Daniel is one of my favorite artists - when tasked to make a Christmas card for the online art forum "Expresso Beans", I thought that the vibrant reds of this print would make for a classic (if subversive twist) on a digital card. Released in 2012 by the incredible Austin based gallery Mondo, this print represents the perfect pairing of artist and title - subtly yet assertively injecting his style into the piece and breathing new menace into a truly iconic license and creating something that is by turn both beautiful and unsettling.
Extruding the print on all sides was the first step in creating this piece - it was very tough to match Daniel's intricate style when darkening/adding to the sky, duplicating trees and increasing the land area to all sides of the print (to realize the landscape format of the finished piece).
Adding or subtracting anything from the piece was always a concern, as I didn't want to overstep my bounds with the original artwork, but the process requires a little interpretation when extracting elements from the flat image in order to animate them in 3D Space. As they were the most intricate, the trees to the left side of the building were possibly the most time consuming in this regard, but remaining methodical when recreating them I was able to match them fairly faithfully. Throughout the process I kept referring back to the original to ensure that the 2:3 centre of the 16:9 piece was (with few exceptions) a pixel for pixel match with Daniel's original.
I tried to animate the snow so as not to detract from the look of the piece, and have it blend fairly seamlessly with the sky and all it touched, drifting around the menacing figure of Bates as he appears over the horizon. Using the music to inform the pace throughout. Although it came fairly early on, the "Ho Ho Ho" idea worked so perfectly with this piece of music, that all of the various creepy, off-pitch Christmas songs I'd edited to go with the piece were discounted.
As a freelance graphics artist, I'm very happy when a project comes out as well as this and pushes me to use the tools I use on a daily basis for something slightly more original.
After completion, I sent the piece to Daniel and he liked it so much that he wanted a slightly modified version for himself to use on his social media platforms. I was only too happy to oblige and hope to work with him again in the future on similar projects.