Hello! I just wanted to introduce myself in case you hadn't met me before. I'm Adriana Hernandez-Bergstrom! I go by Adriprints on my work, and you can find me really easily with that moniker. I'm the founder of the Finch & Foxglove art collective, and I did the first illustration on our digital Advent Calendar.
I am a really process-oriented artist and I love learning how others get to the images they make. I hope you can learn a little bit from my process too!
The "Noel Peppermint Bark" illustration started off as a doodle that I did in September. I was at my mom's house playing around with an old watercolor set that I had left at her house in case all our luggage was lost. The concept as I had envisioned it was a tropical-Christmas kind of theme...
In between then and now, our team came up with a wonderful color palette for our digital Advent Calendar. We looked at vintage Christmas postcards to get us started with our palette. These colors were rich and wonderful, but not really tropical... and I really wanted to use the "Noel" lettering. So I traced the lettering in Adobe Illustrator with the pen tool, used a color from our palette, and started working on composition with the other illustration assets that matched the palette a bit better. I had created the other assets or icons a few weeks ago by painting in watered down gouache. They were extras from the greeting card project I did in October, and I did a direct "live trace" using Adobe Illustrator to capture them.
Once I had a composition that I liked, I brought each element separately into Photoshop, converted them to Vector Smart Objects and began to add texture and depth.
I really wanted a rich feeling like chocolate in the background, and at first I tried mint + chocolate with the lettering since those are usually a winning combination... at least with after-dinner mints!
But, as you can see it looked a bit too cold in this version. It visually resembled mold or marble or something unappetizing. So, next I tried peppermint candy with reddish stripes, and that is what you see in the final image. A little bit tastier, I think!
This is just one of the many illustrations in our wonderful digital advent calendar. Follow along on our Finch & Foxglove Advent Calendar page!