Learn How to Draw a Jolly Santa Claus Picture

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It's very easy to draw your very own Santa Claus In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to draw a cartoon of the traditional jolly Santa, complete with a sack slung over his shoulder.

He does look a little difficult at first, but don't worry. If you follow this lesson one step at a time and copy each line carefully, you'll have a great looking Santa Claus. 

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Begin With Some Circles

start drawing Santa with a big circle
Start your Santa Claus with a big circle. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

To begin your cartoon Santa, draw a really big circle. Then, draw a little circle so that the big circle overlaps its middle. Add two eyes and a little round nose on the line where the circles connect.

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Draw Santa's Moustache

draw Santa's moustache
Draw Santa's Moustache. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Next, draw Santa's curly mustache, connecting it at the base of his nose. To give him that jolly look, add some wrinkle lines beneath his eyes.

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Drawing Santa's Face

drawing santa's face
Drawing Santa's Face. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Now we'll add more detail to Santa's face to complete his "Ho-Ho-Ho" appearance.

  • Add a big circle shape from each side of his mustache to finish off his beard.
  • Then, draw a smaller circle inside that to add his mouth. Give him a little lip line with a half-moon underneath.
  • Add a third circle-shape to create his tongue inside the mouth.
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Draw Santa's Eyebrows and Whiskers

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Draw Santa's Whiskers. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Santa is known for having great facial hair, so now is the time to give that a little life as well.

  • Draw two rounded rectangles to make big, fluffy eyebrows on the top of his forehead.
  • Draw a pointy, curved line to add some whiskers in his beard. Just a single line gives the impression of hair, so keep it simple.
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Draw the Ear

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Draw the Ear. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Santa needs an ear, so draw that right behind his beard. The ear is a simple curved line, and inside is an "S" shaped line that we see in many cartoon character.

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Drawing Santa's Hat

begin drawing Santa's Hat
Begin Drawing Santa's Hat. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Now, we need to give Santa his traditional hat. The first part of his hat is a rounded rectangle fitting snugly over his head.

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Finish Drawing Santa's Hat

finish drawing Santa's hat
Finish drawing Santa's Hat. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

To finish drawing Santa's hat, begin with a circle behind his ear that is not connected to the drawing. This is the soft, heavy ball that hangs down.

Draw two curved lines that connect the hat to the ball. The first will come from the brim on his hat and the second, shorter line from right behind his ear.

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Draw Santa's Hands

draw Santa's hand
Draw Santa's Hand. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Because this is a funny cartoon Santa, details like hands and feet can be simplified. You can see the basic shapes that make up the form of Santa's hand. Draw his hand waving over his head, and draw a line on each side that goes down to his body.

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Continue Drawing Santa's Hands

draw Santa's hand and arm
Draw Santa's Hand and Arm. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Santa's other hand is also made of simple shapes. It might look a bit odd at first, but if you remember that the arm is coming out towards you and the hand is gripping the bag, it makes sense.

Don't forget to draw his forearm behind his hand; it is a curved line.

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Draw Santa's Toy Bag

Draw Santa's toy bag
Draw Santa's Toy Bag. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Santa's bag of toys is really just a fat oval that is nearly the size of his body.

  • Draw a few line pointing downs and toward his hand to represent the folds in the fabric.
  • Give the bag dimension with one sweeping curve in the lower part of the bag.
  • The end of his bag Santa's holding is an outline of a lopsided figure-8 and is connected with two curving lines that lead to his hand.
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Draw Santa's Coat

Draw Santa's Coat
Draw Santa's Coat. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

One of Santa's most important features is his warm and bright red coat.

  • Draw two curved lines that start beneath his beard and end on the bottom right side.
  • Draw two curved lines on the other side as well.
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Draw Santa's Belt and Boots

draw Santa's belt and boots
Draw Santa's Belt and Boots. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

To draw Santa's belt, draw a long rectangle that follows the shape of his round belly, making it run outside of the main body circle just a bit. Then, put a rectangle in the center of it to draw the buckle. Drawing the third rectangle inside this one adds a little dimension.

Santa's legs are very simple. They are pointy, curved rectangles. A small triangular notch is cut out to make the boot shapes.

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Cartoon Santa - Finish the Cartoon Santa Picture

the finished cartoon Santa picture
The finished Santa cartoon. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Now the cartoon Santa picture is nearly finished. Two simple fat rectangles finish off his boot-tops, and he's done. You've drawn a complete cartoon Santa! 

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Santa Claus Cartoon in Color

Santa Claus Cartoon in Color
The Santa Claus Cartoon in Color. S. Encarnacion, licensed to About.com, Inc.

To add color to Santa, make his suit and hat red and accent it with green for the belt, boots, mittens, and sack. Give him some blue eyes, a pink nose and tongue, and a little purple for the shadow inside his mouth.

Of course, you can always give Santa a custom look with your own color scheme.