Retired Hallmark Artist

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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.

See a List of Collin’s Ornaments

News About John “Collin” Francis