Christmas in July

I haven't posted any of my real art lately, just face painting stuff. So here's a sample of what I'm starting to get together for my table at Noel Night this year. I plan on doing face painting and also selling some Christmas themed paper goods. Santa is my first experiment. There's still much tweaking to be done with just this guy! I have so much  more to do. Getting a head start now is probably the only way I'll ever have it done in time for December.
I'm not sure if I'm going to stick with using Illustrator or try using some gouache. I don't have too much experience with character development, I tend to draw things realistically. So this is a good challenge for me.