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A step-by-step guide on how-to draw your own version of Cut Out + Keep's crafty superhero Crafterella!
A couple of you asked if we could make a tutorial for how-to draw Crafterella, so I thought I'd take a break from working on her latest comic to make a step-by-step guide illustrating my process. I've never been a great artist but Crafterella is so much fun to draw and I hope you'll find this tutorial helpful. Crafterella and I would both love to see your versions!

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1114 projects »
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  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 1
    Step 1

    The tools I use are pretty basic. Grab a sketch pad, eraser, 2B and 2H pencil. I like to use mechanical pencils as they stay nice and sharp, but any will do.

    The hardest part of drawing is deciding what you're going to draw. Get an idea of Crafterella's rough pose in your head, the expression on her face and if she's holding any props. Keep this in mind as you draw.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start by drawing an oval, using the lightest 2H pencil, to represent Crafterella's head. It sometimes takes me a few tries to get the size just right. Once you've got her head just right, sketch ovals where her shoulders, elbows, hands and hips would be to get feel for the pose she'll be doing.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 3
    Step 3

    Draw lines between the ovals to make sure her posture looks correct.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 4
    Step 4

    Draw a curved line down the middle of the oval to reprsent the centre of Crafterella's face and sketch lines where her eyes, nose and mouth would be to get the position just right. Sketch the outline of two cat ears in roughly the right position on top of her head.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 5
    Step 5

    Lightly pencil in the details of her face and redraw the outline of her face to look more human.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 6
    Step 6

    Move on to her hair, lightly pencilling the strands of hair in around her ears.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 7
    Step 7

    Move down to the lower body, sketching in her neck, the width of her arms and shape of her body.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 8
    Step 8

    Erase the original ovals as you draw in her arms.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 9
    Step 9

    Hands are always the trickiest part. Take your time working out how the hands are going to be positioned and where the wrist, knuckles, fingers and thumb are going to be.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 10
    Step 10

    Finish up your initial sketch and then grab your 2B pencil. It won't look much like Crafterella at this point but we're past the hardest part.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 11
    Step 11

    Using your dark pencil, start drawing Crafterella's eyes. I like to start with her eyes and work out from there because it starts to look more and more like her.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 12
    Step 12

    Sketch her nose and eyebrows.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 13
    Step 13

    Sketch her mouth.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 14
    Step 14

    Draw the outline of her face and neck.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 15
    Step 15

    Draw the strands of hair that frame her face.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 16
    Step 16

    Add her ears and the rest of her hair.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 17
    Step 17

    Start drawing her lower body.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 18
    Step 18

    Work on her hands when you're feeling brave enough. Adding her gloves and claws at the end of her fingers.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 19
    Step 19

    Finish drawing the body.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 20
    Step 20

    Start erasing the light sketches from your initial drawing and use the 2H pencil to start shading her mask, hair, collar and gloves.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 21
    Step 21

    Add any extra little details or props you like.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 22
    Step 22

    When you're happy with your sketch, it's time to scan it in to your computer.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 23
    Step 23

    Open up your drawing in your favourite software editing program. I'm going to use PhotoShop.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 24
    Step 24

    The sketch never looks great when I scan it in, so we're going to adjust the levels. Use the highlight eyedropper to select the darkest grey of the paper and make it white.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 25
    Step 25

    Pull up the white level arrow and pull down the dark level arrow until you have a nice black & white outline.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 26
    Step 26

    Now Desaturate the image to remove any accidental colour.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 27
    Step 27

    Duplicate this layer and rename it to Crafterella.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 28
    Step 28

    Set the Crafterella layer to Multiply.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 29
    Step 29

    Click back on the Background layer, Select All and fill with White.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 30
    Step 30

    Create a new layer called Colors, set to Multiply and paint swatches of all the different colors you're going to use.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 31
    Step 31

    Crate a new layer called Skin and use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to trace the outline of Crafterella's ears, face, shoulders, arms and legs.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 32
    Step 32

    Fill this layer with her skin color.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 33
    Step 33

    Create a new layer called Clothes and use the same technique to fill in her clothes with the correct colors.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 34
    Step 34

    Create a new layer called Hair and fill in her hair with dark brown.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 35
    Step 35

    On the same layer, select the highlights of her hair and fill in with a lighter brown.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 36
    Step 36

    Add a new layer called Accessories and color in her accessories.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 37
    Step 37

    Add a new layer called Details and colour in all of her little details - like her eyes, lips, mouth and craft tools.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 38
    Step 38

    Keep going until she's colored in perfectly.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 39
    Step 39

    Now for the fun part, we're going to add shading using the Burn brush. Pick a soft brush, set to burn Midtones at 15% and start shading her skin.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 40
    Step 40

    The first strokes will be subtle but you can keep going over the same bits to add more and more depth.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 41
    Step 41

    Work your way through each of the layers, burning and shading each.

  • How to make a drawing. How To Draw Crafterella - Step 42
    Step 42

    Finish up by using the eraser to clean up any mistakes or excess lines. You're all done!

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Syeyon K.
Syeyon K. · Kathmandu, Central Region, NP · 67 projects
would it be okay if I drew a red gown instead of her mini outfit and drew her hair all curled up ? Happy
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1397 projects
I loved your version!
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Riya K.
Riya K. · Chandigarh, Chandigarh, IN · 87 projects
wow cool!1 ure' like all rounder!!
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1397 projects
Hehe, thank you!
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Syeyon K.
Syeyon K. · Kathmandu, Central Region, NP · 67 projects
I would make a mistake and be like "-_- not again!"
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Isaura
Isaura · De Haan, Flanders, BE · 36 projects
Awesome!
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1397 projects
Aww thanks!
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