Oh Holy Night

 

“Oh, Holy Night,” 1855, John Sullivan Dwight

Did you know that it’s likely that Jesus was born in a cave rather than a wooden stable like we might picture of today?  They think they know which cave it was in Bethlehem and the site is a now the oldest Christian church in the world, the Church of the Nativity.

The church door is very low.  To enter, you have to fall on your knees.

Merry Christmas to all…

Today, I bring you song number 2:

“Same Old Lang Syne”, 1980, by Dan Fogelberg

Same oldUntil I started researching for information on this song, I thought it was called “Toast to Innocence ”  But it’s not.  It’s called Same Old Lang Syne.  If you can’t remember it, google it to listen and then the images above will make a lot more sense.

I drew this one in ink, scanned it, and colored it in Photoshop.  I’ve decided that Sketchbook is best for me when I’m drawing digitally from the get-go, but if I drew something in real ink and need to paint it, it’s better for me to use Photoshop.

One more song to come.  Thanks for reading along.

Have yourself a merry little christmasToday’s song: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, 1957, by Hugh Martin. (The original was written in 1944, but Martin added the line that inspired the picture above in 1957.  Thanks, Wikipedia.)

This is such a great bittersweet song.  When I hear the line “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough” it makes the think of a dad holding his son up high in their sparse apartment living room to put the star on the tree.

And, honestly, it was a good reason to try a piece from a different vantage point.

Two more songs to go.  Check back soon.

I love Christmas songs, perhaps more than a normal person.  In 2001, our local lite rock station started playing Christmas music on November 1st, and I didn’t change the dial until New Years’ Day.  I teach a weekly Bible study for children, and we start working Christmas songs into our song times in September because I’m in charge and I can.

So, this year, for the first year of my illustration blog, I have picked my top five Christmas songs that I wanted to illustrate, but I’ve waited until we were deep into the Christmas season to share because I know that most people don’t want Jingle Bells stuck in their heads for 3 months.

They are not necessarily my top five favorite Christmas songs ever, but they are songs I sing along to in the car and conjured up some fun images.

So, for installment #1: “Christmas Wrapping”, 1981, by the Waitresses. (Or, you may know it as “the one where she has a crummy year and wants to skip Christmas until she meets up with a guy she likes when she goes to the store for cranberries on Christmas Eve.” Remember that one?)

Christmas Wrapping 4

The best part of this song is that you kind of forget it exists until Christmas each year so it doesn’t wear itself out.

I hand drew almost everything with ink and Prismacolors.  This was my first time coloring twinkly lights, and I rather like them.  I added a few backgrounds digitally, and this was my first time to use a panorama photo program to combine two scanned images.  In the past I have intentionally kept my art small enough to fit on the scanner.  Within Photoshop Elements 9, there is a feature called Photomerge Panorama, and it was a breeze to use.

Check back in a few days for installment #2.  There is more to come…