Christmas: a joyous time of the year for most, as people make plans to meet with their loved ones, both far and nearby, and non-retail business operations nearly grind to a halt under the massive weight of holiday cheerfulness. Who wants to balance the books for the year when there’s merry to be made and had by all but the most stringent of bean-counters? That’s what January the first is for, they say! While this was not always the case, for many wanted to do their due diligence in making sure their balance sheet was in fact as close to even on both sides as humanly possible before letting the eggnog flow, call volume was far below their usual volume, allowing for more whiteboard doodles, with a more decidedly secular Christmas theme than usual. Due to their fragile nature, I was only able to document two, one for me of Santa ready for flight, complete with flight goggles and a sleeker, more practical garb more akin to a flight suit than his traditional garments. The second was more traditional in nature, with the milk and cookies set out next to a fireplace and a Christmas tree, decorated to the nines and well-stocked to boot.
Free of Bugs and Frozen Eyeballs
To say this was done prior to the fireplace scene for a co-worker would be a fib. I actually ended up doing this to help decorate my desk after doing so much to help others make their desks more festive, as was the purpose for the Christmas Eve scene. Not only had I run out of whiteboards to doodle on, I was feeling a tad burnt out at time, which would explain why while Santa is relatively detailed, he’s not particularly high quality or even finished really. His goggle lenses aren’t filled in, the beard is not but a blob and the fur lining depicted in the button line, cuffs, hat and hem are just as blob-like as the beard itself. The dingleball on the end of the hat shares the same fate, make this a nice doodle, but not much else. As usual, the overhead lighting manifests itself here as with every other whiteboard doodle, which irks me to no end.
Mice and Krampus Need Not Apply
What is more traditional to the Christmas scene than the depiction of a Christmas tree, tastefully trimmed, with wrapped presents underneath it next to the roaring fireplace and a plate of milk and cookies for Santa? As mentioned earlier, one of my coworkers asked me to draw this for her already stunning cubicle display, complete with lights, ornaments and at one time, wrapping paper coating the walls in a manner not unlike classy wallpaper. Of all that I have drawn for others, this took by far the longest amount of time, as I wanted it to compliment the already established setup, not steal the show or even worse, draw attention to itself in a manner that would ultimately detract from the overall composition.