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How to Draw in Procreate - Animal Illustrations on the iPad Pro - Digital illustrations

teacher avatar Suzy Lizz, Designer and Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Procreate Basics

    • 3. The 3 steps - Pig Illustration

    • 4. Chicken Illustration

    • 5. Clipping Masks - Butterfly Illustration

    • 6. Clown Fish Illustration

    • 7. Fox Illustration

    • 8. Racoon Illustration

    • 9. Exporting

    • 10. Class Project

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In this class I show you how to create your own unique simple animal illustrations on your iPad using the app Procreate. This class is for beginners and all levels alike. No experience in illustration or Procreate is necessary. I start with the basics and show only the parts of procreate you need to know to create these illustrations, so you can jump right in! I share with you my 3 step process to creating simple fun illustrations of many different animals. I go through my creative process from start to finish. I go over all my tips and techniques for drawing these simple animal illustrations.


So excited to share this class with you! I love seeing your projects so make sure you post them to the project board. Your projects are always so awesome and I'm excited to see what you come up with! I will be commenting on everyones projects :)


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Suzy Lizz

Designer and Illustrator


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I'm Suzy Lizz. I'm a Illustrator and Designer based in Vancouver, Canada. I love illustrating things that are fun, colourful, whimsical, and cute. My favourite thing in life is creating and sharing, I love showing people exactly how I make my creations. If I can do it - so can you! Remember, everyone was once a beginner. Through practice and effort, anything is possible!

I'm so excited to bring you my first class "Drawing vector illustrations in Adobe Draw". I'm already so excited to start creating another class. If there is anything you'd like me to share in an upcoming class, please let me know!

Feel free to drop me and message with any questions or check out my Instagram @suzylizz

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1. Introduction: Hey there, I'm Suzy. I'm the illustrator and designer from Vancouver, Canada. And today I'm going to be showing you how I illustrate simple animal illustrations I had using. The appropriate I'm going to be starting with the basics of procreate and just what you need to know in order to do these simple illustrations. So if you've never used the out before or if you're new to illustration, this class is perfect for you. It's good for beginners and all levels alike. I'll be showing you how I create these illustrations from start to finish, using simple shapes and textures at the end of the class, you're gonna have your own animal illustrations that you create it. You can follow along with me and create one of the as I illustrated, or you can create your own using my steps. I'm so excited to share this with you. So grab your ipad and let's get started 2. Procreate Basics: Let's start by going over the procreate basics, you'll need to know for this class. So to start a new project, let's just open the app. Procreate and let's press the plus button at the top right of the screen. You could choose whatever size you want. I chose screen size for my project, and it will open automatically if you click the color circle of a top right, it'll open up the colors panel. You'll see that you'll have a circle that you can choose colors from and a palate down below. Click the brush at the top to open the brush library, and you can have a look at all the brushes that you can use in this class. I'm actually gonna keep it simple and only used two brushes, the studio pen and the artist Korean to add texture. I'm gonna go back to the color panel and just show you a few things here. So as you can see, you can use the circle to choose whichever color and tone that you like. Then I take my brush and I can start drawing drag and then pull into the shape to fill the shape to sample any color. Just hold down with your finger and the color should be selected now in the color panel added to the color palette, you just have to click and to delete it, you just have to hold until the delete button comes up and then press appropriate comes with a few pallets. But I like to make my own. You compress the palate button at the top and press plus, and then it selects it. And if you go back to the colors, you can create your own palettes. You can switch back and forth between the pallets and choose whatever colors that you like to use who raced. Press the eraser button at the top, and you can change the size of the eraser as well. I usually just use the eraser with the studio pen as the brush. Another thing I like to do with my studio pen is to click on it and turn streamline all the way up. Let's just make sure that your lines are extra smooth. The Layers panel is located right beside the color panel. I'll go over in detail more later, how I use the layers in my illustrations and click your fresh library to select a brush, and you could start drawing little leaders on the side here or for size and capacity so you can turn them up and down. However you like, there's an undo button right below both of them. OK, these are the basics you need to know, and I'm going to show you lots of tips and tricks along the way, so let's get started. 3. The 3 steps - Pig Illustration: Okay, lets start drawing. I'm going to be starting with a simple pig illustration, going to be using a pink color, my studio pen and drawn on layer one. I'm just going to start by doing some basic shapes for the pig's body. I'm starting with drawing a circle for the head. Draw a circle and hold any will create a symmetrical shape. Hold with your other finger to make it a perfect serval and let go drag color into the shape to fill it. Now I'm going to draw the ears drawn. Arkan Hold and procreate will create a smooth arc. Continue with this technique on each side of the head to create the ears and Phil, I'm connecting the ears to the same shape on the same layer. So will be one object now creating another layer by pressing the plus button in the layers menu. This layer is above the one I just drew. Honestly, I'm going to draw snow. I select a lighter pink, and I wanted to be an oval. So I'm drawing and holding to make a significant symmetrical shape but not holding with other finger because I don't want it to be a circle. Then I'm creating another layer I hold to drag it under the layers I have created on this layer, I will be drawing the body. I draw an arc for the back and hold to create a smooth line. I do the same for the bottom and the back of his body. While you were doing this, make sure that all your lines touch so we can feel in this shape with color. So now I'm just drawing in the front legs. I go to fill it in with pink, but as you can see, it doesn't work. That's because I didn't connect the body. So I'm going right under the head here and connecting that shape so I can fill it in and then add a tale. I then select a darker pink and create a new layer by pressing the plus button again and holding and drinking it below all the other layers on this layer. I'm gonna draw the back legs so I draw a shape and make sure it's connected to fill it in E . I like to use shades of the same color to create depth in my illustration. For this pig I'm using three different shades of the pink e. Then add another layer on the top. And in this layer I'm going to select a darker color over the pink, almost a black color. And then I'm going to draw on the details, some drawing on the eyes using rounded arcs here. So I'm just drawing an arc and then holding to create a perfect spoon line. And then I'm drawing on details in his snow and on the feet of the pig. You can add as much details you want. As you can see here. I'm keeping it pretty simple for this pick in the upcoming illustrations. I'll show you a few more techniques that I used to draw my illustrations. Now it's time to add texture. I'm starting with the body. I select the layer by double clicking, and in the pop up menu I hit Alfa Lock. This allows you to draw within the shape that you drew ice like the artist crown brush in the brush menu. It's under the sketching section, and I select a lighter color that I used for his nose and playing with the size and capacity of the brush. I add texture to the body. I focused this lighter color on the top of his body to create more highlights. I like adding simple textures to my illustrations, but you can totally play around with different brushes and different colors and have a lot of fun and then sample the darker color that I used to add depth by adding texture under his head and his belly. I then select the layer with the back legs and just as before I click on Alfa Lock. I select a lighter color, and I add texture to the front of his legs. E then do the same thing with the layer of his head. I just used the same lighter and darker color that I used on this pink for adding all my texture to him. I like adding darker texture toe where shadows would naturally fall. So that's why I'm adding darker text around places like under his now and on his belly. And finally, I select the layer with his mouth, and I do the exact same thing with the AL clock and shading it in and our pig is complete. I'll be following the same basic steps for creating the rest of my animal illustrations in this class, and I'll be sharing my tips and tricks along the way. It's gonna be a lot of fun, so onto the next drawing. 4. Chicken Illustration: Okay, so we're going to be drawing a chicken, and I'm going to be starting the same way. I'm starting all the drawings on layer one using the studio pen, and I'm choosing a yellow orange color for the chicken's body. I start by creating a smooth arc by holding after drawing and then drawing a part of the head. I really like using this technique just to make the shape of the body and the arms and legs very smooth on the animals. As you can see here, as I'm drawing this arc, it starts out kind of wonky. But when I hold and then it creates the smooth shape, it looks a lot better. You can also edit it by pressing edit shape at the top, and when you're done, just click away. I'm connecting the shape together and then filling it now, drawing the tail of the chicken. I usually like separating the different body parts on different layers, such as the head and on a different layer, or the tail on a different layer. But for this chicken, I just kept it simple and put them all on one layer because chickens are a pretty simple shape. Now I'm going on to step two of adding details and facial features. As you can see in my illustrations. I just like to keep them very simple for the eyes. I usually either do a dot or I do a curved line, either up or down. I'm drawing in the chicken wings here using the same arc technique. Don't be afraid. Toe. Press the undo button and redo over and over again. What you don't like actually edit out quite a lot of me undoing things, So don't be afraid to press that button until you get it the way you like it. Now I'm drawing the feet. If of the chicken in, you can hold to create straight lines as well appropriate not just circles and arcs, but also straight line. So just draw and hold and then let go. Now I'm selecting a black color to do the chickens eyes. I really like keeping the eyes really simple. I think it just makes them look very interesting. I find that even simple features can give something a lot of personality. I find sometimes you can get caught up in the details of things such as faces so keeping them simple is really fun, and I find it makes drawing a little bit more enjoyable. I'm continuing, drawing the details of my chicken year still on the same layer. I'm taking the eraser and going in here and just cleaning up the line here around the chicken's head. I always use the studio pen for the eraser to. If you double click on the eraser tool, you can change which type of pen that you'd like to use and now going on to step three in textures and shading. Of course, you can always just skip this stuff if you want to leave the illustration here, I still think that it looks good. In fact, a lot of the times I don't add textures to my illustrations because I also really like doing a vector art. If you saw my other class. I also like adding textures in the forms of lines and dots. I didn't do this in this class just to switch it up. That's also a technique that I really enjoy, so if you want, you can try that out. These illustrations can be used in so many different ways. I love using the's on things like cards or art prints for my wall, and I love sharing them on instagram and on Pinterest and things like that. You can even create a full scene of animals in a setting, such as like a barnyard or something that would be really fun for Children's illustrations for a book illustrations Sky's the Limit. Alright, and here's our finished chicken illustration. I think you turned out pretty cute. Let's move on to the next one. 5. Clipping Masks - Butterfly Illustration: Okay, let's move on to drawing a butterfly. This illustration is going to be a bit more advanced than other ones that we've done, but still very simple. So I'm going to draw a circle for the head using the same technique year. Remember, it'll hold with your other finger to make it a perfect circle. Then I'm drawing the body of the butterfly right below it and then drag to fill it in. Now I'm drawing the antenna, so I'm drawing an arc and then holding it again. I don't really like the way that it turned out. So I'm just gonna press edit shape of the top and then using little blue circles, moving them around to where I like them. And then when I'm done, I just touched away. They repeat the same thing on the other side, and then they add little circles to the end of the antenna for detail. Now let's move on to the wings. I decided to make my butterfly pink. If you're having trouble trying to decide on color or color palettes, I suggest going to Pinterest. If you just search color palettes, they have lots of great ideas there and you can just bring the image into procreate and then sample all the colors to create your palate and procreate. Now I'm drawing the wings here. I'm not using the Ark method I was doing before of Crete creating arcs and then connecting them. I'm just trying to draw the shapes as smoothly as possible and then filling them in. As you can see here, the bottom wing is a little bit jagged E and I don't really like that look. So I just decided to go over that one area to clean it up. So I just drew a arc there and then created a smooth arc and then filled in the gaps. So I'm happy with this shape. So now I'm going to add some details on top. So I'm going to be doing something a bit differently here. I want to add the details within the wing shape, but I also want to be able to add textures underneath the details. So I'm gonna create a clipping mask. I create a layer, I click on it and I press clipping mask. What this is going to do is allow me to draw the details within the shape but it's going to be on a separate layer, so it's not going to be directly on the shape. This means when I go to add texture to my wing, I can add it underneath the detail that I am drawing Now. I can even add texture to the detail that I am drawing now by putting an Alfa lock on my clipping mask. I'll show you later exactly how I do this. So I'm drawing lines here, and I'm going to be also drawing circles within the wing. So remember, when you're using in Alfa Lock or a clipping mask, you are only drawing in the shape. So if you accidentally draw outside the shape, or if you're drawing lines and then they go beyond the shape, it will not show up outside of the shape only inside. So now I am drawing circles on the outside of the wing Here. I find butterflies are a great thing to draw if you're a beginner, because you can get really creative with patterns and textures inside of the wings. Okay, now I am happy with the way this wing looks. I want to have a wing on the other side but I don't want to redraw all this. So what I'm gonna do in said is duplicate and flip the layers. So we start off by selecting the layer with the wing. I swipe it and I press duplicate I then press the arrow button and then the flip horizontally button, and then I drag it to the other side. When I'm happy with that, then I go back to the layers menu. As you can see, the clipping mask is above the wrong layer. So I just held and dragged it to put it on the right side of the wing. And then I duplicate that layer as well. I drag it to put it on top and then I press it. I pressed the arrow again, and then I flip it horizontally again, and then I place it over the wing. As you can see, this is no longer a clipping mask, So I'm going to go back into my layers and then click it and press clipping mask. So now you can see that the details are within that wing shape, so I'm going back to the layer with the body of the butterfly on it, toe add more detail, so I'm going to click it and turn on Alfa Lock. Since I'm not worried about adding texture underneath this detail, I'm not going to be making it a clipping mask. I'm just going to be making it, l flock. So I'm drawing some marks here on the butterflies back, and now it's time to add some texture. So I'm going back to the right wing and turning on Al Flock here. And then I am grabbing a darker pink shade, and I'm going to under sketching to grab my artist Cory on. This is my favorite brush to add texture with. As you can see, as I'm adding texture, it's going underneath the detail that I have done. If I just made the detail on an Alfa mask and then tried to add texture on top of it, I would just be drawing all over the detail, and they would just be rooting the detail on the wing. Now I'm going over to the other wing and doing the exact same thing now actually want to add texture to the details on my butterfly, so I'm going to go to the clipping mask that I created and I'm going to press Alfa lock on it, Then I'm going to grab a white color and then add texture to the detail. I think this just gives it a little something extra. I'm going to repeat the same thing on the other side, and then I'm also going to go to the body of the butterfly and adds some texture on there as well as you saw. I didn't create a clipping mask for the green stripes on the butterflies back, so as I'm adding texture, it is going over those stripes. But in this case, I like it that way. Of course, if I didn't want this to happen, I could also make a clipping mask for these stripes. So that's the butterfly done, and that's how use clipping masks in my illustrations. Let's move on to the next one 6. Clown Fish Illustration: Now I'm going to show you how to draw a clownfish. I decided to switch up the animals in this'll class and do different types just to show you how to draw a variety of different animals. So I'm starting out by drawing a fish shape. Before you start your drawing, you can look at a bunch of different pictures of the animal that you'd like to draw and maybe even practice on a sketch layer if you like. Before I drew all of these animals, I practiced in my sketchbook. But if you'd like to do a sketch layer underneath and then draw overtop, that's a good idea to. So I drew my fish shape here with the fins, and then I'm going to go in and add some detail with a clipping mask. So I create a layer with a clipping mask and grab white, and I'm going to draw in the stripes of the fish. The white that I use in these illustrations is actually just a bit of an off wait just so you can see it a little bit differently from the white background. I found it really fun drawing a bunch of different variety of animals. It really helps you create your own unique style and kind of realize the way that you like to droppings. If at any point you don't like your drawing at all, you can always just completely redo it and start over. I do that all the time. Now I'm going to add texture to the fish, turning on Alfa, lock on the body lier and choosing a lighter color to add texture. Now I'm going to add the black detail around the outside of my fish, so I choose black and I go ahead and start drawing on the outside using the artist cramp e . I like adding details with us fresh as well. It took me a bit of time to get the fish the way that I liked it. But whenever I made a mistake, I just learned from it and moved on. Like one of my favorite artists of all time. Bob Ross used to say way don't make mistakes. We just make happy accidents. So now I'm adding another layer for the fin on the top. I'm doing the same technique I use with the body of doing a basic shape than putting texture on it, and then I add the black to the outside of the fin. Then I create another layer and make a clipping mask above the white stripes. I go back to my studio pen and then I create stripes right outside of the white, just like they usually are on com fish. And here is the finish. Clownfish illustration. Now let's move on to the next one. 7. Fox Illustration: Okay. And now I'm going to show you a fox illustration. I'm using two arcs connected here for the head of the fox. And then I am doing a straight line for the inside of the ears and then occur blind for the outside. And then I'm filling them in now, creating a new layer for the body, which I move underneath of the head layer. Then I draw in a shape for the foxes body. I do kind of a more rounded shape. And then I add on a tail. I fixed my tale of a little bit here, and then I add another layer, and this is going to be the foxes feet. So I draw in the feet and legs of the fox here, using black, and this layer is on top of the body layer and then create another layer that is a clipping mask above the body. And then I draw on a white tummy on the fox. Then I draw in a little detail here just to show his back leg. Then I create a clipping mask over top of the head and then draw in this detail on his face and on the ears. I fill them in, and then I create a another layer for the face. So I do a simple nose and eyes. Now it's time to add texture. So I am just taking a lighter color and using Alfa lock on the body layer and text rating, as I usually do, and then select the white and add the white right on the end of his tail. I thought this gave a cool book. I go back to the legs layer and I turn on Al Flock and I select the same color as his body . And then I use the artist Cory on to just color in the top part of them to blend in with his body. Then I add texture onto the color on his head and then grabbed the black toe. Add the details right on the edge of his years. I really like adding detail with this artist Korean. I think it looks good. I'm just going through here and adding a bit more texture onto the lighter parts of him, and we're done. The fox. Now let's move on to the last illustration. 8. Racoon Illustration: OK, and now let's move on to the raccoon illustration. This actually ended up being my favorite illustration I made for this class. So I'm doing the two arcs again to make the head and then two round shapes for the years I'm creating another layer underneath for his body and then filling it in. Then I create another layer and moving underneath. I choose a bit of a darker tone of the same color, and then I draw on his tail. I'm fixing it a little bit here with a racer brush, and then I create another layer. I choose a bit of a lighter tone of the color that I'm using, and I draw on his lakes. I fill them in, and then I go in with my eraser brush just to clean up the edges. Then I select a light white color, and I make another layer right on top of his body and underneath his legs, I use this to create a light part on his tummy. This illustration actually has quite a bit of layers compared to the other ones. I created another layer for his little feet, and also on this layer, I add his arms. Then I create another layer as a clipping mask on top of his face, and then I draw in the detail that would be around his nose. Then I create another layer right underneath this one to create circles around his eyes. I grab a bit of a darker color, and then I do, too circles. I then connect the circles and then fill them in. Now I create half circles for the inside of his ears, and then I create another layer on top to draw in his facial features. Jonah knows in a little smile and two small dots fries. Okay, now I'm going to go in and add some texture. So I went to the layer of his tail, put on Alfa Lock and then used my artist crayon, selecting lighter color to make a texture. Then I selected the white, and I am doing some texture in the shape of stripes on his tail. And then I continue adding texture to all the different layers, using a lighter or darker tone. And then I do a bit more of a darker texture. It rate underneath his chin. Just add a bit of depth and Then I go on to his legs and add a bit of texture there, and they want them to blend in with his body. So I select his body color and just add the texture right on the top of his legs toe. Blend them into his body so they don't look so separate. Then I clean it up a bit with the eraser, and then I continue adding texture to his head. Sometimes I like adding highlight in the eyes if they're open. So I go in and here and I create the eyes a little bit larger. And then I add a highlight using a white dot. And here's the final illustration. Now it's your turn. Next, I'm going to be going over the class project. 9. Exporting: okay, lets go over exporting your drawing. When you're done, you just have to click up in the little tools menu up here and then press the button share , and you can choose which type of image you'd like to share it, as you couldn't chaired as a J pick or a PNG. I usually save it as a PNG, and you can save it in different places. But I just save it straight onto my iPad drawings on Pro Creator automatically on a white background. And to turn this off, you just have to press the check mark button on the background layer, and then you can export it this way as a PNG, and then the background will be transparent. I do this a lot if I'm saving it for other projects, I want to use it in. Another option is to change the color of the background if you like. All you have to do is click on the back earlier, and you can choose from your color palette which color you'd like it to be. Or you can go back to the color circle and just choose whatever color you like, so I'm going to export this as well as a PNG. This is great to share on your instagram on social media or Facebook or anything like that can automatically get saved to the photos on your iPad. So if you open that up, you can see them here. One that I saved with a transparent background. You can see when I click it, but the background is black. That's great for using in different projects. And here's the one I saved with the green background. Okay, now it's your turn up. Next, I'm going to share with you the class project. 10. Class Project: Okay, Now it's your turn for the class project. You're going to create an animal illustration following my steps. Share an image of your illustration to the project gallery. You can follow along with me and draw a animal that I created. Or you can draw your own animal following my steps. I am so excited to see what you guys create. I love seeing your projects, and I'm gonna be commenting on every single one also. Thank you so much for watching my skill share class. I hope you found it helpful. See you soon.