Santa-My-Grandpa No. 1

I had fun turning my kid’s grandpa into Santa!

Grandpa’s come in all shapes and sizes… and so should Santas! It was snowing when I finished it up, the perfect mood for a holiday themed illustration.

The idea of turning a grandpa into Santa is one that’s been rattling around since I had some fun up-cycling an old op-shop portrait into Santa.

Materials : Liquitex Pro Heavy body acrylic on illustration board. It’s the first time using this paint for portraits so was experimenting with skin tones.

This is the sketch painting underneath the final painting, only painted with black, white & a warm brown… Dad’s beard grew and grew as I painted and revised over top! Part of me likes this sketch better than the finished as it is looser… will keep it in mind for the next Santa I do!

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