty soon (not sure about the mist actually, we’ll see what comes out)!! 😁

      • December 31, 2017

        Haha, I really don’t care about mist or not, just go with something you enjoy! :)

        PS Still thinking about a suitable animal, aargh!

  2. December 28, 2017

    A relaxing Christmas is the best Christmas! It’s nice to be able to just spend the holidays with your family :) Your drawings are really nice! The use of glittery nail polish is also really smart and economical! The eyes look great.

  3. December 29, 2017

    I absolutely, positively (all the words) LOVE the owl card you sent to me. I don’t think I could ever thank you enough. I am still looking for the perfect frame and hope to have it secured soon. :D

  4. January 1, 2018

    Oh my goodness, these are spectacular! :D Your art has always been some of my favorite, to be honest. I love your style, and these cards are perfect! :3 Happy Yule, as well! <3

  5. January 1, 2018

    Wow, those look beautiful! I love the look of the different mediums together, so it was interesting to read how you did them. They turned out great that way!

    That’s also great that you had a relaxed Christmas! That sounds better than some of the stress that people deal with during the holidays, haha. Happy New Year!

  6. January 2, 2018

    OMG, Those drawings are absolutely gorgeous, and I know that anyone who received one will treasure them forever. Or am I the only weirdo that saves cards, letters, etc. until they disintegrate into nothingness? Anyhow, thanks for bringing a bright spot into a cold, wintry day.

  7. January 3, 2018

    Oh wow, those look amazing! It’s really interesting to hear about the different techniques you used, too. Happy belated new year!

  8. January 4, 2018

    Gorgeous cards!

  9. March 10, 2018

    I found myself peering at the screen to see the sparkly effect, but actually, I feel like when I saw you post this on Instagram I could see it clearer, lol! ✨ I used to create my own cards for Christmas, and I used different types of material/paper/cardboard to create really basic cards. Cards with a handmade touch are always nice to receive πŸ™‚

  10. April 30, 2018

    Wow those are beautiful! I wish I had talent to do something like that. It’s such a nice personal touch.