For this illustration, I was inspired by the Christmas song "Santa Baby", which was originally recorded in 1953 by Eartha Kitt (though the recording is often misattributed to Marilyn Monroe). The song was written by Joan Javits and Philip Springer, and was a sexy tongue-in-cheek novelty song in which a woman flirtatiously asks Santa for a host of extravagant gifts. The song was a big holiday hit in 1953 and was recorded again with new lyrics (as "This Year's Santa Baby") in 1954. A more uptempo version of the original was recorded by Kitt in 1963. It has been covered by artists such as Madonna, Mariah Carey, Macy Grey, The Pussycat Dolls, Taylor Swift and Miss Piggy.
I drew and painted the illustration digitally in Photoshop. The limited
palette is an homage to the popular two or three-color printing process
that was often used in publications in the early 20th Century.