The New Me (as a Cartoon)

Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 | by Mark Tucker

I have received some positive feedback on my new profile picture. Others have asked where I got it. So here is the story.

Last week I was traveling around the internet and came across the website for Cartoon Me. They provide a service where you can upload a photo and within 72 hours an artist will digitally render that image as a cartoon. The cost is €3.50 EUR which turns out to be $5.09 USD. So I powered up my PayPal account, uploaded a photo and hoped for the best. The process for submitting a photo is easy.

Two days later I received an e-mail containing a GIF image that closely matched the photo I uploaded:

Cartoon Me

The look was good, but not quite what I had in mind.

So I powered up my favorite vector graphics application, Microsoft Expression Design 2, and went to work adding layers and shapes to transform the purchased cartoon into the final product. An hour and 12 layers later I had the key parts done:


Put them all together and you have the new me!


Other great options for a vector-based graphics program include:

I haven’t tried, but maybe with the right skills I could go from picture to cartoon without the middle step.

I have often wondered what it would look like if I had cartoon renditions of my ancestors and they were put together on a family tree.

Please let me know if you are able to create a cartoon version of you or an ancestor.  I would love to see them.


  1. Mark,
    This is a neat post. My very, very first trip up my family tree was for a class project in 8th grade. After I laid out the tree, the 6 generations I could get from my grandma back then, I felt the chart needed more. I gathered 3 weeks of Sunday papers and stole the comics. I cut out the heads of Charlie Brown, Hagar the Horrible, Dennis the Menace, even Garfield and pasted them above the names of each ancestor and living relative. I made myself Marcie from the Peanuts.
    Sadly, this chart was lost in the shuffle. I wish I still had it…
    Kelly (@aPSUmama)

    Comment by Kelly — 11 Jun 2009 @ 5:13 am

  2. This is so cool!

    Comment by Taneya — 11 Jun 2009 @ 6:11 pm

  3. [...] days ago I discussed my new cartoon profile picture and talked about my interest in making a cartoon version of one of my ancestors.  One of my [...]

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  4. I have just ordered mine. I think this is a great way to have a personal avatar that is recognizable without being totally accurate. It helps to keep yourself a little bit private.

    Comment by Yvette — 12 Jun 2009 @ 1:02 pm

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