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Kangaroodolph Illustration
Hop! Hop! Hop!
If you're wondering what Kangaroos and Christmas have in common, don't look at me, folks—I just draw what pops into my head! But you'll have to admit, a giant pouch and the ability to leap might come in handy for last minute shopping. (And in case you're running behind in that department, here's The Procrastinator's Guide to Last-Minute Christmas Shopping.)

Now if we can all just avoid exploding hover boardsdangerous drones and overpriced Star Wars tchotchkes in our relentless pursuit of the latest, greatest gidgets and gadgets…
Big Red (Santa) Illustration
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"There are times when I have to take, I call it a 'silence bath,' where I shut off all of the external gadgets. I go walk around, talk to people, and just live life for a while."
Patton Oswalt
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George Bailey House
1. Remember the old house in It's a Wonderful Life? Or Ralphie's house (complete with leg lamp in the window) in A Christmas Story? Or how about Clark Griswold's house, or the Home Alone house (which just sold, by the way) or the White Christmas Inn in Pinetree, Vermont? Or my wife's favorite: the old country inn in Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn? If you like those old movies and would enjoy reading about the iconic settings in which they took place, be sure to explore the links above. They contain lots of interesting stuff.

2. By the way, if you want to know EVERYTHING there is to know about A Christmas Story—including learning about the movie's vintage Red Ryder BB gun and where to purchase your very own 'leg lamp'—you can find it all here. But please be careful not to, well… you know: SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!

3. Speaking of It's a Wonderful Life, we happened to catch it again the other night on TV and found it as enjoyable as ever. If you're in the mood to dig a little deeper into the background of that movie, here are two links I think you'll find interesting:
The Making of It's a Wonderful Life with Frank Capra Jr.
The Curious Copyright Case of It's a Wonderful Life.

4. Having trouble getting your kids to fall asleep at night? The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is a new children's book that claims to be able to help your child relax and fall asleep. "Written with a specific language pattern based on psychological techniques, this rather verbose picture book offers harried and desperate parents the promise of a magical story that will soothe their children to sleep, while offering relaxation and mindfulness techniques to help children take control of their thoughts and prepare for slumber." (School Library Journal.) I could have used this when my kiddos were a little younger. Oh, well. Hey, I wonder if it works on puppies?

5. Ugly Christmas Sweaters are all the rage these days and today—Friday, December 18th—is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. And for those who wish to make their own, here's some inspiration.
Penguins wearing ugly sweaters Illustration
"If people were more concerned with how they looked on the inside, than on the outside, the world would be a nicer place to exist."
David Walsh
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Safyre's Christmas Card
Last week I wrote about the sad story of little Safyre Terry of New York, who was horribly injured in a fire that killed her family, and how her wish this holiday season is to receive enough Christmas cards to fill her Christmas tree. Well, the internet has done what it does best in cases like this, and raised tremendous awareness about this little girl's plight. Cards and donations have surged, and a fund has been established to help raise money for her recovery.

There's still time to send Christmas cards to Safyre:

P.O. Box 6126
Schenectady, NY 12306, USA

"A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal."
Steve Maraboli
Weekly Doodle Illustration
Christmas Lights Illustration
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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True Love

This print started out as many do—a card for one of my kids.

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Good Cheer Illustration
So now is come our joyful’st feast,
Let every man be jolly.
Each room with ivy leaves is drest,
And every post with holly.
    Though some churls at our mirth repine,
    Round your foreheads garlands twine,
    Drown sorrow in a cup of wine,
And let us all be merry.
–George Wither (1622)
A Christmas Carol

   Until Next Week…

That's it for this issue of The Happiness of Art. Still no word from Starbucks re: the RedCups art, but that's par for the course with spec work. I'll let you know if anything develops. From all of us here at RedSneaker Studios, have a very, very Merry Christmas—or, as another George from another Christmas Carol says… (oh, go ahead and click it—you know you want to!)

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About Me

Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to ALWAYS hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could purchase my work—so I created this newsletter. I believe in something I like to call “The Happiness of Art” and I hope it makes you smile.

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D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's Pinterest and Facebook pages. In 1989, Mr. Uhlig co-founded Uhlig LLC, a leading provider of cross-media publishing and communication services in industries ranging from residential housing to book publishing to cancer care. Mr. Uhlig is married with three children and resides in Kansas City. He is currently working on children’s books, ebooks and apps.

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