Thinking about ideas with presents that have been relevant since the dawn of humanity.
Art director: How about we build it around protecting Motherland somehow?
Phew... Going through all the metaphors for protection: a helmet, a shield, polystyrene, insulation, barbed wire. Stop, that’s definitely going the wrong direction. A birch tree wrapped in polystyrene? A blaster deflector shield? Rooftop, awning? How about a roof with tiles made of army shoulder loops? Birch firewood in a fire-resistant safe?
Deciding the way it’s going to look (at least the general idea).
Choosing the illustration, starting to draw:
Putting it all together.
Sending to the typesetter.