This is a remake of a piece from 2013. I hope the Russian influence is not misunderstood. Obviously, I hate the war as much as everyone else.
Many thanks to Umbohr for feedback and HarveyDentMustDie for his invaluable edits. Greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Artificer! Glad you like the composition. To repeatedly do these vertical pieces (188x300) is a nice challenge. I think I unconsciously channelled some John Berkey Star Wars posters, at least in spirit.
Thanks, Morganne! I think they're big goats! Or just tiny children. I guess that's up to the viewer! And I agree, santa's pagan powers are obviously bad news.
Thanks again, Damian! Always happy if someone notices something I've uploaded. And I should probably go back and see what I missed in the recent wave of great new art.
The more vertical compositon works so much better for highlighting the figure and giving a more dynamic direction to the piece.
Hot dang, look at that improvement! and ARE THOSE LITTLE GOATS PULLING A SLEIGH? Adorable. I laways knew santa was a sketchy character, this just proves it.
This needs more attention. So good.
Thanks, Trigonomicon! I'm glad you describe them as subtle, as I was worried they'd be super obvious at first glance.
Thanks, bluexel! I don't think the stylized clouds of the first version would have worked here (huge messy bowl of spaghetti), although I do still like them a lot. I will probably do something similar one day.
I find that the horizontal frame is often better for storytelling than vertical, so it was a nice challenge to compress it into a vertical frame. This whole series is just vertical frames, and I find it challenging but fun.
I'm glad that the old one still has merit.
Thanks, Radiolarius! :)
Beautifull. I like how there's a few more subtle faces on the castle besides the main gate.
Both versions are cool, but I prefer the more stylized clouds of the first version, which
have the feel of a fairy tale illustration, and I think the pacing of the images is better,
but the second version is bolder in its use of colors and gives a visual impact that the
first version doesn't have.
You've developed a very distinct personal style. I like it:)
Beautiful colors! this is impressive!