This is the third year running that I have drawn everything my daughter received from that very generous old fellow, Santa Claus.
It’s a great way to fill the days between Christmas and New Year, and while I know it’s not exactly Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire, it’s also the closest thing I’ve got to a recurring theme.
If we remove Santa from the equation, it even becomes a great chance for me to meditate on over-indulgence. Yes, since you ask, she is an only child.
As I always draw these images from a photo, they sometimes feel a bit less like drawing and a bit more like copying, especially with all the lettering and branding to be drawn. Still, copying can be educational, a lesson I learned anew by reading Linda Barry’s fabulous book Syllabus this year.
When drawing the contents of an 11-year-old girl’s stocking, what you mainly learn is how to make things look cute, but that’s a valid lesson too.
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And here are the previous years’ ones. As you can see, the quantity of goods, and my concerns, haven’t changed much year on year. Nor, I note, has the time of waking on Christmas morning, sigh.
69 thoughts on “My daughter’s stocking, 2016”
You draw so well. Reminds me of all the things I wanted for Christmas when I was a kid.
You are so good!
Your sketch is awesome.
You are very talented and I love how you capture this
love this, a beautiful way to remember years (christmas) past but you have a way to go. Santa still leaves a stocking for my 30 year old who would be horrified if he didn’t.
Such a beautiful idea! I am in love with this!
So cute :)
I can relate! I have a 16 year old…..but both she and I don’t want her to grow up. Love the change up of the stocking :).
I love your drawings and the whole idea of creating a keepsake for your daughter. She’ll look back on her Christmases fondly. I’m sure :)
You are so talented
I so love this idea but I cant draw and it appears by the time I get around to preparing ‘the stocking’ I’m a lot more boring, think I need to buy larger stockings!!
What a beautiful tradition, so full of love
First rate! Four stars-****!-JW
You are very talented! So cool how you do this!
Ahh what a special idea. I’m sure your daughter will love looking back on these when she is older 😊
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