It’s only right to offer a cartoon santa drawing lesson. After all, everyone loves santa Clause!
When you think of santa, what words come to mind? How would you describe him? Big? Round? Red coat and hat? White beard? Sure, all these things are very relevant. But what about clouds? Did clouds come to mind at all?
Well, that’s what I think of first – clouds. Big fluffy white clouds to be exact! Why? Let me explain…
Take a look at the simple cartoon santa to the right. See the clouds? If not – don’t worry. Because once you learn how to draw the simple clouds that I’m about to show you, drawing a cartoon santa will be a snap!
Ready to get started? Great… let’s go!
First Step – Clouds for Your Santa
Drawing santa immediately becomes a lot easier after you learn to appreciate and then draw the simple clouds that he’s composed of.
Any cloud in the sky can be simplified to simple lines – or for our purposes, simple shapes. Just like the ones you see to the left… a circle, a square and a triangle.
So, on a scrap piece of paper, and using a pencil, go ahead and draw these simple shapes. Make them any size you choose. This is strictly practice… no santa drawing at thsi point!
Got your shapes drawn? Great! Now, take out a black pen or marker, and draw over each shape. Except instead of drawing straight lines, draw your lines so that they’re bumpy – just like the way I did on the right.
Make yours more or less bumpy. It’s up to you.
OK. Now go ahead and erase the pencil lines. What’s left? You guessed it! Three simple clouds – each one resembling one of the three simple shapes.
Sure, you could have easily drawn these "clouds" without first drawing the shapes, but in doing so, you can really see just how easy drawing clouds is.
Next, you’re going to begin to draw your cartoon santa. Remember how easy these cloud shapes were to draw. You’re about to find out just how important this is in being able to draw a simple cartoon santa. In fact, it all starts out by drawing a circular cloud… the very top of santa’s hat!
Second Step – Cartoon Santa Hat
Because this is a rather simple lesson, there’s no need to go about drawing all the shapes that make up your cartoon santa. Instead, you’re going to draw him – literally from head to toe! And it starts with the very tip of your santa hat.
Alright, first – draw a circular cloud near the top of your page. Make it a bit small as this cloud will become the ball at the tip of your santa hat.
After the ball, move down the page a little. Below the ball, draw another cloud. Make it a rectangular cloud. It will become the brim of your santa hat.
It doesn’t matter how much space you leave between the ball and the brim of your santa hat. It also doesn’t matter if the ball is centered with the brim. Your santa hat can be drawn in many different ways, so why not make the ball of your santa hat falling to the side? All you need to do, is draw the ball off-centered to the left or right.
Now to finish your santa hat. Draw two lines to connect the brim of the hat to the ball of the hat. Make them straight or curved if you like. It’s up to you.
And that’s it! Your cartoon santa now has a hat, and all it took was two simple clouds and two lines. Pretty easy so far isn’t it?
Next, we’ll move down below the brim of the hat to draw santa’s face…
Third Step – A Face and Beard for Santa
Similar to his hat, drawing the face of your cartoon santa is also really simple. That’s because it’s made up mostly of clouds… clouds that are very easy to draw!
The first step in drawing your cartoon santa’s face, is to draw another rectangular cloud. Now, you only have to draw three sides because the top side is already there. It’s the bottom part of the hat.
For each of the three new sides, make sure that the "bumps" of the cloud are facing inwards.
Next, draw another two rectangular clouds, only make them much smaller than the ones you’ve drawn so far. These will become your cartoon santa’s eyebrows. Yes, they too resemble clouds!
Oh, and don’t worry about drawing a cross on the face of your santa. I know that I highly recommended it in other lessons, but this one is too simple. If you really want though, feel free to draw a cross to help you keep the proportion of the face of your cartoon santa.
I’ll leave the rest of santa’s face up to you. I kept my santa ultra-simple with the addition of only two small circles (the eyes) and an oval (the nose). Feel free to do the same with either more or even less detail.
You may want to draw a couple more circles (or parts of circles) at the bottom left and right corners of the face. Later, you can color them red or pink to resemble "rosy red cheeks," perfect for any cartoon santa drawing!
Now that his face is finished, it’s time to draw a big white beard for your santa. And yes – you guessed it… santa’s beard is also made up of clouds!
Actually, his beard is made up of one big cloud. All you need to do is draw a big "U" shape – but of course, make it bumpy as opposed to just straight.
Starting at the far left lower corner of your cartoon santa hat, begin to draw your bumpy line. Slowly curve the line around the face as you draw it.
As you draw the line, don’t be afraid to make yours different. Surely you’ve seen more than a few pictures of santa before. And surely you’ve seen that his beard doesn’t always look the same. So, feel free to draw yours shorter, longer, wider, skinnier, etc.
If you want, go ahead and draw his beard so that it’s long and triangular – similar to Gandalf the Gray’s from Lord of the Rinds. Be creative with the beard!
Alright – final step for the face and beard of your cartoon santa. All that’s left is to give your santa a mouth and some ears.
Small half-circles will do just fine for the ears. And for the mouth – well, again I’ll leave that up to you. My santa looks as though he’s actually saying, "Ho, ho, ho." If you want, give your santa a smile, some teeth… or maybe because his beard is so thick and bushy – you can’t see his mouth at all! In this case, you don’t have to draw it.
If you do give your santa a mouth, you may want to make a little opening so that you can see the skin around his mouth. To do this, first draw a small circular cloud, just like the one at the tip of his hat. But, draw the bumps on the cloud so that they point inwards. Then, go ahead and draw his mouth inside the circular cloud.
Well, that’s all there is to drawing santa’s head. Next, let’s move on down to his body…
Fourth Step – Santa’s Body
One of santa’s most famous characteristics is that he’s big! And round too! So when we draw him, it only makes sense to make him look big and round. Right?
Well, if you like, you can draw your santa big and round if you want… or you can draw him small and skinny too! Your choice. The main thing is that you know how to do either. Here’s how…
Similar to how you drew santa’s hat – drawing the brim and then connecting it to the ball, we’ll do the same with the body. So first, move your pencil down the page a bit to draw two rectangles – a big one with a smaller one in the middle. This is santa’s belt buckle.
Now be careful here! It’s at this stage in the drawing that you define just how tall your santa will be. Why? How? Well, the belt buckle is of course on the belt. And the center of santa’s belt will sit almost perfectly in the center of his belly.
So, the further down from his beard the buckle is, the taller he will be. And the closer it is to his beard, the shorter he will be.
Once you’ve figured out where to put the belt buckle, your going to draw another cloud. Yes, another one! So, draw a long vertical rectangular cloud (the seam of his coat) that extends from just under santa’s beard, all the way down to his belt buckle. Below the buckle, continue the cloud a little ways like I did in the example to the left.
Great! Now you know how "long" santa’s body will be. The next thing to do is decide how "wide" he’s going to be. And this all depends on yet another simple cloud drawing…
All it takes is another long rectangular cloud drawn perpendicular to the seam of santa’s coat. Mine is slightly curved, but keep yours straight if you like. Similar to the seam – deciding how tall or short santa would be, the bottom of santa’s coat can be drawn to decide how fat or thin you want him. Simply put, the longer the cloud, the fatter your santa will be!
Got your long rectangular cloud drawn? Is it too long? Not long enough? Either way, don’t worry. It will be funny to see how it turns out. And later, you can always draw another santa. More drawing =’s more practice! 🙂
Alright. Now you need to draw a stomach. And all it takes to do it is two simple curves lines. So, on either side of the long rectangular cloud you just drew, draw a line that curves upwards and towards santa’s beard. Be sure to leave some space between the end of the line and the beard though. You’ll need some room to draw the arms.
So, how does your santa look at this point? Tall, short? Fat, skinny? Again, If he doesn’t look the way you’d expected him to – don’t worry!
Keep going and finish the drawing. You can always change the size of your santa the next time around.
As you can see, your santa’s really beginning to take shape. Big, round… jolly! Next, it’s on to the arms and legs…
Fifth Step – Arms and Legs
Let’s keep the arms and legs as simple as possible. Just like how you drew your santa’s stomach – two simple curved lines… do the exact same thing to draw in his arms and legs.
Some advice… well, it’s easiest yif ou do exactly the same to the right side of your santa as you do to the left side. Just mirror the two sides to keep his arms and legs as similar (and simple) as possible.
You may however want your santa to be waving, or holding something like a bag of presents. I’ll leave that up to you!
Eight simple curved lines later, and you’re ready to continue with the cuffs…
Sixth Step – Cuffs
The "cuffs" are the big fluffy white parts at the end of santa’s coat sleeves and his pants. And guess what? Yep, you got it… they too are clouds! Four of them.
So, for each cuff, simply draw in a rectangular cloud. Draw each cloud so that it meets the ends of the lines you drew for santa’s arms and legs.
Something else you may want to consider… instead of drawing the cuffs as clouds — you could go ahead and make them more to look like just rectangles. It will give your santa a different look from mine, and hey… there’s nothing wrong with that! Give a shot and see if you can give your santa some different looking cuffs.
Seventh Step – Mittens and Boots
Yes, your santa’s got to have hands and feet! But we all know – it’s very cold up at the North Pole! So, let’s make sure he stays extra nice and warm with some mittens and boots.
First the mittens. Mittens are really easy to draw. That’s why in the cartoon chef lesson, I suggested you draw hands that look more like mittens if you were having trouble drawing hands. For cartoons, it’s OK.
All a mitten really is – is an oval, cut in half. Then, on the top of the oval, in the middle, there’s another smaller oval sticking out of it. The larger oval is the finger-part of the mitten, while the smaller oval is the thumb-part of the mitten. Go ahead and draw your santa some mittens.
Boots are also pretty easy to draw. Actually, if you want, you can just draw the boots similar to how you drew the mittens. For a cartoon santa, ovals sticking out of the bottom of his pant cuffs will be just fine.
Oh, and more thing about the mittens and the boots. Keeping proportion is pretty important here. So, do check out the cartoon chef lesson to get an idea of how to keep the mittens about the same size. Do the same thing for the boots.
Final Step – Details? Finished!
Sweet! You’re almost finished! But first, how about those details?
Actually, there is really only one minor detail you need to add. Can you guess what it is? Yes – the belt of course! After all, santa can’t have a belt buckle without a belt!
With another four simple curved lines, go ahead and draw in a belt for your cartoon santa. Make them so that they curve downwards ever so slightly. This gives your cartoon santa a bit of a 3D look. Oh, and make sure that you keep the belt skinnier than the buckle too!
Anthing else? Well, if you really want to bring out the lines of your drawing, you can always go over them with a black pen or a thick black marker. And if you kept your pencil lines nice and light, then erasing them afterwards will be a piece of cake.
Congratulations to you! You’re all finished creating your cartoon santa!