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Monday, August 17, 2009

Santa

Just another experiment using a scanned pencil sketch and a pastel brush in Photoshop. It was a happy accident, but I discovered that the dissolve option actually makes the brush look even more grainy and "pastel-y".

9 comments:

Cara and Barry said...

Oh! I like this! A lot!

janae said...

Love him. I really like the whispy snow, it looks awesome!

ALYN said...

Santa comes to our house, the kids really love pretending.

But we don't try to trick them or play that it's REAL.

We also have tooth fairy, and house fairy. They know it's really us pretending. Easter Bunny not so much. Although we do hide eggs for each other.

Madi was 3 when she started asking how Santa fits down the chimney. And I answered.

We approach it as a fun way to pretend, and try not to spoil anyone else's tradition.

Sam said...

Yeah. I think that Santa Claus is fun, and I think it's magical and everything. What bothers me is when people lie to their kids (and keep their kids in the dark until they're 9 or 10) so that they can live out their own childhood fantasies through their kids. It especially bugs me since we parents should be teaching our kids about real truths and how to find them. And if we're tripping them up by essentially lying to them, where do our kids draw the line between what we tell them is real and isn't and what we tell them is real and really is?

I think we'll probably do Santa Claus as more of a "let's pretend" kind of a thing, too. That way, our kids can trust us when we tell them about things that really do matter. May sound a little eccentric, but that's my take.

Sam said...

Wow. I said "kids" about a billion times in that response, huh?

Paige Lunny said...

I love this drawing!! Absolutely amazing. I also like the pretending idea. Helps keep the magic of Christmas morning just a little bit longer. Bravo Samuel!

Anonymous said...

My Santa two cents would be that I never really mistrusted my parents after I learned that Santa wasn't real. I think that most kids enjoy believing and are okay with it once they figure it out and enjoy being in on the secret. Our rule is that Santa only brings presents to those who believe, so our 15 year old still believes...or at least she tells us she does...wink, wink. Somehow I imagined that your explanation was going to be that Janae had a traumatic experience when learning that Santa wasn't real because everyone else including Liam was let in on the secret before her. That would have been more fun than this whole teaching our kids truth thing...way too serious for me. :)

Derek

Seven said...

I like the piece and how whimsical it seems. Nice and simple!

ALYN said...

You sound related to Nathan in your Santa explanation, Sam.

I was mad that my parents didn't trust me with the Santa Secret...

And I've got a 6 year old who LOVES to pretend but seems to think the jolly fat guy has an unlimited budget..