Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December Paper Doll -- Santa Claus, Outfit 11

It feels good to follow up the blah blue woodland set with this set.  I really like this set.  It's another one that may inspired a tutorial next year.  I don't think there are a lot of paper doll artists who use Illustrator, bu the techniques I use are not just for making paper dolls!

Much like the Father Frost/Russian set, this is not a strict expression of any national costume.  It's inspired by Scandinavian/Lappland/Sami dress and cultures without really being a strict example of any of them.

The flowers are awesome! I almost used a folk flower motif I created a while back but thought the better of it.  It would have worked but this is way better.  The snowshoe came out better than I expected it would, too, so I'm happy with that.  The hat hasn't been tested yet, but it should work.

Tomorrow, Mrs Claus has a great coordinating outfit.  I'm excited to share it!

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


  1. Well, this might be my new favorite. (I've got to stop having new favorites... :) ) I love the folkart patterns on the jacket. I don't use illustrator much, but I have been taking a Lynda class on it. I think what I have mostly gained is huge respect for people like you who have a mastery of the program.

    1. I appreciate that you think I've mastered Illustrator :) I still think I have a long way to go (isn't that always the way?!). I love Illustrator but I can understand why it's viewed as a challenging program. It's like this difference between painting and sculpture: neither is more or less difficult than the other; they just require different mindsets.

      If you're taking Lynda classes on Illustrator, I strongly recommend Von Glitschka's classes. He has several books, too, that are worth checking out. I sometimes combine Illustrator and Photoshop, so it's good to know both. Pattern brushes and seamless patterns as so much easier to make in Illustrator than in Photoshop!