Guernsey & Alderney Christmas Stamps2013
‘Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ & ‘When Santa got stuck up the Chimney’
To celebrate the festive season I was asked by Guernsey Post to design & illustrate stamps for the two songs ‘Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘When Santa got stuck up the Chimney’. With seven stamps in each issue and the Santa song can be seen to follow on from the Rudolf song.
The popular Christmas song ‘Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ tells the story of Rudolf and how his shiny, glowing nose helps lead the way through the foggy night sky on Christmas Eve, ensuring Santa delivers all the children’s presents on time.
Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer © &TM The Rudolf Co., L.P
‘When Santa got stuck up the Chimney’
We all know that Santa only visits good children and despite the excitement of Christmas Eve and the desire to stay up late, all the little ones must be tucked up in bed, sound asleep before Santa pays a visit. But can the Chimney accommodate his ample red suited tummy?
These were completed using oil paint which has a long drying time compared with other mediums; this therefore dictated the pace and order of the work. I worked on the images in rotation, allowing the layers to dry, rather than completing each stamp in full before moving on to the next.
I really enjoyed working on these Christmas issues. It was a particularly ‘jolly’ project, I hope this comes through in the feel of the finished pictures.