To honor the holiday season, eight L.A.-based illustrators created their interpretation of what holiday festivities in Southern California look like to them. And as a gift to you, reader, we turned them into downloadable phone and computer backgrounds.
Below you can meet each illustrator and pick which interpretation speaks to you most. Just look for the 👉👈emoji to find a link to download each background.
Emilio Santoyo is an illustrator, designer, teacher and all-around creative professional. He does his best to make work that reflects good times. When he’s not working, he tries to get in a bike ride. He loves seeing cars on the roads with the holiday feel all over them — presents stuffed in the backseat and Christmas trees strapped on the roof — on their way home. You can find him at @emiliospocket on Instagram.
Sidney Howard is an illustrator and designer living in Beachwood Canyon. Her favorite part about L.A. during the holidays is roller skating at Venice Beach with a light sweater on (maybe — weather depending). You can find her at @sidneyhoward on Instagram.
Sebastian Curi is an Argentine illustrator and animator. He creates colorful characters using big, bold shapes and strong lines. For him, the holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family; potlucks; fun; and naps to recover from the festivities. He feels Los Angeles has the perfect weather to enjoy cozy dinners on a patio as well as easy winter walks along the L.A. River. You can find him at @sebacuri on Instagram.
Behold our magical SoCal Advent calendar, featuring one festive thing to do for all 31 days of December.
Kristin Jay Montante
Kristin Jay Montante is a visual designer, illustrator and lettering artist based in Silver Lake. Her favorite thing about Los Angeles during the holidays is being able to see how different cultures and communities spread holiday cheer. You can find her at @kristinjaymakes on Instagram.
Zoë van Dijk
Zoë van Dijk is a freelance illustrator and teacher living in Glendale. Her favorite part of L.A. during the holidays is prepping her garden for spring and the fruit — the glorious fruit! You can find her at @creepcaptain on Instagram.
Maggie Enterrios is an illustrator and the author of the best-selling coloring book “Flowerscape.” Her pattern is a celebration of Southern California’s rich botanical diversity. Enterrios’ bold, intricate designs can be spotted on product packaging around the world. Based in Lake Arrowhead, Enterrios says her favorite aspect of the holiday season in Southern California is that from sand to snow, SoCal has it all. You can find her at @littlepatterns on Instagram.
Yaira Vila a.k.a. Yaicecream
Yaira Vila a.k.a. Yaicecream (Yai + icecream) is a self-taught artist and designer from Madrid who moved to the U.S. in 2009. She began her art career as a painter and continued through murals, illustrations and all sorts of different media. She has been living and creating in L.A. for three years. Her favorite things about SoCal during the holidays are the beautiful houses decorated in Pasadena, the Rose Parade and the weather. You can find her at @yaicecream on Instagram.
Adhemas Batista is a self-taught designer and artist based in Northridge who creates works about social issues through an optimistic lens. Inspired by culture, he explores the bright side of chaos through vibrant, strategic and colorful concepts across various media. You can find him at @adhemas on Instagram.
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