I painted this Santa Clause a few years ago as the cover art for a pastoral message series. The series was titled, Life-Changing Prayers At Christmas. It was left up to me to determine the creative direction and final image. I was given total creative freedom.
There are not many existing images of Santa praying, and most of those are cartoonish in approach. I wanted to create a close-up with a reverential feel. In searching for “scrap” (reference material), I found several photos of older, whiskered men in facial poses similar to what I was looking for. I based Santa’s face on these and used my own hands as reference.
This illustration presents a different approach to the Christmas holiday. It bridges the gap between the commercial and the sacred by combining the popular icon of Santa (made famous in his current form by Coca-Cola) with the holy celebration.
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Alvalyn Lundgren, is a graphic designer, illustrator and owner of Alvalyn Creative, based near Los Angeles, California. Contact her for your graphic and web design needs. You can join her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and subscribe to her monthly newsletter.