It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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Drive For Show

One of the many clowns I designed for the Slapstix figurine line.

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The Man With the Bag

Frank_Grau_Slapstix_ornamentGoodness, this day seems to come up so quickly. Well, we’ll keep the tree up through to the new year, and then it’s back to life as usual. I don’t know about you, but this is a nice Christmas. It’s not that there are lots of material gifts or any such thing, but the time spent with family and loved ones is great. I hope you’re all having a very Merry Christmas celebrating the birth of baby Jesus. As for the sketch, well, the clownin’ around never stops.

 

Stay Frosty

Actually, this isn’t Frosty. It’s a clown snowman from the Slapstix figurines line. One of the bazillion Christmas items I designed while at Cast Art Industries.Slapstix Snowman designed by Frank Grau

Christmas Flyer

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Dreamsicles Cherub design by Frank Grau

Christmas Past – Part 2

Christmas snowman figurine designed by Frank GrauContinuing from yesterday, here are more Christmas giftware designs I created for various lines.

The “thin” snowman is from the same line as the “thin” Santa I shared yesterday.

I’m also sharing some designs I did for a baby shoe ornament line called Baby Steps. Rather than show my drawings, I thought I’d show you the finished product from images scanned from Cast Art Industries’ catalog. I designed about a dozen of these Christmas ornaments. I also designed another dozen of these, which were non-Christmas, musical versions, and of which I’m including an image.Baby Steps ornament designed by Frank GrauBaby Steps musical designed by Frank GrauChristmas ornament designed by Frank GrauChristmas ornament designed by Frank Grau

Christmas Past – Part 1

Christmas Santa figurine designed by Frank Grau

This is from a line of thin Santa figurines I created. I also designed thin snowmen for this line.

My last post covered Disney’s Pooh & Friends products I designed for the giftware industry, many of them for Christmas. I did many Christmas designs for other giftware lines as well. Those designs covered many categories, including figurines, ornaments, musicals, water-balls, and other items.

Here are several designs I did for various lines. These illustrations were done for design purposes only and were not “finished” pieces of art meant for public consumption. As before, I’m simply offering a glimpse into the artwork used to manufacture giftware products. I’ll be posting more from these same lines in the days ahead.

Christmas Santa figurine designed by Frank Grau

This was a Santa-character line I created for Christmas. I had done two different color schemes for this line. Once I gave Cast Art in-studio product painter, Julio Flores, designs with color schemes, there was usually no reason to color additional designs unless the design was elaborate enough to warrant providing additional direction.

Slapstix clown Christmas ornament designed by Frank Grau

This is one of many ornaments I designed for the Slapstix clown line. Leo Romero, an in-house sculptor at Cast Art, did the final sculpt.

Christmas cherub figurine designed by Frank Grau

I already posted plenty of Dreamsicles cherub designs, however, since I did so many for Christmas, I may as well share a few.

Clownin’ Around

I had designed a line of clown figurines -called “Slapstix”- while at Cast Art Industries, back in the 1990s. I had drawn a ton of clown designs; more so than we could ever produce. I literally filled a wall with drawings.

After Cast Art closed its doors, Second Nature Designs commissioned me do a similar clown line, however, these were only busts.

Here’s one design from that line (perhaps in the future, I’ll spend an entire week posting a load of these).