The 2017 Christmas card from Katharsisdrill

in #christmas2 years ago (edited)

So yesterday I made the inking of my Christmas-card and here is the coloured and finished version.

I did try to get close to the half-tone aesthetic the old horror comics (see my previous post), but I have used gradients in the finished version which was very difficoult back then, when you had to work with the whole thing on a light-table.

Here is an earlier version that is more classic in its use of halftone. Notice that I changed Fragrant candle to scented candle after advice from my proofreader and his American girlfriend as the scented candle sounds more suggestive!

I worked with each plate separate, so instead of choosing the precise colour I worked only in red, blue and yellow and let them mix in the half tones. Below you can see two examples of the special patterns that is created when you tilt the half-tones - as you can see they behave nicely, creating fine controled patterns instead of ugly moiré.

Here you can see the three colour plates with the inking on top. People who knows about printing will notice that I have used custom colours to mimic the old comics. (Back in the sixties the true print-colours was often not used, even though Goethe had found them hundred years before!). The Blue and the red are both too warm.

Each colour was added separately, then converted to a greyscale image where I applied the halftone-filter, and last back to the intended colour tweaking the colour tone until I was satisfied.

I consider to make this as a large screen-print and using this Christmas card as a guinea pig for the fund-raising of my comic. We'll see in the new year!

Merry Christmas from Katharsisdrill!

Hope you all have a nice time in the holiday!


Great post, I really enjoyed the close ups of the half-tone patterns. Very interesting stuff! I also really love the classic horror comic style. I have followed you, I look forward to seeing more of what you create here.

Thanks! I follow you too. I always liked your original comics artwork posts.

"10 BTC" - lol ;-) Amazing to seen the halftone process. I love the detail of the high priestess. Could easily be a pop-art painting.

I really do consider to make that a Steemit-project.

As you know, I'd love to see that happen :-)

"Glædelig Jul!" to you and your family (like I learned yesterday).

Yes, the Scandinavian Christmas is full of heathen things. We never really surrendered :)

The old US comics was most often 10¢ so I just changed the currency, but with the bitcoin bubble bursting wide open it might not be too far from the truth :)

Frohe Weihnachten

(I hope it is right, because in 15 minutes I have to take the train to Julefest :)

Yes my friend, "Frohe Weihnachten" is correct. Some people also say: "Fröhliche Weihnachten!"
Have a great time :-)

Great work @katharsisdrill
Very professional of you, it seems you're real real good in this drawing thing. We're all watching, man. #thumbsup

Merry Christmas too, man!

A bit late, but Merry Christmas to you too!

Excellent illustration Katharsisdrill, merry christmas.

Be happy and spread happiness and good cheer to all throughout the year.

Merry Christmas
Nice funny pic

Really cool my friend! You possess an artistic talent. Happy Christmas!

Thanks. Merry Christmas to you too, even though a bit late.

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to you too!

the last one with blue coloring looks really well..merry christmass

Yes, one colour and black and white always look good. Merry Christmas to you too.