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Learn How to Draw Nebulas in Procreate - 3 Easy Methods

teacher avatar Emiline F, Cosplayer / Artist

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5 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Pink and Purple Nebula

    • 3. Blue and Teal Nebula

    • 4. Purple and Blue Nebula

    • 5. Class Project and Inspiration / Examples

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About This Class

In this class, you’ll learn how to draw 3 different types of nebulas using the app Procreate. Each of the 3 nebulas will use slightly different methods, and, by the end of the class, you'll be able to draw your very own, gorgeous nebula!

This class works best if you use Procreate (I use an Apple Pencil as well), and have at least a basic knowledge of how to use it, but you can adapt these methods to work for other drawing apps as well.

This is a quick, easy class designed for beginners, though it works for artists at any level! I hope you'll join me in this class!

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Emiline F

Cosplayer / Artist


Hey there! My name’s Emiline, and I’m a cosplayer and artist who’s been creating Skillshare classes for several years now. I enjoy crafting new costumes and props, as well as always expanding my skills in drawing. I have different classes that focus on both cosplay and drawing, and I hope you’ll check them out! If you want to find more of my cosplay content online, my cosplay name across the web is Winterstar Cosplay.


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1. Introduction: Hey guys, I'm a blind, I am an artist cause player, creator and entrepreneur. And in this Skillshare class, I'm going to be teaching you how to draw three different kinds of nebulas using the popular iPad app Procreate. All of these methods are super easy and each of the nebulas only took me around 10 minutes each to complete. This is a super quick, easy class for any skill level. Each of the next three videos we'll show you one example of how to draw a nebula in procreate using different brushes and methods for all of them. For the class project, you will be choosing one of the three methods and creating your own unique Nebula. Where do you draw just a simple nebulae like these ones or incorporating it into some other type of drawing. And after you complete the drawing, you can post it to the class project section of this class with we can all see and be inspired by your nebula drawing. If any of these nebulae drawings appeal to you, I hope that you will join me for the rest of the class and learn how to create your own nebulas. So without further ado, let's get started. 2. Pink and Purple Nebula: All right, welcome back. I'm glad that you have decided to continue with this class. First off, you're going to want to go into procreate and create a new file, changing the background to a dark blue color. Next we're going to pick the first base color for the nebula. This one, I am doing a nice soft pink color. In addition, we are going to be using the soft airbrush tool. I'm going to start off by creating just a lot of smudges and blotches of color in one corner of the canvas, doing some parts a little bit more saturated or less saturated than others. On top of that, we're going to take another slightly darker color and layer it on top, still doing it Blache and fuzzy, nebulous in my mind should look really cloudy and kinda theories. So that is what I'm trying to mimic here by using the soft airbrush tool layered with several different colors, as you can see here. I'm also taking a purple color and layering it around the outside edges of the pink just to further blended out into the dark blue. Once I have all of the colors layer that I want, I switched to the Smudge Tool and select the soft airbrush. Going from there, I take the soft airbrush and carefully smudge out the edges, giving it a softer and more cloud-like appearance. And nebulous are really free form and organic looking. So you don't have to stress too much about the different shapes or getting it perfect because a little bit of imperfection in these drawings makes it stand out more. Once you have finished layering and smudging all of the base colors, it's time to move on to the brightest glowing part of the nebula. I'm going to get a very light pink, almost white color and then go from there. Next I make my airbrush tool a little bit smaller and then add the lightest color on the inside and most deepest parts of the nebula, wherever the colors are the brightest. Adding the very light color like this makes it look as though the nebula is glowing. Once I finished adding all the white parts that I want, I take my smudge tool and blend out the white into the rest of the colors, giving it a softer and more cloud-like appearance. I also add just a little bit of the white color in the outer edges of the nebula, just to give it a little bit more dimension. I then finished blending it out with the smudge tool. And once I'm happy with the layers of colors and smudging that I have. It's time to move on to adding the stars. For these stars, I'm going to start by making a new layer on top of the first one and then taking my airbrush tool and making it a lot smaller using the same bright white color that I used for the inside of the nebula. Then going to make lots of tiny dots surrounding the entire nebula, varying the size and opacity to make it look like it's a scattering of stars. I then keep repeating this step until I'm happy with how the stars look. Once I'm done placing the stars, I will also sometimes take the eraser tool to get the soft airbrush lower the opacity sum and then carefully erase some of the stars just a little bit to make them a little bit less noticeable. I will especially do this around the main glowing parts of the nebulae. Since the nebulae glow so bright that the stars are less visible closer to it. And with that, the first Nebula is completed. Make sure that you stay tuned for the other videos where I will show you how to make some other types of nebulas. 3. Blue and Teal Nebula: All right. I'm glad that you've decided to continue dislike for the first one, for the second Nebula, we're going to start by making the background a dark blue color. But for the brush, for this one, we're going to use the clouds brush instead, which you can find under the Elements tab for the first color for this one, I'm going to be using a dark blue shade, which will later transition into teal and turquoise. After I pick the color that I like, I take the cloud brush, make it a little bit smaller, and then start plotting on the color for this nebula. They're going to be two main sections, one on the top and one on the bottom with a darker area in between. After we add a nice base layer of dark blue, which is more saturated in the middle and slightly less saturated near the edges, I select a lighter teal color and use that to add a brighter section in the middle of the nebulas. And once I'm happy with how that second color looks, I pick a third one that is a much lighter, bright turquoise color, and add that at the very centers of the nebulas. Adding it just a little bit on the outer edges to make it stand out a little bit more. Once I'm happy with how all of the colors look layered together, I take the smudge tool and the cloud brush, smoothing out the edges to make it blend together a little bit more and changing the shape just a little bit until I'm happy with it. This is one of my favorite parts of drawing nebulas because it doesn't have to be super strict or any certain way. You can just make it look however you want until you're happy with it. I also take the eraser tool with the cloud brush again and erase some of the parts until it looks a little bit more how I want it to, this step isn't necessary, but I just wanted some parts to be a little bit darker. Once that step is done, I make a new layer on top of all the other colors and get a very bright, almost white turquoise layering that on top and the brightest sections of the nebula, adding just a little bit and the slightly darker sections to make it pop a little bit more. And then use the smudge tool to blend out the edges some and then continue layering more white color and then blending it out until I'm happy with how it looks. Next it is time to do these stars. For these stars, I'm going to making a new layer underneath all of the colors and then using the driven snow brush, tilting Canvas a little bit to make it so it doesn't look like just snow falling straight down. And then going to use the same bright white color and then vary the saturation and size some until I have stars scattered all across the canvas. I then also take the eraser tool and use that to erase some of the stars just a little bit, especially around the nebulas where they would not be as visible. And with that, the second nebula is completed. I hope that you'll join me in the next video as we do the third. 4. Purple and Blue Nebula: All right, Welcome to the third and Nebula that we will be creating. Just like for the other two, we will start out by making the background a nice dark blue color. And then on the layer on top of that, we will begin by taking our soft airbrush and a nice deep purple color for the base of the nebula. I'm going to begin by taking the purple airbrush and then making two large Purple splotchy parts. It doesn't have to be super precise and it doesn't have to be super neat eater on top of the base color, I'm then going to be taking another shade of purple and then doing that slightly lighter on top of the first ones. I'm also adding just a couple little clouds on the outside to make it look less like it's stuck in one place. And then on top of those other purple colors, I'm going to be taking a, a much later bluish purple and layering that on top as well. Finally, I'm going to take just a slightly bluer color and layer that as well as a finishing touch. I'm also just going to add a couple of other smaller purple clouds. That's the great thing about drawing nebulas. They don't have to be super precise or neat. And it can change so much as you go along like here when I'm going with my smudge tool and then I'm smudging it together, making a smaller airbrush and then drawing out parts of it to get that nice swirling effect. I wanted this nebula to look really cool and swirly. So again, I took the airbrush and made it slightly smaller and then drew out parts of it until I had a swirling effect that I was happy with using the smudge tool to pull out all of these little tendrils created a really cool effect to add some darker sections so that it wasn't just a solid block of purple. I also erase some parts inside of the nebula and then use the smudge tool to create a swirling effect there as well. I really like how it turned out here once they had the swirls, how I liked him, it was time to add the brightest part in these centers where I took a much brighter white color and then layer that on top and making the Airbus smaller and then doing the same swirling motion so that I would have a nice elegant swirls. Just like before I use a soft airbrush and the smudge tool to make everything nice and swirled together. This is always a really fun step because nebulous are super free form and all over the place and you can really make it look however you want for this nebula. Just to add a little bit more interests, I also added some brighter white parts along the edges, making them look like it was drawing out a little bit more as kind of an afterthought. I decided I want it to be a little bit more purple. So I took the soft airbrush and that same shade of base purple and added just a little bit more purple around the edges of the nebula. Again, this is an optional step, but I just wanted it to look a little bit more saturated. And finally it was time to add the stars. For this, I created a new layer and then chose the glimmer brush under the law. 5. Class Project and Inspiration / Examples: All right, and now here we are at the final video. Thank you so much for taking the time to go through this class. I hope that you found it enjoyable and that you learned several different methods for drawing nebulas. Now it is time for the class project, for the class projects for this class, I would like you to pick one of the three methods that we covered for drawing nebulas and then create your own nebula, whether you use Procreate preferably or some other method. You can draw just the nebula or you can incorporate a nebula into some other drawing like I have done for the examples here. And once you have done that, make sure that you save your drawing and then post a picture of it to the class project section of this class so that we can all see it and be inspired by it. Again. Thank you so much for going through this class with me. I hope that you enjoyed it and if you did, maybe you'll check out some of my other drawing classes as well. Thanks so much for watching and I will see you all next time.