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Christmas cards by Alvalyn Lundgren featuring her illustration, Santa’s Prayer (Santa Praying.)

From the Archives: Santa’s Prayer

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.


An original image of Santa Claus in prayer. Original illustration created in watercolor, gouache and colored pencil on paper.
An original image of Santa Claus in prayer. ©2o1o Alvalyn Lundgren. All rights reserved. Original illustration created in watercolor, gouache and colored pencil on paper. This image is watermarked. To license a watermark-free versions of this illustration, contact me to purchase.


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.

Alvalyn Lundgren

Alvalyn Lundgren is the founder and design director at Alvalyn Creative, an independent practice near Thousand Oaks, California. She creates visual branding, publications and books for business, entrepreneurs and authors. She is the creator of Freelance Road Trip — a business roadmap program for creative freelancers. Contact her for your visual branding, graphic and digital design needs. Join her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and subscribe to her free monthly newsletter.

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