Last summer, I spent some time sketching at playgrounds while my sons played. I like to draw during the summer and process those drawings in the fall & winter. I took these sketches & turned them into vectors for an entirely different project. I liked them so much I thought, why not make a paper doll?!
Once the vectors were complete, I sketched out 15 different themed outfit sets for Santa and Mrs Claus. These are super rough sketches. I just needed enough to work with in Illustrator. This is a sketch of the bodies and rough outline of the themes. I tend to write notes to myself -- it can be years between sketch & final project! I already had the heads from the previous project. That's one of the great advantages to working in vectors: infinite scale. I can make these billboard sized or postage stamp sized without any loss of resolution.
I'll share some of the rough sketches each day with the outfit posts. I originally thought of this as an international Santa project but it expanded beyond that. None of these are really specific to a culture or country, but more of an homage to different cultures.
So each day this month, I'll share either Santa or Mrs Claus. At the end, I'll post a pdf so you can grab the whole set. You can right-click and download each doll/outfit every day.
Here they are! I totally, absolutely LOVE how these came out. They print nice & large, too, and shouldn't be too difficult to cut out, even for younger paper doll fans. Come back tomorrow for the first outfit of the series!