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Holiday Card '06 by dirktiede Holiday Card '06 by dirktiede
"I can't believe you talked me into this." - 12.18.2006

At this point, doing a holiday card has become tradition. After going minimalist for last year's card, I wanted to attempt a full-scale painting again, but keep the humor. Thus, Kate in a santa-girl costume.

Also, I changed my usual working style for this one. While I usually do all my coloring at high-resolution (600dpi+) so I can use aliased linework (which works best for me with my line art work), I decided I'd try working a 300dpi with anti-aliasing for a change. While I'm happy with the results, I found that working at the lower resolution was actually slower, since I had to account for all the blended edges, instead of being able to select solid shapes and run with it. Still, it was a worthwhile experiment.

Once again, I worked from photographs for the background. I painted directly over the picture, for a rotoscoped or paint-by-numbers feel, depending on how you look at it. So, yeah, that isn't just a photoshop filter. In retrospect, I wish I'd had the time to draw the people by hand, though. They look a little off.

One other thing I tried was to eliminate the use of outlines on Kate and Mike to further the painted feel. I'd say it's a guarded success. While it looks okay, I think my cartoon style isn't entirely condusive the full painted effect. It's just too simplified.

Overall, I'm very happy with how the piece turned out, though, especially considering it's only my second digital painting.

(You can read the comic here:
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Van-Dunkelschreiber Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
moonlight6666 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
cant wait for the next page dirk , ps :ur comic is awesome!
dirktiede Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Thanks. New page tomorrow.
moonlight6666 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
cant wait for the next page dirk , ps : ur comic is awesome!
4thtroika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Kate looks so adorable!
minimus-minor Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome. great work, dude. keep up the good work.
JustAnAmericanChick Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Aww, I love this!!! ^_^ The coloring is amazing, warm and Christmasy. I love the lighting- you nailed it! Specifically, I like how it hits Mike and Kate's faces softly not to overdone- and that little bucket thingie(I forget what it's called) has that lovely fluid sleek look. You never fail at your artwork!
Humble-Novice Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great artwork! The background is done amazingly here! :D
dirktiede Featured By Owner May 8, 2007
Thanks! It was the challenge I set for myself for this piece. I'd never done A.) a digital painting (rather than digital coloring) or B.) a night cityscape. The thing took almost a week. It was worth it.
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February 13, 2007
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