Tutorial: Simple Silly Turkey Cartoon

Thanksgiving is on its way, so here’s a quick and easy cartoon which can take the place of your shark and dinosaur mouth designs for the fall season. This one is definitely entertaining for both adults and kids at parties.


Mehron Paradise Light Brown Face Paint
TAG Orange Face Paint
Mehron Paradise Red
Diamond FX or Wolfe white
Diamond FX or Wolfe black
Small Filbert Brush
#2 Round Brush


Load white on your filbert brush and create two large white eye shapes as shown in the image. They should be just up off the corner of the mouth.

Use the small filbert to create the turkey head with light brown. (Think of a drumstick shape with eyes.)

Create half of the mouth above the lips and half of it below with TAG orange. The upper mouth should be longer and jut out further than the bottom part of the mouth.

Add a teardrop shaped turkey wattle coming down from the side of the turkey mouth right below the eyes with red.

Load your #2 round brush with black and outline the turkey head, mouth, eyes, and wattle. To create the inner part of the eyes, make two small circles and leave white highlights. Mine weren’t perfectly round, so I had to come back in on the next step to go over the highlights and make them more nearly round.

Load your #2 round brush with white and add highlights to the beak, head, and wattle. Also fix the white dots in the eyes if necessary. (I had to do this.)

Enjoy your crazy cartoon turkey!

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary artist for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by to see other face painting tutorials by Beth. 

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