It's almost Christmas time and so we decided to make a cool Illustrator tutorial as a gift for you guys. Today we are going to learn how to make this Zombie Santa Claus Christmas Poster using some simple tips. I hope you like it.

Step 1

First of all, open Adobe Illustrator and create a new document ( ctrl + N / command + N ) with 21 cm width and 29.7 cm height. Now, using the Rectangle Tool ( M ) create a rectangle that fills the entire canvas, then using the Gradient Tool ( G ) create this green/blue fading to black gradient.

Download this grunge texture here open it in Illustrator and place it a layer above the gradient rectangle. Go to the Transparency panel and choose the Blending Mode called Multiply.

Create a rectangle on the left side using the Rectangle Tool ( M ) and access the gradient panel and choose the Fade to Black option

Then access the Transparency panel and choose the Blending Mode called Overlay. Duplicate this rectangle and do the same procedure on the right side of the canvas.

Finally, create another rectangle with the Rectangle tool ( M )and place it on the top of the canvas. Using the Eyedropper tool ( I ) copy the same gradient of the other rectangles, then go to the Transparency panel and select the blending mode called Multiply.

Step 2

Now we have to create some light lines, so create a rectangle with the Rectangle tool ( M ) and adjust it using the Direct selection tool ( A ) to look like this.

Create a light gradient fading to white, like this, then choose Transform > Rotate to 40 degrees.

Repeat this procedure until you have shapes like these, then make a Group (ctrl + G / command + G ) with them. Access the Transparency panel and choose the blending mode called Overlay.

You should get this final result for the background

Step 3

For the font I chose The Misfits font (the same from the Punk Rock band), you can download it here. Create a new layer and write "Merry Christmas" like the sample below.

Create Outlines and using the Gradient tool ( G ) create a red gradient like this.

Access Object > Path > Offset Path and choose a 0.1 cm offset, miter joins and 4 miter limit. Then add a silver gradient and you should get something like this.

Finally, send the letters to back and it should look like the sample below.

Step 4

Now let's make the little stars, it's pretty simple, first choose the Star tool and by clicking on the canvas once you'll access its panel, then choose Radius 1 with 0.1 cm, Radius 2 with 1.76 cm and 4 points. You should get a thin 4 point star, duplicate it, rotate it to look smaller, like the sample below.

Duplicate this little star using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt how ever many times you want, resize it and distribute it along the "Christmas" text.

Now group all these stars ( ctrl + G / command + G ) and duplicate them by using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt and access Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur set 10 pixels blur, you should get this result.

Finally, place this group above the other stars group, you should get this.

Step 5

So let's begin the main illustration, first create a circle using the Elipse tool ( L ), create a rectangle using the Rectangle tool ( M ) and place it above the circle. Then go to the Pathfinder panel and choose the shape mode called Minus front. You will get this mid circle, duplicate it by using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt.

Using the Gradient tool ( G ) create a gold gradient like this with the darkest part on the top. Duplicate it using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt, resize it and send it to back, than change the gradient direction using the Gradient tool ( G ) so the dark part is on the bottom of the shape.

Using the Ellipse tool ( L ) create these shapes and duplicate them like the sample below.

Using the Pen tool ( P ) make sharp shapes around the eyes to make them look tired.

We're going to make some hachures to give some depth, create a triangle using the Polygon tool and duplicate it using the Selection tool ( V ) + alt. Make a line of it, resize it and put it above the eye to look like an eyebrow.

Step 6

Let's create the nose. Make two circles using the Elipse tool ( L ) and create a purple/pink gradient. Than duplicate it Selection tool ( V ) + alt and change the gradient direction using the Gradient tool ( G ).

Step 7

Using the Ellipse tool ( L ) repeat the same procedure you did on step 5, make the shapes with the ellipses and triangles, make a clipping mask ( command + 7 / ctrl + 7 ) on it to fit on the shape.

Step 8

The first thing you should do in order to draw the brain is drawing these circles and lines with the Pencil tool ( N ), they don't have to look very detailed.

Well, then using the Pen tool ( P ) outline these shapes and make a part more sharper to look like a broken cranium. Also add a pink soft gradient and black stroke to it.

Using the Pencil tool ( N ) again, draw these cracks with a white stroke.

Step 9

Make the flies by using only the Ellipse tool ( L ), choose white fill for the wings and a black fill for the body, it's quite simple to do.

Draw some line around each fly using the Pencil tool ( N ) to give some movement to them.

Finally, again using the Pencil tool ( N ) draw circles and vertical sinuous lines to give impression of smell and movement to the flies.

Step 10

The beard can be made by many ways, I prefer to draw a shape using the Pencil tool ( N ), then duplicate it usingSelection tool ( V ) + alt

, reflecting it vertically. Access the Pathfinder panel and choose the shape mode called Unite to make these two pieces one, use a light gray gradient to add some depth to it.

Draw some blood using the Pencil tool ( N ) with a red gradient fill, duplicate the beard shape, bring it to front and make a clipping mask with the blood shape (ctlr + 7 / command + 7 ). After, draw some shapes to look like drops on the beard, you should get this result.

Step 11

There's not a short cut to do the Christmas hat. Being an illustrator I'd rather draw first the shapes using the Pencil tool ( N ) and then make the fill separated, but feel free to do any way you want it.

Now draw a circle using the Ellipse tool ( L ) and select the Crystallize tool panel and set width to 3.53 cm, height to 3.53 cm, angle to 0º, intensity to 50%, complexity to 3 and detail to 2. You should get a sharp ball.

Finally, using the Pen tool ( P ) make the contour along the lines you drew and fill it with a red gradient. The zombie Santa is done.

Step 12

To make it look more cool, I added once more a grunge texture, but you can add the texture you want on it

The final result

Here we tried to make this illustration the easiest way, but talking about creative process there are plenty ways to do it. Try to find the one that better fits your style. I hope you liked this tutorial.

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About the author of this post

I'm Marcos Torres, I'm a Graphic Artist from Brasil. You can know more about me at my Website, at my Tumblr or at my Flickr.