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Learn to draw elves - easy for beginners || Procreate

teacher avatar Emiline F, Cosplayer / Artist

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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Elf Basics & Sketching

    • 3. Inking

    • 4. Coloring

    • 5. Shading, Highlighting, and Final Touches

    • 6. Recap & Class Project

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About This Class

In this class, you’ll learn how to draw an elf portrait using the app Procreate. We’ll start by talking a bit about elves while doing our sketching, and then move from there all the way to inking, coloring, and shading! You don’t need to use Procreate to complete this class, although I would recommend you have at least a basic understanding of whatever drawing program or medium you decide to use. This is a quick, easy class designed for beginners, though it works for artists at any level.

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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. Intro: Hey guys, I'm enlightened. I am an artist cause player, creator, small business owner, and a teacher here on skill share. I've made multiple classes about drawing and caused play though this one focuses on the former. In this class, I'm going to be teaching you how to draw elves using the app procreate, though of course you can use any drawing it program or API you have, as well as just using paper, pencil, pen, anything that you have on hand. For this class, you don't need to be a super experienced artists. You can be beginner, intermediate, and more advanced, whatever skill level you are, class takes you from the basics all the way to having a completed drawing for the class project. You will be following along with me during the class to draw your very own self portrait. Making it exactly like mine or with any variations or just completely different. It's totally up to you since it is definitely your project and you should draw it how you want. This was designed to be a very quick and easy to follow along with class. And I hope you'll join me for the rest of the videos. 2. Elf Basics & Sketching: Welcome to the first official video for this class where we are going to be talking a little bit about what we're actually going to be drawing, as well as doing the sketch for our drawing. First off, what kind of life is that there were going to be drawing? There are a whole bunch of different kinds of Alice, from North Pole elves to Tolkien elves. And there's just the whole range of different LMS out there. But for this class, I'm going to be mainly focusing on tokens style elves that being more ethereal, pretty pointed ears type elf, though, of course, since this is your drawing and your alpha, you can choose to draw whatever kind of ELF you want. Like I mentioned earlier, I am going to be using the iPad app procreate to complete my drawing though of course, you can use any drawing app or program or even paper that you want. They start out, we are going to get a simple sketching tool, any kind of sketching pencil work and draw a circle. This will serve as the base structure for our elf portrait. Next, you can go ahead and draw a vertical line down the middle of the circle to serve as a reference point for the rest of the face. After that, we're going to go ahead and flush out the bottom half of the face using a couple of quick, simple lines. It doesn't need to be perfect since this is just a base sketch. And anyway, we're all still learning. Next, we're going to go ahead and draw two horizontal lines across the middle of the face. These will serve as reference points for the eyes and ears. In addition, we're going to go ahead and start drawing the torso. We're not going to go super far down since this is intended to just be a portrait. But it's a good idea to do the neck and tops of the shoulders, at least. Now it's time to start adding other details to the head at like the ears. Now for yourself, you can do any size and shape of years that you want. But at least for me, I like to do slightly larger ears so that they draw attention to the fact that this is actually an else, some other important details to add if you can see them in yourself drawing are things like the collarbone, any details on the net, and definitely eyelids and eyebrows. Eyebrows I think tend to be something that people might forget if they don't draw as much. But there are definitely a very important thing to include in your drawing. Next step is to draw the hair. I really liked to draw and really pretty flowing hair. So that's what I'm going to be doing for this drawing, though. Of course, he can do whatever style of hair you want for your own drawing. It may help to look up references of hair online to find a style that suits your alph drawing. Even though this is just the portrait you're alpha also need something to where obviously, so for mine, I opted to do just a really simple rope type thing with some details at the top. Quick drawing tips and things that you can do to help spot any errors or things you need to fix in your drawing is to flip the canvas. This really helps you see things from a different perspective and able to more easily spot things that you might want to change. Now all that's left for the sketch is any final adjustments and details. And then we can go ahead and move on to the inking stage. 3. Inking: Now it is time for the inking. Now you can use anything that you want to anchor drawing. And I use a lot of different things from really smooth brushes to more rough sketchy type ones. But for this drawing, I'm just going to be using the same brush that I use to sketch, which might seem a bit weird some people, but it's just the style that I really like. Whatever inking tool or method you decide to use. Something that is important to remember for whatever kind of drawing your inking is to only inc, the lines that you actually want to keep, you don't need to ink and the sketchy lines that we used as reference points. And you don't need to keep any lines that you don't want in your final drawing. In addition, something that can really make your drawing pop is if you use variation in the thickness of the lines, make more important lines like edges and major separators like the jaw line or hairline, thicker and more prominent while making lines for details and less important or prominent things Center and less noticeable. The things that you'd use a thinner lines for like details are of course still important, but they're not as important or prominent as the major lines. So you want them to be less noticeable so that the viewers eye goes to the more important aspects of the drawing. First, if you are doing your drawing digitally, it doesn't matter as much if you make small errors or mistakes because you can easily correct to them with the undo button or Eraser tool. However, if you were inking it on paper, you do need to be a bit more careful and meticulous because within actual inking tool you really only get one shot because you can't erase it. Something that I'm doing here a bit later on in the inking is that while I did draw both eyes fully, I'm not keeping the entirety of both eyes. This is because it's easier to maintain them correct proportions and sizing for the I, if I have both of them fully drawn first before I make any adjustments like hiding a portion of that under the hair. I also might have just drawn one I copied and pasted it, flipped to the other side and then made adjustments, which is a perfectly valid way to get an eye that looks exactly the same as the other one and matches everything up properly. I also flipped to canvas again here just to make sure that everything's still looked good. And so once you have finished the entirety of the inking for your drawing, let's go ahead and move on to the next stage, which is the coloring. 4. Coloring: Alrighty, so we're going to go ahead and start on the coloring. Something that is important to do is to make sure that all of your colors are on different layers. You can keep everything separate and it easily alter anything if you need to, to fill in my colors, I'm going to be using a hard airbrushed tool to actually fill in the different color portions. I'm going to go around the edges with my heart airbrushed, going around everything very carefully and making sure there are no gaps before I go back in and fill the entire inside area. Everything about your drawing from the sketch to the inking, to the color palette that you choose to use. It should be defined by what feel you want for the ELF that you're drawing for mine, I figured a lot of it out as I went. But in the end I decided I wanted kind of an ethereal, pretty elf with soft blues and Gold's kind of putting you in mind of the night sky with stars. Though of course, your elf may be totally different from mine and I actually encouraged that, that you draw completely your own ELF and to your own design and your own ideals and do whatever kind of drawing in color palette that you want. One of the colors that I felt like it was worth going into a bit more detail for was how I added a purplish gradient to the hair. I started out by making a new layer on top of my blue layer. And for that later I added a clipping mask, which made it so that nothing I drew on that layer would go outside of the blue on the layer underneath. I then use a soft airbrushed tool to add the darker purple near the bottom as well as a lighter blue near the top. Then smooth everything out with another soft airbrushed. And that's how I got that really nice soft gradient, super easy. A handy tip for making sure that you filled everything in, in a drawing is to make the background a super bright, vibrant color. That way you can easily see if you've missed any spots in your drawing. And once you have finished filling in all the base colors for your drawing, let's go ahead and move on to the next video where we will start shading. 5. Shading, Highlighting, and Final Touches: Shading is a really important step that really helps bring your art to the next level. And the easiest way to do it is to first select the color that you used as a base, and then choose a color that is slightly darker and a little bit more saturated, then the base, something else that is important to do is to know where your light is coming from. To help with this, for my drawing, I drew a bright yellow sun to indicate where the light was coming from. The you don't have to do something that obvious if you know where it is in your mind. Also make sure that you make a new layer for each of your different shadows and add a clipping mask to it so you don't accidentally go outside the color that you're trying to shade. She'd ingredients like how I did with the hair can be a bit trickier since you don't want to lose the gradient under the shadow. But there's an easy way to get around this with another clipping mask. First, select a darker color than your gradient, draw on the shadows and set the layer to multiply, then lower the opacity. This way you still have the darker color, but you can still see the gradient through the shadow. Something else that I like to do to really complete a drawing is to add highlights. To do this, you select a color that is much lighter than your base color and draw it on at the highest parts of your drawing or the light would follow the strongest for this drawing I just did on the hair since that was closest to the source of light and I figured nothing else would really be as shiny as that. If you wanted to have a less dramatic shine, you can also lower the opacity of it. And of course, you can add highlights to any portion of the drawings that you want. I just chose to do for the hair from and one of the last things that I like to do is the eyes. Now for my art style, the eyes have a really prominent role since they're so big and the colorful. I like to do a lot of layers of detail for them and lots of highlights and shadows to really make them stand out. Though this is just the ways that I draw my eyes for my own art style. You can draw your own eyes however you want. Something that's probably just important to keep is a pupil in the middle and a little highlight to really make them shine. I'd just like to add lots of extra little colors and details because I consider the eyes to be really important part of my art style. Okay, so once you have finished adding all of your shadows and highlights, the drawing is pretty much done. The last thing to do is to add your signature. I usually do it with my online art name, which is it's shining winter star. But for this one, I just decided to do my actual name. And now the drawing is completely done, but I hope you'll still be there for the next video while I wrap up just a few more things. 6. Recap & Class Project: Alright, so we have reached the end of the class. I hope that during this class you learned a lot about drawing. Not just about drawing elves, but just drawing it in general from sketching, inking, coloring, shading, all the different things that can be super helpful for any type of work that you're creating. Though, of course, drawing elves was the main point is this class. So I hope you learned a lot from that part of it as well. If you were following along during the class to draw your very own health, I highly encourage you to post it to the class project section so that we can all see the drawing you made and give you feedback and complements as well as get inspired by your work. So if you like drawing and drawing fancy creatures, especially, you may want to check out my drawing dragons skill sure, class, which has a similar format to this one where I take you through the basics of drawing a dragon headed from start to finish. So if you're interested, feel free to check that out. Or if you like my art or cosplay is you can find be striding winter star or winter start Cause play on various social media sites like YouTube, Instagram anymore. Thank you so much for joining me in this class and I hope to see you guys next time.