Holiday Illustration – A Christmas Season Surprise
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This was part of a drawing challenge – the prompt was “Decorating the house”. I designed the three little elves off of small toys my grandmother had when I was little. Below is a story I wrote about when I first found them:

Every summer my family and I would travel across the country to my grandparent’s house. It would be hot, and humid, and we would normally spend quite a bit of time at the beach.

My grandmother, being a good grandmother, had lots of toys stashed away for our visit every year. She had boogie boards and frisbees, chalk for drawing and scooters for riding.

As I was digging through her boxes of goodies, I pulled out three small red people with pointy hats and small curled feet. Excited, I ran into the kitchen where my grandmother was preparing lunch.

“Grandma! What are these? Can I play with them?”, I asked.

Chuckling, my grandmother sat me down and took the small red figures.

“These are my Christmas elves, and it looks like they very much wanted to meet you – normally they would never show themselves in the month of August. These elves come out in December and they help me decorate and prepare for Christmas. They sneak around the house and make sure everything is tinsel ready. They even help me wrap your presents. I suppose they wanted to say hello to you while you were here. Take good care of them, and play nicely, they will be reporting to me and to Santa!”

In awe, I cradled the three little figures and inspected their smiling faces. I whispered to them all the things I wanted.

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My name is Elia Velasquez Murray. I am passionate about storytelling. It's my favorite part about being an illustrator! I use a mixture of digital and traditional mediums to craft … Show more.

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