Sunday, December 13, 2009

SantaTaur Little Golden Book Cover

It's the beloved children's Christmas classic!

What child doesn't love the story of SantaTaur? Yes, it's SantaTaur, who genetically combined himself with one of his flying reindeer, so that he could fly around the world faster and more efficiently, firing off gifts to good little girls and boys with his Enchanted Gift Bazooka.

Hole-lee crap, but this one gave me trouble. Did you ever have an image in your mind that you just can't seem to get down on paper (or in this case, on the screen)? I went through at least 10 versions of SantaTaur before I finally found one I could live with.

Then right as I was getting ready to add color, I thought, "Hey, it would be fun to make it a Little Golden Book cover. Yeah, it would be fun, but it was also another 4 or 5 hours of work! I guess it was worth it.

The title was hand drawn, based loosely on a real font. Not crazy about the "town" in the lower left corner. It looks more like Superman's Fortress of Solitude, but it'll have to do for now.

Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.

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