I've been creating homemade cards ever since I learned how to hold scissors. Sometimes I'd copy an idea from a magazine and other times I dug it out of my head. The recipients of my cards varied widely over the years. Of course, I would always give cards to my family and closest friends, but I've distributed cards to my dad's friends, a friendly lady who works at Kohls, all the members of a church, and even our hairdresser!
The scissors were soon eliminated from my card-making tools when I realized hand-drawn cards were my specialty. I created a name for my "company" that I scribbled on the back of the card along with some kind of doodle or sketch that went with the theme. I decorated the front, back, and inside of each card. The sketches on the inside and back could be simple or very intricate.
A few years later, I attached a motto under the company name. I changed the saying to coordinate with each card's theme, but it would still reference drawing or card making. For instance, on a Monsters Inc. card I wrote, "We draw because we care." And on a Frozen card, "Some cards are worth melting for." But so far my favorite is from a Christmas card featuring The Rifleman that says, "The fastest draw in the west."
I try to make my cards as personal as possible, like hiding stuff in the background that the recipient likes. Illustrating cards is strenuous labor, but their smiles is all the payment I'll ever need. I hope to share my cards with you and I hope you enjoy them as much as if I made them for you. Maybe in the future I can start a real card company.
Disney-Pixar has been hiding Easter eggs in their movies for years, and so have I (in my art). Sometimes I hide a character from an old TV show, like Major Adams from Wagon Train, or an animated character, like Hank from Finding Dory. Other times I sneak in references to my future books.
My family and friends have become professional Easter egg detectives. However, the hidden objects aren't merely for their own entertainment; I hide them to amuse myself. Drawing backgrounds can be as boring as snapping photos of the grass. Easter eggs liven it up. Maybe that's why Pixar hides stuff. I could just see them thinking, Ugh, I've worked five hours animating this tree. Hey, let's make one of the leaves shaped like Buzz Lightyear!
I hope you enjoy finding my Easter eggs as I much as I do hiding them. I try to hide at least one thing in every pencil drawing, but sometimes that's not practical. Ever try playing hide-n-seek in an empty room? Yeah, it's not possible. Anyway, so you don't strain your eyes looking for eggs that aren't there, I'll make a note of the drawings with Easter eggs. But so that I'm not too easy on you, I won't tell you what, who, or how many things I've hidden.
Mariposa is a self-taught artist and aspiring children's author who captures the glories of God's creation on paper. She has a Ph.D. in creativity and a master's degree in imagination.
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