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I hang around the Absolute Write forums on occasion, and there have been odd little Christmas themed graphics going by in one of the ad spaces. Today it was this one, which I loved dearly. I haven’t been able to find an artist, or turn it up in another search–looks vintagey, although the border is obviously modern.

Nevertheless, I wanted to share it with you guys, because it’s AWESOME.


Copyright unknown artist, I guess. If anybody turns up the name, please let me know!

It’s not the Krampus design itself—my buddy Miss Monster’s are way better. (And often plagiarized, more’s the pity.)

No, it’s the kids…

BOY #1: Dude! Hell! Not cool!

GIRL #1: I have something in my eye. Now I’m sad.

KRAMPUS: Gene Simmons got nuthin’ on me!

GIRL #2: Ho hum, dragged to hell again. Hell is so boring this time of year.


Reminds me of those old style saint cards that Catholics give out at random events. (Sort of like the wackier Protestants give out Chick Tracts, I guess, if you want to support bad painters and feel too guilty to actually lecture anyone about anything. There’s a whole subset just for funerals, with the deceased’s stats on the back like a very odd sort of baseball card.)

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

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Yep! http://christmastarot.wordpress.com/bonus/

If anybody doesn't know, google images supports "search by image" now, you can click the little camera icon on the righthand side of the search bar and feed it a URL or upload an image. Kinda neat! Saved me a lot of head-scratching with random internet images. :)

But that doesn't say who actually created the image, either, or am I missing something?

I dunno. I figured with the references to Kat Black posting them on Facebook, who is also a tarot illustrator, and the fact that she is planning on incorporating them into her own deck, meant that Kat Black was the illustrator. Usually people don't just find random images and incorporate them into commercial works. Usually.

For more context I guess you'd have to find the facebook post.

She's just collected the images from Victorian Christmas cards. It's unlikely most of them can be traced to their illustrators.

From http://christmastarot.wordpress.com/:
"The images in the Christmas Tarot deck were carefully selected from Victorian Christmas cards. You’ll be amazed at how well the vintage illustrations correspond to classic tarot designs."

Ahh! Interesting. Thanks for the correction!

That was my first instinct, having worked for a company that turned vintage postcards into scrapbooking clipart. Anything before 1930 is now in the public domain so you can do what you want with it.

*heh* different perspectives - I've been on Etsy for a while, and there were a lot of people who made jewellery or whatever out of printouts of vintage images... and people whose commercial activities consisted of assembling and selling ready-to-print files of vintage images rezized and cropped to sizes often used in those projects. (And quite a lot of people who used recent book covers and the like rather than meanwhile public domain pictures.)

Yup, and the Google image search can be used from a firefox plug-in which is what I did. That plugin: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/search-by-image-by-google/?src=search

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