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How to Convert Texture to Cartoon Styles

Updated April 17, 2017

Texture is an important facet of artwork that helps make a picture look more realistic. Even if you're drawing cartoons, texture is an important element to include. Unlike realistic art, cartoon art allows the artist to create a simplified rendering of a surface's shape or pattern. Using "selective texturing," a simplified version of texturing, will make surfaces look more realistic without breaking the cartoon aura of the picture. For best results, use a textured cartoon, as a reference picture, to guide you through the process.

Draw the basic outlines, features and elements of the cartoon. Try to include a variety of subjects in your cartoon to help you practice drawing textures.

Add texture to the cartoon figure's fur or hair. Draw short, broken lines in the space outlined for the cartoon character's hair. This will give the hair a straight, stringy texture. If you are adding fur to an animal in the picture, draw a few zigzagging tufts of hair. This same technique can be used to add texture to grassy surfaces.

Draw wrinkles in the cartoon subject's clothing. Add a few squiggly wrinkles around the armpits, sleeves and bottom of the character's clothing.

Add any additional texture that your cartoon needs. Although the additional texture depends on the subject matter of your cartoon, follow this rule as you continue to add different textures: do not completely cover your cartoon characters with texture but use "selective texture" to indicate to the viewer that the texture exists over the character's entire body. Add texture in places where the character's body would fall into shadow. Use a reference picture, if necessary, to guide you through this process.

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Missy Farage began her writing career in 2008 when her freelance articles were published in the Washington life-and-style journals "425 Magazine" and "South Sound Magazine." She has won awards for her poetry and writing. Farage holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the University of Puget Sound.