Procreate Basics: Keeping a Digital Sketchbook on Your iPad Pro

Stephanie Fizer Coleman, Picture book illustrator/licensed artist

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14 Videos (1h 24m)
    • Intro video

    • Tools

    • Why a Digital Sketchbook?

    • Setting Up Your Canvas

    • Interface Basics

    • Quick Tips & Tricks

    • Brushes

    • Layers

    • Color Selection Tools

    • Let's Sketch Together

    • Organizing Your Digital Sketchbook

    • Exporting Your Sketches

    • Your Project

    • Bonus video

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About This Class


If you're new to Procreate or not-so-new to it but still not in love with it, this class is the place to start.  I'll walk you through the basics of keeping a digital sketchbook in Procreate from setting up a canvas to completing your first 7 days of digital sketching.  

As a 10+ years user of Photoshop, I went into Procreate expecting it to be a simpler version of Photoshop and when it wasn't, I felt frustrated.  Forever stubborn and determined to work my iPad Pro into my workflow, I decided to start small with Procreate by using it as a digital sketchbook.

Allowing myself a no pressure situation to grow more comfortable with Procreate was just what I needed and I think it will help you too.  Too often we expect to pick up our fancy new art tools and create AMAZING art RIGHT NOW.  These days I'm a big advocate of small successes that lead to bigger ones and that's why I'm hoping you'll join me on this digital sketchbook journey.  

Take this first small step in getting to know Procreate and soon you'll fall in love with it too!

What You'll Learn in This Class:  

  • How to set up your canvas in Procreate
  • Necessary interface basics
  • Several quick tricks to make your process simpler
  • Choosing the best brushes 
  • Working with layers
  • Organizing your digital sketchbook
  • Exporting your sketches
  • And there's a sketching demo where I walk you through my entire process from scribble to finished sketch

After This Class:  

  • Keep up with your daily digital sketchbook practice
  • Remember that it's sketchbook and it can be whatever you want it to be
  • Challenge yourself to explore new techniques in Procreate
  • Look out for my next Procreate class, all about color and texture(coming soon!)

Happy sketching!

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Excellent Procreate how-to use!
Thank you Stephanie for a great overview of how to get started on Procreate. This class is just right for beginners who are lost when they open up their ipad and download procreate without knowing where to start. Her step by step instructions are clear and concise. Keep up the awesome work :D
Covers the basics for anyone new to Procreate. Was grateful for this class to help me navigate the app and get me started on my own work.





Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Picture book illustrator/licensed artist

Hi! I'm Stephanie Fizer Coleman, a picture book illustrator and licensed artist.  You might know me from my popular Photoshop for Illustrators series of classes on Atly or from my bird paintings on Instagram or maybe you're new to my work.  One thing I'm passionate about, whether I'm illustrating a children's book or designing a series of greeting cards, is creating digital work so full of lovely detail and texture that it's tough to tell whether it's a digital painting or a "real" ...

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