10th December 2009 - Digital Painting (Photoshop). Duration: 3 hours.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Created for a Christmas card, this speed-painting is a new re-invention of Santa Claus in the land Down Under.
It's quite apparent to anyone who gives it any thought, that a reindeer-drawn sleigh is a most impractical form of transport for anyone intending to travel in Australia.
Santa rides an "obviously magical" quad bike drawn by six red kangaroos. He is adorned with black gumboots and gloves, tight little red shorts, and a cookie and beer-stained singlet. His red Akubra, edged with cotton wool protects his dusty face from the hot Australian sun.
It's a tough ride, made all the tougher by the need to make a quick change into his red robes, in the dark, whilst flying over the Pacific Ocean, island-hopping his way to America. I really hope Santa finds a moment to take a break and have a shower!