For years I have been wanting to create digital cartoon sketches and maybe (just maybe) one day write and illustrate a children’s book series.
It’s been my dream for years, and this week I took the first step in the journey to make it happen.
Then, I started devouring Skillshare videos about how to illustrate on an iPad, and virtually all of them recommend an app called Procreate. It costs $9.99 in the app store, and it is totally AHHMAZING. It has so many cool tricks and features. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this app.
In my searches to learn how to use these cool new tools, I stumbled upon a beautiful young lady named Vashti Harrison who has a video tutorial showing me exactly what I needed to know to get started drawing cartoons.
This afternoon I followed her step-by-step instructions in this Skillshare class, and HOLY SMOKES, Y’ALL!
Look at what I just made!
By the end of the night, I had an entire magical scene sketched out, along with a time-lapse video. Here is my video showing you how it was created:
Isn’t that THE coolest thing you’ve seen all week? If you’re watching this on January 1st it might just be the coolest thing you’ve seen all year. I cannot believe I just drew that myself.
So, three things I learned from this project:
- Faces are hard. Like, really really hard for me. I need to practice a lot more or just avoid them altogether. I was going for whimsical 8-year-old but she started turning in to a Drag Queen real quick so I had to start over on her face.
- Sitting hunched over an iPad for hours on end is not good for your neck or back. Pass the Ibuprofen, please.
- The sky is the limit with this setup. There is nothing I cannot draw as long as my imagination allows it. I am totally thrilled to have these new tools at my fingertips.
I cannot take any credit whatsoever for the idea behind this artwork, that is all Vashti Harrison right there. She is incredibly talented, and I highly recommend you check out her projects on Instagram!
Dreams are seriously coming true for me right now, and I cannot wait to see where this new path leads me in 2019.
If you like this sketch, I am sharing free printable PDF and JPG versions for you guys to print out at home!
Happy New Year, guys!
What dreams do you have that need to happen in 2019?