Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Evolution of a Christmas Card

Hey guys...the wife (to be) has been hounding me to finish up the family Christmas card, so I finally finished it up tonight. Here's a mini evolution with the final. Merry Christmas!!






47 comments:

Schmiddy said...

You, truly are the king of Christmas cards... super super deadly ..plus, the S & D swirly ears are cool too..

Heath said...

Nice card Steve! Really nice shapes! Also really cool to see your process.

Pat Pakula said...

Great card Steve! Awesome designs. Love those sketches too.

ShigueS said...

Just awesome! Very nice process! I loved this aged look you gave. Did you used textures on photoshop to achieve this result? Congratulations and Merry Christmas too!

Miah Alcorn said...

You already know what I think man. The final turned out great and I especially like the paper texture you added. Subtle, but nice. Anyway I think your a big schmuk who's work is way too good. That's all I have to say about that. Peace!

steve said...

So good! Great card all around. Textures, characters, colors and posing are all top, top notch.

Best to you this holiday season,
Steve

Lindsay said...

I wish I were one of the lucky ones to get that in the mail!

craig said...

Great card Steve! Cool to see the process..and the little touches and textures you added to the final...Merry Christmas indeed!

Jorge Noujaim said...

Great card!! It reminds me that i need to do mine. great to see the process.

paublo said...

This card rocks man! I love the roughs.

Happy holidays!
Paul

Smook said...

Holy Hollyberries! Most excellent card, Steve! I do like the improvements to the cats in the final card!

Merry Christmas to you and to yours!

eric sturdevant said...

Great x-mas card! The little guitar playing kitty is hilarious.

Have a great Christmas!
Eric

St John Street said...

Awesome of you to do this.

Mukpuddy said...

Wow wee!!! This is awesome dude!!! Lovin the cats!!

rex said...

i love the cat with the guitar! great card, Steve!

Patrick Morgan said...

Really nice. Merry Christmas Steve.

Kyle Jones said...

Love it! Merry Christmas :)

Osgood McSonogram said...

Ooooo. Mistle my toe I digs it! And now that it's posted, you can save a wallet-load on printing and just send your loved ones a link to this blog instead. Smart, Mr. Lambe, smart.

Matt J said...

Sweet card man. The musical cat is the tops.

Dan Thompson said...

great card! I really like the subtle designs such as the scarves and how thin some of the line weight is in some areas. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

I just love this card! I think you captured us perfectly, especially the cats personality..lol. Thanks for taking the time to do this for me babe.

Love you,

Sue

ALBERT PARDO said...
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ALBERT PARDO said...

---WHAT CAN I SAY THAT HASN'T BEEN SAID??? OOO WELL, GREAT SHAPES & TEXTURES, VERY KOOL STEVE, THE FIXES MADE IT EVEN BETTER

---CYA, AL

Pete Oswald said...

Love the final color and texture!

Serapio Calm said...

Awesome draftmaship and thinking process! Thanks for showing the steps!

Mark McDonnell said...

Beautiful work man. Love the card.

MAC

Bruce Glidewell said...

Yo Steve, This is the best Christmas card ever. I love the thought you put into designing all the shapes, great textures, and I love the painted feel. Your cat rockin' out is awesome too. Wait, let me start over. You have a magnificent hiney, I mean I want to be friends with it. HA HA ! Thanks again for the shirt man. Everybody looks at it with envious eyes. Sarah and I wish you both a Merry Christmas.

PEPE said...

hilarious!! great attitudes!! dare i say MORE!!

Jay D Smith said...

great stuff! merry xmas!!

Doug said...

I concur with everybody else... awesome!

Rob Lilly said...

Beautifully done!!! Bravo dude!

Sumeet Surve said...

Nice card Steve. Love the humour u hav put into and the process to design it to its final look. Merry Christmas!!!

potato farm girl said...

Great Christmas spirit! That oddball musical cat is teh funny.

CountChadula said...

Hey Steve. Super amazing as always. Maybe a silly question, but where do you feel your particular style comes from? When I look at your work, it really zaps me back to... what?... the graphics of the fifties? Very muted colors, fuzzy whites, very clear reading graphics. It's so controlled, and yet loses not one tittle of spontaneity.
Thanks also for posting your process. You've done this a couple times in a couple places, and it never gets old. Everyone should be so cool.

Kevin Barber said...

Love this and DEMAND a Christmas card from you. The wife and i enjoyed talking to Sue and you at the party on Friday. We mostly enjoyed talking to Sue .(Great girl. Very nice.)

greg scherrer said...

Steve
This card is awesome! Your stuff is always inspiring for me. It was great meeting you the other day too, and thanks for the kind words on my blog. Now that I officially know you, I'm adding you to my links if that's okay. Have a good Christmas!

Don Dixon's Blog said...

Man you got the skills! A master of your craft, no doubt.

Don

Cedric said...

NIce job! Thanks also for posting the concept sketches. I always learn more when I get to see the process that led to the final result.

John T. Quinn 3rd said...

Hi Steve,
I think your skill with the drawing tools in flash is exceptional. I love flash but, hate those tools,
Your Dr. Evil animation looks traditional yet "flashy." Are you drawing and scanning the bits and composing in flash? Nice work.

Tan said...

I really really like this one!
Keep up the good work!

Seamoursheep.com said...

All the best wishes to you too, Steve! Here's my X-mas greeting for this year.

Steve Daye said...

Merry Christmas Steve! All the best!

Neato! said...

Your stuff looks great! Soooo well thought out. Hope to see at the next sketchbook ho-down!

Jeff said...

Great stuff Steve. Another awesome piece. Merry Christmas

Matt Cassan said...

Nice work Steve. I've been looking at your site for years. You're stuff is so SOLID. I love the card.

Keep on making more goodness!

Gerald said...

You da man, Lambey. Thanks for sharing your process from the bare bones to colors in Flash. Fantastico!

Dan Segarra said...

Great stuff Steve!