Friday, December 18, 2015

December Paper Doll -- Santa Claus, Outfit 9

I hope everyone liked the nautical themed Santa & Mrs Claus.  The beach set was really fun, too.

Today I have a woodland themed Santa outfit. I tend to scribble notes on my sketches.  This set had "BLUE" scribbled all over the place.  Is this set blue?

Nope.  Sure isn't blue.

And I'm very happy about that.

Sometimes plans change and I really just didn't feel like blue here.  I really liked the rich woodland colors.  And that owl!  I drew that in Illustrator primarily with the pencil tool.  That's really become my favorite tool in Illustrator, especially on the Surface.  It feels like regular old pencil & paper and I love it. The stitching looks more complicated than it is.  I'd really like to do a series of tutorials based on the whole Santa set.  I used a lot of tricks & shortcuts that could be useful to other Illustrator users.

If you're looking for the dolls, you can grab them here.


  1. i love the palette you went with here ~ it's very Father Christmasy. and that owl! what a beautiful owl!

    1. Thanks! The colors really make this. I don't think the blues I initially had in mind would have worked at all. And the owl came out way better than I expected!