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Basic Hand Drawn (Twitter) Avatar Tutorial

by (@mistygirlph)

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Why not put a new dimension to your Twitter avatar by making your own hand drawn image of yourself, your character. There are many ways to create an avatar. So many sites now that you can visit to create an avatar to use on your profile. But I think the best way to do it is draw it yourself.

Before making any avatar, consider 5 things about your personality or interest or just a character you might want to portray. For this tutorial the subject asked me to do an anime type. She says she wanted to be a sword wielding ninja. Popular in Japanese anime.

Step 1: Make a sketch and place details on your character.

Pick the most prominent feature of yourself and draw as similarly to you as possible.

Step 2 and 3: Color

In my case I use watercolor. When I am satisfied with the basic structure and detail I scan.

Step 4: Convert to black and white

Step 5

Color using layers underneath the sketch layer then clean the sketch layer using masking.

Step 6: Create Background

Here is the final avatar

Another option can just be just finish the entire drawing by coloring by hand. Skip steps 3 to 6. Here is a sample of my own avatar that was drawn and colored by hand.

To view more of the different avatar options you can visit my blogsite at http://digigirlmisty.blogspot.com

About the Author

Misty BelardoMisty Belardo works in an ad agency as digital activations director. Music helps her relax. She loves to draw, sketch and paint. Blogging is an art that she is now exploring and using as a medium of self expression. Coffee is her drink of choice. She was able to turn a government building into a club. She is known for the events that she has planned and implemented. She is a geek at heart and proud of it. Follow her on Twitter @mistygirlph.

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What people are saying:

  1. cheth
    March 25th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Nice article Misty! love those avatars!

  2. Coffee Talkee
    March 25th, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Fantastic! How I wish I was born with your talent.

  3. Cristhian Bedon
    March 25th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Good article, simple tut!

  4. electronic cigarette
    March 25th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Nice work. I like to see simple line drawings taken to this level of realism. It just shows how much more can be done. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Arnold - Mr.Gadget
    March 25th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I love this!

  6. Sujata
    March 25th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Love what you have done here! You are extremely creative. Thanks for sharing:-)

  7. @rdeal1
    March 26th, 2009 at 6:54 am

    amazing work by one of the coolest people I’ve ever met

  8. Geoffrey Gordon
    March 26th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    A real stunner, i must say, i am an artist my self, you have given me a really good idea to convert some of my drawings to color, Well Done !!!

  9. MrStrider
    March 26th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Man, i really wish i can sketch like this!
    really nice work
    The sword is my best part, love it

    Nice article misty

  10. vim
    March 27th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    misty, this is so nice! how i wish i could learn how to draw. hehe. i only know sticks. *clap clap clap*

  11. Misty Belardo
    March 28th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you so much guys for the valuable comments and support. I am truly inspired to do more tutorials for people who would love to learn how to make their own avatars.

    Thank you TwitterBGallery for allowing me to do this and for giving a venue for others to learn and be inspired.


  12. Allan
    March 31st, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Misty, you are truly gifted! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial!

  13. Mai
    April 15th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    This is really gorgeous and useful.Seeing the drawing come to life and colour give me new idea.Well done

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