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Pearce Family Holiday Drawings: Christmas 2013

Posted in illustration with tags , , , , on December 1, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


For the past few years, I’ve been drawing our family’s Christmas cards. It’s been a fun way to contribute to the holiday. Last year’s card was a riff on A Charlie Brown Christmas and we did A Christmas Story in 2011. This year, we went for a somewhat more traditional approach.

I hired Madeleine Witt to color this year’s comic and man, she outdid herself. You should all definitely go over and check out her blog; it’s as awesome as this GIF she made of the drawing!


Pearce Family Holiday Drawings: Halloween 2013

Posted in illustration with tags , , , , , on October 7, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


Every year, as is my tradition, I draw a Halloween themed picture of my family to use as my catch-all picture on social networking sites. This year, I had a go at The Addams Family. I’ve become quite a fan of Charles Addams’ macabre one-panel contributions to The New Yorker but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my first exposure to the Addams’ clan was the big-budget early 1990’s film staring Raul Julia and Angelica Huston.

I have a second version of this drawing I colored based on the Hanna Barbara cartoon which had a more vibrant palate than the black and white strips. I’ve got that one behind the cut but I much prefer my black and white pass at this sketch.

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pearce “family” holiday drawings: festivus 2012

Posted in illustration with tags , , , on December 5, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

My friend Joe and his wife Jody have a party every December themed toward the classic Seinfeld episode “The Strike” or more specifically, Frank Costanza’s made-up holiday Festivus. I volunteered my services in creating the unofficial invitation this year and I decided to keep in step with our Christmas card I had just recently drawn.

As it stands, I’m afraid this one came out quite a bit better! I mimicked the colors from the stage at the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas and I think the softer pink and purple tones make the entire illustration more appealing.

pearce family holiday drawings: christmas 2012

Posted in illustration with tags , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Last year, we had a lot of fun making up our own Christmas cards for the family based on the movie A Christmas Story. We decided to do the same thing this year, but with different yuletide inspiration. I had “After Schulz” written at the bottom of the drawing but it was scissored off during the edit process. I hope the inspiration is plain to see.

pearce family holiday drawings: halloween 2012

Posted in illustration with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

For the past few years, I’ve taken some time out of my comic schedule to celebrate Halloween by drawing a picture of Ellen and I with the kids in some kind of Halloween motif. I also color the thing, something that’s not entirely my forte, but I give it a shot.

Two years ago, I drew us as Ghostbusters. Last year, I went the Universal movie monster route. This year, I decided to stick with the monsters but go a little modern.

Ellen is Freddy Krueger, I’m Jason Voorhees, Elliot is Chuckie from Child’s Play, and Henry is Jigsaw from the Saw series of films.

There are things I really like about this drawing, I guess. Ellen’s in a fun, dynamic pose. I always feel like she gets the short end of the stick in these holiday drawings, so that’s a nice thing. Beyond that however… I don’t know. I’m not as happy with this years’ drawing as I have been for past Halloweens. I guess the “monsters” the kids are just don’t pop the same way they have in the last two drawings.

Of course, I’m over thinking this a whole lot. I’m aware.

pearce family holiday drawings: you’ll shoot your eye out!

Posted in sketchbook with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Here’s this year’s Pearce family holiday drawing; you may like to click here and see the drawings from years’ past. This year, I’m paying homage to the 1984 classic A Christmas Story. The fun thing about this sketch is that Ellen and I turned it into our Christmas card this year!

We quibbled over the text inside the card. I wanted to use the original tag line from the movie and have it read, “Hope you have an Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas!”

Ellen balked at that… and she was probably right to. Not many Christmas cards use the words “blood” and “fist” in any form, and the tagline for the movie isn’t universally known. It was probably too “inside baseball” for our purposes. Instead we went with a more friendly “Hope your Christmas Story this year is terrific!”

If you’re on the list, you’ll be getting one of these in the next few weeks!

pearce family holiday drawings: halloween 2011

Posted in sketchbook with tags , , , , , , , on October 6, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Every year around this time, I draw a Halloween-themed picture of our family. Last year, I did us as Ghostbusters. This year, I went the classic movie monster route:

I was sorely tempted to do us as The Addams Family and draw Elliot as Wednesday, given his propensity for “spinner shirts” but I relented at the last second. I’m fairly happy with the drawing, save for Henry who I think looks a lot older than his almost-2 years.

Here’s the drawing done in black, white, and grays, going for more of a Universal Monster look.

Ultimately, I let Ellen choose which drawing I’d post on social networking sites and the like. She went with color and that’s probably the best call.