Learn to Use Procreate: Design and Illustrate a Bear Character

Nina Rycroft, Picture Book Illustrator

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10 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Basic Setup

    • 3. Sketching from Reference

    • 4. Completing the Final Sketch

    • 5. Create a Windsor & Newton Colour Pallet

    • 6. Adding Flat Colour

    • 7. Adding Highlights, Shadow and Texture

    • 8. Adding Fur and Detail

    • 9. Export and Organise

    • 10. BONUS: Quicktime Video

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About This Class

Do you love traditional looking illustrations, and want to learn how to get a similar effect digitally? Learn the basics using Procreate on your iPad, and illustrate a picture book style character from start to finish.

In this lesson, you'll be designing and illustrating a bear – sketching an animal character from photographic reference, creating a colour palette then, adding layers of colour, texture and detail to bring a traditional look to your digital masterpiece!

Whether you’re new to digital art or are a seasoned illustrator, you'll learn new techniques and methods that will open you up to the wonder of character design and picture book possibilities.

You will learn:

  • the basics in Procreate
  • how to create a ‘Winsor and Newton’ watercolour palette
  • how to build up shadows, highlights and texture
  • how to add fur and detail and,
  • how to export and organise your files

You will need:

  • an iPad Pro (I'm using my 12.9-inch iPad Pro) 
  • an Apple pencil (or something similar)
  • matte screen protector on my iPad (this is optional, but I've found that the 'tooth' of the Matte screen protector makes the drawing experience similar to that of drawing on paper).

    You can download: (Under the 'Your Project' tab, under 'Attached Files' in the right-hand column)
  • the Winsor and Newton screenshot that I used in class. However, you're more than welcome to use your own watercolour swatches to create a colour palette.
  • the bear cub reference that I used in class
  • my bear line illustration (I highly recommend that you try your hand at illustrating an animal character BEFORE downloading my illustration). :)