Illustration - Christmas cards

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They say that the best gifts are those that you make yourself, it is for this reason that this Christmas season I will show you my different ways to create Christmas cards, especially different tools so that with your imagination you can create what you want.

► Christmas Colors

This time of year is marked by the so characteristic Christmas colors, these colors are the ones that sprout from the plants of the time, so Christmas cards form their aesthetics in the shape of these colors.

I recommend checking the internet for references to various lustrations or palettes from this period. Normally, the colors that predominate most at Christmas are the range of reds, oranges, browns and greens, as well as pastels that are usually very versatile regardless of the season.

When choosing different shades, it is recommended to take them from the chromatic circle in one of the following two ways to ensure color harmony:

✱ ANALOG COLORS

Analogous colors are neighbors on the color wheel, which have a common hue. This situation is very frequent in nature, it may be the most frequent harmonious combination of colors.

✱ COMPLEMENTARY COLORS

The complementary colors are the opposite of a color, to achieve them we will have to draw a line that crosses the center of the circle until it meets the color that is on the other side.

Here are some Christmas color palettes that I will use in this tutorial for the aesthetics of the cards and I also hope that they can serve as a reference.

► Decorations

Now that we have an idea about the Christmas colors, it's time to make the decorative figures for the cards.

★ The first step for any type of decoration is to sketch the desired objects. Next, a few lineart figures that I will use for Christmas cards. It can be any figure, be it a reindeer, a Santa, bears or anything you imagine for Christmas.

I made the lineart of these figures in a vector layer because the functions of this tool allow me to modify the line.

★ The second universal step for any style of drawing is to place the basic colors. Afterwards, put the shadows, the details and finally the textures that you want to apply. To place the base colors, create a normal layer above the vector layer.

★ The third step would be to place the shadows, the figures do not have to be super detailed, because most Christmas cards are not; that touch of innocence and warmth are what characterizes them. My favorite brush that I use for any style and that never fails to give texture is a brush that comes by default in the program, the "Tempera".

★ As a fourth step, it's time to place the details of the figurines; eyes, mouths, folds, etc. This is done with any figure, more details can be added to it, it all depends on the desired level of realism.

The following GIF contains the complete process, I drew some darker folds of red on the bow; I put some eyes, buttons and sugar decorations on the cookie, on the sock just short and disorderly lines with the tempera brush and on the candy cane some extra lines.

✱ GINGER COOKIES

To give a cookie effect to any figure is very simple. First we duplicate the shape layer and place it below the original layer. Next, to the duplicated layer, we make the shape bigger, enough to leave a border all the way around the original shape.

Now you have to change the color of the duplicated and increased layer of each figure to an opaque brown, so it will begin to take the shape of a cookie.

And finally, I placed a plot to give the cookies texture. To do this, use an image material that comes by default in Clip Studio, particularly those in the "Color patterm" section, because these have a porous texture, ideal for representing the porosity of a cookie.

Drag the material onto the layer, position it above the layer where the opaque brown shapes are, and snap it to the layer below to constrain the pattern to just the area of the shape.

Now we have to change the color of the texture, for this we have to click on the blue box that is in the layer options.

A pop-up window will appear where we can choose a color, in this case brown.

This is the final result of the gingerbread cookies, as you can see, to the front part of the cookies I also added a pattern just like I did the previous one, but this time anchoring the material layer to the original shapes layer. Below a GIF with the complete process.

✱ CHRISTMAS TREES

These are just some ideas on how to draw Christmas trees easily and creatively. They are simplified forms of trees, for this you have to draw a triangle with three divisions in a curved shape on a layer. This layer will lower the opacity a bit.

To create three of these trees I just used the triangle, but to create the last tree, I used the "Symmetry Ruler" to make the branches look more even.

To create the trees simply draw inside the triangle as seen in the GIF below. When drawing them, I used the "G Pen" due to its pressure characteristics, if you draw softly the lines come out smooth and if you press hard, the lines widen their thickness, I also raised its stability to 45 so that the pulse when drawing the lines was stable without wobbling.

► Patterns

Another decoration that can be added to Christmas cards is patterns. They are easy to do. The first thing is to create a new canvas where we will draw the figures, all the figures we want in the pattern. To draw them I used the "G Pen" and "Meru Pen" for their characteristics of changing the thickness of the line when drawing according to pressure. The background has to be transparent, but to better orient you can generate a new layer below where you can place a base color, this layer does not matter because in the end it will be discarded.

It's your turn to order the figures. You can also fill in the empty spaces with little figurines, as seen in the GIF below.

The drawings are duplicated as required and with the transformation tool we can rotate or change the size of the shapes. Use this purple square to guide me into the square of the layer itself.

For the next step we will unify all the layers that have been created in the process of arranging the figures, unite them all. In the end there only has to be a single layer and that layer must be duplicated 4 more times.

Once the four copies have been created, we will make them invisible together with the original and the next thing will be to draw a cross on a new layer that covers the entire sheet and that is symmetrical, to achieve this you can use the rules.



When the cross is already produced, one of the copies should be made visible and using the transformation on that layer we are going to move it to quadrant one of the cross, reducing the size in such a way that that layer is coupled only in that quadrant. For better understanding, look at the following GIF carefully.

The same will be done with the other three copies, one in each quadrant.

Then, we will fill in the empty spaces that are in the outline of the sheet and those that are in the cross.

As a final step we will go to the upper options bar by clicking on Edit > Register Material > Image. At this point, the drawn patterns have to be all on the same layer.

The pop-up window will be the one of the material properties where we will put a name to the material and we will select the "Paste Operation" > Reason and we would choose the save location. This option makes it possible for the illustration to become an infinite pattern material to use in any circumstance, all you have to do is drag the material from where it has been saved to the layer where you want to use it.

The same procedure is required to be used for simple cyclic patterns. For this other pattern, use the "grid" feature with a box size of six.

Next, draw a diamond pattern made up of smaller diamonds with a couple of variations on the color composition.

The trick to getting the easiest pattern without having to duplicate the layer and fill in any remaining gaps is to make the top diamond half the same as the bottom diamond half. For that you have to cut out a rectangle from the rhombuses making each half match the color of the opposite half as seen in the image below.

The rest of the steps are the same as above, you have to go to Edit > Register Material > Image. Voila, a new pattern created.

► Typography

Another of the characteristics of Christmas cards are their beautiful messages made with different types of fonts. Clip Studio comes by default with a large number of fonts whose shape, size and color can be edited; what I will teach them to do will be letters with textures and multiple colors.


★ METHOD ONE

For this you have to place a text and duplicate it. Then the copy should be below the original layer. As a next step, it must be shifted up/down or to the sides depending on the focus you want to give it.

Now we change the color of the letter of the copy and the original to contrast. On the way, change the background to a nicer one.

★ METHOD TWO

For this other option you have to draw a decoration with several colors. I made the decoration in a layer below the letters, the layer of the letters has to have a low opacity so that when drawing the color shapes, I know where to place them.

For the next step you have to lower the letter layer below the color layer and raise the opacity.

Then, you have to "Snap to bottom layer" the colors layer.

★ METHOD THREE

This method is similar to the previous one, only now a texture is added. Like the previous one, we are going to draw some figures with colors below the letters. And then, you have to upload the colors layer and anchor it to the bottom layer.

The next thing is to unify the color layer with the lettering layer and then drag a texture from the materials to a layer above.

As in the previous textures we are going to change the color, for this we have to click on the blue box that is in the layer options.

Finally, I modulated the opacity of the layer to adjust the texture and that's it.

With these three methods you can make endless combinations for Christmas cards, such as using the diamond pattern to decorate the letters.

★ METHOD FOUR

The last way to decorate the letters, which is the simplest, but not for that reason deserves to be obvious, this is: draw shapes on the letters. As you can see in the illustration below, draw a few dots around the letters with the "Point G" brush.

► Aesthetics

Finally, it's time to unify all of the above in a single Christmas card.

★ DIMENSIONS

To begin the creation of these beautiful Christmas cards we have to establish the dimensions and characteristics. Because it is not a typical illustration, the size is smaller and an intermediate resolution. These features work for both printed and digital cards.

1 - The first thing is to create a new project to which we will change the unit from px to cm, this to make it easier to use the measurements, having as a reference the dimensions in centimeters of a sheet for printing.

2 - Afterwards, the basic canvas characteristics are modified as follows: width 14 cm, height 15 cm, with a resolution of 300.

These are only reference measurements that can be modified at your own discretion according to your needs.


★ COMPOSITION

The composition of a Christmas card is easy because it is based on a very simple concept; the message and the striking figures go in the center. On the periphery there can also be decorations that are in accordance with the harmony of the central message. To help balance the composition I recommend using the rule of thirds scheme. This rule says that where the rectangle delimited by the intercept points of the axes is located, the most important thing is drawn. In conclusion, the center.

To exemplify this little concept, here is this next card. I started by placing a background color and arranging the central figures. For the tree, use a triangle that you draw on another layer to use as a reference.

Once you have the basic structure you have to start placing the details, the first thing is to place the color to the letters and the foliage of the tree.

In another layer I added more details and figures to decorate the composition.

Place some small spots that I then blur with the "Gaussian Blur" function.

To each new figure that he added to the composition, he placed different textures to give them sight and volume.

Finally, draw the last ornaments and to give it light duplicate the stars layer to which I applied a Gaussian blur, also change the color of the stars to a lighter one.

For the next card I did the same process; I arranged the message in the center together with the larger figure and then I put the decorations, in this case the glitter and the lights. On one layer I made the Sketch of the deer, on another layer above it I filled the figure with solid colors without applying shadows, while on a new layer I drew the highlights above the antlers; in a layer behind I put a blue background and place some glitters that I drew previously, decorate the empty spaces with dots, stars and hearts. Finally, I placed the message in the center of the horns.

farewell

Christmas cards are so much fun to draw and it's even better when you give them to someone you love. So far with this Christmas TIP.

Well, nothing to say. Thanks for coming this far! ପ(๑•̀ुᴗ•̀ु)* ॣ৳৸ᵃᵑᵏ Ꮍ৹੫ᵎ *ॣ

Vibrate high!!! We don't see each other another time ( •⌄• ू ) ✧

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