By now, you have likely heard that this is the famous 100th Anniversary of the Christmas Truce of World War 1. But, did you know, that there was a precedent for this important event in human affairs that occurred 50 years before? I didn’t.
…until I received this request last summer from Jan Nielsen, of Loop Associates, Copenhagen:
“Dear Kevin Sprouls,
New illustration desired.
The war In 1864 at the Danish-German border, was interrupted on Christmas Day, where soldiers from both sides met and made a toast.
The attached illustration shows the meeting.”
and here is what Jan sent me…
This project seemed perfect for me. I replied with the sketch:
Sketch approved, I moved on to making the finished art…
This is how the art is presented on the packaging— a job well-done:
You can just make out the illustration imprinted on the back of the bottle in this image. Below, a clearer view of the box…
Just for fun, I added a bit of “dash” to the finished illustration:
So inspiring, and poignant, especially at this time of year, to recall the spontaneous outbursts of Good Will among men.
Peaceful Holidays, All!