Cards, cartoons and calendars

Twenty years ago, when our two oldest sons were toddlers, James and I began a family tradition of creating Christmas cards based on caricatures of ourselves and our children. Over the years, we have enjoyed creating these cards together, sometimes using our sons’ talents as well.

Four years ago, the editor of Family Foundations magazine asked if we would consider creating a cartoon for the magazine. We agreed and “Family Life,” which is what the managing editor of the magazine named the cartoon, was born. A sample of one of our cartoons is below.

The process of creating a cartoon works like this: I spend about two weeks coming up with ideas related to the issue’s themes. Usually, I have at least three ideas and/or sketches to present to him. He then improves the idea and draws the cartoon.

Last year, we created calendars which display 12 of the cartoons. They’re cool calendars and great coloring books for the little ones.

There is a special “half-price” sale on calendars for those who read this blog. The calendars are normally $10, but you can purchase one for $5.00 until the end of January. Just send me an email at, put “Calendar” in the subject line and include your name and address and I’ll mail you a calendar (limit one calendar per family).

Copyright 2010 Ellen Gable Hrkach

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