Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Yule Gifts

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Yule Gifts, a Hobbit parody comic by Amy Crook

Yule Gifts, a Hobbit parody comic by Amy Crook

Thorin has a beautifully-wrought golden lantern in the shape of an apple for his Burglar for Yule. Bilbo has made a very hobbity wreath of fresh evergreens for the King Under the Mountain.

They both have the cutest blushes from knowing that the other person thought of them for the winter holidays.

You can send this adorable holiday card and spread the yuletide cheer, just pick one up at my Etsy shop!

Yule Gifts, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper.

Yule Gifts hobbity holiday card by Amy Crook at Etsy

Yule Gifts hobbity holiday card by Amy Crook at Etsy

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Snowflakes

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Snowflakes, a Sherlock parody comic by Amy Crook

Snowflakes, a Sherlock parody comic by Amy Crook

John and Sherlock agreed to a festive winter evening making snowflakes. Unfortunately, they have very different ideas about how to go about that particular activity.

Whose do you think will win out?*

Snowflakes, 7″x5″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper. Get the cheerful holiday card on Etsy!

Snowflakes Sherlock holiday card by Amy Crook on Etsy

Snowflakes Sherlock holiday card by Amy Crook on Etsy

*I think they’ll do both, first Sherlock’s and then John’s.

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How Many Minions

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

How Many Minions, parody comic by Amy Crook

How Many Minions, parody comic by Amy Crook

How many Minions does it take? Who knows, these six haven’t even managed it yet, though the one on top is shining like a proper Christmas star, having lifted his whole tree of support off the ground below.

You can get these silly Minions on a card at my Etsy shop.

How Many Minions, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper.

How Many Minions holiday card by Amy Crook at Etsy

How Many Minions holiday card by Amy Crook at Etsy

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Holly the Organized Elf

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Holly the Organized Elf,  a comic commission for Beverly Army Williams by Amy Crook

Holly the Organized Elf, a comic commission
for Beverly Army Williams by Amy Crook

When Beverly approached me to draw her an Organized Elf, at first I had a totally different image in mind. But she sent me some great answers and with a little bit of googling, we got our mental images to match. Holly is the mascot for Beverly‘s excellent year-long Organized Elf Project, helping to keep you as organized as she is from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Peace, not perfectionism!

Holly was really fun for me to draw, because I had carte blanche to put whatever oddities seemed to fit in her holiday kit. So, I decided on one of those fabric-lined craft project baskets, on which we put a lovely silver monogrammed plate, and then stuffed it with knitting, wintery fabric, sewing accessories, and even an emergency snowflake template. Because every elf has snowflake emergencies, right?

Beverly sent me the sweetest testimonial, which she’s letting me share with you:

“If we had worked together in person, in the same room, it would have looked something like this:

Me (waving hands in air): I see an elf. An elegant, swank elf. She’s organized. And pretty.

Amy: Here are ten questions to help you get more specific. I want to create your vision.

Me (studiously answers questions): Like this?

Amy: wonderful! (sketches) Does she look like your Organized Elf?

Me: You are amazing. She’s even better than I imagined. (hugs Amy. Kisses sketch.)

The reality is that we worked via email. Still, the process was that easy—I made some big sweeping statements about the ideas I had, Amy asked specific, thought-provoking questions, and from my answers, she sketched, inked, and colored a beautiful illustration that really is beyond what I imagined.

Amy’s professionalism is unparalleled; she meets (well ahead of time) the deadlines she set, and she is straightforward about what to expect. I can’t wait for another reason to work with her!”

If you’d like an illustration of your very own, email me to get started!

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He Knows if You’ve Been Bad or Good

Friday, November 15th, 2013

He Knows if You've Been Bad or Good, a Sherlock parody comic by Amy Crook

He Knows if You’ve Been Bad or Good,
a Sherlock parody comic by Amy Crook

I’m still hard at writing with NaNoWriMo, but yesterday’s card demanded a companion.

Mycroft Holmes is Santa Claus. It makes perfect sense, in a creepy sort of way, he’s already got Minions to do the work and everything. I’m especially partial to the candy cane striped tie, an everyday acknowledgement of his very special secret role. Even more powerful than being the British Government, sort of!

He Knows if You’ve Been Bad or Good, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper. Buy this as a holiday card at my Etsy shop!

two Sherlock holiday cards and a spooky pen made of bone

two Sherlock holiday cards and a spooky pen made of bone

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Secret Santa

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Secret Santa, a Sherlock parody comic by Amy Crook

Secret Santa, a Sherlock parody comic by Amy Crook

Despite NaNoWriMo taking over my brain, the holiday cards continue to trickle out of my pens! This one ended up inspiring tomorrow’s comic, in the way that these things do.

It’s Christmas morning at 221B Baker Street, and John’s a bit mystified by the extra gifts that have appeared under the tree overnight from “Santa.” Sherlock is merely disgusted that Mycroft can’t seem to keep his fingers out of Sherlock’s life for one single holiday.

Secret Santa, 5″x7″ pen & ink and Copic marker on paper. Buy this as a holiday card at my Etsy shop!

two Sherlock holiday cards and a spooky pen made of bone

two Sherlock holiday cards and a spooky pen made of bone

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Red, Gold, and Green

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Red, Gold, and Green, watercolor still life by Amy Crook

Red, Gold, and Green, watercolor still life by Amy Crook

That’s right, I painted a still life. On purpose.

I wanted something for my personal holiday cards this year that was in the colors of the season but without too much of the seasonal hype, so I pulled out a few of my Pilot Petit fountain pens and then painted a quick still life. The original was for sale in November’s Floating Gallery, but I won’t be putting the cards for sale. You have to be on my holiday card list to get one.

Red, Gold, and Green, 6″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Red, Gold, and Green, detail, by Amy Crook

Red, Gold, and Green, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see a little close-up of the green and orange (only the pen body is really gold) pens. They have a plastic support behind each nib that’s colored to match the ink, and you can see the green one here, and a little sliver of the orange one in the background. Below, I’ve put it in a frame, with my phone and the not-gold pen in question (the color is called “apricot”).

Red, Gold, and Green, framed art by Amy Crook

Red, Gold, and Green, framed art by Amy Crook

If you don’t know what song this piece puts in my head, I can’t really help you.

And yes, I used Oxford commas in the title just for you.

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