Bill Peckmann &Comic Art &Illustration 24 Dec 2012 08:07 am

Christmas Cards

A Christmas Card

I’ve received a number of emails of collections of Christmas cards done by various artists. These are usually entertaining. However, I’ve found a number of my cards among quite a few of these groups, and I find that a bit awkward. I never quite sent them expecting they’d be published in any way, but I’m certainly going to roll with the punches. I’m not sure everything I post is designed to be published, either.

I did publish pages of a book which had posted one of my cards, and I did have some qualms about reposting those pages. Since one of them was mine, I figured that relieved any guilt I was feeling. So much art just wouldn’t be seen if it weren’t put on blogs like mine, so I justify it.

The image above came from an animated card I didn’t finish. It was a little dance Santa does as he eats an ice cream pop. It ends with a burst of snow spelling out the “Merry Christmas” message. I spent about . . . I don’t know. I spent a lot of time animating and coloring , and I still had about 15 seconds of art to finish it. But I missed the deadline. I would have had to kill myself and still probably miss getting it out ON Christmas Day. Absurd.

The real problem was that I hated the work that I’d done. It wasn’t something I was really proud of. There were too many distractions and I loved doing it on a day to day basis, but I’d forgotten to watch the big picture. Put it all together, and it didn’t need to go public. So, I apologize. No Christmas Card this year.

To all those that haven’t received anything from me, which means anyone reading this Splog, please accept my apologies and please, Have yourself a Merry and Big Christmas.

Artist’s Christmas Cards

- From Bill Peckman:

    Here are some Holiday and Christmas cheer cards from over the years, done by some of our favorite pen and brush men.

    First through the mail slot is Jack Davis.

(Click any image to enlarge.)



The following are Harvey Kurtzman‘s cards:








And now from the gifted hand of Arnold Roth.











A terrific threesome from Wally Tripp!




Thanks to Suzanne Wilson for these Christmas chuckles from Rowland Wilson.








4 Responses to “Christmas Cards”

  1. on 24 Dec 2012 at 1:43 pm 1.Eddie Fitzgerald said …

    Nice cards!!! Thanks a million for all the great posts this year. I’m always quoting things I read on this site and I can’t even imagine taking morning coffee without it.

    Have a great holiday and the happiest of New Years!

  2. on 24 Dec 2012 at 6:24 pm 2.Stephen Macquignon said …

    Merry Christmas Michael

  3. on 24 Dec 2012 at 6:46 pm 3.the Gee said …

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!

    Seeing how other artists–great artists–approach making cards is a joy to behold.

    Personally, I think every visual artist should and yet I’m still surprised that more may not make their own.

    I’ll echo what Eddie wrote, the splog is a daily treasure trove that is worth visiting.
    On many occasions, especially recently, I’ve found myself passing along links to others. What you, and others, like Bill Peckman and Steve Fisher, share here is inspiring. For that, I’m grateful and thankful.

    Best to you all and I’ll spare jumping ahead to next week with well-wishing. It’s certain that I’ll be checking the splog out between now and then.

  4. on 24 Dec 2012 at 7:12 pm 4.Michael said …

    Steve, Merry Christmas to you, and to you, Gee, too.

    Actually the same goes to everyone. I have no card this year, but dstill all the same warm wishes. I hope everyone has a great Christmas. I know I will.


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