Christmas is coming up quick, so I thought I’d share this year’s batch of Christmas cartoons. Grab some cocoa and enjoy:
I don’t know a lot about Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, so I’m a little uncomfortable writing cartoons for them. For that matter I also avoid the religious aspects of Christmas, preferring to stick mostly to Santa, etc… But every year I do try to offer at least one winter-themed cartoon to round things out a bit more, and I’m really happy with this one.
I worried that it might be a bit subtle, so I gave the Dad snowman four buttons instead of three to drive the point home. Seriously, this is something I think about.
This is one of those Christmas cartoons that needed a little help. The joke was always there, but when I was shading I noticed that I’d drawn the leg the boy is sitting one much smaller than the other. Honestly, Santa looked like a pirate or maybe something out of an old Twilight Zone episode. (The boy gets his wish but is then horribly and ironically disfigured!) Anyway, it was Photoshop to the rescue and Christmas was saved!
This one took the most most effort of this year’s batch of Christmas cartoons. Firstly, it’s a really long caption that I had a lot of trouble nailing down. So the number of words written, then rewritten, then revised, then thrown out completely and restarted was absurd. Secondly, drawing all those little Christmas tree branches and needles and lights… Ugh! And it didn’t come out right until about the third ink. Then it was on to shading which meant testing all kinds of brushes and patterns and opacities to get the tree just right. Finally I showed it all to my wife and she didn’t get it. Did! Not! Get! It! But after a few more rewrites I think it ended up pretty good. Mostly I’m just glad it’s done. (Bah! Humbug!)
When I get stuck for a caption I like to take the subject I’m working on and put it in a banal business setting to see what happens. So you put some overworked elves, that burning empty carafe smell, substitute cocoa for coffee and you’ve got yourself a cartoon!
There are a lot of more straightforward ways to write this caption:
And normally I advocate for trimming captions as much as possible, but for whatever reason this cartoon felt like it needed a longer caption.
OK, the aforementioned tree cartoon probably took the longest of this year’s Christmas cartoons to draw, but this cartoon took the most time to conceive visually. It’s a very specific caption as far as the ornament goes, so you can’t really fudge the art. I spent quite a bit of time in Google images researching DIY yarn decorations, mouse shaped ornaments, and how yarn looks close up. All in all I think it turned out well and I think it rings true.
So that’s it for this year’s batch. Looking for more? Head on over to the main site and check out the rest of my Christmas cartoons!
And here’s some other Christmas blogs you might like:
Over my many years of blogging I’ve posted plenty of Christmas cartoon & comic related material. Here’s a bunch of my favorites in no particular order to keep you busy until tomorrow. Enjoy:
Batman Christmas Record Audio! (Give a moment to load)
Wonder Woman Christmas Record Audio! (Give a moment to load)
Superman Christmas Record Audio! (Give a moment to load)
BONUS! – LEGO Robot Santa
Christmas is just about here and I’m sure Santa’s elves are efficiently cranking out the last of the toys. Still, I’m sure Santa wouldn’t mind a few more, so this month we’re going to draw a cartoon elf! Follow the 12 easy steps and you’ll soon have your own happy Christmas elf!
When you’re finished, feel free to tweet, pin, email or otherwise share a pic of your cartoon turkey with me and I’ll post it over at Pinterest! And if you’d like to grab the tutorial and post it on your own blog or website, you’re more than welcome to. (A link back would be appreciated.) Enjoy:
Easy, right? You should try out my other how-to-draw tutorials too:
Feel free to check out my Christmas cartoons too!
Ho-ho-whoa! All the reindeer can relax, Santa’s got himself a giant robot to deliver toys this year!
I hope you’ve been good, because if not…
But if you’re good…
Oh my, that’s not really better, is it?
Here’s a few more action shots of this big poseable LEGO mech:
You can move the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, waist, hips, knees, and ankles. Here’s a look behind:
He’s got all the toys nestled safely between the rockets there. And here’s Santa in the cockpit:
One last thing… Elves, when you’re shining up the mech, please please be careful…
You can see all the pics in large, big, and super huge giant over at Flickr.
Check out my Robot Santa from a few years ago too!
‘Tis the season, so to get you in the mood, here’s some new Christmas cartoons!
Every year I watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and every year I think “just watching those kids dance makes my back and neck hurt.” So I finally addressed it.
Can I say too that trying to draw in Schulz’s style without out and out copying him is deceptively difficult? (Also, see if you can find the little Easter Egg I put in there.)
As Christmas cartoons go, this is pretty good. But it’s also not a bad idea if you’ve got low ceilings and short family members.
This is one of those cartoons where it’s better not to think too deeply about it. Where would a miniskirt go on a tree? Does it go higher up the trunk so you can see more of the stand? Do older trees cluck their tongues in disapproval?
See, too much thought.
I always try to throw in some more wintery cartoons for people that don’t observe Christmas, so I do snowmen. But Bill Watterson set the snowman cartoon bar so high that it’s always a real challenge.
Fireplace stockings is another of the standard Christmas cartoons, and another tough nut to crack. (Note to self – buy nutcracker.) But if you can come up with something new and interesting it’s really satisfying.
When you’re doing a mall Santa cartoon, that’d better be a fairly good joke, because you’re going to have to draw a lot to pull it off. People in line, trees, elves, etc…
I like the idea that this kid is suspicious of Santa. Probably watching too much TV. Or not enough.
You just know this is coming. And someone’s probably trademarking it as we speak. I think you go the other way with “Ho-ho-ho-ho!” Make people feel like they’re getting a little added value around the holidays.
Hope you enjoyed those! Feel free to check out all of my other Christmas cartoons too. And happy holidays, everyone!