Fathers Day Card Illustration. For my art collective’s June assignment we decided to design and illustrate a father’s card. If you follow my blog then you will know I’ve joined an art collective called Pink Punch, of which I’m one of the founding members. We set ourselves at least one assignment per month and because father’s day in the US is in June and the US have such a big market for greeting cards and art licensing, we decided our June assignment will be a fathers day card design and illustrated by ourselves.
I struggled a little bit with this father’s day card idea. My father passed away three years ago and I still feel a bit emotional about his passing. It hurts me because I never got the chance to say goodbye to him because he had a heart attack in Taiwan and I was living in the UK. When I managed to come home to see him, he had already passed away and was laying in the morgue like a popsicle.
But I managed to come up with an idea focusing on the memory between my father and I. When I was born, I was born premature. I was the size of a beer bottle and I lived in an incubator for a month before I was able to go home. My father always told me this story of how he bathed me but because of my tiny size he couldn’t bath me normally and so he always bathed me in a tiny basin. So I illustrated an elephant dad bathing his little one and they are happy and playful. They even blew bubbles together. My daughter loves playing bubbles in her bubble bath and she always claps bubbles so they go absolutely everywhere. It looks like it’s snowing in the bathroom and she loves that game.
For the design and colour, I decided to go with something simple and I think it has turned out great. I really like the process of creating greeting cards and it’s a shame that I’ve never created a greeting card before. I only create a Christmas card before when I studied in university but I much prefer this card. So with this in mind I’ve decided I’m going to create more greeting cards in the near future. Stay tuned!