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Getting Started with Procreate (For iPad Pro)

teacher avatar Banashree Das, Digital illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Creating a canvas

    • 4. Which brushes to use

    • 5. Sketching and cleaning up drawing

    • 6. Coloring

    • 7. Adding finishing touches

    • 8. Saving final drawing and exporting time lapse video

    • 9. Another Example(Added later based on students feedbacks)

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About This Class

Are you a beginner Procreate artist or maybe using Procreate for the first time? Then this class is just for you, in this class I am going to teach you how to start drawing in Precreate right away, step by step; you don't need to have any prior knowledge of  Procreate to take this class but some basic knowledge of drawing would be handy.

 You will learn :

  • Creating a  canvas
  • Which brushes to use
  • Sketching and cleaning up line drawing
  • Coloring
  • Adding finishing touches
  • Saving final drawing and exporting time lapse video 

 Materials you will need :

  • iPad Pro
  • Procreate (Version 4.3 or more) installed on your iPad Pro
  • Apple Pencil 

This is my very first class on Skillshare so I will be sharing a set of custom procreate brushes to all my students as a thank you gift for joining my first class :) 

You can also find me here :  InstagramYouTube , Gumroad

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Banashree Das

Digital illustrator


Hello, I'm Banashree ( online - MuzenikArt ), a freelance illustrator from India. I love to draw female characters and enjoy working on expressions a lot. I have completed my graduation in Computer Science but was always  passionate about art which led me to become an illustrator instead. 

Join me on Instagram to see my daily artworks, progress works, tutorials and any other updates.Use #muzenikart on Instagram when sharing your class project there to get featured on my IG story.
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1. Introduction : Hey guys, I'm [inaudible] and I'm a freelance illustrator from India. Actually, I have completed my graduation in computer science, but I have always enjoyed drawing and later I realized art is the only thing I'm passionate about. I ended up as an illustrator instead. Some of my friends from Instagram and YouTube have been asking me about my process in Procreate, and that's why I decided to start a class on Skillshare, hope you find it helpful. For this class, I have created a simple portrait in Procreate on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. I'm going to show you all the steps involved. Throughout this class, you will learn how to create a canvas, which brushes to use, sketching and cleaning up your line drawing, how to add colors to your drawing, adding finishing touches, and then exporting your final illustration and time lapse video. I will be also sharing some of my personal tips and some tips I find helpful. To take this class, you don't need to have any prior knowledge appropriate, but some basic knowledge of drawing would be handy. If you are an absolute Procreate beginner and want to learn how to draw in Procreate effectively just after installing the app, then this class is definitely going to help you. But learning the skills using Procreate would be way more fun and it will help you to get the most out of Procreate. Not only that, you will be also able to add colors to your drawing done traditionally. To summarize, by the end of this class, you will be able to draw, color and blend in Procreate, and then export your final work and time lapse video in different formats. If you have any doubts or questions throughout the class, feel free to let me know in the comments. I would be more than happy to help you. Also make sure to share your final works in the project gallery. I will be sharing some of your illustrations on my Instagram page. Can't wait to see all of your works. Let's get started then. 2. Class Project : For your class project, draw something or someone you love. It could be an object or a portrait of a person, including yourself or maybe a portrait of your pet. You can complete your class project with these three easy steps. First, after cleaning up your sketch post it in the project gallery for feedback. Next, complete your illustration using the skills you have learned and finally, post your final illustration along with the time lapse. Time lapse is optional. I have linked my time lapse drawing video in the project description. Feel free to watch if you want. I will be sharing your projects on my Instagram story. So make sure to share your projects along with your Instagram handles. 3. Creating a canvas : In this class, I'm going to show you how to create, crop and resize a canvas in procreate. To create a canvas that's the plus icon on top right corner. Then to use a default canvas, simply select the size you want from the default sizes. In procreate, all the default canvases have a DPI of 132 that is not ideal for prints. For printable Goldie work, always use a custom canvas. If you want to check the canvas information go to actions, then Canvas and next Canvas information, and you can see all the details there. Now, to create a custom Canvas Delta Plus icon and select the rectangular shape icon on top right corner of the pop-up menu, then choose the unit and type height and weight. Always said DPI do more than 300 for printable quality work. I'm not really sure why, but when I use 300 DPI, it gets decrease to 264. So I prefer to use 350 DPI, but if you don't have the same issue, feel free to use 300 DPI. Then right underneath the DPI option, you can see the number of layers you will get based on your canvas size. Next, we have color profile, where you can choose the color mode for your artwork. You can choose RGB or CMYK based on your requirements. You also get several options to choose from under both profiles. RGB is preferable for online sharing and CMYK works well for printing, but you can use RGB for printing as well. Now, you can easily make changes to your timed up settings right here in the app. In canvas properties, you can pre-select background color in height background if you want a transparent background. But you can do both afterwards anytime you want. Find the depth grid and your canvas is ready for drawing. Now if you want to resize your canvas, go to actions, canvas, and then crop and resize. Then set it according to your needs. When you turn on the Resample, the canvas size will increase or decrease in proportion to the original size. If you want to type new width or height by yourself, just step on the respective size boxes. In procreate largest size, you can have this 8,092 pixels, both height and width, or up to 16,384 and 4,096 pixels when it's a rectangle. For my drawing, I am using a canvas of width 3,200 pixels and the height is 4,200 pixels. 4. Which brushes to use : In this class, I will show you which brushes to use for; sketching, coloring, blending, and adding details. To select a brush, simply tap on the 'Brush Tool' on top right. Now, let's proceed. Brushes for sketching. For pencil-like sketches used the six B pencil from Sketching. I have used the same pencil to sketch the portrait, for this class. This is how the strokes look. If you want some more texture in your sketch, you can use 'Hemp' brush from Organic Brushes. I really love it's texture. For solid, and ink-like strokes you can use 'Studio Pen' from Inking Brushes. Here is a quick demo. 'Technical Pen' from Inking Brushes feels the same as 'Studio Pen', but it's not that sharp. Have a look at the strokes here. You can see, the difference clearly, when brush size is maximized. But, even in maximum size, strokes with 'Studio Pen' still remain sharp. With 'Gesinski ink' from Inking Brushes, you will get a nice texture and it kind of feels like ink on paper. And this is how it looks. 'Script' brush from Calligraphy gives you similar lines as 'Studio Pen' but you might feel a small difference though. With 'Hard Airbrush' from Airbrushing, you can get both soft and hard strokes, depending, on the pressure you apply. Here is a demo. The more pressure you apply, the harder the strokes get. Lastly, to do small details with a pencil-like feel, you can use 'Technical Pencil' from sketching. Brushes, for adding colors. To add colors, to your drawing, 'Hard Airbrush' and 'Soft Airbrush' from Airbrushing are just more than enough. But feel free to experiment with the other brushes. Brushes for blending. For soft blending, you can use 'Acrylic' brush from Painting Brushes. Here is a quick demo. Next, 'Gesinski Ink' from Artistic Brushes for rough blending. It will also add some texture to your blending. You can also use 'Stucco' from Painting Brushes for rough blending, but it feels different and the texture you get is also different from 'Gesinski Ink'. Brushes for details. I like to use 'Hard Airbrush', because it's solid, feels more pressure sensitive, which allows me to do all the details, without using different brushes. As I said earlier, depending on the pressure you apply, it produces both soft strokes and hard strokes. And, it makes things a bit easier for me. That's why, it's my go-to brush for details. If you have any doubts, feel free to let me know in the discussion section, I would be more than happy to help you. 5. Sketching and cleaning up drawing : Sketching and cleaning up your line-drawing. Before we start, let me introduce you to tools we're going to use throughout this class. Here is the brush tool. Then smudge, where you can find the blending brushes next to it. Eraser. Then layers, and then colors or color selection tool. On the left side, it's transform tool then selection. Then adjustments and finally actions. Next here you can adjust the brush sizes. Then here is the color picker, and then capacity, and then redo and undo. If you don't know yet, here is the shortcut to redo and undo. Use two fingers step to undo, and use three fingers step to redo. If you want to change the background color before start sketching, then this is how you can do it. Go to layers, then tap the background color. Then choose the color you want and you're done. Next, try all the sketching brushes I have shown in the previous class. Use the one you are comfortable with. Start sketching. I'm using the 6B pencil to draw this. Remember you don't need to make this perfect or neat and clean. Just make a rough sketch of where do you want to draw. Use eraser if you want. But it's not necessary though, as we're going to clean it up anyway. If you want to resize your drawing, select the transform tool and adjust the size as required. Make sure you select freedom with magnetics on and use a corner point to resize, or simply opt for uniform, then tap on another tool to finalize it. Once you are done sketching, it's time to clean up your drawing. Now for a slower opacity of the sketch layer a bit and create a new layer on top of it. Next use a brush according to your preference and trace your sketch in the new layer. I'm using hand brush from organic brushes for this. When you are done dressing, you can delete the sketch layer or keep it. Just make sure to reduce its opacity if you decide to keep this. Personally, I like to keep the sketch here, but feel free to do whatever you prefer. Now make minor changes and modifications as needed. We are done. Also don't forget to share your line art after cleaning up your sketch in the project gallery and do let me know if you have any doubts. 6. Coloring: In this class, I'm going to show you how to add colors and blend. First, select the complete object or character with the selection tool and make sure to choose freehand to select it on your own. Now touch the color selection tool to pick a base color and tap the color tool again. Next, drag it to the selected area and drop it. Now, if you want to add just a color, select the adjustment tool. Then, go to hue saturation and brightness and adjust as required. Now create a new layer between sketch and the base layer. Then tap on the layer and select clipping mask. Next color all the individual parts with the colors of your choice in separate layers and you use hand airbrush. And keep adding layers as needed between the base and the first clipped layer until we start detailing. When you use clipping mask, it lets you clip multiple layers to the content of one layer and allow us to make changes without messing the whole thing. All the new layers you add between these two will get automatically clipped to the base layer now. I'm using soft airbrush to paint the dark areas. It makes the blending process a bit easier. And to blend, I am Acrylic brush from artistic. Do use a brush for blending, select a smart tool, then select a brush you like from the process I showed you earlier. But feel free to try all the other brushes. Now smudge as needed so the colors blend in. Also make sure that the edges brush size and opacity else you will end up making things way too blurry. For our blending we use a Stucco or Gesinki ink brush from artistic brushes. And, lower the opacity of the shadow layer if required. I prefer and recommend using separate layers for everything because it allows you to make changes to a particular layers content easily. Also, make sure to use the layers in order. For example, I'm painting her eyebrows on top of the shadow layer and below her hair layer, because her hair is on top and close to the screen compared to her eyebrows. On the other hand, the shadow, appears beneath her eyebrows. So it's below the eyebrows layer. Therefore, here the order would be hair layer followed by eyebrows. [inaudible]. If required, you can move any layers as you want. And here is how to do it. First step and hold the layer you want to move, then drag it to where you want to place and release. So from now on, make sure to place layers in order because it will make the process a bit easier for you. Now, just color and blend as needed. [MUSIC] Adjust colors as required by adjusting hue saturation and brightness. The same way I showed earlier.[MUSIC] The number of layers you can use in procreate is limited. To free up more layers What I do is, merge those layers where I'm not going to make any big changes later. You can try it when you are out of layers. And this is how you can merge layers. First, tap layer and a menu will appear with different options. Then select merge down to merge the selected layer with the layer below. [MUSIC] Once we complete coloring and blending, it's time to add details and highlights.Create a new layer on top of rest of the layers for this step. Now, use hard airbrush to add details to your drawing. When you are not sure how exactly the details would be done, feel free to use similar pictures as reference. [MUSIC] I think using references is a great way to improve as long as you don't copy it and use it as inspiration.[MUSIC] For all the details I'm using layers on top and adding new layers as required. [MUSIC] We're almost done now, just need to add some finishing touches. You can head straight to the next class for that. 7. Adding finishing touches : In this class, you will learn how to add some finishing touches to your drawing. Once you complete your work observe thoroughly and see if you can add or change any minor things that might make it even better or more interesting. I think even a small change can meet your drawing look amazing. I recommend not to overdo it, you can even skip this step if you feel your work is already complete. If you decide to add any extra details, then make sure to use a new layer on top so you can remove it without any effort, if end up liking the one without the details. Now, I'm adding some small details to it and added a earring with little bit glow. That's it I'm done. 8. Saving final drawing and exporting time lapse video : In this class, I'm going to show you how to export your finding work in timeless video. First go to, "Actions", then share, and then choose the file format you want. Select "Save to files" to save source file or as image. To save it only in your gallery, just opt for "Save to images". Now to watch or export the time-lapse, again, go to "Actions", video, then time-lapse replayed to play it and export time-lapse video to export it. Once you select the "Export" option, it will let you to choose from full length and 30 seconds. Choose whichever you prefer and select where you want to save it and you are done. You can even share it directly it to social media. To do so, swipe the icons in the first row to see all the options available and depth to proceed,and we are done exporting, and guys makes sure to save your works in the project gallery. Also, let me know on which topic I should create my next class. Lastly, I want to thank all of you for taking my first class on skill share. I have created some custom braces, and want to give it to you as a thank you gift. Hope you find it helpful. Bye bye see you soon. 9. Another Example(Added later based on students feedbacks): Here is another example. Some of you have asked for more examples so I'm adding this drawing process video based on your feedback. Hope you find it helpful. For this painting, I'm using Procreate 5 and my custom brushes. Make sure you keep that in mind when watching the previous lessons. First, I'm going to start with the sketch. Clean up your sketch on another layer if required. Then lower opacity of the rough sketch layer and merge down with the final sketch or you can delete the rough layer. After that, fill up the whole sketch with a solid color. Create another layer to add shadows. Change blend mode to multiply and adjust opacity as required. I'm using another layer for the leaves. Now working on the shadow layer again. Now I'm going to add some details. Make sure you blend the colors when required. We'll add some highlights on a new layer next. After adding the highlights, I merged down all the layers together and I'm going to add one more layer for some extra details. Feel free to add more layers when you need. Now, I'm adjusting hue, saturation, and brightness and it's done.