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December 25, 2008
The Christmas Ride would be the perfect thing to complete this joyous Christmas day! The soft fur and the inscribed bell are but a few intricate details that =Tammara took the time to incorporate into this festive holiday image. Many more can be seen in the close ups found in this talented gal's gallery! Happy Holidays everyone!
Featured by JunkbyJen
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The Christmas Ride


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When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a minature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call'd them by name:
"Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen,
"On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blixem;

"To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
"Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

•Dasher - The first reindeer and the right-hand leader of the sleigh. He is the speediest reindeer.
•Dancer - The second reindeer and the left leader. She is the graceful reindeer.
• Prancer - The third reindeer and on the right in the second row. He is the most powerful reindeer.
•Vixen - The fourth reindeer and on the left-hand side in the second row. She is beautiful, and also powerful like her companion Prancer.
•Comet - The fifth reindeer and on the right-hand side in the third row. He brings wonder and happiness to children when Santa flies over everyone's houses.
•Cupid - The sixth reindeer and on the left-hand side in the third row. She brings love and joy to children when Santa flies over everyone's houses.
•Donder - The seventh reindeer and on the right-hand side in the fourth row. His original name was Dunder, a variant of donder, meaning "thunder" in Dutch.
•Blitzen - The eighth reindeer and on the left-hand side in the fourth row. Though female, she is frequently portrayed as a male in American pop culture. Her original name is Blixem. She is known as the lightning reindeer because the word 'Blitz' is German for lightning, as is 'Bliksem', her original name, in Dutch.

I found an interesting way to paint snowy trees and brush. I first did a layer of molted colors and then applied 'Gaussian blur' then add a raster layer and filled with white, then used my eraser tool to remove the white in the shape of my tree's. After that I added detailed branches. Anyway just thought I would share. If anyone is interested I might try to write a tutorial on how to do it.

This painting is for Jen :iconjunkbyjen:for her birthday. She always does so much for everyone else on their special day. I'm sorry it's late Jen, I tried to finish it by the 11th but couldn't get it done in time.:hug:

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ailgara's avatar

very well drawing x3