Turn a Photo into a Cartoony Artwork with Procreate App!

Maria Lia Malandrino, Story / Illustration / Animation

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10 Videos (37m)
    • 01. Intro to the course

    • 02. Drawing realistic bodies

    • 03. Drawing cartoony characters

    • 04. Procreate App Overview

    • 05. How to choose a Reference Picture

    • 06. Sketch!

    • 07. Clean-up!

    • 08. Flat colour!

    • 09. Lighting and Shading

    • 10. Wrap-up!

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About This Class

Have you just gotten your sparkly new iPad and want to get drawing? Have you already used Procreate and wanna learn more about its brushes, blending methods and inner secrets? Wanna just learn more about drawing in a cartoony/comic book way? You're in the right place! Procreate is THE app for drawing and painting on your iPad - trust me. 

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, as well as give you useful insight on sketching the human body and a full introductory overview of Procreate App.

If you DON'T HAVE an iPad you can take my class Turn a Photo into a Cartoony Artwork (in 3 easy steps) for Photoshop, OR, you can follow my tips by using pen and paper - the fundamentals of sketching are the same whatever the means!

No or very little experience is required for this, as I'm going guide you step by step, just pop on the Apple Store and download Procreate. 

At the end of the class you will have a beautiful digital artwork of yourself, a friend or a loved one and I'd love to see the result of your hard work! As I did for my previous class I'm going to give shoutouts to some of you guys on my social media (Instagram: mlm_illustration) so please upload your projects, I'd love to see them!

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!

pps. I've attached the figure drawing guidelines to the project materials, so you guys can use them if you feel insecure about your cartoony sketching skills!


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good tutorial, I love it!
Great class! I learned so much about drawing and coloring in a cartoon version of a photograph of myself! Lots of great info if you're wanting to learn how to make your illustrations come alive!
Lisa Long

Lettering & Illustration

Highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to dabble into Procreate or create interesting looking characters by shading and lighting!I have taken both versions of this class, Procreate and Photoshop. Her tips are amazing and I have learned so much. This class has helped me learn how to shade and light my characters, since I have a hard time digitally painting haha. If you are looking for a simple way to create interesting looking characters or just want to dabble into any of these programs, take this class! You can even transfer your techniques to other programs, since I sometimes use Clip Studio Paint. Thank you!





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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