I have been working on the design for this year's Christmas card. I decided to base it on a little sketch I made from a drawing I saw in a dream last week.
I was fascinated by my dream image and got it down on paper before I could forget, resulting in this odd, spontaneous drawing on a page of my notebook with ink stains which had bled through from the previous page. I incorporated the stains into the drawing. I found the result curious and delicate, and kept going back and looking at it. Then in that subconscious way of the creative process, I realised this was going to be the basis for my Christmas card.
It wasn't until I began playing with adding something in the sky I realised the buildings made me think of ancient Jerusalem, and that's why it was the choice image for my cards this year. The 'something' in the sky naturally became the Christmas star.
For reproduction purposes, the drawing needed to be tightened up and stylised, and the proportions to fit an A6 format; and because it's Christmas, it had free license to be decorative. I worked from prints of the original to get the angle of the leaning buildings right using a bolder, clearer line. Here's the result:
I want the image to be very small on an A6 card, so it will be reduced down considerably. Thanks to the clarity of the line the effect should be very detailed and delicate. I still love the softness and light, free touch of the dream original with its weird ink blots, but I am happy with this as a design for the cards.
Now to get them made up, here's a mock-up:
Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland