a sneak peek...

    Remember the time you waited until no one was around, crawled under the Christmas tree, peeled back the corner wrapping of your present and took a peek?  This is going to be something like that.

    Except that this time my agent Nicole (www.tugeau2.com) is fully aware and gives a wink and a nod.  I was asked to paint the image for this year’s agency holiday card.  Knowing I wanted to show a variety of animals and convey the hope and magic of the season, I sketched and rendered the following illustration.


    The next challenge was to produce spot art for the back of the card that played off the main illustration.  This is an entertaining part in creating narrative illustration...to give visual hints as to what may happen next. In this case, the subplot is easy to catch.  A gift is given, it is received...and the mouse soars.

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    So if you receive one of these holiday cards in the mail, just act surprised. How did we know ... it’s what you’ve always wanted!

    currently painting: 6 illustrations for May/June 09 Ladybug Magazine
    currently writing: short stories and poetry for a themed anthology

Happy Holidays!

Terri Murphy