Followers of this blog might remember the posts I did last year featuring my old greetings cards designs, and how I highlighted the problems artists had (and I guess still have) ensuring that their designs are not stolen by card publishers . After being ripped off myself I resorted to sending in preliminary rough sketches only for consideration. Although this did not necessarily stop unscrupulous publishers stealing the concepts, or the jokes themselves, it did at least mean they had to come up with their own finished style. With my “polar” series, I was as upset with the fact the company stole the distinctive look of my designs – and then ran with them for decades, as I was by their theft of the individual jokes.
Anyway, with the Christmas card examples posted below at least, my new method worked this one time. The company in question signed a “special” contract with me before receiving finished colour plates for the images they chose. As things turned out, they went with most of them, except I think for two, which, as I recall, they informed me were a “bit too irreverent for our customer base”. See if you can guess which two? A clue to one of them is that I went ahead and coloured it for myself anyhow…
(You can see my other two non-Christmas greetings card posts here and here…)
5 thoughts on “Unseasonal, Season’s Greetings”
I’m glad your soloution worked for you. I’m guessing it’s the halo on the back of the donkey and “it’s a girl.”
You’re correct about “It’s a Girl” but interestingly, it wasn’t the halo that worried them but the “rattle”. In other words, both of the manger scenes.
Love these Adam… and the rattle one was one of my favs…. hope you can produce them for us anti PC’s……
No problem – and so glad you liked them!