Cartoon yourself easy for fun, easy to draw people.

  • Cartoon yourself like a real cartoonist.
  • Simple tricks to show you how.
  • Simple ways that have been used by cartoonists for years.
  • Following the instructions on this page will make it easy.

Cartoonists have used these ways since the very beginning, cartoonists have always used tracing as a way of working with cartoons, nearly all of the cartoon movies you see on television have been created through tracing. The only ones that haven't are the ones that have been created in the last 10 maybe 20 years because nowadays they do them with a machine called a computer.

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The easy way to make a cartoon of yourself.

Today they don't even draw cartoons hardly at all because the computer does most of the work for them.

Cartoon yourself the easiest way with a computer but you won't need any of the expensive software they use or any tools, like they do in the cartoon studios, you won't need to use any of those cartoonize yourself web sites either. It is easy to do real cartoons of yourself and have lots of fun doing it, plus learning about drawing at the same time, how cool is that?

Cartoon yourself video

There is no link below this video it is on YouTube to get to this page.

As seen in the video above this is very easy and you can see the basic cartoon images below.

Make a cartoon of yourself easy follow below

The first thing you need is some photographs of your self on the computer, this shouldn't be hard as we all use digital cameras nowadays so have most of our pictures on computer anyway. Then choose a picture that you want to use for your cartoon and open it up as a preview in the picture viewer on your computer. Doing this helps to make it bigger or smaller so you can get it to the right size that you want.


Then you need a piece of printing paper, the type you use at home for the printer and place it on the computer screen over the picture of yourself. You will notice that you can see the picture through the paper because of the light being emitted by your computer screen, which projects the image through the paper. This is now like using a light box, which is a tool artists and cartoonists have used for years, up until the computer was invented. A light box was just a flat box with a piece of glass over the top and some lights inside it and worked the same way as doing this with your computer screen.


Now trace all the outlines with a pencil by drawing over the image you can see through the paper so as to create your outline or what is called your construction drawing and you will have the bases for you to draw yourself as a cartoon. Take this traced drawing off your computer screen and then draw over the pencil line with a black pen, it doesn't have to be black it can be any colour you like. You could try out different colours if you want because it would be easy to just trace another one if you didn't like it. Then you could leave it as just a black and white cartoon of yourself or a coloured cartoon outline or you could colour it in completely with other colours.


If you have children this is a great way for you to create cartoons for your children to colour in as children love colouring pictures. You could then rephotograph these cartoons you have made and print out as many as you like and have hours of endless fun experimenting with them. You can as I have done below, make cartoons of people you like that are celebrities or anything. Cartoon drawings of yourself or you friends is easy and great fun, if you follow what I will show you below on the rest of this web page.


Below you will see a picture of Justin Bieber, it has been traced from my computer monitor with a graphite pencil. Be careful if you are doing this not to press hard on your pencil because quite often, modern monitors are not covered with glass so they are quite soft. If you press too hard on a soft screen monitor you might damage it.

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Tools to make yourself into a cartoon

  • Soft graphite pencil, 2B, 3B.
  • Ordinary A4 printing paper, the type you get at home.
  • Black ink pen or felt tipped pen
  • Colored felt tipped pens if you want to do color
  • Something to hold your paper on the screen I use Blue Tack

Thank you for looking at Cartoon Yourself Easy for Fun.

If you do what has been shown on this page you will be able to cartoon yourself or make cartoons of just about anything.

Please give this page a vote up on the button below if you like it and tweet it, like it or Google + it at the top of the page.

Thank you again, Gareth Pritchard.

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michabelle 4 years ago

Really good hub!!


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi michabelle.

Thank you for the positive comment.

Gareth.


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Ian Hudson 4 years ago from Sheffield, England

I've used this technique before, but not on my computer. Simple ideas are always the best!

Great Hub Gareth.


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi Ian,

Yes it took me about 15 years to realize the simplest way was to do it right from the computer screen because it is a ready made light box. I find it funny that things often sit right on the end of our nose and we just don't them for looking, if you know what I mean.

Thanks for your comment, Gareth.


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sheilanewton 4 years ago from North Shields, UK

Wow - I still don't think I've got the talent to do this. Nut I'll give it a whirl!


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Think about this, when you was a little girl in infants school learning to write letters, you where probably first shown how to trace letters, then copy them.

Doing this is probably less difficult than writing out the alphabet, which you probably learned by the time you was 8.

It's a mindset, you think therefore you are.

I have seen people doing this holding a pencil in their teeth, people without arms or legs. The only talent these people have is desire, to do what they want to do, regardless of obstacles in there way.

Talent has nothing to do with it, its desire, we are all capable of drawing if we desire to do so.

Plus the more mistakes you make, the funnier it gets, that's the nature of cartoons.

Thanks, Gareth.


bhawna hazara 4 years ago

this site was too good


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi bhawna hazara,

Thank you for your comment and all the very best to you.

Gareth.


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Phyllis Doyle 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Great hub and easy to follow instructions. Thanks for the tips, I will try this.


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi Phyllis,

Thank you for taking the time to comment and I hope you do give it a try as it is not hard and can turn out some interesting results.

Gareth.


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rugexchange 4 years ago

Great Hub!Easy steps to learn cartoon. Thanks for sharing your ideas...


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi rugexchange,

Thank you for your positive comment and taking the time to do so, Gareth.


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mrslagibb 4 years ago

Thank you for your hub on learning to cartoon. I love to be creative. I never knew this. You learn something new everyday. Will diffently be using this.


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi mrslagibb, your comment is cool, its useful to have a comment that expresses the usefulness of a hub. Please remember not to press too hard as it might damage the computer monitor if its not glass that is. It is good practice to not press hard because it will help your drawing, when drawing normally, to only press lightly as the marks will not be to dark as to not be able to get rid of them, if you need to.

Thanks, Gareth.


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jamila sahar 4 years ago

very informative and useful hub ! i look forward to seeing some of your artwork ! as a fellow artist please check out my hubs on the art of piano performance

voted up useful and very interesting !


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi jamila sahar, thank you for your comment and I hope you enjoy the rest of my art work as others do.

Thank you again, Gareth.


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mrslagibb 4 years ago

Thank you Gareth for your advice.


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

mrslagibb you are welcome.


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J Carlos Nevarez 4 years ago

I used this technique on my canvases with my 42 inch lcd tv, i put a picture i want to paint and trace it. works very well :)


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Gareth Pritchard 4 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi J Carlos Nevarez, you are so right, I have not used a TV or screen that big but I know it will work, thanks for confirming that it does work. What many people don't realize is that professional artists have been doing this for ever but as I have said they used light boxes. As far back as a thousand years ago, people where experimenting with another similar method using a tool called, a Camera Obscura, which was the basic concept of a photographic camera. This device projected an image onto a surface opposite to the light source.

Thank you for sharing that with us, Gareth.


Maya 4 years ago

hi i would love to know of how to draw Justin Bieber please?


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Sweet -- your tips make it sound easy... I have trouble drawing stick men so I'll leave the drawing to you the expert and enjoy viewing art - which I truly do.... for me - guitar is my self expression tool.

I'll keep your bio link handy and pop it to anyone who enjoys drawing - you have some great stuff here. Thanks for sharing your niche

Love - Light - Laughter


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Gareth Pritchard 3 years ago from North Wales Author

Hey Neil, nice to see you again, I just popped here from one of your hubs we must both be nosy, ha, ha anyway that would be cool if somebody ended up here from your end but what's this guitar stuff, what type of guitar do you play/style/genre?

Do you do any recording , anything I can listen to, any live stuff anywhere? Sorry about all the questions.

Thanks for stopping by great stuff, Gareth.


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

:-) I play mostly for personal fun.. have sang a few songs at open jams and do my limited set... LOL ... I play acoustic only -- some classic rock and a couple blues. only song I have recorded is an old Sonny And Brownie tune called walk on uploaded on my cloud drop box ... takes a while to download but I will share if okay with you.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/56647920/walkonTake1.wmv


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Gareth Pritchard 3 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi again Neil, I am horned, what can I say more than thank you very much, the pleasure is all mine, WOW!!!

I got it and I will listen now thank you again, Gareth.

You play Guitar better than I do.


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Gareth Pritchard 3 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi Neil, your taste on music isn't as bad as I first thought, typical of me diving in feet first, ha, ha, thanks again, I have listened to you video about 20 times now.


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Walk On my friend - it is refreshing and nice to meet "cool" fellow travelers on this path of life.... thanks for the meeting!


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

I just shard this hub on my facebook wall.... you know.. the power of duplication at work ... LOL... and sent ya a friend request


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Gareth Pritchard 3 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi Neil, your welcome and the feeling mutual.


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

by checking the time recorded my last post here -- appears we were both typing to each other at the same time.... amazing how those moments are, when the power of duplication is connecting at the roots

LOL


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Gareth Pritchard 3 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi Neil, I am nearly always online when I am awake and I have had a great few day's thanks to our interactions, cool this duplication stuff, LOL, interaction I meant, ha, ha.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Thank you, this is a very interesting hub. I cannot draw anything! But, this time I will ( at least I will try)

Voted up!


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Gareth Pritchard 3 years ago from North Wales Author

Cool, love the confidence and the comment, thanks.


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

It's my dream to draw pictures but obviously I don't have an artistic hand. But this hub is very helpful to me; now I could be able to do some portraits. Voted up and useful. :)


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Gareth Pritchard 3 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi idigwebsites,

I hope you obtain your dream and I am sorry to contradict what you are saying but to say don't or can't just means you won't. It just stops people making the effort, most of the time people aren't able to draw because they are not't willing to make the effort. Which is fine because everybody should only have to do what they wan't to but I don't believe anybody has an artistic hand. I know I don't, I just leaned to draw when I was very young because I liked it and was determined to not let it beat me, no artistic hand, just pure determination.

Take this just a little bit further and you will realize you can draw anything using these methods not just faces.

Thank you very much for you time, comment and votes much appreciated. Gareth.


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stars439 3 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub. I did a lot of drawing , but never did well drawing people. This is interesting . I have a tracing device . I must try you're technique. God Bless You.


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Gareth Pritchard 3 years ago from North Wales Author

Hi stars439, thanks for the comment, I am happy you found it useful and perhaps even inspiring.

Gareth.

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