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Drawing Cartoon Animals: Baby Sea Turtle

teacher avatar Dave Reed, Children's Book Illustrator

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12 Lessons (1h 20m)
    • 1. Intro: Baby Sea Turtle

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Getting Started

    • 4. Sketching: Part 1

    • 5. Sketching: Part 2

    • 6. Adding Color

    • 7. Coloring the Lines

    • 8. Eyes

    • 9. Eye Details

    • 10. Changes

    • 11. Add-on: Quick Eye Tips

    • 12. Thank You!

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In this class you'll learn how to draw your very own baby sea turtle! We'll set up our canvas, work step by step through each sketch, color, add eyes and extra details. Free brush Set and drawing guides are available for this class. Once finished, don't forget to name your new baby sea turtle! 

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1. Intro: Baby Sea Turtle: Hey guys, welcome back. My name is David Reed. I live in green point, Brooklyn with my cat and my fiance. And I've been in Illustrator. I've been an artist for over 30 years. I love it. It's just who I am and I went to our college as an illustration major and with the School of Visual Arts in New York City. And for the last four or five years, I've been really focusing on children's book illustration. So really cute, whimsical, fun, exciting designs, which is what I love to do, especially with animals. So that's why I'm really excited for this class. We're going to make a really cute, adorable little sea turtle. And I think that you'll like it. Enough talking. Let's get right to the class project. I'm going to go over everything you need to know to get started. So that way we can really get into the sketching, get into the drawing, and we can get this thing going. So let's get right to the next video. The class project. 2. Class Project: So for this class project, I just want you to create a really cute, adorable little sea turtle. Now there's a lot of differences that you can make to the tutorial. You don't have to do everything that I'm doing point-by-point. You can also get creative with it. You can change the eye color, you can change some of the shapes. You can change the color of this shell. You can change the mouth. So anything that you wanna do, You can do it. It's yours is your character. I'm just giving you some skills and some tips. So you can think outside the box or you can follow it exactly to the tutorial and just learn from that. But be creative and have fun with it. That's the most important part. So I'm going to include some sample images, some templates. And you can download all of those. You can download the crook of the co-create the procreate file. That way, if you want to follow along, if you want to use guides to help you draw along, you can use those if you don't need them or if you don't want to use them, then of course you don't have to. As usual. I'm also going to include my faves, breast set, brush pack, breasts, breasts, it. And basically these are all the brushes that I use for this tutorial. So if you want to follow along and use all the brushes I'm using, then download the faves breast set, which if you've taken my other courses, you probably already have. So we're going to start off with a canvas size of 3000 by 3000 pixels at 300 DPI. And we'll get more into that in the next video. Getting Started. 3. Getting Started: So to get started first, we'll open Procreate, and then we'll go to the little plus here and add a new canvas. Now we're going to use this little button here to make a completely new canvas. I usually do 3000 pixels by 3000 pixels at 300 DPI. And then hit Create. And this size is also great if you want to export and use it for Instagram or social media because it's a complete square. Another thing I normally do is I change the color of my background, so I'll go to the Layers tab. I'll click on that background color. And I usually use a beige color or some type of gray. Just because they're a little easier to little easier on the eyes. For this one, I'll go with my signature beige color. Whoops. So next to do the sketching for this drawing, and to do the outlines as well. I'm going to use a brush called Sketch master. So you can download all my brushes in the class description, the class project. I've uploaded my faves brush set. So that way you can use all the same brushes that I'm going to use in this tutorial. So for this one I'm going to use sketch master. And I use my signature sort of dark red color. You can use any color, you can use black or blue. And you just want to. So I just usually fill the screen here. And I just want my lines to be about that thick. So that's a good thickness. Another thing that we'll do a few times in this tutorial is we'll use a solid circle. So if you use the solid circle, basically just makes a circle. That's all the brushes. It's a, it's a stamp. But if you don't use my brushes, you can always use just any regular brush. And you can draw a circle. You can hold. And it will make this shape. But you can also touch the screen and it'll go to a regular circle. So then you take your finger off and then you can fill it and then you also have your circle. Okay, so I think that's it for getting started. Now we're in the next video, we're going to start sketching our cute little turtle. 4. Sketching: Part 1: Okay, so the first shape, we're going to make a sort of an egg shape. So, whoops. Wanna make a circle. And that's pretty good. But I'm actually just going to make it a little, little stubby or so I'm on free form here. And think that's good. Next we'll make a little shape over on the side of the circle right here. So we'll just go like this. And then we'll start with this little tip. I'm going to just make an arch over there. Next. We're just going to take this line and follow it right here. Now it's going to have a curve like this, so it's parallel with this line. Okay, So next we're going to make some triangles on the shell. So the first one, you kinda wanna do around, around half. So around the middle of the show. And the first one you just do a line like that. Do another line here. And when you're doing this, just make sure that you don't go like this. You don't want to go straight up. You want it to be sort of parallel with this curve. So this one is going to be like that. And now you make a bigger one. So you just bring it down that way. Bring it up. That's two. And you bring down here and then meet with the side of his head. Now we're going to do three lines. Now we'll do two lines here. And these are going to be slightly curved, so they're going to be sort of curved in this direction. So we're gonna do one here. Oops. We're going to do one here and one here. And next we're going to do three lines coming off with these little tips. And this outer one is going to be curved like this. So it's going to go along that curve. This one is going to go straight down. And this one is going to be a little bit off this way. So this just follows the shape of the shell. So we're gonna make this one like this. This one goes pretty much straight down and this one is a little bit of a turn that way. And now we're going to make the lines on this part of the show. And we'll just follow that same direction of the shell. So we have one line here. We'll do one here. This one pretty much down and this one will go over a little bit and get rid of our guides. So next we're going to carve two sections out of this egg shape. The first one is going to be pretty much like this. So we're just going to start, we're not going to start right in the middle of the top. Start right about here. And we'll just draw a line like that. And then we'll just curve it over like this. And we'll do the same thing on this side. So we'll start over here. We'll draw down and we'll just come over and sort of bring that up. So this is on a curve a little bit that way. This is on a curve a little bit that way. This is on a slight curve here. And then this goes up like that. And just make sure you have about this much space in between. So now just double this bottom line. This bottom line as well. So I'm just going to start a little bit up maybe around here. And we'll just start this line. And we'll just bring it to there. And then we'll do the same thing on this side. So we'll start about here and just follow that path. So next we're going to bring this line up. This line is going to be a little bit more tricky. So we'll start with this one. Whoops, someone or racer. So we'll just start here and we'll just bring that, oops. We'll just bring that line up to there. So this one's a little more tricky. So you just want to bring it up into this line. So at the top here, we're going to start here, and then we're going to bring, uh, we're gonna sort of bubbled out a little bit from his head because this is going to be as I so it's a little it's going to stick out a little bit. So we're going to start here. We're going to bring it up to that line. And then we're going to bubble it out and just make an art, an arch like that. And we'll do the same thing on this side. So we're just gonna bring an arch out like this. Oops. You can also hold, once you get your line, you can hold it. And that way you have a nice smooth, crisp line. So once you have these, once you have these little bubbles for his eyes, you can erase the line that was his head. So I'm just going to erase this and erase it here as well. So the next thing we'll do is we're just going to thicken up this outer line so you can just go over it a couple times and just sort of Wide widen it out. When you make the thickness, don't make it on the inside of the arc to start on the line and then make it slightly thicker on the outside. And just try to make it uniform. So I need to make it kinda bubble out a little bit more here. So you just want to make a nice thick curve down to here. And we'll do the same thing on this side. We're going to start here, this one, you can go a little bit inside only because we don't have that much room on the, on the other side. So just come out, just make a really thick curve. Can bring you can extend this out a little bit. So you just want to keep the top around. So you want to make a thick curve, but you want to keep it, just keep it round. Curve this off a little bit. And we go. So just as long as it's nice and round and just make those thick thick lines on top. 5. Sketching: Part 2: Okay, So now we'll do his little mouth. So you just want to make a small little curve right in the middle in between his two eyes. And you just make the two little lines at the end. And if you want to experiment, you can take your line here. You can move it up a little bit. You can move it down. It can make it bigger. So there's a lot of things you can do with his mouth. Just to experiment. Make it a little bit closer, a little bit higher up. Okay, Next we'll put two lines that will make the bottom of his eyelids. So we'll start almost in the middle. We'll start a little bit higher up than that. So not this, not this mark right here, just a little bit higher up. I'll put the Canvas straight so it's easier for you to see what I'm doing. So I'm going to go almost straight across, but I'm gonna put a little bit of an arch. The arch is going to be a little bit like that. And I'll do the same thing on this side. I'm going to start around where this one is. And then I want to end up in that same little spot a little bit above the edge there. So now we'll make his little flippers. So does make sort of a little lasso shape like that. And once you, once you make this shape, we're just going to use this arc and draw a shape that kind of joins it. So that's going to be the bottom of the shell. And then you can just make a little line here. So that's the bottom part of his therapist. So I think it's called so that's the underside of his shell. Then we just do a little bit of an arc here. And that serves as the bottom part of the shell. And then we'll make another little paddle flipper. And we'll just make sure to make it smaller than this one, because this one is further back. And now we'll make two back here. And the reason why I'm making these so small is because it's actually, I just want to give the impression that it's flat. So it's like something like this and it's showing that it's flat there. You don't have to add this little mark. This is an extra detail, but that's what I want this to represent. I want this to represent that it's coming down. But it's, but it's flat. And these are more, you're seeing a side view, this is a little bit more of a, you're seeing that the top of the flipper here. But you can add a little, little detail if you like. And the next one we're going to do the opposite one of this. So we'll do it a little bit smaller. And we'll just do a little just a little arc like that. You can do with a little tail just to a little tiny, tiny little little gesture for his tail. 6. Adding Color: Okay, so now row color his head in. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to go to layer. I'm gonna make a new layer and then I'm going to drag it underneath. And I'll just use a green, doesn't matter which color you use right now. I'll just use a green. And you can use, I'm going to use graffiti brush, but you can use any brush. And we're going to color in just his head. But we're not going to color in these sections where his eyes, his eyes are. So everything else would be colored in except for this space. And just to reminder, I'm on a layer below my sketch layer. So next we'll make a new layer underneath the green part. And on a new layer, we'll just color in a shell. And you can use I'll use graffiti brush. You can use any paint brush. I'll use the same color, green and I'll get rid of this just so we just so that we can see the whole shell and not be distracted by his big green head. The reason why I color on separate layers is because if I want to add shadows, We're just shading or coloring. And we want it to be specific to the head. And at least I have that layer separate. So I can do the work on that layer. Whoops. Oh, I accidentally, I accidentally put, put this on our reference layer because I was going to do a demonstration on why I don't like reference layers. And I never use them to color in my characters. Because if I were to use a reference layer, it wouldn't color in underneath these lines. Sometimes I like to erase lines or change lines and things like that. And then I have to go to the base color and fill in these cracks, which I don't like. So now we'll make another layer and we'll make it underneath the shell. So I'm just going to take, I'm going to hide that shell layer that we just colored. I'm gonna take my paintbrush and now we'll just do the little parts of his of his body. His little flippers. But that being said, you can use reference layers if you'd like. You don't always have to follow everything I'm doing to the t. You can always improvise whatever you feel most comfortable with. But i, as you can see, I normally like, I don't like reference layers. And I also decided that I don't like this little line here. So I'm just gonna go back to his I'm going to go back to these lines and erase it. That's better. Just because this is very, it's very simple line drawing. And I'm going to get too complicated with the details. So I'm gonna make a new layer underneath, underneath the green layer. And for this one, I'll just take what the green take my paintbrush. This will just be for the bottom part, at the very bottom part of his of his shell. Therapists. Shouldn't, you should know that since I love turtles. And actually this should be the same color is, is his flipper swarms going to go up to this layer. And I'm just going to color this little, this little part in. Because, you know, they have that little pudgy like little arm arm armpit area that goes that goes underneath the top part of the shell and above the bottom part of the shell. So this would actually be the same color. Okay. So he's all colored in, pretty much. Is all colored in green. This terrible green color is not going to stay this color a promise. But so now let's just color it in his eyes. So I'm gonna make a layer on the bottom. And on the bottom layer, I'm just going to choose white for now. Let's stick with white doll time, we'll see. So I'm just going to color in his eyes. Alright. So we're looking pretty good so far. So now, it will be nice to figure out what color we want em. So I'm just gonna, I'm gonna go on the layer is his head. Since that's the most prominent thing that we're seeing. Now go to the magic one hue saturation, and I'll just find a good color. So definitely has to be less, less saturated. I'll see what looks good. I think lighter looks, looks pretty new, pretty, pretty nice. I kinda like that. That's a decent color. So now what I'll do is I'll just take this color, color, pick up something to get rid of that. I'll just color, pick this color. And I'll go to the flipper layer. And there's two ways to do it. You can either tap on the layer, you can hit alpha lock, and then you can go to Fill layer as long as you have this color selected up here, it'll, if you have it alpha locked, it'll just fill in the parts that you colored. Or or you can. This is a little more difficult because it's four sections. You can just go to that layer and then you can color drop onto your shapes. But even then it's a little more difficult. You have to zoom in and make sure you get the little details. So I would go with the Alpha Lock color fill option. All right. For his show. Maybe a little more brown. My look nice. So I want to show layer. I'm just going to go to hue saturation. Make it a little darker. Actually them, I like Q2 to actually think I just said actually twice. You need to do brown or high, that's a cute brown, maybe like just like a light brown. And we're also going to change the color of these lines. So it does look a little funny with the red lines. So we might change the colors later depending on the color that we make the lines. But as you know, if you've seen it in my latest Facebook post, I always color and my lines. I had, there was a lot of drama about coloring in lines. All right, so let's do the bottom part of the shell. And I'll just pick a color for this. So it is kind of want to yellowish color, light yellow. So I'll just do fill layer. And it looks pretty good. It might be a little bright or might be a little too yellow. Maybe I'll make it a little more gold. I can. Let's see. There we go. That looks a bit better. Oops. Alright, that looks a bit better. So now that we have this, let's, let's color in these lines. Because that will, that will give it, give us a better idea of what it will look like when we're done. 7. Coloring the Lines: So we're just gonna go up to the line layer here. And we'll just hit alpha lock. Now usually what I do is I'll just color pick. And then I'll just make the color a little bit darker. And then I'll take my paintbrush. I'm using graffiti brush, but you can really use any brush. So I'm going to color when these lines, I'm not going to color in this line or this line or the line for his mouth. All the other lines for his head. I'm going to color in that green color. That's slightly darker than the normal green of his face. So what this does is it keeps the line work there. It keeps the line work there, but it's still sort of it doesn't make it stand out. It doesn't, it doesn't create that. That's sort of comic feel or that barrier between the image and just the outline of it. And for me it's just more natural even for cartoons. There's, there's a lot of cartoons that don't have the black outlines anymore. It's definitely a stylistic choice and it can definitely look really, really good. But personally, I just, I prefer not to do it. And I think I drew black lines a lot for a very, very long time. Mostly because I just didn't really think about other options. Like it was just what I did. So it was from my work at it really turned out to be a huge benefit. And it really made my work a lot better. So that's why I made the post that black outlines or are ruining your artwork. Because I think a lot of artists just never really thought about coloring and being creative with the outlines. Outlines just even when you say the word outline, I just picture black. I just picture a black outline. But really they can be any color. You have to start looking into their thickness. And you're doing certain things in a line, weights, things like that, tapering, things like that. It's all very complicated. But eventually you'll get to it. If you stick with art and if you're obsessed, you, you'll have no choice but to eventually get to that. You'll run into some problems. And hopefully, you know, if if at alleviate some of the problems then and that's the reason that I made that post. Okay, so now I'm going to make the lines on the shell. I'll just go wherever this brown is, see how that looks. Doing the classic green and green and brown like, like the ninja turtles, which were my, my favorites growing up. I mean, I was obsessed with them. I used to always draw a Ninja Turtles. I'm pretty sure my mom still has my ninja turtle drawings. I used to also draw a mortal combat characters. And what else was it? A lot of like creditor, the movie, the predator. I didn't realize I was so obsessed with that predator character, but I definitely was. I have so many drawings of M. So if you notice, I'm just going to color, pick this sort of mustard color and I'm just doing the same thing. I'm just using a darker version of that for the bottom part of the shell. And as you can see, that's pretty much it. That's pretty much my system is. I just make it a little bit darker then whatever the color is that I'm that I'm closest to. So I'll just switch back to the brown for this loops. Sometimes you gotta make the brush small, so the coat, so the different colors don't run into each other. Mostly going to change the background. To nicer beanies, a much nicer background. I like that. Let's see if I want to change his shell to a different color. And that's the best part about having good. Ooh, that looks kind of nice, actually. Kinda cute. I don't know so many options. I'll leave it here for now. But that's the beauty about keeping the colors on different layers is you can edit them and change them. You always want to be able to edit and change things as you go along because eventually you'll start doing work for clients. And they will always want you to change things. Trust me. You'll save yourself a lot of time and a lot of headache. If you're able to change things quickly and efficiently. Even if you're working with a million layers like a lot of the projects that I and I'm working on. But that's another thing I do a lot of things on different layers because that also is another way that I can keep it very editable. I don't know if that's a word, but I really like using it. A couple of times before editable. I mean, I feel like it makes perfect sense. It could be ridiculous. That's true. That N, N a modelling and love. If you guys have heard me say that before. Because sometimes I'll sort of, I'll make NM, I'll doodle and make animations. So N, N a modeling. I don't even think I have discussed what I'm doing here. So for these lines, the ones that we didn't color in, I keep that, I keep that black. Mostly just here. Actually, I want to change this. I want to change this line the way that I did this. I just want this to sort of mimic our eye lash line. So that's why that's dark like that. But I am going to color in this this line, the same color as that, that green. So I'm just going to sort of, so I just sort of put it in on a, on a diagonal. Here, there might be a bit better. I just want this black to flow into this flow into this line. Hopefully that's not, that's not too confusing. But yeah, so just leave this top line black here, this top line black here. And then this line can be black as well. But the, but just as I touching is his skin here. Just leave that green. Now for his mouth. I could do black as well, but I think I might go for a very dark green. So I just chose the color of this line by color picking. Of course, I'm still on his line layer. So I'm just going to make this dark and make it darker and you see how that looks. That looks. I might actually decide to do this if you like. I want to see what this looks like. If it was a dark green instead of a black. This bottom line. Kinda like, kinda like the bottom, the bottom line, very dark green. So this was a stylistic choice. You don't have to, you can, you can make them whatever color you want if you want to use the black or the dark green. But I think it looks pretty nice being in dark green. 8. Eyes: So next we're gonna give him some really, really nice eyes. So we wanna make sure that we're on our eye layer down here. So I just make sure you have the eye layer selected. And then you want to choose a color that's sort of a dark beige. So let's just say if you were to go to yellow, you want to bring it sort of in the middle and more on the less saturated side. So around here is good. And it doesn't, it doesn't matter exactly like, you know, which it doesn't have to be the exact color yellow, but just anywhere in that range between yellow and orange. You just want it to be a sort of dark brownish, beige color. And then I'm going to choose Soft Brush 1. You can use any soft airbrush. I'll just show you just to see what it looks like. So that's what my airbrush looks like. I'm going to make it really big. And the reason I make it really big is because when I'm got 10, when we're shading in the eyes, we want it to be a very smooth gradient. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to go to the IP layer and I'm going to Alpha lock. Now the next thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go to this little ribbon here. And I'm gonna go to freehand. So basically then I can make my own, you know, you can select your own shape. But what I'm gonna do is I'm going to circle this. I'm going to circle that. And then I'm gonna go back to my paintbrush. So now the eyes are alpha locked. And I've made a circle around this one, so my airbrush, you'll see it here, but it won't, it won't spill over into the other eye because we're going to do them both separately. And I'm making my brush really big. And I'm going to lower the opacity down to 50. Just because sometimes, sometimes the airbrush can be a little harsh. So you want to just very softly just go around the edges and just keep doing that until you can, until you start to barely see a little bit of the shading. That's one of the keys with shading is you don't really want to see it happening. You don't want any really harsh shaded areas. You want it to be really light. And you want to really build up your layers so that it's nice and smooth. That looks pretty good. And I'm going to go a little bit darker on the bottom. So I'm going to put a little bit more pressure on the bottom. I think that looks pretty, pretty nice. So now I'm just going to take that same tool. So I'm in the little ribbon here. It's the same tool, freehand. Now I'm going to circle this one. I'm going to go back to my airbrush. Make sure my brush is nice and big. I'm just gonna do the same thing. Just slowly going to shade around the edges. Because you really just want the, the outer edge of your soft airbrush to be painting. So I make it big enough so I can be far enough outside of the area of the eye. The I will still get that color. But you don't want to rush it. You don't want to do a too quick, just nice and slow. And just keep building up your layers. And on the bottom. And I'll also, i'm, I'm not pressing hard at all on my screen. And if you're wondering, I do use a matte screen protector. And I love it. I have a first-gen iPad. I've been using this for about a year now. I've, I've done three children's books that probably, I mean, I've put in so many hours with this and, and I love it. It might be that the older iPad has a more durable pencil nib. I'm not sure. But I really like the textured screen. I think it's a big, huge benefit. Okay, So now that we have that done, I'm just going to take I'm gonna take my smudge brush. And I'm going to use the same soft airbrush. But I like using smudge because I can make it big and I can just sort of I can just smooth that out. So if, if, if you're, if you're gradient, isn't that smooth and you can just take your smudge, take an airbrush, make sure it's a nice size. And then just sort of just sort of move it around and just even it out. So you really can't see any sort of like line. You don't, you don't want to really see any sort of any gradient. Okay? I think that looks pretty good. So hopefully you can kinda see the effect that you get it sorted just makes, makes these sort of look like like 3D spheres. So now we'll give him some eyeballs. One of my most favorite parts to draw. So I guess now we'll just start with, start with black. So I'm going to use my solid circle brush. Of course, there's plenty of ways that you can make a circle. Can easily either use the solid circle, brush my chi m here, or you can just draw the draw circle and hold it, or you can just paint a circle. It doesn't have to be a perfect technical circle. O, but I skipped this gap. I skipped a step. So what I did was I I made a new layer over the eye layer. So the aisle layers here. And the bottom of the shell is here. And I just made you just wanted to put the eyes over the eye layer. So I don't want to draw them right on this layer. Because then I can move them around. So I just made a new layer above. And now I'm using the solid circle for his eyeballs. Not sure how big I want them. That's kinda nice. So I made one. I'm just going to duplicate that. And then I'm just going to drag it over. Now it's really important to get the position of the eyes, correct because it can kinda make or break your drawing. So first I have to figure out where I want him actually looking. This makes him look cross-eyed. Actually kinda like that, but I just want to I almost want him looking towards camera. Maybe I need to make these bigger. Let's see. I'm just going to delete the one that I did above. I'll duplicate this bigger one. I also want them to be the same, the same size like that. So 11 tip for eyes is you sort of want them to match the distance on the top. And this is fairly close. You also want them to match here. See, this is, this is pretty decent, especially because he's looking forward. If he was looking over to the left, then that's a little bit different. But the fact that he's looking forward, you kind of want a little bit of a I can even move this over to maybe match this a little bit more. Let's see how that looks. And it's not always, it's not always easy. Sometimes you might have to adjust certain things to make them, to make these really level and even. But you also want to match the depth that his eyes behind his eyelid. You want that to be pretty much the same two. So when you're, when you're making eyes on any character, you don't want one to be like touching here. Or you don't want one to be too low. Because then, then, then it'll it'll look funny. I think that's pretty cute. You make sure that I like this. Like that even more. It's always good to experiment and just, just try them in different, in different positions. So what I'm gonna do here is I'm going to merge these. That way. I have them on the same plane. And this is really fun. Actually. You can sort of like can sort of make them almost enemy. 9. Eye Details: Okay, so now we're going to put some extra details on the eyes that I always do with all of my characters. So the first thing that we're gonna do is let's see. We'll just do another layer above. So just make a layer above whichever eyes that you chose. So now we have a new layer above the eyes that you just made. So what I'm gonna, what I'm gonna do is I don't know why I always say what I'm gonna do is have to try to break myself out of that habit. I'm gonna go with shadow 30. And basically that's just a paint brush that I usually keep on 30%. So I don't have to keep going back and forth. I'm gonna go with the color black. And I'm just going to make a line. So that's just sort of goes along, goes along the edge of this, of this the eyelash line here. It actually doesn't have to come all the way down. To start it. Let's see what looks better. I do experiment a lot when I draw, so hopefully you don't mind that. I think that looks a little bit better. It doesn't always have to go all the way down to the bottom. But essentially this is just like a shadow. And it just kinda makes this look like it's, it's extended from his little head. So we're going to do the same thing here. We'll start about here and then we'll just come down. Or we can start at this edge. It's not bad. This line is little, little jittery for some reason. So I'm going to turn my canvas. I might be able to get a smoother line. That's better. So now I'm going to add some jelly beans to his eyes, which I always do in all my characters. So I made a new layer above the eyes. So above those, the eyes that we picked or that I picked, I guess. And I'm gonna make this layer 30%. So it's a blank layer, 30% white. And I'm going to choose, you can choose any brush. I'll choose graffiti brush at 100%. So we've made the layer 30%. So I'm going to use this circle from my jelly bean shaped. So I'm just going to just make a jelly bean color drop. And I'll make another one here. So I just sort of pretended that I'm looking at the whole eye and I just make this and just make the shape and just pretend that the rest of the eyes there. And now I'm gonna make a layer above that. 100% still white. And then you can add your little glare, however you'd like to. For now. We'll just do we'll just do like a little white, little white dot. And you can always experiment with where you want to put it. It can make them. There's a ton of options and you can play around with that. But you just want to make sure they're sort of on the same plane. Because the, because the light would be hitting the same spot. I think those are cute. You can see my, my this is why sometimes it takes me so long to finish a drawing because I can literally I can just I can just keep going and just try to figure out the perf perfect placement for everything. I think I like that and that's cute. So I think it looks pretty good so far. So the only other thing that I think might be fun, if you'd like, this is obviously optional, but we have these separated sections. So if you want to Alpha Lock, I'll alpha lock is head. And then I'll take a darker green. And you can sort of experiment with colors. Just make sure it's alpha locked. And I'm, and I've taken my air brush again. And I'll just do the same thing that I did with the, with the eyes. And I'm just softly going around the edges with the darker color. You know, just kinda given as just gonna give in a, given him a little depth. You can do the same thing with the body alpha lock that this flippers a little further away. So that can be a little darker. And also I'm just going to give them a little shadow from a shell. So we'll make this a little darker here. And this flipper would be a little further away. So we'll make that dark. And we can switch to a darker brown. You can always color, color, grab the shell, and then just make it darker. And then you go to the shadow layer, make sure it's alpha locked. And then you can sort of do the same thing. You can do the shadow from his head on the show. And if you want, you can always add some, can always add some bubbles to the background. I'll use. Let's see. So I'll just use my circle, brush my solid circle, but I'll lower the opacity. Let's see how these look. It's not bad. So I'll put a few around and then change the size. Really big. And you can just have fun with it. Can even, can even add a little more detail to the little bubbles by doing the same thing with the jelly beans. I'll put my brush back at 30 percent by white, white brush. And see how that looks. Let's try 15 percent. So I put the opacity of the brush to 15%. And I'm literally just doing the same thing that I did with that I did with the eyes. And I'll bring it up to 100%. And let's see how this looks. So this is actually just the same exact thing that we did with the eyes, with the bubbles. Nice little reflections. 10. Changes: Okay, So I'm going to fill you guys in on a couple of things about my process. Every time I finish something, I always really examine it to see if it can be better. I think it's a great habit to get into even if it's the next day. The next morning. Just take a look at your work and just get fresh eyes on even your own fresh eyes. So there's a few things that I want to change about this guy. The first thing is I'm gonna take my eraser and on the top layer, the line layer, so that's this layer here. I'm actually going to erase these lines. I'll keep a little bit of the line coming off. And then I'll go to I'm going to clip pick this green that I did the lines with. And before I draw anymore lines, what I'm gonna do is I'm going to select, so I'm gonna take my magic wand, the Select tool. I'm going to select his mouth. I'm going to bring his mouth up. I'm actually going to erase and erase more of this of these lines. And I don't know if this is more helpful just to kind of watch this process. But it's just something that I, that I always do. I always, I always experiment with my art and just see if it can be better because usually I'll like something more. Okay. So I've pretty much just move this mouth up, but I still want some sort of some sort of line here. And I'm not exactly sure I have to take this layer off of Alpha Lock to be able to draw on it again. So I'm going to just try out some options. I think that's actually quite nice. Kinda shows that there's a bit of an eyelid there. But I like the mouth higher. I definitely like the mouth higher up. I can also see that it's not equal. The space here is way different than this base here. So what I'll do, and I'll just take my, my selection tool here, freehand. So I'm just going to select this whole area where the mouth is. And then I'll take my liquefy. The reason why I'm not going to move it because I like the position where the mouth is here. So I'm just going to take liquefy. And I'm just going to sort of bend his mouth up to where I like it. And it's also a different it's much thicker here than here. So I'm going to color, pick this color and use my, my I use paint brush and just thicken this up a little bit because I want them to be even. That looks really cute. So the next thing I just wanted to try, I was, I was thinking the eyes might be better if they were a little more curved. So the way that I'm going to do that is I'm going to select, I'm going to take the eye layer off of alpha lock because you can't use the liquify tool if the layers are on alpha lock. So I'm just going to take them all off in case I decide to change some more later, I'll just take them all off the Alpha Lock now. So in order to get the eyes to bubble out more, I need to swipe on the line layer. I need to take the eye layer. So I'm going to write swipe on that. I don't want to touch the eyes, but I do want to change this shadow layer, this little shadow here. So I want to swipe on that one as well. So we have the white and we have the shadow, and we have the lines. So let's see how that looks. I have those selected. I can still use my liquify tool. I'll make it quite big because I want it to be as smooth, Overall. Kind of bubble out. And I think that looks much better. So I'm gonna do the same thing on this side. And I'm literally just making, I'm pushing everything out just so there's a little bit more of a bubble on his eyes. I think that looks great. Make it smaller and money. Dad might be able to add a little bit more here. I like that. And you can see I accidentally stretched some of some of this, some of this line. So what I'll do is I'll just go to the go to our skin layer. And I'll just color pick next to it. And then I'll just take I'll take the regular paint brush, doesn't matter what kind of paint brush. And I'll just paint that in. Pretty happy with him. Omegas qs. And the only other thing that you can do if you want, if you took my other class, drawing epic eyes, you can actually plug eyes into here. You can make him have some really, really pretty eyes. And I think I'll speed this. I'll speed this up. Let me get rid of these real quick. Oops. So I'll speed this process up, but I'm going to. I'm gonna give him some really cool eyes. So let's just see how that'll look. So I'm going to use these eyes. So I'm going to, I'm just going to duplicate that because I'm going to ruin them. So and I might speed this up. Just be sure to take drawing epic eyes if you want to be able to draw eyes like this, because it is kind of a complicated system. If you haven't taken the course. Once you take the course, then you'll understand how to do it. And it won't be, it won't be confusing. But now I'll just speed it up so you can see just so you can see him with a nice eyes. Just for some finishing touches. Just to give them a little bit more darker. Just to make them a little bit more spherical. Think I'm happy with that. So this was useful. I hope that you guys all experiment. I'll add the eyes to the file as well so you can play around with the eyes. You can try some of the tricks like that I did with the Liquify tool. You can you can move around the mouth, things like that. Just have fun with it, make it your own. This little character is really fun to come up with. And I just hope that some of the tricks, some of the tips and tricks that you'll pick up from this you can just put forth into your other characters. This little guy is yours now, like I, I may have created this little turtle, but each one that you guys draw is yours. Name it posted, sell it. I don't care what you do with it. It's yours. This is your drawing. I'm just showing you some of my tips and tricks. But this one was fun. I'm really going to try to work on doing some more animals and posing some more animals, being that I really have a fun time with them. And definitely take the, definitely take my class, my class that way if you do make some of these characters, you can just plug these eyes and you can make a bunch of eyes, and then you can use them for these characters. So that you guys enjoyed this class. Be sure to share your work and leave a review if you liked it. If we didn't. Also let me know because I'm always looking to grow and learn more as a teacher. Because it's really, it's really not easy to, to really slow down and think about all of the processes that I'm doing. That's still something that I've been getting used to, but I've been really, really enjoying it. So I'm just going to add a few more touches. And a subtly faded out because you did a great job and we've completed, we've completed the lesson. But as you can see, I just like, I can't stop. Sometimes. 11. Add-on: Quick Eye Tips: So I just wanted to show you a few other options that you can do with the eyes. So we have our eye layer here. What you can do is you can duplicate that. I'll hide the one beneath it. Alpha lock, this layer. And then you can pretty much take any color that you want. Let's try a little bit of a darker green. And now go back to that layer, tap it, and then just hit fill layer. So you have lots of different options for colors for the eyes. And this is just changing the hue. Saturation. You can kinda cycle through and there's a lot of really cute options. So don't think that you have to do the other class to make really cute eyes. Because you have, you have a ton of options that you can do just with colors. And also, I'll duplicate those bottom circles again. And I'll bring that layer above the colored layer. And then I'll take each individual one and I'll just shrink it. And you can put it in the middle. You just want to make sure that you have it even all the way around is evenly in the middle as much as he can. And what I'll do to make sure they're the same size as I'll select. I'll select this guy and I'll just cut it. And then I'll just duplicate and bring it over. And now you can still give them like a light pink. Oh, that's kinda nice. That's really Q2. Another option if you want to add a little more details to the eyes. As you this alpha lock, the color layer. I'm going to color pick this orange color. And then I'll go very saturated and darker. And I'll just go to my soft airbrush, make it fairly big. And then I'll just sort of shading softly shade in the top left of the eye. It's sort of brings out this highlight. And again, as always, when you do your shading, you wanted to try to make it as even, as smooth as possible. Which means a lot of, a lot of repetition. And you sort of just let it build up little by little. 12. Thank You! : All right guys, thank you so much for taking my class. I'm really excited to see what you come up with. I'm excited to see your turtles. I'm excited to hear their names because they definitely names. Of course you can follow me on Instagram at drug-free, Dave. That's where I post all my latest artwork in reals and fun, things like that. I also have a lot more videos on YouTube. I have a short form tutorials, longer tutorials. I have live drawing sessions, things like that. I'm on youtube.com slash drug-free, Dave, I'm also on tiktok. I've been posting a lot more on tiktok and sort of trying to get into that world. I'm drug-free Dave, there as well. O also, if you have some questions or if you really like tutorials in general, then I have a private Facebook group, procreate tutorials and guidance where you can ask questions related appropriate. And you can get a steady stream of tutorials. Not only my tutorials for other artists post their tutorials there as well. I curated to make sure that it's just tutorials and just questions that may help the group. So again, make sure you tag me if you post this little guy on Instagram or Facebook or anywhere. I'm really excited to see what you do with them. My name is Dave Reed. Thank you so much for taking the class and as always, keep drawing. And I'll see you in the next video. Okay.