Four signs you need a cartoon portrait drawing.

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You may be thinking about changing your profile picture, or you want to spice up your social media page. Does it look dull? Do you want to make it more interesting? Or are you not happy with your picture, because you feel like you’re not photogenic? Or do you just want to show how creative you are, or if you just want to see yourself from a different perspective? Well in any of these cases a portrait drawing cartoon style is a universal solution.

What is a cartoon portrait drawing?

A cartoon portrait drawing is, as the name suggests a portrait of someone, drawn or made in a style that turns the subject into a cartoon. They can look many different ways, depending on how they are made, since there are multiple methods available. Some yield clearly superior results than others, but as with most things, quality comes at a price.

 How to draw cartoon portraits?


Probably the easiest way to make a cartoon portrait of yourself is to use an application that turns your image into something that vaguely resembles a drawing with the help of a filter. These suck most of the time though, everybody can tell that these are not real drawings. These also offer only the realistic approach when it comes to drawing styles, Overall very limited, with questionable-looking results, but at least it’s free. If you have to pay for it you’re better of with an upcoming alternative(not the generators)

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This barely looks different than the original photo.

How do they usually look like?

You can also find an online avatar generator type of deal, where you manually select the features that make up the human face. The shape and color of the eyes, eyelashes, mouth, nose, ears, etc. In these generators, there are usually a ton of hairstyles available, so at least they have that going for them, since the end result is pretty generic, and it barely resembles its creator. This option is extremely limited since you have a set number of choices available.

Low quality cartoon avatar

The resulting cartoon portraits have a general/blend look, so they kinda fit everybody.

The third (and best) way is to commission an artist to get a self portrait cartoon drawing. They already know really well how to draw cartoon portraits. These hand-drawn pictures can greatly differ, and this is great! They are more unique and personal than the other options I mentioned before. They can be realistic cartoon portrait drawings, where the subject looks almost like a photograph, and there are more stylized versions.
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A realistic style vs a cartoony illustration
These artists offer a wide variety of styles, each having its own twist. For example, if you want a caricature made, the only option is through an artist. There are no generators, algorithms, or filters available that can really replicate what an artist does. These automated programs can only mimic to a much lesser degree what an artist does. They lack the touch of an artist.

Four signs you need a cartoon portrait drawing:

Does your social media pages look dull?

Does your social media page look like everyone else’s? Then this is the best time to change your profile picture. A cartoon avatar can spice your profile page, make it look more interesting, and grab the attention of people by standing out of the crowd of traditional photos.

You are not 100% happy with the pictures you have

In case you categorize yourself as someone who is not too photogenic a cartoon portrait drawing is a great option. I can count on one hand the number of times I said “yes, this is great!” to a photo taken of me, so I’ve been abusing cartoon portrait art for a long time. I like how much I can have different drawings of me, in different styles, always looking fresh, yet I’m still recognizable.

You need to create an image of a cheerful and creative person.

Nothing screams creativity more than art. If you want to project creativity and cheerfulness what better way than having a portrait drawing cartoon of you.
Realistic cartoon portrait drawing
Of course, the only option that’s in play here is a commissioned drawing.
An image made with the help of a generator or filter will do the opposite, you’ll end up with a generic-looking flat, soulless avatar the screams the opposite.

You like to try something new and look at yourself from a different perspective

Have you ever wondered how you’d like as a cartoon character? In this case, you may have already tried options one and two from the beginning (filters and generators),and I’m fairly certain you were underwhelmed by the results, at least I know I was when I tried them. You may have even searched how to draw a cartoon portrait of yourself, but there is no easy way to learn it.
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The best way is to find a good artist who will capture in their portrait drawing cartoon what makes you, you. There are a plethora of styles available, you may get more than one drawing and switch between them to stay fresh.

How to draw a cartoon portrait of yourself? Why is it better to make a cartoon portrait of yourself via and be sure of a quality result?

By now it should be clear that the only real and meaningful way to create a cartoon portrait drawing is by leaving it to a professional artist. You can try making it yourself but if you can’t draw well you’ll end up with something silly at best.

The problem is when someone sells their drawing services without the proper training. Many “artists” have misleading portfolios, with works of other artists, which don’t represent their work or skill. A dead giveaway, that the person is not actually the author of the images they are showcasing is when the drawings are all in widely different styles, and subjects. During my search for a competent artist, I came across quite a few who had false advertising and delivered art that was not even close to the level they were showcasing.
At a website like, the results are guaranteed, with thousands of avatars already drawn, in a consistent style.

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