I grew up in a sub-tropical climate in a little, teapot-shaped country called Zimbabwe. It was my idea of paradise – wide open spaces, warm sunshine, bare feet. And a vast tract of bushveld – that’s what we call the unfenced and untrammeled woodland around here – right behind our backyard.

Our backyard was half an acre in size

And a third of it was given over to a luscious veggie garden, including pawpaw trees. The produce – organically nourished with equally homegrown horse manure (that’s a story for another day) was irresistible… and not only to our family. A troupe of mischievous, marauding monkeys took great delight in feeding their families on it too.

So what does this have to do with ‘how to draw a cartoon monkey step by step?

how to draw a cartoon monkey step by step

This is pretty much what we used to see, peeping out of the bush beyond our fence

Well, the monkey face I’ve used in my video tutorial is exactly like the ones that used to make free with our veggies and fruit – most particularly the tomatoes and pawpaws!

(In the end Dad put his electrical engineering mind to excellent use and built an electric fence -humane, I promise – to make sure we kept a fair share of what we grew. The day we first switched that on was entertaining, to say the least – yet another story for another day.)

I am beyond delighted with this new ‘how to cartoon’ video

My Camtasia skills have taken a quantum leap upwards – huzzah! And it’s fun to revisit how I work on anything new – starting with the ‘real deal’ to get to grips with anatomy, and then cartoon-ifying it.

But don’t take my word for it – take a look for yourself.

I’ll be waiting anxiously to hear what you think, down in the comments below.

By the way – constructive criticism is welcome too. Any suggestions are most welcome.

Just because I am delighted with it, doesn’t mean that you have to be, too πŸ™‚


Showing 8 comments
  • Patti Bullard

    Alison, I love this tutorial! Can’t wait to try this myself! Thank you for sharing your process. I completely agree that it is delightful!

    • Alison Beere

      Let me know how it works out for you, Patti.
      I’ve found this method is the most empowering, because it gives you a process for doing it yourself.
      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  • Henneke

    Nice! And really lovely to finally hear your voice πŸ™‚

    • Alison Beere

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it, Henneke!
      Hearing accents from all over the world is what makes this digital teaching life so much fun, isn’t it?

  • Kym Kirk

    Nice one Alison.


    • Alison Beere

      Hey, Kym – thanks for taking the time to stop by.
      I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

  • Leonora Found

    Excellent Ali. I think I may use this demo with for my Year 1 and 2 who I teaching sketching to. Will let you know how it goes!

    • Alison Beere

      You are welcome to show it to your teeny students, Leonora. And definitely let me know how it goes.
      Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

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