Friday, April 27, 2012

All I Want for Christmas...

The other day I showed you one of my paper mache Santas who was holding a stocking with a black kitten in it. Santa had a surprised look on his face, and I'd explained that he'd probably been surprised by finding little Amy waiting under the Christmas tree for her kitten. Amy had whispered to Santa that all she wanted for Christmas was a black kitten.

On Christmas Eve, after her parents had gone to bed, Amy crept downstairs, and wrapped in her blanket, she waited under the Christmas tree. She didn't want to miss Santa's visit! Well, after about a half hour, Amy's eyelids got heavy. She fell fast asleep. Santa arrived a short time later to find her there.

Four or five years ago, I used to draw or paint ACEOs, ATCs, tiny pictures, whatever you want to call them, to sell on Ebay. I haven't drawn or painted any in quite a while. Today I decided to illustrate my Santa from the above mentioned post, along with Amy sleeping under the Christmas tree.



I sketched the picture onto a 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece of vellum bristol. Then I filled in the areas where I wanted color with thinned acrylic paint. After the paint dried, I re-sketched the entire picture right on top of the paint, adding more detail, with graphite pencil. I would have loved to do this final step with a very fine point technical pen, but mine dried up. I like the look of the graphite pencil sketch over the acrylic paint. Finally I added paint-on glitter all over the tree. The scan actually looks a little bit grainier than the original.

I hope you've enjoyed viewing my ACEO, ATC, or little picture. If you missed the original post about this Santa, you can see the sculpture that inspired this picture by clicking on the above photo.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for dropping by. I'd love to hear any comments you'd like to leave.

Later,
Maggie

11 comments:

The Bear's Blog said...

What a wonderful Santa.

Hugs

maddyrose said...

It's even better than I thought it would be. I can't imagine getting this much detail into something so small. You should start painting ACEOs or ATC or small paintings whatever they are again. You're great at this. Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs

Crystal said...

Maggie...this is so adorable. You are a fantastic artist and all fields!!! This would make a wonderful Christmas card!!! You should consider that :-)

brendathour said...

I love your aceo and the cute little story of the girl waiting for Santa sleeping by the tree!

Magic Love Crow said...

Maggie, start making more aceo's!!! You are so talented!!! This painting is priceless! WOW!!! I seriously mean that!! A+++ Are you selling it???

Cobblestone Creations said...

Is there anything you CAN'T do? So enchanting . . .

Lee Pierce said...

Love this little Christmas scene! Excellent work, Maggie :-)

Magic Love Crow said...

I think you should start selling before Christmas ;o) Just my thought ;o)

pinkglitterfae said...

Maggie this is awesome! I had no idea you did ACEOs! Well I shouldn't be surprised, art talent runs in your family :-)

Thanks for dropping by my blog, I feel bad for not being able to blog more regularly, but I swear, I mean to, it's just that I feel like I got nothing to say sometimes. And the green smoothie is not that bad haha!
xoxo
betty

Crystal said...

I love this aceo! :-)

Lisa said...

Such talent! I enjoyed this. I find it difficult to work in small scale. But I may try it again, sometime.

Have a great weekend Maggie,