We’ll start the process by “KEEPING the THOUGHT”. We try to retain the idea in our minds like having a photograph image of what we want and decide how it should look like in the end. In this case, we want jolly old Santa to pose just like at shown above.
Imagine super-imposing that image in your thought onto a blank piece of paper. If we draw a basic skeleton drawing (or stick figure) drawing, the whole thing would look like the image shown here at the left.
Basing on this all-important stick figure base, we assess the whole image and try to pin-point which parts do we think would be the best place to put the ‘fats’ or the ‘bulges’ that define generally Santa’s shape. Notice how the pelvic area is widened. A fat profile requires a wider pelvic area because this compensates for a fat belly (or pot belly).
This is what I meant earlier. Try remembering what santa looks like in our mind again. The head is one circle, the nose and the cheeks also are other small circles. The beard is a big oblong, and of course the pot belly. Notice that just below the pot belly is another oblong shape. This is the area where Santa’s uppear coat ends. That oblong shape will be our reference later. Notice the mittens too.
Now we use the oblongs & circles as the base. From there we connect each one to each other in such a way that it makes the full outline of Santa, just as in our mind’s eye. The orange lines are connectors and just as well making the finer definitions of the Santa outline. The draft for the coat, the face with the beard & mustache, the eyes, the cap, the belt and boots are already detailed.
Using the basic shapes that we had earlier, the next step would be to make finer adjustments. You can deviate a bit from the original draft of course if you see the need.
Here now is the final output of what we did. Next would be up to you to place additional colors and shading.
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