How to Cartoon Yourself in Procreate

In this tutorial, I'll be teaching you how to cartoon yourself in Procreate. Even if you have no drawing skills you can take a photo and easily draw a cartoon-style look using the procreate app.

How to Cartoon Yourself in Procreate

In this tutorial, I’ll be teaching you how to cartoon yourself in Procreate. Even if you have no drawing skills you can take a photo and easily draw a cartoon-style look using the procreate app.

I saw this technique of drawing a cartoon of yourself on social media the other day and it quickly brought back memories of how we would pop art or cartoon ourselves in Photoshop, back in the 90s. Yeah, that’s showing my age, but what goes around comes back around. Almost always!

So I thought since I can’t draw a cartoon on my iPhone like the young kiddos do these days I’d show you how to do it in Procreate on your iPad. It’s super fun and you really don’t need any drawing talent whatsoever to do it!

Tools I Used in This Video

This is an older tutorial – tools I use now may be updated.

Watch How to Cartoon Yourself in Procreate

*Throwback Thursday Note: this is a post from 2018. We are re-promoting it. While Procreate has had updates over the years you should still be able to follow along and make this!

I start the actual tutorial at 03:10 if you want to skip over my explanation for the video, etc.

A few notes from your questions:

  • No, I didn’t fill the skin. I leave the natural colors of the skin. You can fill the skin if you want.
  • The link to the image is up above in the list.

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About Holly McCaig

Holly McCaig is a 20 year veteran of the design world. With her mark being made in scrapbooking and photography, Holly now educates eager artists how to do lettering in procreate on the iPad Pro. She resides in Denver, Colorado with her two dogs, Lola and Daisy. Visit Holly: Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook | Shoppe


  1. Nichole Atoa on May 4, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Every picture I try to upload comes out very pixelated. How do I get the picture to be clean like the one you use?

    • Holly McCaig on May 4, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      You’ll need to use a high resolution image. If you’re pulling from Google they may be really low resolution/quality. You can get high res images from – or buy quality ones from shutterstock.

  2. Hannathon on August 26, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Can you do this on a pc?

    • Holly McCaig on August 27, 2020 at 9:22 am

      Everything we teach here is for iPad use. So I am unaware of ways to do things on a PC that are similar. Maybe with Photoshop?

  3. Katie on December 24, 2020 at 1:22 am

    I create my art in procreate but how do I get it ready to sell? I make it at the highest size possible to print but how do I scale it down to multiple different sizes to list them to print? I don’t want to lose quality. Do I need photoshop? I have Adobe illustrator. Thank you!

    • Holly McCaig on December 27, 2020 at 9:35 am

      Photoshop would be best as it’s a raster/pixel app like Procreate. If you’re scaling it down, just make a new canvas in Procreate and then go in and chose Copy/Canvas on your original and paste to the new sized canvas.

  4. Kinley Glover on January 2, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    I watched your video and it really helped me a lot!! So thank you very much!!☺️

  5. Jen Celes Pablo Salas on September 14, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Is there any chance you can do written instructions with pics for step by step? It’s kind of frustrating just going back and forth from your blog and then to procreate. I’d watch it on my phone but the screen is just irritating because it’s too small. Yours is the most detailed instructions I’ve seen so far.

    • Holly McCaig on September 15, 2021 at 10:46 am

      We will take that into consideration. It’s very time consuming and we’re currently on hiatus from tutorial writing, but will look when we get back from that!

  6. Melissa Gilbertsen on November 8, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    You are the bomb! I did a cartoon of my daughter and I learned so much! Thank you for sharing how to use procreate successfully – even for a beginner!

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