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Get Comfortable With iPad Drawing: Having Fun in Procreate

Steve Smith, Artist/Designer/DJ

Get Comfortable With iPad Drawing: Having Fun in Procreate

Steve Smith, Artist/Designer/DJ

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10 Lessons (1h)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Project

    • 3. Document Set Up

    • 4. Drawing the Basic Shapes

    • 5. Adding Depth and Details

    • 6. Rounding Corners

    • 7. Adding Fills and Background

    • 8. Exporting

    • 9. Final Thoughts

    • 10. Bonus: Rounding Corners Full Process

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About This Class

This class is for anyone looking to improve their level of comfort with drawing on the iPad (or other tablet device) through fun project-based practice with Procreate. This class is also good for students who are already comfortable with drawing on the iPad, looking for a Procreate drawing project in a fun style


What we’ll do

We'll use brushes standard to Procreate and some basic masking techniques to draw a fun cloud car, exporting it as a jpeg to share.


What you’ll learn

You’ll practice drawing on the iPad by doing – in a style you can incorporate into your own drawing projects, and you’ll learn methods for using Procreate, useful for almost any illustrative or design workflow.



•iPad or other tablet device capable of running Procreate
•Apple Pencil or other stylus that works with your tablet


Some basic knowledge of Procreate is useful but not required, as I will explain the techniques used in the class.

The Procreate Handbook is a useful reference.

I’ll provide a link to a color palette you can use to follow along.


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Steve Smith



Steve Smith is an experienced graphic designer and artist who enjoys music, learning, working on his iPad, coffee, and inspiring others.

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1. Introduction: You know, the benefits of working digitally on the iPad, but how do you get used to drawing on a smooth surface? Hi, I'm Steve Smith. I'm a graphic designer from Birmingham, Alabama. In this class, we're going to start to get comfortable drawing on the iPad using procreate. In my work as a graphic designer, I'm always looking for new ways to improve my workflow and creative process using the iPad is one way I've been able to more easily incorporate sketching in the illustration into what I do. In this class, we'll do the one thing that really has helped me the most. And getting used to drawing on the iPad practice. I'm a big fan of project-based learning and my goal with this class is to make practice fun. As we draw this cloud car together, I'll share my process tips and masking techniques useful for any Illustrator for design workflow. So if you're trying to get comfortable drawing in the iPad or if you already are and you're just looking for a fun project and a style you can incorporate into your own work. This class is for you, and no worries, I'll explain all the techniques as we work. I'm excited you're here and if you're ready to have fun with this, Let's get started. 2. The Project: The project for this class is to draw a cloud car. And really it's about the process, the practice of drawing a cloud car. I chose a cloud car because it's a pretty simple thing to draw. And we'll break that down into steps. Document setup, drawing the basic shape, adding depth and details, rounding corners, adding fills in background, and finally exporting. All you'll need to work along is an iPad or tablet with procreate installed and an Apple pencil or other stylists for drawing. You can work along with the colors I'll be using by downloading and importing the Swatches palette I've shared in the resources or feel free to use your own. Once you've finished and exported your Cloud car, be sure to share in the student project section. I look forward to seeing what you do. In the next lesson. We'll set up our canvas. 3. Document Set Up: If you'd like to work along with the same colors I'll be using. Be sure to download the project swatches I've provided in the resources section. Make sure to save them to a folder that's accessible from your iPad. Okay, Let's open Procreate and set up our canvas. I'll click Plus and then click this to create a custom size. I'll be working at 2048 by 2048 pixels. And I like to work at 300 DPI in case I decide to want to print something later, I'll have that flexibility. So go ahead and create. Now we'll add the swatches that I provided in the resource section. We'll click on the color circle up here. Click plus to add a new palette and I'll navigate to where I saved it. Click on those swatches. And here they are, cloud car. So now that we have our documents set up in our swatches important, in the next video, we'll draw our basic shapes. 4. Drawing the Basic Shapes: Okay, let's get started drawing the basic shapes. Before we draw anything will want to create a customized version of the HB pencil. And we'll do that by creating a duplicate so we can modify it without changing the original. There are a couple of properties will want to change. We'll set the streamline to 65 percent. And you can always enter that numerically if the sliders not cooperating with you. And we'll want to change the maximum size to 72 percent. This will give us the nice textured quality of line that we're looking for with this project. Next, we'll change the size of the brush to about 20 percent. I'll set the color to blue. And now we'll create a rough outline of our Cloud car. Don't worry about getting this perfect because we'll end up tracing over it to refine it. When we think of a cloud car, we think of the front, the dome, the back, and the bumper. I'll reduce the opacity of this layer, create a new layer. And we'll trace over. We'll create a new layer for the bottom of the cloud car and draw from one side to the other. At this time, we'll start to work non-destructively by using a mask on this layer to hide the parts that we don't need. Grab my brush. And I'll rotate the canvas with two fingers. And I'll paint away the part of the line that I don't need. And I'll just kinda make sure that it aligns with the edge of the top of the cloud car. Do the same on the other side, will add a mask to this top portion. And we'll paint away the parts that we don't need. The nice thing about working non-destructively. It's all of the information is still there. It's just hidden. So if you ever need to make a change, you can always go back. Our shape is looking good. I think we can go ahead and delete the tracing layer. And we can flatten these layers by pinching them together. We'll center this in our window. Grab our move tool to position the Cloud car shape in the middle. And now we'll create a new layer for the outline. I'll set the streamline of my brush to 100% to ensure a smooth line as I draw around the curvature of the cloud car shape. Drawing the outline in multiple segments will make it easier. And I'll want to draw this a little bit longer than I think I might need it. Now I'll create a new layer for the bottom of the cloud car outline. And I'll connect from side to side. Once again, we'll work non-destructively, create them, creating a mask. Brushing away the portions of the layer that we don't need. And I'll do the same with the other portion of the outline, creating a mask. And I think that looks pretty good. In the next lesson, we'll add depth and details. 5. Adding Depth and Details: All right, let's get started adding depth and details. First, a little bit of housekeeping. We'll, we'll want to flatten these outline layers into one. And we can go ahead and flatten these two. And it's always a good practice to name your layers. I don't always do that, but for this video, I'm going to be sure and do that right now. I'll call it basic shape. Right now I'll move the Cloud car a little bit closer to the middle of our screen to give us a little more working room as we add perspective, a little bit of depth to our Cloud car shape will create a new layer for our depth. And this perspective doesn't have to be too realistic. We just kinda have to be sort of happy with it. It's not, we're not going for realism here. I think that's pretty good. And so what I'll do here, so I'll actually go ahead and just erase this right now because I know that I won't need this portion. Create a new layer for that. I think we're looking pretty good. Erase this away. And the nice thing about working on the separate layers is you can, you can overshoot. And we're gonna go back and erase the parts that we don't need. So that's convenient thing to be able to do. And I think we're looking good on our depth there. So we'll go ahead and combine those layers into one. Rename that to depth. Now let's add some fun details. I'll start with this bubble window. Actually will need to make sure that it's on its own layer. We can give it a little curvature, right? And I can then erase what I don't need you there. And I can go ahead and work on the same layer. I think I'll be all right since I'm not going to draw over this line. And we can use the eraser tool once again. The shape of our door. Maybe a little less pressure. I think that looks pretty good. So you'll notice that it doesn't quite line up there. We can we cannot fix that when we're doing our rounding. We're going to be rounding on these corners in one of our lessons. The line up here, door handle. Okay, I think we're ready to put some wheels on this thing and create a new layer for the next, we'll add another layer and another layer. And again, the perspective is not as important in this drawing is it might be in certain drawings that you may find yourself doing. I think the mixed perspectives kinda give this a fun look, since it's not a realistic illustration. And I'll use the eraser to erase the portions that I don't need. I think we're looking pretty good with these wheels. Will go ahead and flatten those down into one layer. I'll pinch those together. Rename those wheels. Okay? And we'll go ahead and add our hubcaps right now. Erasing the parts that we don't need all of these lines. Great. All right, now let's add some lines to our depth area to give it a little visual interest. Will pay attention to the starting angle and the finishing angle of each segment and the pacing of our lines that we add. So it's okay to overshoot from one side to the other since we are going to be erasing the portions that we don't need ITIL, make a better looking line. Three is probably a good number. We don't want to do too many lines up in here since we're going to be rounding out these individual shapes in a later lesson. I'll continue. Think that's looking pretty good. I think that's looking good. To remove these overshoot areas, we'll use our selection tool and we'll draw ISO. Is it called a lesson in Procreate? I don't know. I'll use a three-finger swipe to cut the area that I don't need. I'll get my selection tool again. Drawing around the areas that I don't want. Three-finger swipe down, cut. And I think we're looking pretty good. Now we'll merge this area and with our depth layer, I'll move it down in the stack, pinch those together, and you can turn that layer on and off to see what we have done there. All right, taking a look at what we have. We have this layer and our wheels. And I guess we'll go ahead and keep those separate. Merge these hubcaps down into the wheels layer. And we'll add a new layer for the antenna. Create a new layer for the little tip of a antenna. We'll erase part of this bottom part so it doesn't protrude into the top. I think that's looking good. Let's take a look at our layer so far. We'll go ahead and combine these two antenna ports. And then we'll combine the antenna with the door. And we'll rename that details. Okay. In our next lesson, we'll start rounding the corners. 6. Rounding Corners: This is the stage where the magic takes place in two things are gonna happen. First, we'll see our Cloud car take on even more personality. And the second, this is where we get the real practice towards getting comfortable with iPad drawing. With each small stroke, we'll be making our brain, hands and eyes learn a little more about how it feels to draw on the iPad. Helping us to feel a little more comfortable by doing. The two types of routing will be doing are additive and subtractive. Let's take care of a little housekeeping and then I'll show you examples of each. We'll start with where we left off in the last lesson. To begin, we'll merge the depth layer into the basic shape layer to kinda keep things simple as we add our masks now will want to move everything into the center just to kind of keep things a little more centralized. And we'll do this by selecting the secondary layers, right? Swiping. We'll grab our transform tool. Just a little bit closer to the middle is where we want it. With subtractive rounding will actually create a mask on the layer that we want to work on. And I'll want to set my brush, make sure my brush is set to about 6% to give me a little more precision when I'm working on the masks and rounding these corners were actually hiding parts of the corner to make it appear more rounded. And of course, we're working on the basic shapes layer right now. We can turn that on and off to see everything that's on. The basic shape layer. For additive rounding. I'll actually create a new layer. I'll rename it rounding. And I'll move it to the top. I'll make my edits here for all the corners that I want to round additively. We'll do that by drawing with small strokes to create the curves we want to see. And we'll add to these corners to smooth them out. And as you work additively, you'll kind of want to blend these areas and to the existing areas. So this is all done with small strokes. Building up. It's always good to zoom out and see how the changes that you're making look in relation to everything else. We'll do a little more additive rounding. And when I'm making sure that these areas that I'm adding transition into the other areas. I'm really not trying to concentrate on filling everything in totally. Just kind of want to make it a more gradual transition between darker areas to lighter areas. Let's do another example of subtractive rounding. Will select the Layer Mask on the basic shape layer. Do this one. We're hiding the parts that we don't need, but painting onto the mask, building up the smooth appearance. So something you might notice these little artifacts. And that just comes from using a textured brush. Something to be aware of. You'll want to brush those away. All right, Let's do a little bit more additive rounding. We'll select our rounding layer. I see some areas up in here. Let me do work on, on my layer mask. Brush those away. Getting back to that additive rounding, we've seen some examples of additive and subtractive rounding and what to look out for, namely the debris you can get from using the textured brush on the mask layers. Your next step is to apply those techniques to all the corners of the cloud car. When you finished, you should end up with something that looks kinda like this. The process took me almost an hour. Once I got into it. I recommend putting on some good music or that podcast you've been meaning to listen to grabbing a tasty beverage and getting lost in the process. In case you'd like to see a sped-up version of me going through all the rounding. I'll include that as a bonus video at the end. At this point you have the information on the techniques to do the rounding. Once you finish, I'll see you in the next lesson. 7. Adding Fills and Background: All right, we're ready to add fills in the background. The first thing we'll do is write swipe to select all these layers, will group them. Duplicate this group. I'll turn off the opacity of this one since we won't need it. We'll just have all our changes in that layer in case we ever want to go back, flatten this layer, rename it cloud car. I'll create a new layer. I'll put it beneath the cloud card layer. Name it builds. I'll select the cloud car layer and set it as a reference layer. I'll select the fills layer so that when we do our color drop to the car, that'll be targeted using the Cloud car layer as a reference. I'll select, we'll start with yellow, and I'll drag from here to the yellow area. Now I'll select the orange and drag to the hubcaps. Select my light-blue. Drag to the Windows. Select the orange again. Drag to the tip of my antenna. Select the darker blue to fill in these areas. And I'll use a single finger to select whites from the background with the color picker. And I'll drag that to fill the white areas. We can't really see it right now. But when we add our background, will see it for sure. I'll add a new layer for my background. Below the fills layer. Rename it. And I'll turn off reference on the Cloud car layer. Target the background layer. Get my brush and select the orange color. For the background. I want to maximize the size of my brush. And I'll just draw. And you'll see that it fills in. Behind the cloud car. We can add a sky by creating a layer and moving it behind the background layer. Will use a different brush this time. And the artistic section, we'll use the old beach brush and we'll maximize the size of it. And work with our light blue color. And there we go. We can see what it might look like if we duplicate the Cloud car layer for it even darker outline effect. We can adjust the opacity of this second layer to taste. I think maybe 60, 60%, 59 percent looks good. In the next lesson, we'll export our Cloud Carter share in the class projects. 8. Exporting: All right, We've arrived at what I think is the shortest lesson of this class so far. To export my finished Cloud car, I'll click the wrench, Share JPEG and save image to photos. 9. Final Thoughts: Congratulations, you've created a fun looking cloud car in a style that you can incorporate into your own drawing projects. And in doing so, I hope you've become a bit more comfortable with drawing on the iPad. Please be sure to share your exported Cloud car J peg in the class project section so we can see what you've done and given get useful feedback. Thanks for taking this class. I want them to be the best they can be for you guys. So please let me know what you think. Follow me on Skillshare to keep updated when I launch a new class or share advice with students. And if you share your classwork on Instagram, be sure to tag me there. Thanks.