Retired Hallmark Artist
Started at Hallmark:
Started at Keepsakes:
When it comes to his animal ornaments, John Francis (Collin) doesn’t’ like to be pigeonholed. “Some artists make all their animals cute. Others only want realism in their figures. I like to do both,” John says. His wide-ranging tastes and talents are evident in such designs as Baby Partridge, Keepsake Miniature Ornament Black-Capped Chickadee, and Keepsake Magic design The Animals Speak.
When he aims for cuteness in his animals, John enlarges their heads and eyes.
“It’s a matter of exaggerating certain features. You always make the head bigger than the body and give the animals large eyes. Also, you have to give them a slight smile by sculpting upturned mouths. All these things give animals a more animated look,” the artist says.