my christmas tradition

Tikki is struck by modern times and learns that sweets can, indeed, make up every meal.

It’s April. The holidays have been over for almost four months. My mind lives unbound by the sands of time. I was hit by this at like 7 in the morning.

Artwork ©: alazic02

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Linework of Lock, Shock and Barrel is finished!  There are a few little things I may have liked to have added/tweaked, but it’s too late now and on the whole I’m pretty pleased with this.  It certainly was fun, and that’s the important part!
See the colored version HERE!
This was done with Copic multiliners, sizes 0.3, 0.1, 0.05 and 0.03 on 11 x 14 inch smooth Bristol board.  A few minor mistakes were removed with Photoshop.


Well, this is going to be a reeeeally long post… so, be prepared.
I’ve always loved Christmas: I love buying presents for my friends, love the shiny lights down the streets, the atmosphere, the ritual of decorating the Christmas tree and making the nativity scene (I used to  do that with my sister when we were living at my parent’s house), the fact that I can stay with all my family (and my doggy of course) and just enjoy the time together and have long conversation with my cousins or my grandma.

I’ve had a beautiful childhood and I decided to put some of my memories in this drawing.
It’s a little present for all of you, for your tireless support, for your kind words in chat or asks. I’m grateful for this full year, even if it has been a bit difficult and, sometimes, I was really scared.
I want to thank all the tumblr community and wish you all the happiness in the world.

If you are interested there’s an “explanation” of the drawing under the “read more” line, useful for those who aren’t Italian and want to know more about some of our Christmas food and traditions.

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Lock, Shock and Barrel being naughty little children, finally finished!! (Though now that I’m looking at it on a screen I think maybe I should make the bear trap darker…)
This one was a pain in my butt from start to finish, but I’m really pleased with how it eventually turned out. The background is an experiment for me in not outlining everything in black ink in an attempt to make the kids stand out more, and I like how it looks.
Copic marker and multiliner and mechanical pencil on 9 x 12" paper.