It’s a classic!
“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is one of my favorite Christmas songs! In honor of this charming song, I wanted to create a hand-lettered illustration that played with the humor of an elementary girl listing all the practical reasons why she should have a hippopotamus for Christmas.
I searched for cute hippos on Pinterest and based my feature illustration off a sketch I saw.
I decided that I wanted the type to curve around the hippo. I feel that this composition is comfy, simple, but playful.
I always start by creating a margin around my page. Otherwise, I run out of room on the paper. So, my margins are my safety zone.
I’m a big fan of Mary Kate McDevitt, so I bought her book. She said that she writes the words within the composition first, and once Mary Kate knows how everything will fit she will then adds the type’s look.I insert the embellishments once all the words are complete. I struggle with empty spaces, so I enjoy adding wing-dings in the gaps. Sometimes finding the right wing-ding can be hard. But I will usually reference Mark Kate for creative inspiration.
When I began to color this project, I had green and red colors mixed with a purple hippo. To say the least, it was a terrible color clash. So, I decided to make it simple and just keep a purple theme. Who says that purple can’t be a Christmas color anyway? ^_^
Yup! So, that is how I created this illustration. I’m hoping that it will be available on HanesInk.com before the holiday is over, but I’ll see what happens. I’m always thankful for opportunities to continue to learn and grown in this field of art.
Let me know what you think! What would you do if you can have a hippo?