by Kerby Rosanes . December 6th, 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
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 anpan-man
santa claus by DanielGrzeszkiewicz
Santa Claus by Amisgaudi
santa by BenBASSO
Bad Santa Reloaded by kerembeyit
Santa Claus – merry christmas by TomsGG
Nicolas by Turtle-Arts
Santa Claws is Coming to Town by dholl
BATTLE-BEFORE-CHRISTMAS_for_cgpintor by totmoartsstudio2
dear Santa.. by onionmania33
santa claus with goku stuffs by FASSLAYER
Santa Claus by SoulOfDavid
Ghoul Santa by PaulAbrams
DAC redesign challenge Santa 2011 by justsantiago
SANTA terror color by Vinz-el-Tabanas
Santa sledding by RogerStork
santa by chngch
tribal santa by unded
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by blackbookalpha
Santa Claus is Coming to Town. by wwysocki
Santa 2001 by marespro13
Christmas Hippo by RobbVision
Vade retro santa-mas by kerast
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYBODY by daRoz
santa by Pallala
Christmas Card 2009: Santa B.C by whysoawesome
After the Ride by Nhaar
When Santa is hungry… by KetsuoTategami
Here comes Santa Claus.. by Miko-M
Ded Moroz by PerlaMarina
North. – Rise of the Guardians. via SirKannario by DreamWorks
Which artwork is your most favorite? Tell us your thoughts as well as your suggestions by commenting below.
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.