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Illustrate Your Own: Hometown Poster

teacher avatar Ginny Kim, Illustrator & Designer

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (1h)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Project Intro

    • 3. Get Your Ideas Down

    • 4. Your Guide to Procreate - Part 1

    • 5. Your Guide to Procreate - Part 2

    • 6. Your Guide to Procreate - Part 3

    • 7. Refine Your Sketch - Part 1

    • 8. Create Your Color Palette

    • 9. Refine Your Sketch Part 2

    • 10. Color Your World

    • 11. Create Your Mockup

    • 12. Prepare For Print

    • 13. Share Your Work

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About This Class


Take illustration and design into your own hands and create your very own poster. In this class, you will learn how to illustrate a poster that represents your hometown, a city you've traveled to or someplace you just absolutely adore. 

Is this class for you? If you are in a creative rut, want to explore illustration in a different format, or have been waiting to learn the fundamentals of Procreate, then yes, this class is for you!

You will learn:

  • Procreate gestures 
  • To be resourcefulInspiration is at your fingertips!
  • To create work in a poster format
  • How to send your poster off to print
  • To tap back into your creative self (Oh yeah!)

While materials for this course will require a tablet and the Procreate app, no prior knowledge to Procreate is necessary as you will learn gestures throughout the class while having fun.

Are you ready to take your current illustration skills and explore a new format? If yes, let's get started!


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Ginny Kim

Illustrator & Designer


Hey there! My name is Ginny Kim. I'm an illustrator and designer at Speckled Bliss Studio based in sunny California. My work embraces the coastal lifestyle as a reminder to unplug and have fun. 

To stay updated on my latest work, follow me on Instagram or sign up for my newsletter on my website.

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1. Class Intro: Hi there. My name is Ginny Kim, illustrator and designer at Speckled Bliss Studio based in Sunny California, and I have my very first Skillshare course to share with you, where you'll learn how to illustrate a poster of your hometown or favorite city on Procreate. Living in San Diego for seven years, I fell in love with surfing and having close access to nature trails. But I didn't have anything to represent this in my home. Rather than endlessly scroll through home decor websites to find that perfect poster, I decided to take my illustration and design skills to create something special and unique to me. This led me to create art posters and posters that really highlighted surf of culture. Now I want to take the techniques that I've learned throughout the years and share them with you, so you can find ways to add your awesome personality into your home. I'll cover everything from finding your inspiration and visual references, sketching out your ideas and laying those elements out onto a poster format in Procreate, with an added bonus of getting your final design file ready for print. Eventually, you'll end up with a physical poster that you can hang up in a special place in your home. While this class will require you to have your own tablet and the Procreate app, illustrators, designers, and creatives of all levels are welcome to join. Now if you're ready to practice your illustration skills and design something that is special and unique to you and your favorite city, let's get started. 2. Project Intro: With this class, you will illustrate a poster that's dedicated to your hometown or favorite city. I chose this project because I've really enjoyed adding my art and personality into my home, like this wall here. I'm sure I'm not the only creative that wants to design something special and unique for their studio space, office, living room, kitchen, hall way, you name it. Now, a quick tip I'd like to share with you to complete this project is to have an open mind and to have fun. What can you expect from this class? You will come to find that your visual inspiration and your references are at your fingertips, and I mean this literally. You can scroll through your photo album on your phone, look their Pinterest, or even step outside to take a few photos of anything that catches your eye. You will learn the fundamentals of Procreate and if you're already familiar with Procreate, you may find new techniques that you can implement into your workflow going forward. Next, I'll guide you through creating your color palette. While this may seem overwhelming, I'll show you how fun and simple it can be. You'll also find worksheets that will help you along the process to complete your poster, and with that added bonus, you'll learn how you can get your final design file ready for print. Finally, and most importantly, this class will help you tap into your creative self. If you're sitting there thinking that you are not creative, let me remind you that everyone, yes, everyone including you is creative. I can't wait to see what you end up making. With that said, I'm excited to see you in the next lesson. 3. Get Your Ideas Down: Before we get started with the sketching process, it's always a great idea to know what it is you want to illustrate. In order to help you decide on whether you want to create a posterior for your hometown or your favorite, city, or neighborhood, wherever it is, I've put together three methods to help you narrow that gap. Now before I cover these methods, I want you to keep in mind of any patterns, phrases, textures, objects, landscape, anything, and everything that really will help define and represent the place that you want to create a poster for. I want to be clear that this project is really meant for you to enjoy. It can be of any place, memory, experience, and, or mementos. Okay. Method one, scroll through your photo album. Are there any photos you've taken in the last couple of months that really represent your hometown or was there a recent trip you tick in the last year or so that was memorable to you? Scroll through your photos on your phone and move your favorites into a new album. You'll see that I've created a dedicated album just for this class called hometown poster. Method two, get outside and observe your surroundings. Do you have a favorite place you go to in your free time? Perhaps the park, the beach, the museum, or maybe even your local coffee shop? Wherever it is, go visit this place and snaps and photos when you're there. Method three, dig into your memory bank. If you're really struggling to narrow down on a place, this next method is for you. Let's do a visualization exercise together. Go ahead and close your eyes and let's take a few deep breaths. Deep inhale through the nose, exhale up the mouth. We'll do that one more time. Deep inhale. Open mouth, exhale. Now with your eyes closed, Imagine yourself in your favorite place. Is it someplace you've visited before? Or is it someplace you've dreamt of visiting? What do you love best about this place? Are there any objects, textures, patterns, or landscape that really stand out for you? Take about ten more seconds to visualize where you are. When you're ready, slowly open your eyes. Take a moment to jot down everything that you visualize in this exercise. Let's say for example, that you saw desert that reminded you of Joshua Tree. If you need a reference photos of the trees that are here or the landscape, go on Pinterest and Google and find these images to use as your visual references. Now that you've chosen your hometown, favorite city, neighborhood, town, or any place, really. Add your top three favorite photos into your procreate file. If you haven't downloaded the worksheets for this class yet, go to the Resources section, download it and open it up in your procreate app. 4. Your Guide to Procreate - Part 1: Let's get right into procreate. I have my tablet on and I'm going to choose to procreate up. Let's click into that. Within here you'll see your previous artwork. You'll see that I have a lot right in here, and you'll notice that some of them are stacked in together. Let me quickly show you how to stack some of these images or these canvases. If I press and hold, I can go ahead and put it right into the other and it'll create a stack for you. If you have different iterations or multiple versions of one artwork, which you'll see here that I do, I want that stack so it's more organized for myself. Let's quickly go over the top right toolbar here, you'll see that you can select multiple artworks at a time to either stack, altogether, preview, share, duplicate, or delete. I'm not going to choose any of these options, just wanted to show you that those are available to you. You'll also notice that you have the option to import some files or photos into procreate and you can work on it through the app. In photo, self-explanatory, you can just grab photos from your photo album and this plus sign here. This is where you can create a brand new Canvas. There are some options. We see the screen size here and some templates that I've created and some that were defaulted when I first downloaded procreate. We're not going to create a new Canvas just yet, so let's turn that off. First and foremost, let's go ahead and import the worksheets that are available in the resources section. I already have that downloaded in my files, in my iCloud. I'm going to click on import here. You'll see that the poster project worksheets, it's actually a procreate file which will be convenient for you when you're going through the whole process. But you'll see that the poster project worksheets are located here. I'm going to click on that, and that'll open up for us. This has opened up a procreate Canvas for us. To go back to that gallery view, you just have to click on gallery up here on the upper left. There it is, it's the top one. Let's go ahead and click on that. I'm going to resize this by pinching my fingers together, and over on the upper right, you'll see this Layers icon. This panel here, it'll show you all of your layers and you'll see that, right now we only have the visual references section or worksheet selected. If I uncheck that, that'll disappear for you. As we go along with the different lessons, there are practice sheets for you and a poster mockup which you'll get into later on. But for now, for this lesson, we'll go over the visual references here. We have our three top favorite photos that we're going to import into this Canvas. In order to do that, let's click out of here. Let's go right into this range tool and click on Add over here and insert a photo. Let's go to our hometown poster. Let's get right into the photo album here, and let's choose three photos. I want to stick to San Diego because I want to create a poster that's really dedicated to my favorite place. Scroll down here. Let's choose this photo with all these surfboards. I'm going to resize this a bit to make sure that it fits into one of these panels. I'm going to go ahead and move that over and resize it. Now, I'm going to have this photo clip into the object right behind it or the panel right behind it. I'm going to go ahead and click on that layer and you'll see some options that pop up for you, when you click on clipping mask here that will clip it right into that panel. You'll see that it's clipping into that middle panel, let's resize that by clicking on this arrow icon. Let's resize this just a bit more. We're set here. I like the layout of it. We're basically going to replicate all of our photos by making thumbnail sketches. All of these top reference photos, they're going to be placed here for you so that you can refer to these when you're sketching down here below. The reason why these panels are so small is because we just want to do a quick sketch so that you get a sense of what the poster layout will look like. Just so you that you know, this is an 11 by 17 poster that's been shrunken down into this size. It is proportionate to that 11 by 17 poster, which you'll be designing into. Let's add in the other photos here. Click on that Wrench icon again. Insert a photo. Go into our hometown poster album. I want to select this one here. This just to share with you why I love this photo is because, this is my usual surf spot you guys. I love this, but there's a hill that you have to go down into the parking lot. Every time you go, sometimes you'll catch the sunset and it's just so beautiful and you'll see. Surfers right in the waves here, it's hard to see because I've shrunken it down, but I just wanted to share that with you. It's fun. Now let's click on this wrench icon and one more time, insert a photo, get into the hometown posts or album. The last image that I'll choose is this one here. Don't mind my face in that photo. I really like the steps here and having that view of the waves there at the ocean. Let's go ahead and resize this clip. Again, press into the layer here of that photo. Select clipping mask. Then from here I'm going to go ahead and resize this. I think that's really good. We'll leave that there. Now, let's get back into the Layers option. I'm actually going to combine all of these layers just to make it so that there are way too many layers within the worksheet Canvas. I'm going to go ahead and bring that all together into one layer. In case you missed it, I'm going to go ahead and undo, which is a two-finger tap. You'll see here it shows you all the actions. It just said undo merge layers and you'll see that all of our layers have been unmerged, or our photos had been unmerged. Basically with my thumb, I'm going to tap into this layer here, this photo layer. Then with my middle finger here or your index finger, you can pinch how many layers you want to do this in slow motion, and you'll see that merges all those photos together and it creates one layer. We're going to actually create a new layer by clicking on this plus icon. This is where we'll make our thumbnail sketches. Before we do that, let's go ahead and create this as a clipping mask too. Hold on just one second, let me choose my pencil tool or brush. You'll see that wherever I sketch, it'll be within the panels here. Let me undo that. Again, to undo It's a tap with your two fingers, your index and your middle finger to redo some strokes, then you can go ahead and use your three fingers to redo again, undo. Before we get into the thumbnails sketching part, let me cover the colors along with the brushes. When you click it to that, you'll see that the color wheel pops up for you. You have a few different options where if you click classic, you'll be able to use these letters and choose a color that you want, or you can click right into this box here. This will show you some complimentary colors. You'll see that you can adjust the brightness here. As you move this along, there's another circle that'll show you what that complimentary color is. Values. This is just another option for you and also, if there's a color that you really like and you know the hex code for it, you can actually enter that here. Then palettes. I'm going to teach you how to create your own palette here in a little bit, but you'll see that you can set one as default. You'll see that I have a library of pallets here. Let's go back into that color disk here. You'll notice that there is a history of some colors that I've picked in the past. As I'm choosing these colors, let's say orange, and I draw within it, it'll keep a history of that color. As your coloring your piece later on and refining it with more detail, you'll see that in case you go into another color, let's just say that you have a green color and you draw that in, and you really want to get that orange color here, one way is to go into that color icon and you can choose that color. Another way to go about color picking is, if you look on the panel here, you'll see some of these letters. This middle button that'll open up your color picker tool. Moving this color picker around, you'll see that there are some different hues of that orange, see that light orange. There's some different color, so you might not get the exact color. If you want that bright orange color, you can again go into that history there. But another option again is to click on this, to choose a different hue of that color, or you can try to grab that dark orange color. 5. Your Guide to Procreate - Part 2: Now we have our worksheets opened up in the Procreate app. You'll see that within the Layers icon here, this one here, we have the practice sheets selected. We're going to work on this a little bit. So before we get into the sketching process, I want to go over some of these tips here. I'm going to create a new layer, which you can do by clicking on this plus icon. Let's click on that. We have our new layer created. Now, when you click on this brush icon, you'll see we have a lot of brushes to choose from. Most of them do come with the Procreate app. But some of the ones that I have here, like the inking brushes and the comics half tone, these I actually purchased off of So when it comes to refining your post or any type of artwork that you work on within Procreate, it might be pretty fun to use these different brushes. You'll see that there's different textures here and they are a lot of fun to work with. Sketch brush, it says Your Sketch Brush. Use the box below to test out some sketch brushes and make a scribble or a doodle. Within here, go to the Sketch library, and feel free to experiment here. So we have a color selected, this blue color. We're going to make a scribble, and really go ahead and see which pencil you'll like best. But my go-to is actually the 6B pencil. So I can get really loose with the sketches. When we get to the thumbnail sketch part, you'll see that it might be really fun to play with, but totally up to you. Go ahead and select any one of these sketching brushes and play around with that. For here, the brush size, opacity and color picker. The brush size here, you can actually adjust that with this top lever. As you increase the lever you'll see that the brush size increases and as you lower it, it'll decrease for you. Feel free to play around with that as well. Then here, the opacity. Again, same thing. When it's all the way up at the top, it's at a 100 percent opacity. As you bring it down, it will also lower that for you. Right now it's at a 29 percent opacity. As I continuously draw on top of that one spot, it'll increase that opacity for you. Then the color picker her, if you click on this button, it'll allow you to color pick anything within the Canvas that you have. If I want to choose that green color, here we go, let's try choosing this orange coral color. That's fun. So that's how you go about choosing the color picker there. Now this next exercise is for you to use the Lasso tool to select any one of these objects and bring it over here and resize them to your liking. I'm going to click on this icon, which is the Lasso tool, and we have free hand selected. You'll see that I have freehand selected and I just drew around that happy face. When you click on that end point, anywhere that doesn't have that slanted horizontal line, you'll see that that is selected. Before you lasso around, just make sure you have the correct layer selected, so it knows where to copy the object from. Now, I'm going to copy this and paste it into here. To three finger down swipe, so we're going to copy and paste. Now we have this copied and I can actually adjust and transform the size from here. But I want to first bring this over onto this box so I'm going to click on that arrow icon and move it over, and I can adjust it as needed. I'll show you another example of the Lasso tool with the rectangle option, you will see that you can choose objects with that rectangle shape. Again, before I copy and paste that, I want to make sure that I have the correct layer selected. Then let's do the three finger swipe down and here we go. There are a few other options here that you can play around with. But for the purposes of this project, you'll mainly need the free hand and or rectangle or ellipse which is pretty much the same as the rectangle. It'll just select everything in that ellipse for you. Now it's your turn. Take your time to fill off this practice sheet. 6. Your Guide to Procreate - Part 3: For part three of your guide to procreate, go to your worksheet and turn on the layer titled to visual references. Now we have this layer, this new layer, and we're going to sketch right into it. If I click on this brush icon you'll see a brush library. I do have some favorites setup already, and you'll notice that there are so many different brushes for you to choose from, some inking brushes, drawing, et cetera. We're going to click into this sketching brush library, and I'm going to choose a six B pencil because that's typically what I like to use. When you click once more in that brush that you've selected, you'll see how it draws so you can preview it that way. There are some settings that you can change here as needed, I'm just going to leave this be because we're just in the sketch process. Let's go back to my palette, I really like sketching with this blue color for some reason so I'm just going to choose that six B pencil. In order to adjust your brush size, that's going to be this lever here on the top, so as you're increasing that lever you'll see that the brush size increases for you, and as you bring it down it'll decrease. Okay, and then here the second lever on the bottom, this will actually adjust the opacity of the brush, so as you decrease it'll lower the opacity, and as you increase it'll go all the way up to 100. You'll see that there are some buttons here where you can undo as well or redo, but again, another shortcut is for you to use your finger gestures, so redo, three fingers, undo two finger tap. All right, so we have our brush selected with a color that I like and we're going to sketch this photo here, all right so we'll get right into that. Just know that it does not have to be perfect, it's really just for you to get warmed up, and you can exclude any items in that photo or make any additions, it's totally up to you guys. Also the reason for this sketch practice is really to see which one you want to make into the actual poster, but this sketch practice will give you a sense of which one you want to continue forward with. Keep in mind that it can be as detailed as you want it, it can be as abstract as you want it, it's totally up to you again, this is your poster so enjoy it and enjoy that process. Okay, so let's get into this one here, so in order to draw straight lines I'm going to undo that really quickly, I'm going to draw that horizon. In order to draw that straight line you'll see that it's not so straight, but when you draw it and hold it'll straighten that out for you, and you'll see that you have the option to adjust it in whichever way that you want, but I want that straight line, that horizontal line so I'm going to eyeball it here and let go. All right, so just really quick, I want to show you that when you do this, there's a notification that pops up on here on top where it says, ''Edit shape''. You'll notice that there's some options here, you can make it into a quadrilateral so it'll add more points for you to play around with. You can make it into an ellipse, this one's not really that great of an example because it is a straight line so we don't have all the elements to make it into a full circle, but you'll see that it's a half ellipse there. Polyline, that's pretty much the same because there's only two points, but let's get back into the line here just wanted to show you those options. Here we go, now let's click back into our brush, our sketching brush and continue on with this. I want to bring this up a bit because I again, as I mentioned before, I want that perspective of having that hill or of going downhill here into that parking lot. I'm going to select this lasso tool here which is this one, and I'm going to circle around here, and after I have everything selected that I want to move up I'm going to click on that arrow icon and shift it up. You'll notice that we have a free fall of where we'll end up, but let's say you wanted to go straight up, you're going to click on this magnetics icon and you'll see that there's a blue guideline that'll help you bring it up straight, okay so let's get back into the sketching process. The eraser tool is this guy over here, and you'll see that you have some brush options when it comes to erasing, so right now it's selected as the six B pencil so you'll find some grittiness when you're erasing, but if you want a flat clean erase, then I'll choose something like a technical pen or even just a fine brush. 7. Refine Your Sketch - Part 1: Now that you have your favorite thumbnail sketch chosen, let's refine that illustration by opening up a brand new canvas on Procreate. Out of these three thumbnail sketches, I like the one in the middle the best. I'm going to go to the layers panel, make sure my sketch layer is selected. Go to the lasso tool, I have the rectangle option selected and select that. Down-swipe with three fingers and copy. Let's go back to the gallery now and click on this plus icon to create a new canvas so that we can really refine the illustration. Let's click on this here. Now, the width and the height, we're going to make it into an 11 by 17 poster. Let's update this to inches and adjust this to 11 by 17. Right now the DPI is set to 300, so that's great. You'll notice that the maximum number of layers is set to 27. If we were to create a smaller art print, then the number of layers will actually go up. So the bigger the canvas size you have less layers to work with, and the smaller the canvas size you have more layers to work with. All right. Just keep that in mind as you're going through your illustration. Now, let's quickly look at the color profile. Currently it's set to CMYK, which is great. Because if we're going to take our final illustration and send it off to print, we want to make sure that CMYK is selected because this option is compatible with printers. The RGB mode is for digital screens, so your iPad, your iPhone, your computers, TVs, that's what that's for. But CMYK is more for print purposes. We're going to make sure that that's selected. Click on "Create". All right. Let's pinch and zoom this in a bit because we're going to paste our thumbnail sketch here. That's really tiny. We're going to bring that up and resize this. All right. Let's bring down the opacity here so it's easier for us to use as a reference while we're refining this sketch. Let's bring it down to maybe a 20 percent. Create a brand new layer. Let's choose a technical pen, but again, feel free to use any brushes here that's to your liking. Now I'm going to work on the outline of this illustration and start refining that and add a little bit more detail. Instead of using my color palette here, I'm going to use just a really dark gray color just to get that refinement and I can actually change the color of the outline later on. Let's increase the brush size here and I'll show you what I mean. Let's turn off the sketch layer and I'll show you how to change the outline as you're going through this process. I have this outline layer selected right over here and we can actually rename it. You're going to choose this magic wand icon and right down here in this section, you will have the option to change these colors. I typically go for the curves because I feel the most comfortable using this. That's how you change your outline color. Now I'm going to really add the final touches, so I'll provide a time lapse for you to watch. 8. Create Your Color Palette: Now, we're about to get into the really fun stuff where you'll learn how to choose your color palette, and choosing your color palette can be fun, especially when you have the right resources. Based on one of our previous lessons, you should have your favorite thumbnail sketch chosen already. Based on this, I want you to go back to that reference photo you based your favorite thumbnail sketch on, use the color picker to create your color palette. I'll show you how that works. We have our reference photo here. Remember, my favorite thumbnail sketch is this middle one. Let me zoom in here. This is my reference photo. I'm going to color pick some of these orange, blue, green, and any other color that I want. I'm going to choose three to five colors that I can use to refine my illustration later on. Let's click on the colors and get to our tablets right down here on the bottom right and let me click on the plus sign to create a brand new one. Let's take this color picker and move it down. I like this orange color, so I'm going to Save that. I'll go right into here, click that. Let's choose the color picker again. Now, let's choose like a light blue tone. There's a general color that I like here, but I want it a little lighter than this. Let me adjust that color before we add it to that color palette. Let's go into classic and let me brighten that up a bit. Instead of a green hue, I want more of a blue. We'll shift that over here and bring it out of the gray color. Cool. That's the blue that I'll be using. Now let's go back into here. Let's choose a green color. I usually like to use a sage green colors, so couldn't pick that. Live a little bit of fun exploring around here. Again, I'm going to adjust it because it's not quite the color that I want. If you have an idea of where you want to take it, you can always shift this over. Yes, I like the color. Now, let's go back into the color picker. Let me show you another method to go about this. I'm going to use my index finger to press and hold, and you'll see that you can choose different colors here too. Let's choose another orange, but I wanted a little bit more coral than what we have already. Let's bring it over. All right. Right about there. Cool. Let's choose one or more. Let's see, I really like that sage green, you guys. I might actually replace this green with that sage green that I've just chosen. In order to delete any colors, all you have to do is just press and hold and press "Delete". In order to move the actual color around so that this green will replace that old green color, I'm going to press and hold, and instead of choosing delete, I'm actually going to move it up. Let's try that again. There we go. That's how you create your color palette. Wasn't too bad, right? Good. I'll see you in the next lesson. 9. Refine Your Sketch Part 2: Using the color palette as a guideline, I'm adding in some color into one layer here so that I can gain a sense of what the overall color scheme would be for my final illustration. Again, all of these colors are being blended into one layer and I'm using the Smudge tool to blend all those colors in. You'll find the Smudge tool on the upper right-hand corner of your procreate up in-between the Brush tool and the Eraser tool. Now that we have the base color scheme figured out along with the outline or the draft outline done, now we want to group all of these layers together and put them into a new group. Let's rename this into draft outline. Now, I want to clean up this outline a bit more. In order to do that you would typically, if all of these outlined items were in one layer, all you would have to do is click on this end, which basically means that it's a normal layer with no effects added in and you would just lower the opacity there. But you'll notice that because this layer is just that girl or that super girl right here on the bottom right, is just lowering the opacity for her. What I am going to do is, I'm going to select all of these layers and duplicate them. Actually, a quicker way to go about this is if you swipe over to the left here of that group and duplicate, that should take care of that for you. Now, the next step here, so you'll see we have the master here, so I'm going to deselect that so it's hidden and we have that for reference later on. Now, let's go ahead and select all of these layers, because I want to make sure I group all of them at once. There we go. Let's actually bring this guy out of here, delete this group because we don't need that group or that folder anymore. Let's rename this to draft outline 2. Then let's lower down the opacity for this guy now so that we don't get distracted from all of these different colors in the background layer. Let's go ahead and deselect that or uncheck that so it's out of the way. Now, we have a new layer right over here. I'm going to select that blue. Actually, you know what? Let's take a look at which outline color we like best. I did experiment with this brown because I do want to give it that sunset, summer, golden feel. However, I do not want the text here to be in brown, so we'll deal with that later. But I do like the look of this brown outline, so I'm going to use that color. Again, to color pick this color. You're going to hold and drag it over to this brown. We have that selected, so let's answer that. Now, we have our draft outline, which again was, has the lower opacity there. Let's make sure to select this new layer where we're going to clean up the outline a bit more. I'll choose the technical pen and show you a time lapse of the refinement. 10. Color Your World: Remember that color palette you created earlier on in this class. Use it as a guideline to color in your illustration. You can use as many hues of the colors in your limited palette. If you'd really like to challenge yourself, try to stick to the 3-5 colors you created earlier. Either way, I can't wait to see your final illustration. Let's say that you are working through your illustration and you run out of layers because remember there's that 27 layer cap. Go to your Layers panel, and there are a few options here. You can either combine some layers together. Right now the top four layers are these palm trees here. So if I know that this is set and done, I can combine those layers together and that way I can create more layers to work with. Another option is to delete the layers that are currently turned off and you know that you're not going to use. So these ones that are turned off, this is a sketch layer, and I can go ahead and delete that off. That way we have that many more layers to add onto our illustration on this Canvas. Now, let's say for whatever reason, you don't want to merge any of those layers, like we did with the palm trees earlier or delete any of these layers because you may want to refer back to that later on. No worries. There's one last work around, and that is to basically move the layers that are selected and that are turned on and displayed on this Canvas over to a new Canvas. In order to do that, go to your gallery, and you'll see I've done that a few times already. So let's go into the plus icon here and create a new Canvas. So we want the dimensions again to be 11 by 17 dpi 300 maximum layers. That's automatically set. Color profile, we want to make sure that they CMYK option is set. So let's create that and just to double check, let's say you create the Canvas and you're not sure whether you chose the RGB or CMYK option, then you can go to your Canvas here again, so that's the wrench icon. Go to Canvas, click on "Canvas information", click on "Color profile", color profile it's set to CMYK, so we're set to go. Let's click on "Done". Now that we have this new Canvas, we can move the layers from that previous Canvas over here. So let's go back to the gallery, and we'll go back to the Canvas that we were working with earlier and let's select all of the check marked layers. So we're going to press and hold and you'll see we have 17 layer selected. Let's go back to the gallery. With our other finger we're going to click into that new Canvas, and let's drop in all those elements. So it might take awhile for all these to load. Keep in mind that when you do this, it might not pasted in order as you copied it. So you might have to tinker around and reorder everything. I'll do that here. Now we can continue on with the illustration. Also if you find yourself getting NC or maybe a little bit frustrated from spending too many hours on this illustration, don't hesitate to take a break. For my poster illustration it took almost 10 hours, and that was within a span of a week. Feel free to take a 5-10 minute break, maybe even an hour, maybe take the rest of the afternoon off so that you can come back rejuvenated with fresh eyes to finish your illustration. 11. Create Your Mockup: Creating a mockup is a great way for you to plan out how your design will end up looking in a real-world setting. For this lesson, you will create your very own. First, choose a wall space where you'd like to hang your poster, take a photo of that wall, and complete the worksheet titled "create your mockup." I have a photo of my wall here and I'll import this into procreate. Let's choose a wrench icon, add, insert a photo, grab our hometown poster, and we have our designated wall here. We will copy it right into that panel. I'm actually going to duplicate this and move it over to the mockup on the right. You'll see that there is a layer that's dedicated to the 11 by 17 frame, so I'll resize it to fit my wall, like so. We'll set that in. Now we'll grab our final illustration and move it over to that mockup. Let's share this JPEG and save to files, title this "Hometown poster." Save it to my downloads. Save. Let's go back to the gallery. Let's insert a file. Here, we have it. Let's bring that way down to fit that frame here, and let's zoom in. I will bring this right behind that art frame. That's turned that clipping mask off because it turned on by itself. There's our mockup, right there. Cool. Now it's your turn. 12. Prepare For Print: Great job finishing illustration and creating your markup. Now that you can see how your poster will end up looking like in your home, you can now send it off to print. While there are many printing companies that you can use with different techniques like embossing and letterpress, for this project, we'll focus on something that's more budget-friendly and with a quick turnaround. I've personally used overnight primes and in the past. I've also taken on the printing process myself or I've used my Epson printer to print out art prints. If you have a printer at home that will allow you to print out an 11 by 17 poster, feel free to take that on and print it yourself at home. This lesson will teach you how to send your illustrated poster off to print on overnight We want to share your final illustration. Click on Share, choose PDF and choose the best option here so it's high-quality and go ahead and save it into your files. You're going to rename this to home town poster. Let's click on Done and were set. Here's the homepage of overnight Go to all products and click on posters. Go and click on this red Get Started button and here you can upload your own completed design. Let's click on this drop-down menu, select that 11 by 17 option, click on upload design. Let's click on upload your files and go to our iCloud and access that PDF version of the hometown poster that we've saved from procreate and click open. It'll start to upload the poster for you. We're going to give it a second here to load. It says upload complete, and now it's just rendering here. Give that another maybe 20-30 seconds or so. You saw that loading screen there, all you have to do is click and drag this image over to the right. But let's see when we click on the Zoom file, since our poster illustration was 11 by 17 inches, it fits perfectly within the green lines, which is great because you want it edge to edge and everything within the red lines here, that's the safe zone. What will happen when they print out this poster is that they'll trim along the red lines. Let's click on Next. Now here's a 3D preview of the poster and as you scroll down here, you get to choose your material. Right now it's selected as the 100-pound gloss book but you also have the option to choose a foam board and when you click on foam board, the price does go up significantly. If you want to go for the foam board, by all means go for it. Let's click on Continue here. Let's preview this section here. We want one poster printed and material. We have that Aqeous gloss finish with a 100-pound paper. There's a sale going on currently where VIPs have to login in order to get that discount. It's either going to be $7.65 or $4.08. If you'd like a professional file review, go ahead and choose this option. Think of this as insurance to make sure that your poster will turn out great. If not, then you can click on put my order as-is. We'll just have that selected to yes just in case and fill out your shipping information. Entering your ZIP code here, and you'll see that we have some shipping options, as you're going to choose that, click on Checkout, submit your information here, and submit the order. Soon enough, you'll have your poster in the mail. 13. Share Your Work: All right, great job finishing your illustrator poster. High-five. I can't wait to see what you created. The final step here is to share your work and it's really simple, so I'll show you how to do that really quick. Go ahead and share this image as a JPEG and save it into your files. Now let's do the same with your visual reference worksheet. Will save it as a JPEG. Save that image. In this class you should see a projects and resources section, click on that, and then you should see a green create a project button, so click on that and that will lead you to this page here. Be sure to upload both your visual references along with your final illustration. Then after that, click on publish and you're all set. If you've enjoyed this class, please let me know in the comments section, also, if you have any questions, let me know in the comments section as well and I'll get to it as soon as I can.