The text in French says
: "Ready for 2010! How about you?"
Around the end of the year, I am usually asked by my family to do a greeting card we'll use for the next year wishes inside the family.
This year, my mother wished for the card to feature my 1 year old niece kinda like a birth card, but at the same time, she said she wanted manga stuff on it so people can see that I made it as usual since 3 years.
Yeah, not really what most would have in mind. But in soviet commission, client chooses for you! (I apologize for killing your soul with that joke).
It felt inapropriate to post it with the photo of my niece, because :
1)I didn't took the photo of her.
2)I don't want to put pictures of her online: if that ever happens, I'll leave the responsibility of that to her happy parents
3)This DA page is about my art, not my family life. (Even if of course sometimes I do talk about it to explain why I'm away for a while...)
So I replaced the picture with a generic black figure. You can actually look at this deviation as you would look at a photo frame : kinda forget the middle part.
If you really want that original feel, it's pretty easy : mentally replace the black in the middle with the picture of a one year old baby looking all happy and you should have a good idea of how it looked like (or even actually do that with a photo software if you have too much free time
The 2 previous years were "pure" illustrations, so they might not ring a bell...
Fortunately links are here for that.
Last year : [link]
with a text
Two years ago : modified version of [link]
Cameos of Doraemon and Kero, belonging to Kujiko Fujio and CLAMP respectively.