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December 26, 2019

Subway Christmas

'subway christmas'
This week's Thursday Art Date With Rain prompt is 'Merry Christmas.' I don't actually celebrate Christmas but I do like the holiday spirit during this time so I usually send out a few holiday cards but that's the extend of my celebrating.

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Since the prompt is 'Merry Christmas,' I thought to redo this piece that I think fits the theme. (I often redo a lot of my art works because I'm not always satisfied with the result.) If you have been following me, you might have seen this piece before. I may have also used this for one of my Christmas cards back when I print my own cards. This is a new version with bolder and darker colors and I may have redrawn a few bits here and there. This is hand-drawn, scanned into the computer and then is digitally colored.

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22 comments:

  1. Lissa,

    Cute drawing! The girl with her hair done up like a tree is especially nice touch! Definitely a festive piece of art. Happy holidays to you and may 2020 hold many good promises of health, happiness, and good fortune. :)

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    1. @Cathy Kennedy: I hope you have a great new year as well.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  2. Beautiful Artwork, Lissa. Thanks for your comment on my blog, Valerie

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    1. @Valerie-Jael: Thanks for stopping by here as well.

      Have a lovely day.

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  3. I am always awed at and love your art. And smiled at Christmas Tree woman engaged with a book.

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    1. @Elephant's Child: I like that she is reading and not caring what people think. Honestly, if I see someone with that hair on the subway, I would enjoy the view and then move on.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  4. I have not seen this before and am delighted to see it now. Your Lady is beautiful and love the hair do :) I often sketch a picture, scan it then paint on line and even enhance digitally, so I appreciate what you have done here with this artwork. I am glad that, though you don't celebrate Christmas, you can appreciate the meaning of it and the joy it is meant to bring into the hearts of everyone. I so enjoyed your post, Lissa ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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    1. @Andrea @ From The Sol: Thank you for your kind thoughts.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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    1. @Christine: Thank you as always.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  6. I love the art work and the special Christmas decoration of the girl's hair! Very imaginative!

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    1. @Sandra: Thank you. I'm glad you enjoy seeing this.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  7. I like her hair decoration and her stars, she even has one on a fingernail :) Very festive.

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    1. @River: The theme is stars, no, I don't know what the theme is, I just draw it without thinking much.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  8. Hi Lissa :) I love your piece! Your lady reading is beautiful, I love her hair especially. The colours are brilliant! I live up in the mountains now but I remember subway days in the city...I don't remember the subway cars being as brilliantly clean as yours are lol...if only! Actually I'm taking a course in January, how to use Photoshop, is that the program you use? I'm really not very good at learning anything technical, I hope it's not too hard. Do you find scanning your work is a better idea than photographing it? Thanks so much for joining in! :)

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    1. @Rain: Strangely, NY subways are actually quite clean these days but there is the occasional mess but mostly, it's very clean.

      Yes, I do use Photoshop for this piece and all my other art works. If you use it enough, you can get used to it and even get better at it. I had been using Photoshop for years so I guess I can say I'm pretty good at it but there are still more things to learn as with any software or even compare to using art supplies. Practice makes perfect or so I think.

      I find scanning my art work is definitely better than taking photos because when you take a photo of your art, there is lighting involve and the light is not always good unless you are a professional with professional equipments and even then, it's not quite a true representation. As my scans are part of the final piece, I have to scan my drawing so that the final image is clear and sharp which you can't always do with photography. But it's still up to you of course as this is really just my opinion.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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    2. Thank you for your opinion about the scanning! I always find I have to tweak the photos of my art a little to make them look more realistic because you are so right about the lighting. I do have a small scanner here, I'll be trying that out for the next art date to see how it goes, but my scanner isn't the best! I'd like to learn all of the facets of Photoshop. Alex has the program but I shy away from it because there is so much there. But you're right practice does make perfect! Thanks for the reply and best wishes for 2020!! :)

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  9. Lovely art as usual! The hairdo is spectacular LOL. And I love that you always incorporate these little details, such as the stars on some of her nails! I didn't get the chance to the the original, but I love bold colours, so...😉

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    1. I meant..."to SEE the original". Sorry...

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    2. @Roberta: I often like putting little details which I think it's sort of part of me a way.

      And I know what you mean with extra 'the' - I think I make that mistake a whole lot so no need to apologize.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  10. I don't think I recall the older piece but knew that you don't celebrate Christmas, which, I think woudl be hard with all the coloured lights and festivities going on that time of year. But as your culture too is not rooted in it, you aren't likely to be able to celebrate it for the cultural ties if nothing else...as I do.

    Anyway, this is a lovely piece, Lissa. So very interesting.

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    1. @Michael: This is quite an old piece so it's easy to forget. Actually, I don't mind easy holiday, festive goings - it's actually very subdue these days.

      Thanks for visiting. Have a lovely day.

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