SantaTaur Little Golden Book Cover
It's the beloved children's Christmas classic!
What child doesn't love the story of SantaTaur? Yes, it's SantaTaur, who genetically combined himself with one of his flying reindeer so that he could fly around the world faster and more efficiently, firing off gifts to good little girls and boys with his Enchanted Gift Bazooka.
Hole-lee crap, but this one gave me trouble. Did you ever have an image in your mind that you just can't seem to get down on paper (or in this case, on the screen)? I went through at least 10 versions of SantaTaur before I finally had one I could live with.
Then right as I was getting ready to add color, I thought, "Hey, it would be fun to turn it into a fake Little Golden Book cover. Fun, sure, but it was also another 4 or 5 hours of work! I guess it was worth it.
The title was hand drawn, based loosely on a real font. Not crazy about the "town" in the lower left corner, but it'll have to do. His wreath tattoo was a last second idea, added right before I posted him.
Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.
UPDATE: A year after I first posted this illustration I decided to turn it into a book/Xmas card, which you can see here).