Two popular carols are celebrated in these Christmas stamps for the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Alderney. Guernsey Post gave me complete freedom to choose which carols to illustrate, specifying only that each set of seven stamps should form a kind of storyboard to the song. I chose Good King Wenceslas for its strong narrative and The Holly and the Ivy for its rich imagery, both of which divide well into seven scenes. Each set of stamps is related thematically through the use of colour. Wenceslas of course, is also a sequence of linked events. The Holly and the Ivy is a more disjointed series of images, so I used the setting and the visual motif of an arch to further connect them. I created the artwork by combining hand drawn elements with digital painting.
Guernsey Christmas Stamps 2017 - Good King Wenceslas
Alderney Christmas Stamps 2017 - The Holly and the Ivy
Good King Wenceslas
The Holly and the Ivy