Work in Progress – Christmas Cards


Here are the first few cards that I’ve painted. I took a lot of your suggestions and, well, take a look! This has been a fun project and I think I’m going to do more. One of the reasons for this is when I painted the squirrel, several people told me it looked evil—its eye creeped them out. But it turns out that its creepy eye is what made it a favorite among several other friends. You can’t please them all.

Or maybe you can. I figured, why not make another line of cards, a line of slightly odd and creepy Christmas cards for my friends who appreciate the slightly odd and creepy? And so that’s what I’m going to do.


Jamin has always enjoyed illustrations and images related to stories. As a child, he drew and painted and continued to pursue art through high school and college. He attended Wichita State University where he earned a degree in art history, painting, and English literature. Since then he has focused on developing illustration and story-related imagery. His goal is to bring the viewer to a place of wonder and possibility. His picture books, Ellen and the Winter Wolves and The Wishes of the Fish King, are a beautiful witness to his many talents.


  1. Alyssa K.

    Seeing these has made my day wonderful! I love the brownish tones you gave the fox, it’s just perfect…so is the squirrel, creepy eye and all! Will we get to see this grizzly bear too? Thank you for sharing your artwork!

  2. Laure Hittle

    i second the wish for a view of the lobidious grizzly. 🙂

    Seriously. i love these. Every year for the last decade i’ve told myself i will finally send Christmas cards. i think this is the year.

  3. JamesDWitmer


    I’ve really enjoyed this series. I enjoy gardens, and topiary. The way you’re riffing on that idea is very cool and, being far from a visual artist, it has been neat to peek into your thought process along the way.

    I wanted to pick a favorite, to be like all the other cool people who commented. 🙂 But I couldn’t. I like them best as a set. Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Jamin Still

    Thanks, all. I finished these up last night. If you want to see the others you can head over to

    Glad you like them! And Pete… I did one just for you.

  5. Laure Hittle

    That raccoon is terrifying! The snow on the tail, the intelligent yet soulless eyes, the posture—it is clearly stalking some hapless prey (me). And i already know who’s getting the one you made for Pete. Our niece will love it. Jamin, these are awesome. 🙂

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