Turn a Photo into a Cartoony Artwork (in 3 easy steps!)

Maria Lia Malandrino, Story / Illustration / Animation

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5 Videos (26m)
    • Intro

    • Sketch

    • Flat Colour!

    • Final Touches

    • Wrap-up

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About This Class

Wanna draw a beautiful Disney style portrait for a friend or a loved one because it makes a great present? Wanna learn more about drawing and colouring in Photoshop? Wanna just practice and learn a new portrait technique? You're in the right place!

In this class I'm going to break down in 3 easy steps the process of drawing a cartoony portrait starting from a reference picture.


No or very little experience is required for this, as I'm going guide you step by step, although you do need Photoshop (download the trial version here: https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/free-trial-download.html) or a similar digital painting software to follow me through the colouring process. 

At the end of the class you will have created a beautiful digital artwork of yourself, a friend or a loved one and I'd love to see the result of your hard work! Actually, I'm going to look through all the work and I'm going to give shoutouts to some of you guys on my social media (instagram: mlm_illustration) so you will not only improve your skills as an artist but also may receive a nice little boost of your social media presence!

Are you ready? Let's get started!

ps. You can find more of my art checking out my social media (link in bio), buy it on my online store and read my ramblings on my blog! Get in touch!

58 of 59 students recommendSee All

I liked this course a lot. She shows you her process in detail and is very clear in her instruction. If you are interested in learning how to create a cartoon character from a photo, this is the course for you.
Adam Mendelsohn

Hobbyist Digital Artist

Fun class with great pointers on coloring!
Surprisingly informative for such a short class. I highly recommend this class for all levels. I’m sure you’ll find something useful, I sure did! I’m really looking forward to more class from this instructor!
Marguerite Hall

Wishful Artist/Sometimes Author





Maria Lia Malandrino

Story / Illustration / Animation

I am an illustrator, 2D/3D animator, and story artist from Turin, Italy. My illustration work is represented by Illustration Agency Advocate Art.

I have a BA degree in Magazine Publishing from the University of the Arts London, I have studied Traditional Animation at the International School of Comics in Turin and attended a 6 months masterclass in Storyboarding at the online school CGMA. I also have a varied work experience in the UK, Italy and China.

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