Cartoon Santa Claus

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‘Tis the season for Cartoon Santa Claus. The lights are up, decorating has begun, and with that, there’s a need for Santa Claus cartoons. I haven’t drawn many people characters for sale as microstock but Santa Claus seemed like a must do for the holiday season. Recreating a character that is already so well known presents unique challenges. On the one hand, Santa Claus is a guaranteed sale at least once a year. On the other hand, everyone knows that so the market is already saturated with high-quality Santa Claus microstock. The challenge is to create a Santa that hasn’t been seen before. It can be something simple that sets him apart. This Santa Claus is sporting suspenders, not a typical look for Santa but one that I think suits him well.

Cartoon Fish

 

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This is one of the few cartoon fish I’ve drawn for sale as microstock. In my experience cartoon fish have never really been big sellers. Cats and dogs always do well, but fish seem to have far less mass appeal. I get it, not everyone has a use for a cartoon fish. Still, they’re fun to draw and the sheer variety to choose from means that the creative options are virtually limitless. I like to think that this blue-fish is dealing with a nasty bout of hiccups.

Cartoon Santa Dog​

cartoon_football_playerCartoon Santa Dog is a semi-rare breed. I have a varied set of cartoon dogs available for sale in the microstock communities, among them are a few dogs wearing Santa hats. I’ve always enjoyed drawing cartoon dogs, and this cartoon Santa dog was no exception. His prominent, goofy expression, was inspired by the campy and colorful, Banana Splits, a 1970’s live-action/cartoon series. Cartoon Santa Dog’s design is meant to be exaggerated, verging on ridiculous. A look he carries off very well.

Cartoon Pig

cartoon_football_playerCartoon pigs have always been favorite microstock images. They have a sympathetic vibe and a beautiful abstract shape that leaves the door open for lots of comic relief. This round little piggy is one of my first microstock pigs. I tried to capture a sweet but confused expression on this pigs face. Even though the original image is a few years old now, this pig still makes me smile.

Cartoon Reindeer

cartoon_football_playerCartoon reindeer are by far my best selling holiday-themed microstock characters. My take on the reindeer has always been more comical than anatomically correct. Their long limbs and antlers leave the door wide open for comic silliness. This guy is decked out for the holidays and seems pretty excited to spread his brand of holiday cheer.

 

Cartoon Football Player

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North American football is going strong at this time of year. There are crispy fall days and plenty of games on TV to keep us engaged as the days get shorter. I have a small collection of cartoon football players available for sale in the microstock community. Capturing just the right moment or expression in the pose or on the face of a player can really make or break a character.

Cartoon Chickens

cartoon_halloween_cartoonsCartoon birds, especially cartoon chickens are among my best sellers in the microstock community. There’s something about a chicken that makes a great character. I don’t know if it’s the scruffy bodies or the floppy head bits, but for whatever reason, they lend themselves well to pen and tablet.

This chicken is one of the taller breeds of barnyard fowl. With stripey legs and scruffy feathers, I can’t help but smile when I see that blank expression.

Cartoon Cat

cartoon_halloween_cartoonsWhen it comes to drawing cartoons, cats are a common subject. This is especially true in the microstock communities. I’ve always enjoyed drawing cats, they have a unique take on life and capturing just the right expression can make a drawing come to life. This feline is a recent addition to my already well-stocked collection of cartoon cats. His unimpressed expression makes him one of my favorites.

Halloween Cartoon Pumpkins

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It’s that time of year again!

Halloween is on the horizon and jack-o’-lanterns are once again on the drawing board. These orange beasties make great canvases for facial expressions, ranging from naive innocence to bloody horrific. I tend to favor the latter, with a bit of knife-in-cheek horror thrown in.

There is a growing gallery of jack-o’-lanterns and other Halloween themed characters available for purchase at cartoon pumpkins.