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Create an Autumnal Leaves, Dropdown, Seamless Pattern in Procreate + Tips

teacher avatar Margherita Ambrosi, Illustration Artist

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7 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Start designing (3 ways + tips)

    • 3. Start designing pt.2

    • 4. Assemble

    • 5. First look at the pattern

    • 6. Add more elements

    • 7. Build the final pattern

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About This Class

Hi, hope you are in a cozy autumnal mood and if you aren't, this class will help you get into it! We will be creating a scattered autumnal leaves drop down seamless pattern in Procreate.

I will show you step by step the process from taking inspiration to building the pattern so you don't have to worry if you are to sure about the process using only Procreate.

In the class I will talk you through:

-Taking inspiration from photos

-Different methods to draw your leaves using the symmetry tool

-How to assemble and build the drop down pattern

-How to use layers and copies of the original document to create an editable patter if you ever want to make changes in the future.

This class is for intermediate levels just because I don't explain the basics of Procreate and I assume you already know how to roughly use the program. However, if you are a beginner I would suggest you give this class a go and experiment with the different brushes and tools in the designing process whilst following my direction for building your autumnal pattern.

Hope you'll enjoy this as much as I have!

:) Margherita

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Margherita Ambrosi

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1. Intro: Hi, my name is Margarita. I'm an illustrator and content creator based in Aberdeen, scotland. Today I am going to tickle your own creativity and hopefully inspire you to create a beautiful autumnal themed, seamless pattern design. I don't want if the, the idea of creating a seamless pattern design is a bit confusing in your head. I'm just going to explain you how to do it step-by-step. And I'm sure you will be haploid the end of this class. And so the glass, I'm also going to drop a couple of tips that are not just useful for this particular cat class are, they're actually going to be super useful for any illustrated illustrations that you do in the future. So that's a bonus for this class. You're just going to need your iPad, your pencil procreate. And any any of the brushes that I use is I will make sure that they are the ones that are already available and procreate. However, if I use any of my brushes or any of the brushes that I've purchased in the past, I'll make sure that I tell you an alternative that I annoyed. So radio and in Procreate. So you do need to purchase anything. And the coursework for this class is just going to be your personal auto normalise by your path to your designs so you can just upload it on Skillshare. Otherwise, you can just upload it on your Instagram account and make sure to tag me at sister studio dot JPEG. As the eye can see it, it will be, it will be lovely to see your creations. And without any foreign debt or do lists. Let's begin. 2. Start designing (3 ways + tips): Right, So let's get started. First things first, you're going to need your canvas. Whatever I use. Whenever I do a seamless pattern, I'd like to use 3000 by 3000 pixels square canvas. So that's what I've got here. And now we can start drawing. So if it's a beautiful threshold today, you could just go outside and pick up some leaves. However, you don't have the chance to go outside. You could just find your inspiration online. You could go on Google and have a look at all the beautiful low tone autumnal leaves. Or if you're not very good at drawing and you don't feel confident, you could just go on Paxos or Unsplash their websites. There are copyright fee and download one of the images. Now I just wrote believes Maple on Pexels, and that's what I've got. So you could choose any of them like this is pretty good for example. And you can just download it and then trace it on Procreate. And honestly, I don't think there's anything wrong with it. I'm obviously I really do not suggest doing it and tracing anything, throw my original illustration, that's wrong, don't do that. However, if it's a full door and you're turning it into an illustration and you just need a base layer to you progress with your illustration or not. So many more details and textures and different colors and different backgrounds and leaves. There's nothing wrong with that. Just tracing something that you don't really feel familiar with. I think this is this is a very good one. I might download it and have it there as that evidence is. We can just get started. Alright, so I'm gonna show you a different in a couple of different options that you can use to start drawing your autumnal leaves. So this is the first one which is obviously trace it. So I've got my reference photo here. And then I'm going to add a layer and I'm going to turn this one, the opacity of the photo Darwin and making sure that I am drawing on my empty layer here. I'm going to select the brush technical pen just because it's the one that I prefer for drawing. And I'm going to start tracing more or less. See what I mean. It's not the same. It's absolutely a differently, but it's not as detailed as the photo saw. Is this not cheat in in my opinion, I said away. And your hand will be so much more confidence in. You could actually just draw by yourself, you know, a widow any, any support from a layer underneath. So if you don't feel confident, confident, definitely do that. Just make sure that it's a photo that as gotten a co-PI and definitely it's not another artist's illustration. Now I am going to delete the layer. So I've got my beautiful leaf here. I'm going to drag the color and make it all black. And then I am going to select a different color uses. So see how the, you don't have any border here, which is perfect for what I'm going to do today because I don't want any border in my illustration today. However, if you wanted to have your border, you would just need to duplicate this. And then feel the lower layer in black and then leafy lit with the color that you want. Now, I'm going to do the same thing for the stem. Oops. And I'm probably going to use a much deeper color. And now, once I've got this, I can start adding some details and textures to my leaf. So I think that for this illustration, I would like to give it a watercolor effect. So to do that, I'm just going to create another layer and then click on clipping mask. And in this way, I'm sure you already know, but everything that I draw on this new layer will be just inside the leaf shape and want to keep these leaf of watercolor effect. So to do that, I'm going to use my wet brushes. I think this is a brush set that I purchase and then modify it myself. Um, so as an alternative, you can use the brush that it's in calligraphy and use the blotchy brush, which is a very good one for that watercolor effect. Or wherever unshared, if you Google watercolor effect, brushes procreate three, you can find 1000 of free brushes on Google that you can actually download. And I use first exposure. Perfect, I'm very happy with how this one look and I won't go and the little details inside the leaf. And for that, I'm just going to use, I think I'm going to use the ink bleed brush. And I can I can do that on a different layer and make sure that you always click on clipping mask. You could just stop here if you wanted to. Or you could add as many details as you want. I'm just going to add a little bit more texture, a little bit more lines, I think. And I'm either going to speed this up, I'll see you when I finish this leaf. Right? So I'm very happy with my leaf now, um, as you can see, I added a little bit more lines and also all these yellow dots you can find, I think I purchased this brush a couple of months ago. But you can just find a similar effect under drawing and sketching and bonobo chalk. So now I'm going to group all these layers and make this group invisible. And I'm going to start drawing my next leaf. So for my next leaf, I'm not going to trace the new original folder. I'm just gonna kinda go the floor, but I'm going to use the Drawing Guide. Symmetry. So if you click on edit drawing guide, you'll find a symmetry line here. So I think as a default, the symmetry line usually comes perpendicular. But I do not want that because for every single time that I rotate or copy or distort my final image for the quality will suffer. And you will start seeing more pixels and it will look, it will just not look great. And so it's very unlikely that I'm going to need in my pattern. I'm going to need my leaf to be exactly perpendicular. It's probably going to be rotated a little bit. So why not start sketching the leaf already rotated? So I'm just going to position my symmetry line like this and click on Done. And then on my new layer, I'm just going to click on it and make sure that the drawing assist is on. And then I'm going to grab a color, color black and my technical pen again. And I'm just going to start drawing a leaf. I'm out. I don't even know what kinda leaf is this I think is probably OK. I'm not sure. But yeah, I'm just going to see what works and what not and then improperly modified a little bit just to make it make it look like more natural and not perfectly symmetrical. Right? So that's my leaf. And I'm going to click again and untick drawing assist. And in this way, I can now just modify one side of the leaf without affecting the other. So for example, if I erase this bit, you can see it's perfectly into, on the other side just to make it a little bit more natural, I'm just going to add a little bit of detail on only one side and then on the other. And now I can fill it in with color block. And then fill it in again. And again. I'm going to start adding texture and a little bit of watercolor effect and probably some lines. And I'll see you when I'm finished with this. And that's my second leaf done. And just remember that obviously this is not a scientific illustration class, so you can just create whatever you like. I'm not sure this type of leaf exists in this color. I've no idea, but it just, it looks good and it's just going to be used for a buffer that is just going to be fun and eye-catching. So just go with whatever you think is right, and whatever you like really am. As for the other one, I'm just going to group these leaf and make it disappear and I am ready for my next leaf. 3. Start designing pt.2: So for my next one, I think I would like to do something a little bit more different. I'm still going to use my symmetry line. I'm going to grab my technical pen again, u to S, and then click in on Drawing Assist. So I know that the symmetry line is working. I'm actually going to edit the line and rotate it this way. Just so everything, it's a little bit different and it's going to save me from rotating everything later on. So that's my leaves. And I'm just going to fill it in black. And then I'm going to use, I think I'm going to use these green or maybe just a tiny bit brighter. Okay, so for this one I think I want to make it a little bit transparent just to create a little, something a little bit different. So I'm just going to reduce the opacity and then probably codec to color a little bit just because you never know how it turns out with the opacity, I think this is much better, right? So if I go ahead and create another layer and then click on clipping mask like within we did for the other one to add the texture. As you can see, it becomes even more transplants just because you order, you just added a layer on a transparent originally air saw. That doesn't work. And so what you need to do, and I'll show you, see if you start drawing on this, do you see how the lines on top on this layer are also transparent? It's just, that's just because the original reference layer here is that it's not unfold opacity. So I'm just going to click on clipping mask and see how it comes back to its full capacity. I'm going to clear this. So what to do to have everything on this layer contained on the layer underneath without having the clipping mask, you just need to click on this layer and click on Select. So now everything that it's on display, it is selected and you can see it because it's not covered in these gray lines. And you probably won't be able to see it on the screen just now, but it's, there's gray lines move in all over. And then if you go ahead and click on the new layer here, you can actually start draw in just on this layer without going out and without affecting the transparency. So I'm just going to go ahead and add the lines like I did for the leafs before it and maybe add a little bit about watercolor effect and some more details. And I'll see you at a C U and this has finished. And once again, this is my leaf done. And I'm very happy with all the little texture and little dots that I added. And I am going to group everything together. As you can see, there is no clip in Moscow and this one, just because I use the selection tool, I'm going to group everything together. So that's my third leaf. And what happens when I turn on this layer is that these leaf is transpired and so that adds a little bit with them. I don't know, like a, just a little extra, something extra interesting to see in the final pattern, I think. And we've got three leafs now. So these are our original leafs and we can start moving them a little bit on owned and just see, just see how they work together. What else We think it's missing for this pattern? And we can add in, and we can add after. 4. Assemble: So if we're moving a group, I just need to click on the group and then click on the arrow. And in this way I will move all the layer on the group that are on the group altogether. So I think, I think this one will be my central one probably. And I also got the snapping guide, MSO, efficacy, blue line in yellow line is just directed me to where procreate things that I should drop the leaf. You can turn them off or on IE, I think they're very useful, so I usually have them on. So I'm just going to leave that there. And I'm going to start moving the survived. Now, I'm going to duplicate this layer. And this is an editable layer. So as you can see, I've got my a base layer here and I can actually change the color of this layer. So let's say I wanted to make it orange. I'm just going to drop it there. And then you can adjust all the textures and all the lines accordingly to the color of the leaf. So it's just, it's just an easier step. You know, you still need to edit it, but at least you don't have to start from scratch. So for example, I, I can't see any texture on these ones saw because it's just too close to the color of the base. So I'm going to clear the layer and I'm going to add some new texture, maybe a little bit of a yellow one. I'm also going to need to change the color of the lines. So for that, I'm just going to click on this layer, which is my lines. And they're not very visible right now. And I'm going to click on it and click on Alpha Lock. And then I'm going to select the color that I want the lines to be, which is this dark brown. And then click again and click on fill layer. So in this way it will only feel the lines and that's because it has been alpha locked before. So if you try and do the same thing with, without alpha lock in it, it will go at the color will go everywhere. So just remember that you need to alpha lock it before. So that sun, you, that's a new leaf that I just created. And I'm going to maybe flip it horizontally and use it here. And just, just keep in mind that you can even adjust the size of it. Just stem, as I told you in the start, you, the more you're adjusting, the more you you added to it, the more quality you will lose on the leaf. So it's always good to have your original one here and you're not going to touch it, right? And then if you make a copy, then yes, you can edit it, but then if you make a copy of a copy, it will lose even more quality. So just remember that if you make a copy, just make it a copy of the original one saw the wall, the quality wall will not be too bad at all. So once I've positioned this and I'm happy with the way it looks, I can actually click on the layer and then click on flatten. So this way, the colors won't be editable, editable anymore. But it's fine. I don't mind because I still got the original. So if I want to change the color or do something similar to it, I can still duplicate your original and then go back and edit that one. But it's just to keep your canvas and your Layer menu a little bit clearer as just because otherwise it gets a little bit crowded and the more layer you have, the more slowly procreate will be. So you've got, I think you've got 55 layer that you can use with the size of Canvas. So I just tried to keep it clear as much as I can, but definitely do not want to flatten any of my original layers. So at this point, I'm going to keep duplicating color, correct in editor in my leaves. And I'm probably going to add a couple more shapes, more just to add something alleles, something different to the, to the canvas. And I'm going to feel this Canvas just make sure that nothing is going outside the canvas. We need everything inside, so every little coroner needs to be inside. And here it is. This is my ensemble of leaves. And at this point, I would like to see how it looks like altogether as a pattern. So what I'm gonna do because I'm sure there are still some gaps to be filled in. So what I'm gonna do is this is my original going to duplicate this. Okay? So I can add this one and not be scared of damaging the original. 5. First look at the pattern: First thing Thursday we'll add color for my layer, for my background. So just add on a new layer at the bottom with a color that you want. It can be a contrasting color at this point, we just need something to really pulpy saw. I actually, I'm just gonna, I'm just going to change it too much brighter green. So here's what I have. Just now. I'm going to group everything together in one big group. And then because I will have to duplicate this group a couple more times, and I will have no space on my canvas because it's only 55 layer some afraid. I'm just going to flatten everything. Perfect. And then I'm actually going to combine all these layer just by pinching them, make sure that you don't combine the background goes. You actually want to delete this once the, once the pattern is done. So now I've got my new group and I'm going to duplicate it two more times. And then I'm going to edit the Drawing Guide to 2D grid. And I'm going to increase it to the maximum. So you can see you got four quadrants here. And then I'm going to click done. And now I'm just going to select my first group here and click on the auto. And then I'm just going to move it to the side. I'm not going to modify the scale or size and just moving it to the size. And if you've got this NOT IN option on here, that really helps to snap it right at the center. So you can see it's right data dissenter. Right? Now I'm going to grab my second group and I'm just going to move it to the side. And I could actually just leave it here if I wanted to create a more simple seamless pattern. However, I think I'm just gonna do a drop-down this time because it's much more pleasing to the eye, especially when you've got bigger, bigger drawings in your path that I'm just going to move it down and create a drop-down pattern. And that's perfectly placed. And then I'm going to grab my third group and move it sauteing, move it on the side and then up just like so groups. And that's it. Perfectly placed. 6. Add more elements: So now that I've got my partner and I can see that there's a couple of empty space, especially in the middle and maybe a little bit one here. What I would like to do is just to maybe add a couple of leaves that I already have from my previous drawing and maybe draw, maybe draw a new one. So I'm going to click on gallery and then click on my click on my previous Canvas. I'm going to look for this leaf I think is, it's this one here it is. I'm going to duplicate it, flatter and copy. And then I'm going to delete it because I don't need it anymore. And then I'm going to click on this one here and add paste. Perfect. So no, I think I'm just going to create a couple of leaves from scratch, just like just the small one, maybe here. And then I can use it again at the bottom. So I'm working on a new layer and I've got my block technical pen on. Perfect, I'm very happy with this. I'm going to duplicate it and flatten. I'm going to use it again. And I think I would like to add maybe one more leaf, just over here, maybe a transparent one. So I'm gonna go and grab it. I'm going to use this one. And I'm going to copy and then paste it. 7. Build the final pattern: And here we have it. I'm very happy with how it came out. And I'm going to delete all the green background too so it can have a better idea. Yeah, Perfect. 1000 and instead only had the ugly green background. And so now what is left to do is go back into reality and duplicate this one more time. Now, I'm going to open this. And then I'm going to flatten everything on just one layer. And then I'm going to pinch everything together. And I'm just going to add a background color again, just for contrast. It doesn't matter, it doesn't need to look good. It's going to it's going to disappear in a minute. And then I'm just going to add, sorry, edit my drawing guides. And I'm going to type 750. So you see how I've got my eyes still got my four quadrants, but you also have the half of it. And then I'm going to click on Done. Now, let's group these two together. And now let's duplicate my group four more times. Okay, let's start moving things. This time. I'm not just moving more slowly scaling. So first one, it goes down to here. Second group. And let's move it up to here. And as you can see, it's perfectly seamless. Third group. So what happened? See if I put it here, it doesn't it doesn't really work. Will happen, is we worked on a drop-down butter. So it works perfectly. Just right in the middle. Where are these other lightness? If you were just to make just a simple, seamless pattern, it would have still look Groot, but it would have been quite appetitive to the I saw this drop-down effect is just to create a little bit of a disguise and trick DI, and thinking that this is something completely different in all that out and instead of repeating pattern. And then I am just going to duplicate this one more time. I forgot that I needed one more layer. And then drop it there. And my last layer and drag it down. And here we have it. Now, the last step is to delete my background. And then I can drag everything outside of the groups, pinch everything together. And then I'm going to delete all my groups together. And that is my drop-down auto, no seamless pattern. Obviously, I could have added a little bit more here. It's just really up to you. I think it's a beautiful like this. I do want to make it too full and too difficult to Luca. I really like it the way it is and it works very well with light background. Or I could use maybe a contrasting one. I could add maybe a little texture to the background, maybe a yellow one. You can really play around with this. I definitely had fun and I feel that a cozy and auto no live. Well, I hope you enjoy the class and I'm looking forward to see your creations, please. If you post them on Instagram, please make sure to tag me. It's axes, their studio dot JPEG. And I'll see you in the next class. Bye.