this is one of my few fav i did last yr. i personally feel like i cheated myself as well as all of you in my efforts to produce quality, and it saddens me. so far this yr i feel really good about what i have turned in...and soon i will be able to post them to show u what i mean. i want to apologize for my shortcomings.... its no secret that i can be lazy as well as a procrastinator and for this reason i have committed more time into each drawing. this piece was the start of it. i liked the feeling i had when this one was done.... i remember my youngin' days at topcow when i "LITERALLY" drew 40 diff thumb nail layouts for each of my first few covers...i was "that" anal about putting out the best idea i could.... and that passion has not shown through in last few yrs and im not proud to admit. best rest assured im letting my passion back out.... though the reward is great...i gotta tell ya..i remember now why i hated my life so much back then.... and the reason is cause i "hated" life on deadlines.... im cancelling gatherings and outings and staying in on fri and sat nights...which i NEVER do!!! i love my weekends with rum and friends..... con season also gets in the way of chill time.
n-e-ways.... google last yr's xmas cover and u'll see what i mean.... just thinking about how bad the drawing i turned in is... really pissed me off and thats when i made the decision to not do that again. one of the things i do when approaching a layout is thinking of elements in the subject matter. in this case, cookies, milk, lights, garland, elves presents....and NO tree!! and build around those ideas.
i think it can be sexy to see a hot chick in a clumsy mess.... like mud wrestling and such.... so i wrapped her up in lights and she decided to give up and let the men handle it while she enjoys a snack.
but my fav part was designing the elves... ive read comments that i have no range.... and all i do is hot chicks with blank expressions... its not fair cause its what im paid to do. but i love story telling and i had the chance here. we got the young unattractive horny guy desperate for her attention feeding her cookies in hopes he gets laid... grumpy old guy, frustrated that he has to pick up the slack.... suave young guy with the rug of love on his chest not needing her attention trying to save the day, while standing on her ass....and big nose shy guy watching in the corner hoping she notices his cute adorable side..... i had a lot of fun with the story telling... and lighting i dont get to do very often.
now old skool guys would say this composition is cluttered and it is...but new skool says color separates the cutter. i think the focus is still on the topless hot chick...and it is..so its all good.
some noticed the mistletoe in her crotch... and they said "good one eric...kiss my pussy" ....i didnt correct them...cause its actually a holly leaf.