Three things came together this year to form the genesis of my 2009 holiday cards:
- I feel poor (having just moved)
- I love monsters
- I’m stoked to get back into screenprinting
So, after discussions with PGOAT about the viability of the project (whether we had the collective enthusiasm to screen, cut, paint & mail them all) I jumped into the breach & drew up a small bestiary. Out of a bunch of ideas, some stolen directly from guys like the great Nate Wragg (man do I love his yetis), I narrowed it down to four designs.
PGOAT nixed the skeletal Rudolph, which I couldn’t argue against too vehemently, & we went with the remaining three. We burned the screen in the bathroom, pulled the prints in the living room & watercolored them on the kitchen table over the course of an afternoon while listening to DJ Riko Christmas mash-ups (a holiday tradition I’m slightly embarrassed by yet can’t quite give up yet). I wasn’t smart enough to snap pics of the process but here are a couple of the finished pieces.
Again, I was slow on the picture taking front & all the best cards were sealed in envelopes before I snapped these. Nevertheless, it was a blast & folks seemed to like them.
Only another year to go before I have to come up with another idea…will probably be more monsters.