How To Draw A Cute Little Girl Step By Step In Procreate
Hi guys, I’m Kris, welcome to this week’s tutorial.
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Cute little girl in Procreate
In this week’s tutorial, we’ll be drawing a cute little girl in Procreate, and I’m sure you can create this too, if you follow along with the video all the way to the end, or at least we’ll have fun doing it in the process. If you feel rushed, be sure to hit pause and just rewind to catch up and save this video to a playlist so you can re-watch if you need a little extra practice. Today, we’ll be using all free brushes found in Procreate.
And don’t forget, once you finish this entire video and you have completed your cute little girl, share it on Instagram and tag me in the image as well as the description, so I can find your artwork and hopefully you might see it featured in the next Draw Together video. So for this tutorial, I’ve made you a free color palette, just in case you wanna use the exact same colors that I’ll be using in this drawing today. So if you just tap on the link in the description below, you can find that, download it, and install it into Procreate.
So let’s jump in!
I’m gonna create this canvas of 4000 x 4000 pixels, and it’s 300 dpi and sRGB. So I’m gonna start by going and getting my sketching brush, it is going to be in the sketching little library and the 6B pencil, and of course, as always, we will start with some… Some.
Some shapes, so we’re gonna do a circle, and that’s gonna be the start of the head. Of course, if you want to do this, I always just do rough circles, but if you hold your pen down, you’ll create an actual more perfect circle and again tap with your finger to make an exact perfect circle. So we can do that if we wanna be a little, a little bit neater today.
So we can do that, and then I’m going to draw a line down the middle, like so. And then I’m gonna just bring out… Actually, I’m gonna draw this a little bit longer. I’m gonna just bring out this jaw, and so that will create the jaw and because this is a young girl, she’s not gonna have a very big jaw.
It’s gonna be a little bit smaller, a little softer, and just like that. So that’s sort of our basic head shape, and so we know this line is roughly gonna be where the nose is, this is roughly where the mouth is going to be, and if I just draw a line… Again, it’s gonna be a little bit lower because this is more of a juvenile look. Just down there, and that’s roughly where the eyes are going to be.
So if we take this as our measurement, I’m actually gonna make this child about three heads high, so what I can do is just go and duplicate this layer by sliding it along, let’s click duplicate, clicking on the arrow and sliding it down. So that’s one head.
I can duplicate it again, repeat, and so that is about three heads there. So on my original layer, I’m just gonna do a little mark here and I can delete those heads. Of course, you can eyeball that or just simply take your pen and give it a measure, but I just kinda wanted to show you. So that’s kind of where her feet will be, so this is gonna be a relatively static pose, she’s gonna be standing square, straight on ahead at us. So, I’m gonna start again by doing some other shapes.
She’s gonna have a triangle here, about, like that. Hopefully, you can see that. And then I’m going to draw an inverted triangle roughly about that way, so you can already start to see that it’s somewhat of a person shape. Okay, so then I’m just gonna make some markings for where her hands are going to be and her arms are gonna go. So we’re gonna have hers waving hi, so she’s gonna have one arm up here, and then one arm is gonna be holding some flowers down there.
So I think that’s roughly about the same distance, yeah, eyeballing and this is gonna be… Again, it’s a cartoon, so it’s not gonna be completely anatomically correct, but this is gonna roughly hit mid-thigh, that sort of where you’re… ‘Cause if her knees, let’s say, are approximately here, that’s…
And her body is here, that’s sort of about mid-thigh, where her hand would naturally hang. Just approximate it enough, and of course, you can always change your dimensions a little bit, just depending on how exaggerated you would like this to be. So, once you have that, look at the action of the arm, coming up this way, and this one’s gonna actually kind of scoop in that way, so she’ll be holding some flowers over there and she’s gonna be waving hello, here.
Okay, and this hand is going to be closed. Right, so that looks… We’re getting our bearings here, let’s give her, we’re gonna give her some bangs roughly here, something like that.
Actually, I’m gonna just make my pens a little bit bigger, ’cause I’m thinking you might not be able to see, maybe to 45%, and I think I’m gonna give her some little lower pigtails here. Right. She’ll have a neck. This dress will come out like that, so I’m just gonna design this. I’m gonna give her a little… Kind of a design like that.
Maybe some buttons there, this dress can have a little bit more shape than a triangle, and I’m gonna scoop this here. Actually, that’s too low for me. I want it a little bit higher. It’s easier if I turn it like this. There we go.
Again, this is just our sketch!
We’re just trying to make some decisions here. I hope you don’t mind, I don’t normally plan out or actually, practice these beforehand, I just like to show you actually how I draw and how I would were to start to sort of think about things and how I make decisions, so hopefully that’s helpful to you. You know, sometimes we might change our mind a little bit, you never know. Alright, so bring it in there, I want these guys a little bit lower, I think, just to give us a more cutesy look.
I’m sure, she’ll have some ears, and this is gonna be, I think her bangs would kind of go like that, maybe she’ll have… No, maybe not. And her hair will come from the crown there. Okay. I’m making sure she’s got a smile in there. I’ll show you in more detail how to do that in the mouth in a minute. Right. So maybe we’ll go and just define this hand a little bit more, I’m gonna just do a circle and kinda just erase this bit of a mess that I’ve made here, so we can see a little bit better.
So again, or she’s gonna have five fingers, she’s… Sometimes with little characters you can do less fingers or no fingers, that’s all up to you, but she is realistic enough that we should have, she’ll look a little bit funny, I think if she doesn’t have enough fingers, so for the thumb, it’s just gonna go up and around… Oops! Up and around, and then have this little bit in here and that will really define that part of the hand and that helps kind of let you know which way the hand is facing and then just one, two, three, and four, that should be okay, and then let’s get this arm a little bit of thickness. Now that I’ve drawn this, I’m thinking this is a little bit long. So what I’m going to do is just erase what I’ve done here and go to my little S squiggly, circle it, touch on the arrow and bring it in a little bit. I feel like that’s a little bit… Well, a little bit long. So let’s see if that’s better. Yeah, okay, that looks more reasonable.
Don’t wanna have total octopus arms. Alright, let’s just make this a little bit shorter too, and this hand is just going to be, just that thumb is gonna come down here and her hand is gonna be curving around, kinda like that because she’s going to be holding some flowers here.
Okay. Right, that looks good. This pigtail is gonna go behind the arm, so that’s fine, and then we’re gonna come in, and so how I’m gonna do the legs is I’m gonna just do kind of a, just a little slightly curved line here and then these legs will come in like this. Maybe that should be a little bit straighter like that, and then I’m just gonna give her some little feet like so. Okay, I think she’s looking cute. Right, so onto the next step. Actually, just make sure that they know where this line is going, I want this to go a little bit, a little bit more up like that. There!
Okay, so I’m gonna tap on my layers palette again, tap on the N, we’re gonna take the opacity down, actually, you know what, before I do that, I’m going to click on the arrow pointer and just make her a little bit bigger. I might as well use the canvas a little bit. Okay, so that looks good. So now I’m gonna tap on the N and knock back the opacity to about 25%, hopefully you can still see it enough there, and then we’re gonna create a new layer, so I’m gonna go ahead and start doing my outlines.
You Can Outline
You can outline it all in the same color if you wish but in this example, I’m actually gonna outline it in the darker versions of the fill colors, so you can see here, you have a lighter colors at the top and darker below, so I’m gonna use the darker versions to start with, so I’m gonna start with the skin color and I’m gonna go to my inking and go to dry ink and start working here, and I might make a few adjustments as we go, but let’s just start here. So whoops, hold on, I’m gonna adjust my sizing here, I’m gonna bring it way back down to… I think 10, 10 looks good, and the opacity is at a 100%. So I’m just gonna bring this in a little bit more just to make some decisions on my final, my final work here.
Could be a little sketchy, I like it to be not exactly perfect just to kinda get the look you want. Oops, I find it kind of hard to draw at a desk to be perfectly honest, I’m used to drawing in my lap, it’s a habit, so it’s kind of funny to be sitting, sitting like this, I don’t feel I can see it quite the same way, but I’ll just have to get used to it. Alright, let’s get this hand here. I’m gonna bring…
You can play around with the pressure on your pen to make thinner, thicker lines just to give it a different look. And if you push hard, it’ll be thick. If you go lighter, it’ll go thinner and taper. And I think it’s nice to vary up the lines just a little bit to add some… A little bit of interest. Just bring these fingers in like that. Maybe just a little bit thinner there. Okay. I’m trying to decide what kind of socks we’re gonna do maybe some stripy tights or some silly little socks. Let’s see. Maybe some funny socks.
I’ll do her legs here like this. Actually, I won’t go all the way down ’cause I’ll leave room for the socks, I suppose. I can always come back and erase it too if I need to. It’s the joy of Procreate, we can change things and erase things. It’s wonderful. Okay. We’ll start with that for the skin color. Okay. And then I’m gonna do another layer and select… Let’s make her a little outfit in pink. And I’m going to… Actually, let me think. Yeah, I’m gonna do it like that. I just wanna go above the buttons. I’m gonna have them a little bit bigger and go over top, which I can do ’cause I’ll put those on a different layer if I choose that. Okay. And that line will go there.
With that, this will probably connect here. Actually, no. I think the line should come from here. That makes more sense. Alright. Okay. And I think I’m gonna do her shoes in pink maybe. You know what? I’m gonna decide on that in a minute, what color her shoes are going to be. I’m gonna do the hair next and add another layer. Go and get the dark brown and do this hair here. I’m not gonna do a perfect line. I’m just gonna make it a little bit wiggly. And I’m gonna think about where her crown is here, crown over her head and push harder, lighter, thicker and then taper off just to create those lines there. So that’s where her part would be. And we can change those lines later as we decide exactly what we’re gonna do.
I realized I forgot her ears again. I have go back in and then do that. Let’s give her a little pigtail, little piggies. I might put some ribbons in them later. We’ll see. Okay, I’m gonna go back to my skin layer, go put those ears back on. Alright. For the ear inside, just do a line and then another line on the inside, a line inside. Okay, so that looks good. So why don’t we put a little face on here? We can do that by just going above our skin layer and selecting the charcoal color.
And I’m going to just draw in these eyes here, maybe give her a little lashes. Cute. And of course, we can go in and draw this, but we can also simply duplicate our layer. Hit the arrow. Go down here, hit Flip Horizontal, hit our arrow again. And if you have the Magnetics on within Snapping, you can just move it along the line here.
And then, we have an exact replica. So we don’t have to guess and try to hope for the best on getting that the same so that’s good. That’s an easy little way to do it, not cheating at all. So then, you can merge that down. So I’m going to go and actually no, I’ll stay on the charcoal just while we’re here. And for the mouth, I’m gonna do a little scoop, a little line and then a little uptick there and see how that works for her little smile. And so then you can fill this in a little bit more.
And then we’re gonna have the shadow underneath, and I’m actually gonna use this dark color, I think I might change it, but we’ll see. Just to suggest her lower lip there, and then we’re gonna do the nose, and that’s just gonna be really simple, little soft U and a little bit bolder at the ends, just like that.
So let’s just take this layer away so you can see. Okay, so that looks good like that, and then we can add some lips, and I’m gonna do that on another layer and use this warmer pink tone and just go in and do it below. Sorry, bring this layer below and maybe just color this in a little bit… Cute, a little peak. So you can change the look of the lips if you want, like that or if you like that, it’ll depend on whatever look you want.
While We’re Here
Actually you know what? I’m gonna wait for the cheeks for the end, I’m gonna color her in first. So I’m gonna turn back on my sketch layer, and I should probably finish those feet. So let’s go to the dress layer and just put a layer above that, and go in and get this mustardy-looking color, and let’s go in and finish these…
These feet here. Alright, they are going to be like this… And scoop, it’ll all line out… Oops. That did not turn out right. Like that. Okay, so I’m gonna make these kind of like a little Mary Jane type ones, and then I’m going to draw in these socks and those are going to be on my dress layer. They will be pink, and I’ll fill that in like so. I’m just gonna make these silly little socks like this, they can be a little slouchy. Sort of like that. Maybe they will have stripes on them… I like stripes… Okay, that’s cute. Okay, so I’m gonna go back to my skin layer and just fill this a little bit in here. There we go.
Okay, so I’m gonna do some solid fills now, just so we can kind of see a little bit better what’s going on. So at our sketch layer, I’m gonna click on that and put a layer above, I’m gonna go and get the skin, the lighter taupe color, and go into inking and click on my studio pens.
This is gonna be a solid line. I’m going to put it at about, let’s say, 14, the size and the opacity will of course be 100%, we want this to be solid fill. So I really like my scratchy lines, but I want the solid fill on the inside. So I’m gonna just go and… Here, I’ll zoom in so you can see. Overlap the line. So I have nice and scratchy on the outside but filled in the center. So I don’t have to do her whole head, but I will do this part because the hair will be covering it. So you just drag and drop your color in and it fills as long as it’s… You’ve completed the circle obviously if it’s open, this is what’s gonna happen.
So if you complete the whole circle it’s complete, there are no gaps, then of course it just fills that area. Right, so let’s just keep going here… Okay, Oops! I just realize I have to fix that line there… It’s good to zoom in to see where you’re at sometimes. Okay, so I’m just gonna fix this while I’m here, go back to my skin layer, grab the darker color, grab the dry ink, and then just fill in that little line there that I had missed, just making sure these fit everything. Okay, that’s better.
Okay, so then I’m gonna go below her hair layer, create a new layer, use the lighter brown and then select the studio pen again, and actually, I can turn off the sketch layers to see a little bit clearer. No. Alright. We have missed a spot. Okay, I can’t seem to see it. Nope, right there, top. There we go. Okay, much better. So for the pigtails, I’m actually gonna make another layer and put it just above my sketch layer below the skin layer so that it goes behind and they don’t have to worry about all this kind of stuff here.
Okay. Good. Guys, there is her hair. Next, let’s do her little jumper here, so I’m gonna go below the pink layer, select that lighter pink and fill this in. Okay, that’s enough, let’s get her little socks. Alright, let’s do her shoes now and I can go pick up that little mustard color. Okay, I’m kind of having second thoughts about these socks, I don’t want it to look like she’s, her tights have fallen down or something now, so because her legs are longer, I think it might look a little bit odd, so I’m actually going to make the choice and just go with my original plan and in making her wear tights instead, I think if her legs were a little bit shorter and stock here, it would probably be cuter, but this might look a little bit awkward, so let’s change that.
So I can do that by just going back into my pink layer and deleting this, upping that a little bit that there, delete that, and I’m gonna go to, where is it? This… There we go, that layer. Oops, did I do that on the wrong layer? I think I did. And that’s alright. Okay, so I’m going to then… I’m actually… Hang on, let me think.
I’m gonna take this layer, select with the free hand, select this, and I’m gonna do copy and paste, and that’ll paste it in on top, so I can go to the layer below and just erase that from there, ’cause I’m gonna want them to be a different color. Same with this layer, I’m gonna select it, I’m gonna hit my little squiggly little S shape select around there, copy and paste, go back to the layer before, I’m gonna turn it off so I can see before and delete that as well. So, then I have those two, the legs on, they’re only ____ here and here, so I can change the color, so I’m gonna actually have these white and then we’ll do maybe some stripes, and I’m gonna fill that with white, and I think this, I’m going to make the charcoal color, so what I can do when it’s a line like this, you can go in and drop it in.
That is possible, but what you could also do is hit the layer, tap on it, hit clipping mask, and then fill that with the color you want, you can do that as well, and then just go click on it and do merge down. So those are some options for you.
So while I have this and I’m gonna use the dry ink pen and I have the charcoal, I’m going to add these lines back in to complete this. Oops, let’s get that out of there. Okay, so now her legs look like that, and now I’m gonna put some stripes on them, so make a new layer.
I’m gonna go and I’m gonna select this mustardy color and we’re gonna make some stripes. Let’s see if we put it up to… I’m not sure if I can get it accurate enough on the edges, but go up to like 16, I wanna see what this looks like. Although maybe a little thicker, little strippies okay. Maybe we’ll speed this up a little bit for you. ’cause this might be a little boring. I’m sure you know how to do stripes.
Okay, I think that’s better. Okay, so now, where was I? I’m gonna go back in and do a little bit of work on this dress, but first I’m gonna fill those shoes, actually, I can do it on this layer because it’s the same color, and the reason why I have all these layers and so many different colors is, or rather all the layers or all the colors on different layers is because I like to be able to change them and just with the work that I do, it’s really advantageous to be able to make different versions or variations or have that choice and not be limited to having it stuck on one layer, but by all means, you can put things, group them together and not have 500 layers like I usually do.
So I’m gonna put some cute buttons here, not with that pen, I’m gonna go back to my dry ink, and I’m gonna put it back to… What do we have it on? Six. I think six will work. Actually, I think it was eight. Okay, cute buttons, I’m just gonna have them overlapping a little bit, and then I’m gonna fill them in below. I’m gonna put another layer here, I’m trying to get away with not having to but I think it’s inevitable. Okay, so that needs to be above. There, yeah.
Okay, so I think we need a little bit of detail on this dress, so I might just do a little pattern just… Or something, it needs maybe a little pocket, something right there so with the dark… The dark green, I’m gonna go back into my dark green layer, and let’s just see what a little pocket looks like. And then just a little stitching, may add a little tag there. Back to the other layer and grab that lighter mustard studio pen and fill it in. And I’m actually gonna go over with the white and fill in the tag.
Alright, that’s a little bit more detail, and then, let’s do some shading. So I’m going to go on top of my legs layer, select another layer, and I’m going to just do a little bit of a gray… Well, no actually, no I’m gonna do blue and put it up here, I’ll add this to it. Okay, so we’re gonna go back into our brushes and find painting and go to the Gouache.
And what I’m gonna do with this layer is click on it, select clipping mask so that it will select the white part below so I won’t go… Can’t color out here, I can only color in here. So I’m gonna take the Gouache pen or a brush and put it up to maybe a size six, and I’m gonna go at about 70… 70% opacity, and that’ll give us that sort of look. So, of course, she’s gonna have the shadow from there and you can kind of fill it in there. Good, and then I’m going to go where the dress is, the fill, and add another layer.
Again, use the clipping mask, select the darker pink. We still have our Gouache, and we can go in and add some little shadows there. I think I’m gonna up the Gouache, brush a little bit more to maybe size 12, and you can kind of paint away here, giving it a little… A little bit more shape, a little bit more dynamic there.
Okay, so now onto her skin layer, same thing, click on a skin layer, add a new layer, click it again, hit clipping mask, hit that darker taupe, and we’ll go in again… Actually, I’m gonna change this down a little bit again to an eight, just give it a little definition. Well, actually, you know what here, I’m gonna just erase this and then bring it around here.
She’s gonna have a shadow under her hair. It’ll probably be nice if we give her some eyebrows too. Bring this brush back a little bit just so we can get in with the ears. Again, I don’t really like what I did with those ears. There. Get brush back up about eight, just get this other arm here and some there. Good.
Okay, let’s give her some eyebrows, let’s go into her face layer here, select the darker brown, and select inking and dry ink. And I’m sure she’s got some eyebrows in there, we don’t really see them too much, but we should know that they are there. Alright, might just define her nose a little bit, more, so you can kinda see it better.
Okay, and then I’m also going to add a little white on the top. So just a little dot, and we can add… So now I’m getting into details, add a little bit… Little highlight on her lips, maybe not on the top, maybe a little bit on her nose.
Okay. So let’s get to you putting a few more textures and stuff into her hair, so I’m gonna select the hair layer and I’m gonna create another layer and a clipping mask. You guessed it, I love clipping masks. So I’m gonna use that dark color again, and I’m gonna go in and I think I’ll use the Gouache, just to keep it consistent here.
We’re gonna just give her some shadows, oh right, those are on a different layer. And I’m just gonna play around with the brush sizes obviously, this doesn’t need to be too exact, but I have it at 2% at the moment. And I still have it at 70% opacity. Just sort of play wherever you think it will be a good idea.
Again play with the pressure of your brush a little bit just to have a little variation. Okay, and then I’m gonna go and do the same with the pigtails in the back here, clipping mask, and just yeah get some… A little definition there. That’s good. Okay, I think I’d like some highlights on here, so I’m actually gonna add a new color to this, so what I’m gonna do, or actually I’ll show you how I would select a different color for this on this wheel here. That’s not really a wheel, this picker here. You would go up and to the left, kind of like an L, and that’ll give you a nice highlight color.
So let’s just see if that’s light enough. Of course, I’m on this layer. So that makes a difference. I think that’ll be good. Okay, so I’m gonna have a little bit smaller, 2%. Yeah, then maybe 1%. Have a few lines in there. Alright and then I’m gonna go back up to this layer and throw a few… A few little lights. Okay, that’s good for now.
So I wanna actually show you something, what I often like to do with my clothing to give it a little bit more texture. Of course, you can totally leave it like this, or you can try something a little different, so what I’m gonna do is select my dress layer, and I’m actually gonna turn it white.
So There It Is.
Then I’m gonna add another layer and it can be below this clipping mask here, that’s not a problem. Automatically, it will become a clipping mask because that’s not kind of a little sandwich there. I’m gonna select that pink, that lighter pink, I’m actually gonna go and attempt to find where I put this brush.
There it is. Alright, here we go, the spectra brush. I am going to make it quite large, I’m gonna make it about 20%, and then I’m just gonna really lightly, so you can see that’s quite dark, but really lightly just do some layers and it kinda gives us this cool texture that I like, especially for jeans, it’s what I use for jeans a lot. So you just… And you can change the size of it, just so you can mix up the pattern a little bit, and I think that looks cool. Just gives it a little bit different effect. Okay, so we should probably draw the flowers that she’ll be holding here.
So I’m going to go… I’ll just go up the top, the new layer, I’m gonna use the mustard color just to keep our palette consistent, come back to the inking dry ink, and let’s just give her a little… Like that, and maybe one will have a little leaf.
Okay, and let’s see, maybe there’ll be white flowers, so I’ll use… We shall use blue for the flowers, and it’ll just be simple, simple little flowers. I think a little bit more sketchy. And then I’m gonna use the mustard color for the center. Cute. Okay, so what else shall we do to this lovely little lady? I think her shoes probably need a little shadow, and I think those stripes as well. Let’s do those strips first, do a clipping mask, and I’m gonna use that darker mustard, go back to the, not painting layer. Go back to… Actually not, yeah, it isn’t… What am I saying gouache and bump this back up to, let’s say eight and just do that, it’ll be… So you probably won’t notice it as much… Actually, I’m gonna bump this up to 100% just ’cause I can’t see it very well. There we go. Nice. Cool. Okay. And… Oh, I know what we’ve forgotten her cheeks. There we go.
Okay, so go to her skin layer and add another layer again that will automatically become a clipping mask because you have one on top and go in and find this warm pink color. We have our gouache. Let’s see how big that… You know what? That’s not a bad size. Okay, so I’m at about eight still, and we’re gonna give her some cute little cheeks.
That’s so much better. And maybe we’ll give her… I don’t know some freckles? Let’s see… Let’s see, go to her face layer, go to the darker… Well no the lighter brown, I think… And we’ll go to the inking, dry ink and let’s see should she have some over her nose? That’s cute. I always like freckles. Alright, a little smattering.
Okay, so I think I’m almost done, I think we need just a few highlights again, we’re on this hair, I’m going to just do another layer, get this, and I’m just gonna go up here, make it quite a bit lighter and I’m gonna be on my dry ink just to do some more intense layer then I’m gonna do this, add that for the highlights.
I don’t think that’ll be quite as highlighted in there. I think that just adds… We needed a little something. That’s better. Okay. And I think on the buttons, I’m gonna do the white, just give them a little love here. That’s good. Let’s see, maybe we’ll give her like that maybe just like… Yeah. A few little highlights, just to add a little bit more pop.
There. I think that turned out alright. So that’s it guys, great job and sticking to the end and getting all the way through. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and if you did, please hit that like button and subscribe, and don’t forget to hit that bell icon so you can be totally notified of all the new tutorials, just like this one in the future.
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