How to Draw a Santa Claus Face

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Learn how to draw a great looking Santa Claus Face with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Santa Claus Face.

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Complete Santa Claus Face drawing
Complete Santa Claus Face drawing

Santa Claus is coming to town! Sketch his portrait with this Santa Claus face drawing guide.

Did you know? Santa Claus didn't always look the way he does in this drawing. Many of the legends of Santa Clause were based on St. Nicholas, a 4th-century saint.

If Nicholas was a real person - a fact that remains unconfirmed - he was likely a bishop who wore the garments associated with that office.

In 1863, an artist named Thomas Nast first drew the modern Santa for a magazine called Harper's Weekly. This Santa was recognizable with his red suit, white beard, and pudgy belly. He based his character on the 1823 poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

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In 1931, the Coca-Cola Company began using a similar rosy-cheeked Santa in a red suit for its advertisements. This image stuck and is still the most recognizable today.

Everybody wants to meet Santa Claus. Want to make a "Wanted" poster for Santa? Add the Santa Claus face outline to this "Wanted" poster cartoon!

If you liked this drawing tutorial, see also the following guides: Christmas Snoopy drawing, Merry Christmas Card drawing, and Christmas Pudding drawing.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Santa Claus Face

How to Draw a Great Looking Santa Claus Face for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Santa Claus Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the Santa Claus face outline by drawing his eyes. Outline the eyes using curved lines. Then, shade a partial oval inside each eye to indicate the pupils. Draw a curved line between the eyes to suggest the bridge of the nose.

Easy Santa Claus Face Drawing - Step 2

Santa Claus Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 2

2. Draw an oval for the nose. Extend curved lines from it to form the top of the mustache. Then, draw a curved line above each eye to indicate the eyelid, and enclose the bushy, cloudlike eyebrows using curved lines.

Easy Santa Claus Face Drawing - Step 3

Santa Claus Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Use a series of connected curved lines to outline the mustache. Then, draw a "U" shaped line below it to form the mouth.

Easy Santa Claus Face Drawing - Step 4

Santa Claus Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Draw curved lines inside the mouth to indicate the tongue and teeth, and below it to form the chin. Then, sketch the sides of the beard using curved lines of different lengths that meet at jagged points.

Easy Santa Claus Face Drawing - Step 5

Santa Claus Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Complete the beard using long, overlapping curved lines that meet at a point at the bottom.

Easy Santa Claus Face Drawing - Step 6

Santa Claus Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Use curved lines to sketch the sides of the face and to detail around the mouth.

Easy Santa Claus Face Drawing - Step 7

Santa Claus Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Use curved lines to trace the ears, detail within them, and draw the hair above them.

Add More Details to Your Santa Claus Face Picture - Step 8

Santa Claus Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Draw Santa's hat. Enclose a curved rectangle at the top of the head, then draw a long curved line from one side of it.

Complete the Outline of Your Santa Claus Face Drawing - Step 9

Santa Claus Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

Complete your Santa Claus face outline by using overlapping curved lines to finish enclosing the hat. Then, sketch the round pom pom at the tip.

Color Your Santa Claus Face Drawing

Santa Claus Face step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Color your cartoon of Santa’s face. He typically has rosy cheeks, a white beard, and a red and white hat.

Easy, step by step Santa Claus Face drawing tutorial
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