- Light Orange (One three-second squirt of Orange BATTER)
- Dark Orange (One drop Orange, one drop brown dye)
- Light Yellow (One drop yellow dye)
- Light blue (One drop of blue dye)
- Lighter Blue (One five-second squirt of Light Blue BATTER)
- Lightest Blue (One three-second squirt of Lighter Blue
Note: You can simplify this design by doing a solid light blue for the body, a solid light yellow for the stomach, and a solid orange for the shell.
Remember, feel free to customize any part as we go; this is simply a straightforward tutorial. Be as creative as you want!
With your griddle/pan off, begin by drawing the outline of Squirtle with your black pancake batter. We recommend starting with the eyes, and keeping them fairly small. Remember, you don’t want to make the pancake too big to flip! The bigger they are, the more chance of breakage and burning. If you are worried about yours being too big as you go or don’t want to do so much detail, feel free to just make Squirtle’s face! Use the reference image, and take your time! We’ll explain step-by-step how we’ll draw our linework. Remember, you can use paper towels or Q-tips to wipe up any mistakes you may make.
Once you have your outline, we’ll start by filling in Squirtle’s eyes. Using your white batter, make a circle at the top of the right eye (Any right or left direction is from your perspective, not Squirtle’s). You’ll also apply white to the top of the left eye, but a bit more like a half-circle. No need to be perfect! Wse white to fill in the small, rightmost sliver on the right eye (note that the other eye doesn’t have this). (And as long as you’re holding your white batter, you can go ahead and fill in the edge of Squirtle’s shell – we won’t need any more white batter for this design after this).
Then, using your black, go to the right eye and fill in the black space above the curved line that goes across the pupil. Then, fill in the half-circle space in the left eye, under the white. Finish the pupils of each eye by filling them with red. Great work!
Now we’ll add in the highlights. Remember that these are where the light hits Squirtle the most! It looks like Squirtle is facing the light source in this picture; that the light is coming in from the left. Knowing this, we’ll use our lightest blue for the brightest spots (or, alternatively, you can use white + the lightest blue drawn around it for extra glow!). Apply highlights to the top left portion of the head, a triangle over the left nostril, a line along the right eyebrow, an oval on the top left of each arm, and a circle on each knee.
Then, with our plain batter, we’ll draw a large patch on the top left of Squirtle’s tummy. Finally, taking our light orange, we’ll draw a line down the top of their shell to the very back, where we’ll put down a patch of light orange.
Now we’ll add the shadows. Remember that these are the places where the light hits Squirtle the least, almost like the opposite of the highlights. Knowing that the light source is coming from the left, most of the shadows will be on the right side of him. Using your Darkest shade of blue (called “Light Blue” on the Batter Colors section), draw a large shadow along the bottom right portion of Squirtle’s head. Continue adding shadow to the right sides of the arms, under their fingers/hand, the bottom right portions of Squirtle’s legs, and the majority of the tail, minus an oval shape in top-left section,
Next, we’ll use our yellow batter to draw shadows along the right side of Squirtle’s tummy, under their belly, and under their chin. Use your dark orange to then shade the bottom portion of Squirtle’s shell.
All that’s left to do now is fill in the rest! Fill the remainder of Squirtle’s head, arms, and tail with the middle shade of blue (called “light blue” in the Batter Colors section). Fill the rest of the tummy with light yellow, and the shell with orange.
Create an outline around your entire Squirtle with batter. We often use plain batter for this, but You can use any color (or colors) that you’d like! Then cover the back of your pancake with a zig zag as well. For extra precautions (like say, if your pancake is looking paper thin) you can cover the whole backside in plain batter to give it more thickness. This’ll make it stronger for the flip!
Once you’ve covered every part of Squirtle (check for holes!), you can turn the griddle/pan to around 225°.
While it’s cooking slowly, don’t panic! These pancakes are cooking at a much slower temperature than typical pancakes. They will take a very long time to burn.
Once bubbles begin to cover the surface of your pancake, and the pancake starts to look more like a solid than a liquid, you can work the spatula gently around the edges to separate the pancake from the griddle. This is a process we call “carving.”
Be patient, you shouldn’t need to carve the pancake off forcefully; it’ll separate more and more as it cooks.
Once the pancake is unstuck and can freely move around the griddle, it’s about time to flip. It’s very important to slide the spatula under the pancake in one smooth motion, quickly and confidently. You also can’t be hesitant while flipping it. The more confidently you do this step, the more likely your pancake will be fine. Take a breath, have faith… and give it a flip!