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Draw In Procreate: Let's Draw a Cupcake!

teacher avatar Allyson Johnson, Illustration Artist

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Sketching the cupcake

    • 3. Drawing the cupcake

    • 4. Adding color to the cupcake

    • 5. Bonus: Make your cupcake personal

    • 6. Outro

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About This Class

Are you ready to learn how to draw a fun and whimsical cupcake? If so, you came to the right place!

In this class we will cover:

1. Sketching the cupcake design by drawing simple shapes and lines

2. Drawing the line art for the cupcake design

3. Adding in color for the final cupcake design

4. PLUS a fun additional bonus video showing you how you can make your cupcake design a little more personal. :)

This is a fun 3 step process I follow for every single design I create. In all my years of creating artwork, I have found that starting with a sketch truly helps to develop a better result. 

Here's what you'll need for this class:

You will need an iPad, the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app.

I hope you have fun with this class and are able to learn a few new tips and tricks along the way. I can't wait to see what you create!

- Allyson

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Allyson Johnson

Illustration Artist


Hi! I'm Allyson Johnson, and I'm a digital illustration artist with a heart for creating fun and whimsical artwork designed to help make life happier. Though I've always loved art from a young age, I have been working full time as an artist for 10+ years now. It's a super fun journey!

Over the years, I have sold my artwork on various products ranging from apparel to home decor on Society6 + DENYdesigns, but my most recent passion over the years has been my printable art and pet portrait brand, Shop Happies.

In addition to Shop Happies, I started building a graphic illustrations shop on Etsy in 2020, selling my work as clipart for other creatives to use in their own projects.

I hope you enjoy the classes here and are able to get your creative j... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hey everyone, I'm Alison Johnson and I'm a digital artist and illustrator. And in this class I'm going to show you how to draw a cupcake in Procreate. If you have an iPad Pro and the Procreate app, and if you have a sweet tooth, then you will love this class. In this class, I go through my simple three-step process of sketching, drawing line work, and adding color to create this design. And we will use simple shapes to bring in this design together. So join me and have fun with it, making your own cupcake design. Today, I will see you there. 2. Sketching the cupcake: Okay everyone, welcome to the first video for the cupcake Skillshare class. I'm super excited you're here. This class is going to be a fun one. And if you have a sweet tooth, it will be even more fun. You'll be thinking about cupcakes the whole time. So what we're gonna do in this video is we're going to sketch out the cupcake design. And I have here a sketch I've already created to show you what we're going to make today. Just to kinda show you that the lines and the shapes we're going to use to bring this design together. So we have a cupcake sketch, already sketched out, but we're going to start a new one in a minute. But as you can see, we have the wrapper, little cupcake line and then the icing. And for the wrapper is just simple lines and triangles. For the cupcake part, it's like a half oval. And for the icing is just curvy lines. And I have these arrows here to kinda show you the direction we'll draw them. And they're just stacked on top of each other. And really simple lines all put together lines and shapes put together to make this cupcake design. So we're just going to dive right in and you'll see as we go along together, how it will all just come together. So what we're gonna do is we're just going to move this guy the way. Just put him in the corner saying cm. But we're going to draw a new sketch and we'll make a new layer color black bar sketch. But you could do read. I did read for the eyes Sam there. And we're going to use the 6 B pencil brush. This comes with procreate, so it's free, already loaded in Procreate for you. And we're going to sketch our design. So the cool thing about Procreate is you can size your paper up or down, whatever is comfortable. I typically zoom in real close, but I might do kinda in-between today. And using the Apple Pencil, highly recommend it. But first we're going to start with the cupcake wrapper. We're going to draw the Rapper first. So what we're gonna do is we're going to draw a line here on this side. Kind of angled out a little bit and to move things around and tap the cursor tool up here. And this little green circle right here. I just want to angle it out a little more. So make sure that line for the wrapper is angled out. As you can see up here, is already angled. And then just another line for the bottom. And your sketch does not have to be perfect at all. I'm just going to reposition this a little because this is not going to be part of your final design. So just have fun with it. You can do short strokes when making your sketch or just long ones, like I just did. Two-finger tap erases. And then three-finger tap brings what you erased back in case you need to do that. So that's a simple quick tip for Procreate. Now we're going to draw another line on this side, angled out a little bit. You don't want them to be straight up. Just draw until it looks not. It'll have to be perfect or exactly even on each side. That's good enough for me. So you'll have this shape here, just lines all connected together, three lines. And now we're going to draw the little triangles like this right here to make the final wrapper shape. So what we're gonna do is we're just going to zoom in like this. And just draw triangles like here. They don't have to be the same size. You can do. A lot of them are a small amount of them. As his jaw is like zigzaggy triangle pattern to you get to the other side. There we go. I like it. I like it to be a little imperfect and quirky. So next, we're going to just add some lines here for details. I'm going to add about four, maybe five. And if you want to move something around, just take your selection tool up here. Draw around the parts you want to move. I want to center it a little bit more here. And just like we did with the wrapper and the term this line out, I loved the selection tool for the sketching process. It really helps me to create my design faster in a way. So that way when it comes to doing the line work and the color is pretty much already ready to go. And this will be the guide for the design. So now that we have a wrapper all done, we're going to add the cupcake layer. So just at one corner, start here, make a little curve like this. And we're going do the same thing here and we'll connect them up. They'll be the little take part. And just draw over. We're just gonna do short strokes for this one. Instead of drawing one long line. Sometimes shorter strokes are easier for me. It just depend on the design. Okay, there's our cupcake. Now again, do the icing. That's the fun part. So we're just going to move this down a little. And remember, we're going to draw a simple curvy lines, super simple to stacked on top of each other. So we have three layers of icing on each side. So this is making me hungry all. I am a baker in my free time, so I'm having fun with this class here already. So we're going to start on this side. And we're going to draw a line like this. Curve it. And then flare outward as you get to the end. And then over here, same thing, just go underneath. And that's the first layer of icing. So now we'll do it again on this side. It's just a curved line. Simple, easy strokes. And you can also in your free time, practice these strokes like this over and over. And it really helps with any kind of drawing you're doing to practice shapes like this in lines and stuff. So that's what I like to do. Sometimes I'll just get like a regular pen and paper. And I'll just make lines and circles and ovals and curves like this. So it definitely helps in the long run. It might not seem like it when you're doing it, but it does. So now we're going to make this line here, right here, and go underneath this one and above this one. So just drawn to it looks good to you. Okay, It's coming together already. So now we gotta make the final icing. And what we're gonna do is we're going to draw the line, make a point up here at the top, and then come down instead of going up on this side. So draw a curve and pointed outward little more than these. And then connected at the top of the point and then come down. And I'm going to erase this part. So I wanted to come out a little more and get a little too to street, I think. And then sometimes when you're sketching, you'll see you want to reduce something. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to select this line right here because I think I want to redo it and just move that out of the way and it's gone. And so on. I will start further. This is why sketching is important, because that way you can get your design sketched out and ready to go. And then when you're ready to do line work, and you'll use this as your artwork guide. So we're going to do the same thing right here, still not curved in enough for me. So. All right. Okay. There we go. We have our cupcake, so we can get rid of in this sketch here. And take a look at our sketch. Move it around. I'm thinkin, I need to looking at this as you can see, the icings kind of slanted. I think I need to select it. The whole icing layer of the sketch and tap the cursor tool. And we're going to hit warp. And we're just going to kind of move it over a little. This is non to be perfect at all. This to straighten it out because he was kinda slanting a little bit. So all right. All right, I like this. So what we're gonna do now is now that our sketches done, we're going to go move on to the linework layer in the next video. So this is where we will bring the whole design together. We'll add a few more details for the cupcake. And then after that we'll do color. So I will see you in the next video section. 3. Drawing the cupcake: Okay everyone, welcome to the line work section of this cupcake drawing class. I'm excited that you're here and I hope you've enjoyed it so far of sketching your cupcake. And the cool part about this as everyone's cupcake is going to look different because my drawing style will not look like your style and that's a good thing. So everyone's design will end up looking so good, so unique, and I can't wait to see yours. But first, let's finish this one and we're going to get started on the line work. So what we're gonna do on the sketch layers, we're going to turn the opacity down right here and use this as our guide. And I've made a new layer right here. And for our brush, we're going to use my line brush, which I have free for you in this class in the resources section. So you can download that brush. It's just a simple line brush like this. That's perfect for linework art. So we're going to get started here. We're going to start on the wrapper and work our way to the top. So it's just your guide. So remember that when you're drawing that doesn't have to match up to the sketch exactly. So just follow along your sketch. Erase that. Follow along your sketch one line at a time. Take your time. Turn your Canvas around. It really helps. And zooming in really helps get those details and everything in between. So remember that your sketch is your guide. I pretty much never end up drawing it as exact as the sketches. It's always a little bit different. And that's okay. So now here we're going to draw the triangles like right here. I'm probably not going to draw the triangles as exact to the sketch. I'm just going to have fun with it and make these little points for the wrapper. And you can see I'm not falling along with the sketch at all. It's just there, the G9 to kinda show me where to draw them. And we don't like them. There's two finger tap until you get it the way you want. And they don't have to be perfect triangle points like this. They can be kind of free hand. That's what I like about it. All. The hand-drawn feel. And then you draw until you connect to the other side. And there's our wrapper. So now we're going to add these little lines here for the details. For each side. Kinda angle. Like right here. There's a, basically a center line. I'm going to erase this in a minute. And so these lines here on this side, I want angled out this way. And then these on this side will be this way to kinda just show the angles here. And if you draw your line and you hold it, it straightens it out for you. So you don't have to worry about it being a wobbly line unless you like that look, which I do sometimes. But sometimes I love that feature where it just snaps it in place and straightens everything out. So now for the cupcake, we're just going to follow along in one stroke, not worrying about it being a perfect cupcake shaped like that hand-drawn fields. As you can see, we just drew it over and it connected in between your sketch off periodically to see what it's looking like. And I'm liking this except I want to move this an angle it out just a little bit. It's free for warm. And move it down. Here we go. Now. Turn our sketch back on and we get to do the icing now. So this is the fun part of this design. And remember, we're not going to follow along with the sketch. Most likely. It's just there as our guide. So just have fun drawing these lines. So just like with a sketch started that cupcake base and draw a curve like this. Simple shapes come together to make this and I love it. And then do this one underneath. Now and do the next layer are lysing. And we go, Let's draw a way that's comfortable for you. Turn your Canvas around really helps with things and two-finger tap to undo anything you don't like it does draw underneath each one on each side. Now for the final part, do a little point here. And we're going to start here instead of going down from the top and connect back up to the top. Now we can hide our sketch layer. And there's our cupcake. I love it already. Now we're going to add a few details. Just on the sides here of the icing. It just makes it pop once it's done. So I'm just adding some short strokes here. I want to add on each side. But three or four to time. It just gives it a little more detail. A couple here. Once it's all done, it just gives a little more pop. We're going to add some sprinkle colors to most likely. So that'll be fun. But these are just going to help the line work pop a little bit more. Just simple strokes. Wherever you feel you need them here. Redo those. Mariko. Alright, so I like that and I noticed, I kinda want to read you the top part here. So I'm just taking the eraser tool and just erasing this down to kind of do something a little different. Here we go. I like that better. All right. Might add view these little lines right here. Here. And we're going to add some on the cupcake. Just sprinkled throughout. Go. And our cupcake line work is done. So now we are going to go move on to the color in the next section. So this was the line work, super simple. Just follow along with your sketch and don't worry about it being exact when the sketch, because sometimes when you're creating, you'll see things along the way that you want to change or do differently, and that's okay. So now what we're gonna do is we're going to move on to the color section in this class. So I will see you in that video. 4. Adding color to the cupcake: Okay everyone, welcome to the final video for this cupcake class. In this video, we are going to create the color layer for this cupcake. So I'm gonna show you how I add color, few tips and tricks. And then later we actually have a bonus video. I'm going to show you how to personalize this cupcake to make it your own. So that'll be a fun little short bonus video after we complete the color. So what we're going to do is make a new layer and drag it underneath the line work we've created. We're going to pick our color in the color wheel. We're going to start with the wrapper. And I think I want the wrapper to be kind of like a minty blue years can be whatever you want it to be. And we're just gonna use the same line brush that I've given you and just size it up. Because we're going to draw the color and have the color expanding outside the lines. That's how I create a lot of my artwork and it really makes a difference. Sometimes I like to just drag the color into the lines and keep it filled in. But there's something about the way it looks when the color outside the lines it gives it kind of that hand-drawn, hand painted feel. So to do this, we're just going to start somewhere in the design and follow along the lines of the design and let the color go outside the lines. It might feel weird at first if you're not used to this. You might think no, they need to be in the lines, but we're just going to have fun with it. And if you wanted to, you could definitely just drag your color over into your line work. It's totally up to you. This is just how I do a lot of my work, so I wanted to show you all that. So there's our wrapper. And to fill it in after you make your outline and just drag it down. So there we go. Now. We're going to make another new layer and drag it under the wrapper. And this is going to be that cupcake part. So I think this is going to be a chocolate cupcake because I'm craving chocolate today. So I'm just going to find the chocolate brown color. And this layer is under the wrapper. So just turn your design around to what's comfortable. And just go along the lines here and turn this wrapper off. See that I've connected everything. And then we're going to fill it in again. Will turn this layer back on. And there's a cupcake. I'm gonna change this color a little bit, so we're just going to drag it on top. There we go. And actually I think it will change the wrapper color to be a little bit brighter. I love this color wheel because you can find so many different colors. There we go. And the chocolate one we're going to change again I, in that changing colors. So many times. There we go. Now for the icing layer run into the same thing. And this layer will be on top of the cupcake layer. So we're going to go with a pink color here, which I already have one like a peachy pink. So what we're gonna do, we're actually going to put this underneath the cupcake, sorry. So just draw along the lines of your cupcake for each section. So each section has its own layer. So the wrapper color is on its own layer, the chocolate one, cupcake. The chocolate cupcake layers its own layer. And now the icing one, it's on its own layer. And that way, if you want to later, you can easily recolor them if you need to. And you Thank you. Want to make multiple cup take designs with the same line work but different colors. It makes it so much easier. So, alright, smooth this out a little bit. Now, righty. So I think I want this to be a little bit lighter. Changing colors all the time. That's the fun part. Cut the color is the fun part. You get it right? All right. Now, I think I want to add some sprinkles. And I think I'm just gonna go with a darker peachy color here. Okay. I'm just going to add a few here and there. So I'm just going to lower this brush size down the line brush. It'll have to be the same size as your line work at all. And just make some little lines until it looks right. I'm going to redo these. I want to draw them kinda sporadic but going in the direction of where these lines are going instead of it being like straight up sprinkles. So I'm just drawing them like different points, different angles. And they will have that free hand look. I don't want too many. I just want a little to give a little extra color. Let's draw them until they look good to you. They don't have to be the same shape. And they can be longer or shorter. You can even do little polka dot, polka dotted sprinkles of you wanted to and multi-colored. The possibilities are endless. With a cupcake nine, you can really get creative and have fun with it. And we're almost done. And there we go. So there is our cupcake design and you should have yours ready soon and I hope you share it with me. But first, I'm going to show you in the bonus video how to personalize your cupcake design. So if you want to make a greeting cards for someone for their birthday, put their name on it, put a quote on it. I'm going to show you a fun way to do this. So I will see you in that bonus video soon. 5. Bonus: Make your cupcake personal: Okay everyone, welcome to the bonus video for this Skillshare class. I'm excited that you've been going through this class with me and you've made it here. And so for this video, I'm just going to show you a fun way to personalize this cupcake design, to make it your own, or to make a birthday gift for a friend. A thank you card, or anything you've done that you will need a cupcake designed for, but you wanna make it personal. This'll be a fun way to do that. So first make a new layer. I'm going to zoom out here. So what we're gonna do is we're going to draw a fun little cupcake banner topper. So we're going to start here on this side. And the icing, and we're just going to draw a line, doesn't have to be a straight line at all. And that's going to be our banner holder. We'll call it a banner holder. Now we are going to make the actual banner flag. So that's just gonna be kind of this lines already. It's just kinda off to the side and the icing, just like it would be on a real cupcake and it was cute little toppers people put on. I love those. But anyway, so we're going to draw the flag, banner flying for this cupcake topper original. Start out here. And just draw a curved line. And then make it easier. For the next line, we're just going to duplicate this. Turn on Snapping magnetic and drag it down. That way it's the same movement and shape. And we're just going to merge all these together. Now for the ends of it, we're just going to make these little triangle points and connect it up. Ready go. And there's your banner. Now we're going to add color just like we did before. On a new layer. Drag it underneath. I think I want to go with a yellow, green color. And we're just going to drag the color here. Coloring outside the lines you all know me. Just makes it more fun to me. This connected all together. And then your color to fill. And there's our banner. So now we're going to personalize this. I'm just going to show you what you can do on a new layer, its own. I'm just going to freehand draw happy birthday on here. But you can write someone's name on here and give them a personalized birthday card or gift. You could, right? Thank you on here. Make fun. Thank you cards. Or use these for like baby shower invites or anything in between. So I'm just your awesome letters here to show you what it would look like. I need to practice more with lettering. I love lettering, but I haven't done much with that in a while. So in this drawing, simple letters, and I'll tell you a tip though. When drawing letters in Procreate, it really helps to zoom in. I noticed my letters come out looking better. When I'm zoomed in closer, then if I draw little tiny letters like that. So zooming in definitely helps. We're almost done here. And there you go and you see how that just makes it more personal. And you have their name on there too, that would make it even more personal. But I think that just gives it a fun touch in this banner, you can put anything on there, or you can make another style of cupcake topper. So any way, but I am so thankful you've joined me for this class and I hope you've had fun with it. I can't wait to see your cupcake design. And your class project will be to create a cupcake designed by following the steps in this class. So sketching, linework and color. That's my simple three-step process for every design that I make and all the other Skillshare classes I have available. They all go the same way. It's the sketch, the line work, and then the color. So I hope you've enjoyed it and I can't wait to see what you create. 6. Outro: So much for joining me for this cupcake drawing class. I hope you had fun learning how to draw this in your procreate app on your iPad Pro, in your class project is to draw a cupcake by following the steps listed in this class. Feel free to share it with me in the class projects section here. And I would love to see it. So thank you so much again for joining me today.