Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Haddon Sundblom's Santa at the Shure 55S
Haddon Sundblom was a very well known American artist who did a lot of advertising illustrations of rosy cheeked people including his famous Coca Cola Santa Claus, which completely redefined the look of the merry yuletide elf.
Here is a lesser-known example sans cola but with a Shure mic instead! The date could be from the 50s up until the 60s. Sundblom was also known for his remarkable skill at depicting leggy models and did quite a few pinups that took great advantage of his ability to render skin surfaces with a vitality rarely seen today.
I have two paintings by Sundblom, who posed himself as the model for Santa Claus. Sundblom was quite the jolly guy!
Posted by Bob Crowley at 12:30 PM