How to Cartoon Yourself in Procreate

Ever wanted to easily cartoon yourself but have no drawing skills? I'll show you how to cartoon yourself in Procreate in this easy tutorial.

How to Cartoon Yourself in Procreate

Ever wanted to easily cartoon yourself but have no drawing skills? I’ll show you how to cartoon yourself in Procreate in this easy tutorial.

I saw this technique 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 do it 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!

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Watch How to Cartoon Yourself in Procreate

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

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Holly McCaig

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


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  1. Chels on December 26, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    You kept saying “i turned on the reference photo” I didn’t know what you meant. Can you clarify? Or do you have a video about that? Thank you

    • Holly McCaig on December 27, 2018 at 10:14 am

      No I’m saying “the reference feature” which is a feature in Procreate that let’s you set a reference so you can fill in that area quickly. Minute 08:24 – if you don’t know much about Reference in Procreate I have a video in my blog section on it.

  2. giomak on January 3, 2019 at 3:30 am

    Hey there. I just watched your video on YouTube and was impressed how easy and fun it might be to draw in iPad, thanks a lot and keep doing what you actually do.

  3. Nan on January 5, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Holly, loved your video. What screen protector do you use for your iPad Pro 2018? Thanks.

    • Holly McCaig on January 6, 2019 at 10:14 am

      I don’t use a screen protector. There is no need. The screen from Apple is durable and tough and won’t scratch unless you’re using something like a key on it. If so, Apple would make their own screen protectors. Screen protectors take away from the beautiful retina screens and make them look grainy and dotty. You can watch my videos on screen protectors in the Free Tutorials section.

  4. Angelica on February 9, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Holly, I just discovered your youtube channel, that was a great tutorial, thank you for sharing!

    I would like to ask – do you use any special screen protector on your ipad? the way that you moved your pen made it seem like maybe there’s more friction on your screen? you were so good on being stable. I’m also using an ipad to draw and I’m having a hard time keeping things steady, I have a regular glossy screen protector and I’m thinking about switching, but maybe before i do that you can share some of your tips on how to keep things steady when drawing – especially for drawing smooth curves ?

    • Holly McCaig on February 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      No I don’t use any protectors and I don’t recommend them. I have even confirmed with Apple that they don’t recommend them. They ruin the display of the retina screens and honestly don’t provide that much tooth. Over time you get used to the screen. I always say to people you have to practice and get consistent. A tool isn’t going to make you an artist. You have to train your hands and your mind to use them with the tools.

  5. Tank Player on March 12, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    What about matt film for the paper like feeling?

    • Holly McCaig on March 12, 2019 at 7:44 pm

      Nope! Never a screen protector. Ruins a beautiful retina screen!


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