It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas



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.

My Dog Spot

Most of us view the name, “Spot”, as the stereotypical dog name. And yet, how many dog spotpeople have you ever known whose dog’s name was “Spot”? I certainly know of no such dog owner. And yet, most seem to think this pet name is overused and unoriginal, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why that is. Even when doing a quick review of pop-culture, I know of no famous dog with the name Spot — unless you count the varied zoo animals which Cal Worthington (of Worthington Ford dealership fame) would ride in his commercials, but I’m pretty sure only So Cal residents would be familiar with that relatively obscure reference from my childhood. So, how did the name, “Spot”, get its spotty reputation? Anyone out there got any idea or theory? Care to share?