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Create a Tropical Beach Scene with Procreate

LaVonne, Artist, Illustrator

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8 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Set Up Canvas and Color Palette

    • 3. Create Layers

    • 4. Clouds

    • 5. Ocean Details

    • 6. Waves

    • 7. Sand Details

    • 8. Final Details and Project


About This Class


Learn how to create a beautiful, realistic, tropical beach with the Procreate app!

Although I show you what I am doing each step of the way, it’s better if you have a basic working knowledge of Procreate. That way, it will be easier for you to follow along.

Here are the hexadecimal codes for the colors in my Tropical palette for this class:

#1ea297; #26c59d; #03f1dd; #a6fdf5; #15a4d2; #00688a; #00bdad; #0dc9fb; #c1f0fd

#0063b4; #0d91fb; #80c6ff; #d2ebff; #ffffff; #e2d2ff; 

#f4dca6; #d3b36a; #ab7c0e

Relax and have fun!

After you have taken this class, you can level up your skills even more by taking the class Create a Photorealistic Tropical Beach in Procreate


1. Introduction: in this class, I will show you how to create a beautiful tropical beach scene. In procreate, you will need a tablet, a stylist In the current version of the procreate app, you can follow along and create a painting just like mine. Or you can use the techniques that you will learn to create your own stunning tropical beach scene, so keep watching and start creating today. 2. Set Up Canvas and Color Palette : hello and welcome to the class for this class. We're going to open procreate, click in the gallery, and then we're going to create a new canvas. You can do that by hitting the plus sign in the upper right hand corner, and then we're going to use the square 2048 by 2000 and 48 pixels campus. Next, we're going to set up our color palette. You click on the upper right hand corner on the circle, and then you will see the different options. You can use the disc and you condone. Rotate the circle to find the color that you like. Classic is a square, and you can either drag the handles. Or you can click the circle to move it around and find the shade that you would like undervalue. This is where you can enter the Hexi decimal value and under palate is where you're going to create a new palette by hitting the plus sign. And I'm not going to do it for this because I've already created one called Tropical, and I said it as my default. But to create a new palette, you hit the plus sign and then go back to value and enter the hex, a decimal value that I have provided and then click on one of the squares. If you've named your palate tropical, Um, click on one of the squares, and that's where it will save your colors. 3. Create Layers: Now we're going to begin creating our layers on the layer option. Let's rename this layer to sky, so we're going to keep the components on different layers, so the first formal create will be the sky. Go to the color palette on the second row, or however you've arranged these. Click the sky blue color, and that's going to be the top portion of the sky. We're only going to use the airbrush tool in this lesson, and for the sky, we can use the soft airbrush. Make sure your canvas is completely in view and adjust the size accordingly and paint the top portion in that darker sky blue color and then choose the lighter sky blue color and paint down almost to the center. And then we're going to blur these together and you choose the magic wand tool, and then Gaussian blur, and you're able to adjust by dragging left or right, you're able to adjust the amount of the blur. Two. However you like it like it right about there. So now we're going to create the next layer, which will be the ocean. Click on the plus sign to create a new layer rename it. We'll call this one ocean, so we know that this is the ocean layer. We're going to start out with that deep, dark, bluish green for the very, very top of the ocean because that would be the fade away. So it's going to appear very dark for this. You just draw messy line across, and when you get don't don't lift up. And when you get to the other side of the campus, hold down and it will snap to and create a nice, crisp line for you. Then you can use the medium or the medium hard in. Just paint a little bit down for the dark part of the ocean, and then we're going to go to the next lightest, bluish green color and create a little bit more so it gives a nice radiation from that dark blue, and it'll start Grady ating down into the nice tropical lighter blue green colors. So then we're gonna go with the next greed has more of a green tent that's going to be the middle part of our ocean and then the next lightest. And this is how we're going to continue down in this really nice light, minty green color, a tropical blue green and then the very lightest tropical blue green. Now you have two choices. You can either do the Gaussian blur like we did with the sky and blur them like that. I wasn't that farmed of this, So I'm going to show you another way that we can blend the colors together. We can use this much tool, and I haven't said to this after brush, and you can decrease the opacity and choose the size that you'd like and then start blending the colors together that way, and you have a lot more control of it instead of with the Gaussian Blair technique. So just start blending the blue colors together all the way down to the greens. You could do straight across and then circular motions, and that makes for a nice blend. Once you have it blended, you can create a new layer, and we're going to rename this one sand, and this will be our sand layer. And then we're going to start with the darker brown. This is where the water hits the sand, and so it's pretty dark. We're going to move to the medium shade of brown and continue down, and then the lightest change at the bottom. And again, I'm going to use this much tool to blend those three colors together, straight line and then circular, and it makes for a nice sandy beach. 4. Clouds: all right in this section, we're going to create the clouds, so we're going to create a new layer, and then we're going to rename it. That's right, clouds. So now we have a clouds layer, and we're going to choose the brightest color almost white from our color palette. And we're going to use a soft airbrush, and you can adjust the size and start drawing some light, wispy clouds for tropical scenes. I like to draw like flat clouds. Um, it just blends well to me with more of a tropical feel to it. So use the airbrush in different sizes. You don't have to be perfect with this. We're gonna blend. We're going to do all sorts of stuff. There's no reason to try to be perfect with this. You're just going to paint some clouds on here. Some flat, nice, wispy clouds. Enjoy the process. Have fun. Don't be overly critical of yourself. Just draw and relax. You can keep adjusting the size and the capacity. If you would like the further down toward the ocean, the more flat the clouds would be. And that gives, um, a sense of perspective. The ones at the top are going to be closer. So that way they could kind of be more puffy. But the ones toward the bottom are gonna be the furthest away. And so there will be pretty flat looking. We could draw as many for as few as you would like. Like I said, just experiment and have fun. Now we're going to use the the bluish gray color, and you can start adding a little dimension to the really white clouds again, you can adjust the A pass ity and the size, and then you could use this much tool to blend those colors together, that bright white with the lighter. And now we're going to use the lavender gray color, and I like to use that on the very bottom of the clouds. It just breaks it up a bit and just gives it a tinge of color so that they're not pure white. So I just add a little bit of that lavender color to the bottom of the clouds. You don't want to overdo it, and you can use this much tool to blend it together. You can use this much toll to change the shape of the clouds. Make a more wispy Like I said, Don't don't worry about trying to be perfect. Just experiment and have fun now. I decided to add some more toward the ocean, add some more flat ones toward the bottom. Like I said, it just gives it a little more sense of depth and perspective, and then you're done with the clouds. 5. Ocean Details: Now we're going to work on the details of the ocean, so be sure that you are on the ocean. Blair. Go to your color palette. Let's start with the very darkest color. I'm going to use the hard airbrush and just paint in somethin lines, adding some detail like waves in the very very background where where the distant waves would be. We're going to paint that onto the lighter blue portion, and we're just going to pretty much be alternating the colors. So for the next layer, we're going to use the blue. But we're going to put it down into the top layer of the green. And so by alternating the different colors onto the different layers, you'll be creating the detail of the tropical beach waves ocean. And I'd like to alternate between the soft, airbrush and different sizes in different capacities, and you can see that I'm adding the blue onto the green, and it further helps blend the ocean look, adding that beautiful tropical feel to it. And again, with the green down into the light green and just working with that soft airbrush, just add some lines. And if you look at pictures of tropical ocean, you'll you'll see that they're kind of round swirly patterns. So as I get closer to the sand, I tried to emulate those those round circular mm like reflective, tropical ocean shallow waters. So by by alternating the colors, put the darker one onto the lighter one all the way down. Now I'm using that very, very light blue into the almost white portion here again, not perfect circles, and you don't have to worry about being perfect. That's the beauty of this, because we're going to use that smudged hole and we're going to blend this out. And so the secret of this is to put down some details, then use this much told toe Bland. Put down some more details. Use this much troll to blend, so just keep continuing, using the different colors. Now you can use the lighter colors and two to go up into the darker colors. Before we were putting the darker colors under the lighter colors. Now we're going to reverse that, put some lighter colors up into the darker, and now we're going to smudge out the details so that they're not so stark and they blend very, very Well, I used the soft brush for that and not full capacity. And, you know, pick the size that that suits you best. And again, you can experiment with the A pass ity and the size to get the smudge blend that suits you . So I start smudging all of the details that I just put in, and it creates that nice, beautiful, tropical shallow waters. We can always go back in later as we continue. But for now, we'll we'll get the basic details here in the water. So I'm gonna use the darker one and add some more waves into that lighter blue color right beneath the horizon line. You can see it starts to really add a lot of death. Yeah. So, like I said for this portion, you pretty much you're gonna add detail. Then you're gonna smudge. You're gonna add some more detail, then you're going to smudge. You can even go down into the the greens with that darker blue. Because, like I said, we're going to smudge it out, and it's gonna blend very, very well. As you can see, it's much is and the lines aren't so start, so just keep doing that and alternating the colors onto the different other colors. Light with the dark colors dark with the light colors. Now I'm using the lighter to go into some of those darker colors. Toe. Lighten up and get. Give some more details to those waves. Tropical water usually isn't very like strong waves. It's very serene, so you'll be able to see those shallow pools like that that have the swirly patterns. So, as you can see him drawing in more detail of the the swirly, serene, calm water and again using the really light light almost white blue and adding that into the scene and you'll see how it starts to take shape. And don't forget, we're gonna smudge this out so it's going to really start looking incredible. With just this airbrush, you can create some pretty photo realistic tropical beach scenes. It's amazing, and now smudge them out. Blend them together. Like I said, experiment with the opacity and the size, and you'll be able to get the blend tool that you like. Now I'm going to use this color, and I'm going to lower the A pass ity, and I wanted to change the color of the blue at the very top that dark blue. So I'm going to use this light minty color with the opacity set very low, and you'll see how it's going to lighten and change the hue, a little bit of those darker blues at the top, so it makes it a little more of that tropical color, and we'll leave it there for now. 6. Waves: before I forget we're going to move the sand layer under the ocean layer. To do that, click on the Sandler, hold it down and move it under the ocean layer. So now the sand is underneath the ocean. Now click on the ocean layer and click the plus sign, and we're going to create a new layer called Waves. Let's spell it right there we go waves. So on this layer, we're going to use the almost white color, and we're going to create more of sea foam than like large, crashing waves. It's more, more like see phone. So I'm going to use the soft airbrush, not too big of a size. And I'm just going to go in and paint the edge where the ocean meets the sand and we're gonna paint a nice saw variety along the edge, and we're going to continue to build on this. But for now, just paint in. Not a straight line, Um, but like I said, a nice variety of where this sea foam is going to meet the sand. You can use a circular motion so we have a nice line for the shoreline where the phone is going to be. You can start adding some of this white into the very lower portion of the blues. I'm going to lower the A pass ITI and lower this size, and we're gonna add some some just very small, gentle, rolling waves into the water. This is very subtle. Like I said, it is tropical water, so it's not gonna be the large crashing waves. So we're just gonna add very light, faint white lines and you can you can use the swirly pattern you don't have to make. Um, just straight across you can follow the pattern that you already have and just make it lighter. Highlight it. And again, we're going to be blending this in. So don't worry about being perfect. So just add some highlights onto your ocean on this wave. Blair, go up further into the greens at some nice highlights. Continue up into the little blue section. And if you have a pressure sensitive stylist, you can use very, very light pressure, and that will also make it not so dark. It'll it'll help lower the opacity as well. Once you get up into these very darker colors up toward the top of the ocean there. You don't want that too bright white. These were way off at a distance. So you want to see them a little bit, but not a lot. Save the really, really light ones for the bottom, closer to the shore. So now you can start smudging and blend those white highlights nicely. Just keep blending them around so they're not so start and the lines aren't super precise. Blend them in. Now I'm going to raise the opacity to full capacity and use a smaller sighs. And now we're going to add in the sea phone and you can see on the left side of the screen . I'm just using very messy squiggly lines. And like I said, you don't have to be precise and make perfect circles for this. The squiggly lines definitely give the illusion of C phone. So I would do this along the whole entire shoreline. We'll get some see phone, especially along this bigger section here. We're really gonna make this very see foamy. So using the squiggly lines will go around the edges and create that beautiful tropical sea phone. No, and just continue with the squiggly lines all the way along the shore, and that's how you create the waves and the sea foam. - Now , using this highly technical, squiggly line technique, we're going to do the same for the top of the wave and continue making it squiggly lines across the top. So it add some movement to the top. Uh, the wave is, well, just continue all the way across, and now you can see you have the sea foam on the shore on the sand and now you also have some movement on the very top, the waves as well, and that's it for the wait. 7. Sand Details: Now we're going to work on the detail of the sand, so make sure you're on your sand. Blair Choose the darkest color of the sand. We used the soft airbrush and right where the wave sea foam meets the shore. We're going to go underneath that and add some of the dark color because that's where the sand meet the water, and it's going to be a darker color. So start adding that don't worry about being precise. We're gonna blend it out, so just add the dark color underneath the sea phone. This is where the water touched the sand to make a dark. We'll go all the way along the shoreline, adding that dark sand color continue all the way over. And now we're going to Actually, no, I don't like that. Let's blend it. We're going to blend dark color that we just created so that it's not such a harsh line and just blend across where you just created the dark color blended end to the lighter color of sand, and it creates a nice, radiant Keep blending that darker shade into the lighter shade, and then you can go back and again, same as the other technique detail and then smudge detail and smile. Now we're going to use the dark color of sand and put that into the light color of sand to create some texture in the lighter color. And again, don't worry, we're gonna smudge it out. So just add some lines down into the light colored sand with that darker color. It's not a full a passive e, so it's not gonna be super dark, and we're going to blend it. So just add some lines down in the light color of sand. Yeah, and now we're going to use this much toll toe blend and just keep going back and forth between adding the darker color under the waves and then blend them out again. - And that's it for now for the sand. 8. Final Details and Project: okay in this part of the video is where I am just going to add more details and fine tune the picture. I decided I wanted a more crisp horizon line, so I'm going to add that in. And then I am just going to add more depth and color into the ocean and maybe work on the waves a little bit more so you will be able to see that. But at this point is where you can find tune it, add more detail, correct some of the things that you didn't like from before. And that is it. That is how you create a realistic tropical beach in procreate. Thank you very much for joining me in this class. Your assignment, then, is to create a realistic tropical beach using procreate. Don't forget to upload your project into the project section. I would really love to see that I will put this final project in there for you to see. And that is it. Have fun. Be creative. And thanks again for joining me. Okay?