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:
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.