Introduction: How to Draw Cartoon Portraits From Photographs

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Do you want to create a cool cartoon of yourself or a friend? If yes,then this easy-step tutorial is just for you! It is important to build your own style as a cartoonist but hey, nobody was born knowing how to draw! So grab your pencil and get to work!

Step 1: Make Some Quick Sketches of Your Model

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Start by making a quick sketch of your model.Don`t go for the first cartoon you sketch. Make a couple, so that you can choose the best one to transfer on the paper.

Step 2: Transfer the Sketch on a Good Paper

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After choosing the right sketch of you/your friend you can transfer it on a nice paper (I used 300gr. non acid aquarelle paper).

Step 3: Begin to Colour

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Start by applying the skin colour.Use thinner brush when painting details.

Step 4: Don`t Be Afraid to Make Changes on the Painting

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Watching the original photo is very important. This way you will make sure that the person you are painting looks like the cartoon.Don`t be afraid to make changes on your painting.Of course you can change some small details:such as hair color,eyes, etc. -changing the position of the model or similar might destroy your painting.That`s why the sketch is so important. You can erase the pencil as much as you want but once you apply the paint you can not remove it.

Step 5: Voila!

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And your cartoon portrait is ready! This one I made for a friend! If you like my style and want to own such portrait or order for a friend, visit my shop.

Step 6: Wrap Your Gift Nicely!

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This is important part if you are making this painting for a friend.Include your business card and don`t forget to sign your art!

I hope this tutorial was useful for you! If you have any questions, please ask! ;)

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Colorfully yours,


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becks2004rlh (author)2016-04-23

I am very fond of cartoon art and i was wondering what sorts of things i can do to get some money now that i am in my teens so this is PERFECT!!!!!!!!!! Thankyou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KittyKat04 (author)2016-04-09

Ohh, my fave one is the brown-haired Micky mouse girl! She's adorable! Great work

lolipopangel234 (author)2016-03-26

can you do one for me here is my image

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