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A Gingerbread Christmas First Try by Amarie-Veneanar A Gingerbread Christmas First Try by Amarie-Veneanar
I've started this illustration last year and I'd like to finally finish it this year. I'm not satisfied about how it looks right now, mainly because it looks far too flat. In the next step I will rework the composition quite heavily. For this version I have used two stock photos by as reference for the sleigh and the gingerbread people. In the next step though, I will use my own resources as reference for the sleigh and the gingerbread people. Regarding the gingerbread people I'm pondering, if I should give them some sort of hands, even if it would be stylised hands like Santa's. I want to bake some gingerbread men later today. Hopefully I won't burn them like I did years ago. I will try to bake some sort of walking gingerbread man, too.

My plans for the next step of this paintings are:

- Paint a more realistic sleigh, Santa and Santa's reindeer. I will use some reindeer stock photos as reference for Santa's reindeer and a stock photo instead of a gingerbread cookie for Santa.
- Keep the gingerbread reindeer, but move it.
- Paint the characters, the house and the environment in a more realistic way regarding the volumes, so that they get more of a 3D appearance.
- I might move the house, though I'm not sure about that.

Any feedback and critique is very much appreciated. I will upload the next step as a separate deviation, which I will update with the new WIP steps. I want to keep this for history reasons. You can see all the steps of this painting in one place over at Here's the link to my painting, where you are also welcome to give me a critique using that site's redline feature. :D I did work about 22 - 25 hours on this version.

Stock used for reference
For the gingerbread house and trees: World Showcase Christmas 10 by :icondisney-stock:
For the sleigh and the gingerbread family Gingerbread Man and Santa's Personal Ride by :iconstock-by-dana:
My thanks go to the stock providers for their awesome stock photos! :heart:
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TouchedVenus Dec 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hello there! Just stopping by to let you know this deviation has been featured HERE! I hope you enjoy the feature and had a very Merry Christmas! :love:
Thank you very much for the feature and for the Christmas wishes! :love: I've enjoyed my quiet Christmas. I wish you a happy New Year! :snowflake: :iconfireworkplz:
TouchedVenus Dec 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad to hear that. I wish you a Happy New Year, too. :heart:
CSnyder Dec 28, 2011
very cute scene
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