How to convert a hand drawn doodle into a digital graphic

Peter Edwards, Writer and illustrator of the Little Fears

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6 Videos (11m)
    • Part One - Introduction

      1:12
    • Part Two - Getting started

      1:36
    • Part Three - Selecting the shape

      4:07
    • Part Four - Selecting the colour

      3:10
    • Part Five - Class project

      0:34
    • Part Six - Conclusion

      0:16

About This Class

Hello, I’m Peter, and I am a prolific doodle. I love doodling. On the list of everything, I do in life, doodling ranks quite highly. There’s something about doodling. It helps me relax, focus, create new characters and honestly, I’m a simple man, I don’t own much stuff, so doodling gives me something to do at home other than watch the telly and play on my smartphone.

Now every so often I doodle up a new monster that I want to use in one of my Little Fears projects. It could be an art print a Threadless t-shirt or a Colour Collective portrait on Twitter. So I take my doodles into the free graphics software program, GIMP, and turn them into high resolutions .pngs that I can mix up into whatever project I happen to have that week.

Do you doodle as well? Have you ever drawn a simple image and thought, man, if that were tidied up a bit, I’d love that as a website banner? But do your eyes glaze over when someone mentions raster vs vector? If that sounds like you, this course may be of help.

You'll need to download GIMP for this class which you can download here: https://www.gimp.org/downloads/

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This is an excellent tutorial for creating a digital art element from a hand drawn doodle using GIMP. I found this technique very useful and I am happy to add this skill to my resource list.
Short, but worthwhile. Exactly what it says on the tin. The art created needs to be pretty minimalist. This only works if you're using relatively flat colors, so don't expect this to work on your Mona Lisa recreation.

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Writer and illustrator of the Little Fears

Writer and illustrator of the Little Fears, tales of humour, whimsy and terror.

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