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How to create cartoon illustrations of kids in procreate

I'll show you how to create a cartoon portrait of a boy and a girl.

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First I launch Procreate from my iPad dock. Using a stylus like a Nomad Brush or Pogo Connect is a good idea for this tutorial.

First I launch Procreate from my iPad dock. Using a stylus like a Nomad Brush or Pogo Connect is a good idea for this tutorial.

First I create a new canvas. I always go for the "Retina" setting. More pixels means more clarity when I go to print.

First I create a new canvas. I always go for the "Retina" setting. More pixels means more clarity when I go to print.

I start with a sketch in blue HB Pencil. I divide the face and measure the proportions. This is a cartoon portrait so everything is exaggerated. The eyes are bigger so she looks like a child in Pre K.

I start with a sketch in blue HB Pencil. I divide the face and measure the proportions. This is a cartoon portrait so everything is exaggerated. The eyes are bigger so she looks like a child in Pre K.

Here's the sketch without the menu blocking it. Notice how the face is sectioned off. I know where the eyes are in relation to the nose and the mouth.

Here's the sketch without the menu blocking it. Notice how the face is sectioned off. I know where the eyes are in relation to the nose and the mouth.

Now I move to ink on a separate layer. The Flat Marker is the first choice for detail work.

Now I move to ink on a separate layer. The Flat Marker is the first choice for detail work.

I use the Flat Brush for the hair so it has a fluid look.

I use the Flat Brush for the hair so it has a fluid look.

Here's how it looks on top of the first layer.

Here's how it looks on top of the first layer.

Now I delete the blue pencil layer so I can get a better look at the ink. Time to color.

Now I delete the blue pencil layer so I can get a better look at the ink. Time to color.

I fill in the skin tones and remaining colors using the Flat Brush setting to quickly get everything done. I carefully match the colors with the reference photo. (not shown.)

I fill in the skin tones and remaining colors using the Flat Brush setting to quickly get everything done. I carefully match the colors with the reference photo. (not shown.)

Here's the finished rendering.

Here's the finished rendering.

Here's the same process but with a boy. He also has round features but I added lines to emphasize his smile.

Here's the same process but with a boy. He also has round features but I added lines to emphasize his smile.

Here's the ink...

Here's the ink...

And finally the color!

And finally the color!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Please feel free to leave feedback in the comments or ask questions. Check out more at http://raheemnelson.com.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Please feel free to leave feedback in the comments or ask questions. Check out more at http://raheemnelson.com.

  • iPad
  • Stylus
  • Art app like Procreate