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Draw Santa's Laughing Face: Easy Step-by-Step Guide

Draw Santa's Laughing Face: Easy Step-by-Step Guide

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Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy the new year’s coming by drawing your childhood’s favorite fictional character: Santa Claus.

Ho ho ho, guess what? It's that time of year again! The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and tradition. From decorating your home with twinkling lights,  baking delicious treats, and spending time with loved ones, to coloring our free, downloadable, and printable Christmas items coloring pages there are countless ways to embrace the season's spirit. 

For many people, one of the most cherished holiday traditions is the iconic figure of Santa Claus. With his jolly demeanor, rosy cheeks, and signature red suit, Santa represents the magic and wonder of the season like no other. 

In this article, we'll provide step-by-step instructions on drawing a Santa face laughing, using simple techniques accessible to artists of all skill levels. 

So, grab your pencils, paper, and erasers, and let's get started! 

Steps 1 & 2: Draw a Circle and Split it into Quarters 

Step 1: Draw a Circle
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Step 2: Divide the Circle into Four Sections
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To start, draw a circle in the center of your paper. This circle will be the basis for Santa's head. 

Then, divide the circle into four equal quarters using a ruler or freehand. This will help you create the basic proportions for Santa's face, including the placement of his eyes, nose, and mouth. 

Be sure to draw the lines lightly, as you'll erase them later. Once you've divided the circle into quarters, you're all set to move on to the next step.

Step 3: Adding the Eyes to Santa's Face 

Step 3: Adding the Eyes to Santa's Face
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Now that you've drawn the basic outline of Santa's face, it's time to add some details. Use the sketch image as a guide. Draw two small curved lines on the horizontal line for Santa's squinting eyes. 

Once you're happy with the placement and shape of Santa's features, you can move on to the next step. 

Step 4: Add the Nose 

Step 4: Add the Nose
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In order to draw Santa’s nose successfully, we provided you with a little tutorial on the right of the sketch above. 

Star by drawing a small circle in the middle of the face. It should be tiny. Add on its left half of a circle, just like cherries portrayed from the side. Add a smaller circle once more on the right. Once that’s done, draw a curved line coming from the base of the middle circle and going upwards using a darker pen, go over the nostrils, and remove the sketch lines.  

Be careful so you don't smudge the rest of the drawing.  

Step 5: Add the Mutasche 

Step 5: Add the Mutasche
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Next, draw Santa's mustache just below the nose. The mustache should be bushy and extend outward from the sides of the nose.

Make sure to add a few messy strands of hair here and there.

Step 6: Add More Facial Features 

Step 6: Add More Facial Features
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Now that you've drawn Santa's eyes, nose, and mustache, it's time to add more features to his face. Using your reference image as a guide, draw the mouth. The mouth should be wide and curved upward at the corners to give Santa an unmistakable expression of joy. Make sure to position the mouth below the mustache and to draw the upper lip with a slight curve to emphasize the laughter. 

Step 7: Draw Santa's Statement Beard 

Step 7: Draw Santa's Statement Beard
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Now that you've added Santa's eyes, nose, mustache, and mouth, it's time to draw Santa's iconic statement beard. Using your reference image as a guide, draw the beard as a series of flowing, curving lines that extend from Santa's cheeks and chin. 

Start by drawing the beard on one side of Santa's face, using long, flowing lines to create the appearance of soft, fluffy hair. The beard should extend down to Santa's chest and be wider at the bottom than at the top. 

Repeat this on the other side of Santa's face, ensuring the beard is symmetrical and evenly spaced on both sides. Make sure to draw the beard in a way that complements the shape of Santa's face, and adjust the size and shape of the lines as needed to create a natural-looking beard. 

With just a few finishing touches, your laughing Santa drawing will be complete and ready to spread some holiday cheer!

Step 8: Draw Santa’s Eyebrows

Step 8: Draw Santa’s Eyebrows
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Now, draw Santa's bushy eyebrows above his eyes.

These should be curved and extended outward to give Santa a playful and mischievous look. They should look something like fortune cookies.

Add a little shape on the side of Santa's head to depict the growth of his beard connected to his hairline.

Steps 9 & 10: Draw Santa's Hat 

Step 9: Draw Santa's Hat - Part 1
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Step 9: Draw Santa's Hat - Part 2
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We put these two steps together to make the process easier.    

Now that you've drawn Santa's face and beard, it's time to add the finishing touch: his signature hat. Using the reference image as a guide, start by drawing the base of Santa's hat as a curved line that starts just above his eyebrows and extends out to either side of his face. 

Next, draw the fluffy white trim of Santa's hat. This should be a series of short, curved lines that extend upward from the base of the hat, creating the appearance of soft, fluffy fur. 

Now it's time to add the pom-pom to the top of Santa's hat. Draw a small circle at the tip of the hat, and then add a series of short, curved lines around the circle to create the appearance of a fluffy pom-pom. 

Finally, add some shading to the hat and beard to give your drawing depth and dimension. This is optional, but you can use your pencil to darken the areas of the hat and beard in shadow and use lighter strokes to create highlights and texture. 

Steps 11 & 12: Going Over the Final Sketch with a Dark Pencil or 2B Pencil, then Remove the Sketch Guidelines 

Step 11: Going Over the Final Sketch with a Dark Pencil or 2B Pencil
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Step 12: Remove the Sketch Guidelines
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Now that you've finished your sketch of Santa's face, it's time to go over the drawing with a dark pencil or pen to create a final, polished version. Start by using a sharp pencil to trace over the lines of your sketch, making them darker and more defined. 

As you work, take your time and carefully review the details of the drawing. Pay attention to areas where the lines may need to be thicker or thinner, and use your reference image as a guide to ensure that you're capturing Santa's features accurately. 

Finally, add any finishing touches to the drawing you feel are necessary. Consider darkening some areas for added depth or adding some highlights to make the drawing look more dynamic. Take your time and experiment until you're happy with the final result. 

Steps 13 & 14: Outline Santa’s Hat, then Remove the Sketch Guidelines 

Step 13: Outline Santa’s Hat
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Step 14: Remove the Sketch Guidelines
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This is your final step; all you have to do is go over Santa’s hat using the same technique in the step earlier. Make sure to add some details to the fur ball. You can also go ahead and color the hat red if you wish. 

Your Laughing Santa Face Is Complete; it Should Look Something Like This:

Final Sketch
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 Congratulations, you have successfully learned how to draw Santa face.

Drawing a laughing Santa face is a fun and rewarding artistic endeavor that allows you to capture the joy and whimsy of the holiday season. Following the simple steps outlined in this blog, you can create a beautiful, detailed drawing that accurately depicts Santa's features and expressions. 

Whether you're a newbie or a pro artist, drawing is a skill that requires practice and patience to develop, so don't be discouraged if your first attempts don't turn out perfectly. 

Keep practicing, experimenting, and exploring your creative potential. You'll soon be able to create stunning works of art that show your unique style and perspective. 

So, grab your pencils, pens, and paper, and get started on your own drawing of a laughing Santa face today!

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