[ Posted: Sep 21, 2012 ]
Mendola artist, Tom Newsom, is well known for traditional paintings of Santa, workshop elves, and snowy banks. Over the years, he has created over 150 Santa images (see several below). But he recently created this sample with contemporary kids, and we're excited to share it with you!
As Tom says, "In an illustration, you can create any kind of a world you want." He began this sample with the inspiration to place contemporary kids in a fantastical adventure on a unknown planet. He used local neighborhood kids as models and dropped them into an alternate-universe situation where everything was the wrong size (akin to Jack entering a giant's home atop a beanstalk).
Tom made sure each item in the room was different and interesting, adding touches like an antique harmonica and bronze statue. And, as you may notice, the globe does not actually depict earth; instead, it shows the landscape of Mars--a far-future Mars--in which "terraforming" has produced oceans. With Tom Newsom, you get a whole new world!
--as posted on Mendola Artists Blog