Aside from the funny family photo cards we received this Christmas, the best traditionally illustrated card we opened was this one.
The card, sent from my cousin in Denver, was illustrated by Los Angeles artist, Bella Pilar.
According to Bella's bio, "Her strong ties to fashion began with work in visual display and a career as a make-up artist before going on to her true love, illustration. Bella was trained in art and fashion at both FIT in NY and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. A prolific artist, Bella is writing and illustrating two children's books while working on her art assignments and personal work. Her artwork has appeared in advertising, magazines, POP, fashion, beauty, social expression, tabletop and others. Her artwork has been licensed in both the social expression and home decor industries."
Bella's website is full of other great images. Here is a second from a series of painted holiday images.
Papyrus produced the cards.