Give Your Sketches a Facelift

Injecting new life into old work can be a valuable way for new freelancers to gain a head start and build a portfolio quickly.

We all keep sketchbooks: it's in our nature as designers. They're the place where we doodle and write down our ideas - many of which can be forgotten over time.

Instead of letting these old sketches gather dust, why not bring them to life and use them to boost your portfolio? In this project, I'll take you through the process of turning an old doodle into a fresh, colourful piece of commercially viable artwork.

The illustrations featured in this tutorial are part of an ongoing personal project, based on sketches that I found in some of my 15-year-old sketchbooks. You can see more by visiting

Click here to download the tutorial for free

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

The Creative Bloq team is made up of a group of design fans, and has changed and evolved since Creative Bloq began back in 2012. The current website team consists of eight full-time members of staff: Editor Georgia Coggan, Deputy Editor Rosie Hilder, Deals Editor Beren Neale, Senior News Editor Daniel Piper, Digital Arts and Design Editor Ian Dean, Tech Reviews Editor Erlingur Einarsson and Ecommerce Writer Beth Nicholls and Staff Writer Natalie Fear, as well as a roster of freelancers from around the world. The 3D World and ImagineFX magazine teams also pitch in, ensuring that content from 3D World and ImagineFX is represented on Creative Bloq.