You! Be Inspired! – Cool Illustrations Featuring Santa Claus

Inspiration December 6, 2012

One of the most significant symbols for Christmas aside from the Nativity scene and Christmas tree is Santa Claus, the big bearded man loved by kids and a popular character for giving gifts a night before Christmas day. Santa Claus also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas or simply, “Santa” is a character/figure with legendary, mythical, historical or folklore origins. In western cultures, his character is mostly associated as someone who brings gifts to the homes of “good” children during the late hours of Christmas Eve.

Santa Claus is generally described as a jolly or joyous, white-bearded man – sometimes with spectacles and wears a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots. This depiction became popular in the United States and Canada during the 19th century as influenced by the 1823 poem of Clement Clarke Moore called “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and Tomas Nast‘s interpretation of Santa in a caricature  called “Merry Old Santa Claus” from the January 1, 1881 edition of Harper’s Weekly. The image has been maintained and immortalized through time in various children’s books, songs, television and movies.

 

"Merry Old Santa Claus" - Caricature by Thomas Nast

“Merry Old Santa Claus” – Caricature by Thomas Nast

 

To show how much Santa has influenced many lives of people and to celebrate the Christmas spirit of the season, we here at You The Designer have collected some of the coolest, amazing, funny and unique fan art illustrations of Santa Claus by various artists  over the Internet. Lets see how the original image of Santa illustrated by Thomas Nast has evolved. Check them out below and enjoy!

 

Santa Claus by GENZOMAN

Santa Claus by GENZOMAN

 

Santa claus by anpan-man

Santa claus by anpan-man

 

santa claus by DanielGrzeszkiewicz

santa claus by DanielGrzeszkiewicz

 

Santa Claus by Amisgaudi

Santa Claus by Amisgaudi

 

santa by BenBASSO

santa by BenBASSO

 

Bad Santa Reloaded by kerembeyit

Bad Santa Reloaded by kerembeyit

 

Santa Claus - merry christmas by TomsGG

Santa Claus – merry christmas by TomsGG

 

Nicolas by Turtle-Arts

Nicolas by Turtle-Arts

 

Santa Claws is Coming to Town by dholl

Santa Claws is Coming to Town by dholl

 

BATTLE-BEFORE-CHRISTMAS_for_cgpintor by totmoartsstudio2

BATTLE-BEFORE-CHRISTMAS_for_cgpintor by totmoartsstudio2

 

dear Santa.. by onionmania33

dear Santa.. by onionmania33

 

santa claus with goku stuffs by FASSLAYER

santa claus with goku stuffs by FASSLAYER

 

Santa Claus by SoulOfDavid

Santa Claus by SoulOfDavid

 

Ghoul Santa by PaulAbrams

Ghoul Santa by PaulAbrams

 

DAC redesign challenge Santa 2011 by justsantiago

DAC redesign challenge Santa 2011 by justsantiago

 

SANTA terror color by Vinz-el-Tabanas

SANTA terror color by Vinz-el-Tabanas

 

Santa sledding by RogerStork

Santa sledding by RogerStork

 

santa by chngch

santa by chngch

 

tribal santa by unded

tribal santa by unded

 

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by blackbookalpha

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by blackbookalpha

 

Santa Claus is Comming to Town. by wwysocki

Santa Claus is Coming to Town. by wwysocki

 

Santa 2001 by marespro13

Santa 2001 by marespro13

 

Christmas Hippo by RobbVision

Christmas Hippo by RobbVision

 

Vade retro santa-mas by kerast

Vade retro santa-mas by kerast

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYBODY by daRoz

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYBODY by daRoz

 

santa by Pallala

santa by Pallala

 

Christmas Card 2009: Santa B.C by whysoawesome

Christmas Card 2009: Santa B.C by whysoawesome

 

After the Ride by Nhaar

After the Ride by Nhaar

 

When Santa is hungry... by KetsuoTategami

When Santa is hungry… by KetsuoTategami

 

Here comes Santa Claus.. by Miko-M

Here comes Santa Claus.. by Miko-M

 

Ded Moroz by PerlaMarina

Ded Moroz by PerlaMarina

 

North. - Rise of the Guardians. by SirKannario

North. – Rise of the Guardians. via SirKannario by DreamWorks

 
 

NOTE: Images on this page are not owned by YouTheDesigner and are used solely as design examples and inspiration. Please click on the images to see their original sources.

 


 

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 Kerby Rosanes

Kerby is an online marketer who has a keen eye in print design and creative artworks. When not at work, he spends most of his time in completing his sketchbooks with doodles and illustrations from anything that inspires him to draw. He is an avid fan of Japanese Anime, manga and some comic book characters. Check out his illustration blog and portfolio for more info.

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