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March 5, 2023

How to Draw a Faceless Portrait in Procreate & Convert to an SVG

transforming a picture into a faceless portrait SVG from procreate to inkscape to cricut design space

Custom Faceless Portraits have been sweeping the crafting scene.

faceless portrait digital art - how to create a faceless portrait in procreate

The secret is: they aren't that hard to create. You can use these for logos, coloring pages and so much more.

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If you follow these six simple steps, you can create a custom faceless portrait on Procreate with your iPad and Apple Pencil.

To draw a faceless portrait, you'll need to have Procreate on your iPad. This app is a steal compared to Adobe Illustrator and it gets the job done in terms of drawing SVGs. It's a one time $9.99 fee in the Apple Store.

procreate cover photo from their website - someone drawing an animal eye with bright colors

Do not stop here and think: well I am not an artist. Trust me I am not an artist either. This is all tracing! I use an actual photo of myself to create this. If you can outline, you can make a faceless portrait.

Step One: What brush do you need on Procreate?

This brush is included with the download. You can actually buy brushes from other creators but we are going to use what we have. You don't need anything fancy!

I started by opening a new canvas - you can do screen size or make a square whatever you are comfortable with.

monoline brush in procreate

I used a monoline brush at about 25%, so it wasn't super thin or thick. Play around with your stabilization to make it work for you - this will help you with jitters so you have smooth lines. You don't want the lines to be too zig-zaggy or thin because when we convert to an SVG you want to see the outline between the colors.

Step Two: Insert your photo

how to insert a photo in procreate

Any photo will work! You can insert a photo by starting a new canvas on Procreate than hitting the wrench and add. It will say insert photo and you can resize as you'd like. You then want to change the opacity (how transparent it is) so that it's a little lighter. Maybe 70-80%. To find this bar click on layers, then the N and it will drop down to show you some different tools. You will just toggle the opacity down.

how to change opacity in procreate

Step Three: Trace your photo

This is the fun part. Go to your color wheel and grab black and make a new layer on your picture. It is very important to remember each color is going to be on its own layer.

adding a layer in procreate

When you are tracing, try to keep clean lines and connect them so each section you want a color to be placed doesn't have any leaks or openings. Don't trace any of the facial features - remember this is a faceless portrait! For my own I made my hair a little wavy and added a couple sections within just to give a little detail.

tracing a photo in procreate to make a faceless portrait

I didn't trace any of my background. Instead I made a circle in a thicker monoline (like 100%) and then placed it so I was centered. I erased up to the circle if there were any outlying lines. Don't worry about the circle being perfect on the outside because we will be able to fix that in inkscape!

faceless portrait outline

Step Four: How to color in each section (quickly)

First, go back to your layers and pick the traced layer and make this your reference layer. You have now successfully made this a digital coloring page. So now comes the fun part. COLORING!

setting a reference layer in procreate

Set yourself up with a new layer. Pick the color that you want, I started with my face. You can also use the eye dropper by holding your finger down over the original picture (no need to change the layer). Once you have your color picked you can drag and drop that color into the section. Repeat this for all the sections you want in that same color. Once they are filled, make a new layer for the next color. Repeat this for all the colors until the image is completely filled!

Step Five: How to convert to an SVG File

This is can probably be done with an SVG converting website, however, I like to use Inkscape which is a free software. You can find a tutorial on how to make the layered SVG from Procreate here.

converting a faceless portrait in inkscape to an SVG

The only difference from the drawing is the black circle. You don't want your Cricut to cut all those lines. So you can either:

(1) skip sending this PNG file to your computer or

(2) you can delete it within Inkscape

You will just want to grab a circle in Inkscape and make it bigger than all the pieces you just converted. This way your edges are nice and smooth and perfectly round.

putting a background circle in inkscape for your faceless portrait svg

Step Six: Cut & Assemble

When you upload your project into Cricut Design Space, each color should be on a separate layer. You can resize and cut with whatever material you choose. In true fashion, I went with paper.

uploading your faceless layered portrait into cricut design space

Once I had everything cut, I preassembled before gluing to see how it would look, then I used my Bearly Arts precision glue to place on to my background. Save 10% with the link!

faceless portrait cut out with paper on cricut

So, what can you use a faceless portrait for?

Really, it's just an awesome easy skill to pick up and you can sell these as CUSTOM items - and once you get started you can make the digital file in under 30 minutes.

Happy Crafting

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