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Procreate for Beginners: Learn the Basics Flying Whales around the Moon

teacher avatar George-Daniel Tudorache, Together we will create amazing things.

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Color palatte

    • 3. Making the moon

    • 4. Drawing the first whale

    • 5. Color of first layer

    • 6. Erasing the drawing

    • 7. Finishing the first whale

    • 8. Drawing of the second whale

    • 9. Color for the second whale

    • 10. Whales positioning

    • 11. Galaxies last layer thank you

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About This Class

With this course you will learn the basics of creating an illustration with Procreate. The best thing about this course is that it is suitable for all skill levels, whether you are a beginner or an expert.

When you first start out illustrating, it can be a little confusing, but once you learn how, you can create some really cool artworks! The best way to do that is to keep it simple. 

This class is designed to be for anyone looking to learn how to illustrate two whales flying around the moon , and even more! We will start with the basics of the drawing process


This course will teach you how to draw, but in a fun and enjoyable way. You will learn the basics of how to draw, and how to make it interesting. Getting familiar with Procreate  is important when starting a creative journey.

It’s hard to be creative if you feel like you don’t have any drawing skills. You know your ideas are great but you can’t communicate them with your designs.

This course is for anyone who would like to learn how to draw, but never had any idea of where to start. You will be drawing in no time!

Don’t miss out on your creative potential! Join now and you will learn how to draw with simple shapes.

The most important thing to know about digital illustration is that it’s not limited by the same constraints as traditional illustration. This course will teach you how to draw, but in a fun and enjoyable way.

You will learn how to make the drawings more interesting, and make sure that they are the best they can be. 

You will learn also lot of useful tips and tricks in this class.

 - How to use layers

 - How to use different brushes

 - How to sketch

 - How to do shading

 - How to add color in an illustration

To learn more about Procreate illustrations, consider taking this course on illustrating beautiful islands.

Procreate made easy: iPad digital illustration Small Island Landscape

If you want to learn to make acrylic paintings you can learn here how to:

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George-Daniel Tudorache

Together we will create amazing things.


Hello, I'm George 

Together we will create amazing things.

Would you like to paint with more freedom or feeling?

You will be finding ways to develop your own way of applying paint and to compose the visual space.

You'll learn painting techniques used by professional artist to create elaborate works of art.

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1. Welcome: Hi, my name is George, and in today's course you will learn how to make this whimsical illustration. All you'll need for this course is the Apple pencil, the iPad, and the procreate app. This course is very exciting and easy to follow. You will play around with composition, with color, with form, drawing and repositioning the whales around and move, you will get step-by-step encouragement to create a successful illustration, of course, has very short and easy to follow steps. This will make the illustration process feel very easy to follow with all of that being said, welcome to the course. 2. Color palatte: For this illustration, you will need a canvas, 6000 by 4000 pixels. This will give you seven beautiful layers to work on that, of course, you can start by working on a new color palette. Will also find this color palette on to the project resources page in case you don't want to make it along, and in case you want to make it, Let's add a new pallet and call it Sky whale. Once that is created, you can start to work on a beautiful blue, purplish blue, maybe a little bit lighter towards the blue. And let's create a more light version of that color and an even lighter version. Still, three colors have been created. Now going for the four, going much, much darker and adding it to the left side, maybe to the middle, and going darker to add one to the left, you can start to see a brighter one onto the right side, three more colors have been added, and there you go, the color palette is finished. 3. Making the moon: You can select and just like that, adding it to the background, the brush called syrup, you will find it under inking syrup, brush and selecting the left-hand side color, making the size of the brush just about halfway, and then making a beautiful oval holding your finger down, you can create a circle or just going and clicking on the selection tool and making a circle. This will give you a circle in the center which you can move. Once the circle is done and perfectly centered, you can make it smaller and bigger and center it even more. Clicking on the color and dragging it over, we'll fill in the shape. Once the shape is filled, you can go ahead and alpha lock the layer. First three, naming it to moon, just to keep things neat. And then alpha locking, going into the brush and under textures, you'll find the dub lake brush. Once you have the brush selected, you can go ahead and select a lighter blue, making it quite big. Width, about halfway, capacity or flow, however you want to call it, and start working your way around and making the right top side of the moon beautifully light, reducing the size of the brush and increasing the flow just to make some smaller textures onto the moon, as you can see on the right side, and a top side as well. Once that is done, you can go into the most beautiful blue and add some to the left side just to add some textures into the Dark Side of the Moon going in and adding some of those beautiful shapes on the surface with this darker blue. Once that has been done, you can start to see they don't fit quite well. So going back to a lighter color and adding some more white, bluish textures will integrate those colors very well together. And you can go ahead and select the color just on the right color palette and add some of this to the moon on the right side. Just a tiny bit. You'll find the color on the right of the color palette, adding some to the middle. And as you can see, it's starting to look quite well. With some of the darker blue, you can add a little bit of an accent on the right-hand side and just do subdued the edge of the moon a little bit going and adding another layer and putting it below the moon, renaming it to moon glow or background. Just like that moon background. Selecting the beautiful blue color and decreasing the flow, the brush, and adding a beautiful glow behind the moon, just lighting up the sky. This will make it so beautiful. Selecting the background color in order to make that glow a little more diffused. As you can see, it's a beautiful glow and decreasing the flow, grabbing the shiniest blue and adding it to the edges of this moon. And there you go, the step is done, and you can go into the next step. 4. Drawing the first whale: For this next wonderful step, you will need to zoom in a little bit at the top of the moon and create a new layer called Whale one. Once you have created the layer, you can go ahead and select. You can select the rightmost color and going into inking and the syrup, brush with this beautiful light color, very close to white, you can start making a shape. The shape is very simple. It starts with a curvature and then it has a small little step and then goes in the V-shape that is a bit rounded at the end, a curve going the other way around, just to make it seem like it has a tail. Okay, Two more beautiful lines to make the end of the tail a straight line just to give you a sense of where the tail is. And then two beautiful Ss defining that tail, okay? Redefining a little bit of the tail and connecting it to the ends and corner, just cutting a little bit more of the tail onto the right side. You can also erase using the syrup eraser tool and make that corner even more neat. Going back to the brush on the underside, you can also clean up the shape. Once the shape is clean, you can start to make the FIN behind the whale a very simple V-shape that is rounded and just above it, you can start to create the fin that it's closest to you by using a small S-shape and then going for a very wide V-shape and ending with erasing the line of the belly of the whale. For the next one, you can use the same brush and start just by cutting a bit of the top side of the whale to make it more interesting, make the shape more interesting. As well as in the middle of the shape you can start to create a fin would a small elongated S and then curve at the right side of that S. Let's try and make it a little bit more pointy and then erasing some of that corner in order to make it more neat and beautiful, going inside and making that curve a little bit more interesting. Going back in and adding a small beautiful shape with the brush. A very simple shape. It has a little bit of a six zag and then just comes in rounded, very easy to do. And then you can make it a bit more complex with the eraser tool. Okay, that's where I will sit. And now for the mouth, very simple with the brush. Just adding a mouth, maybe a little bit of a smile. And just like that, this will be also the line of the underbelly. Selecting with the freehand selection tool, the shape above, and making it a bit bigger, positioning it with the finger little bit higher, and rotating it a little bit, making the shape the underbelly, just a little bit bigger on the right side. Once that is done, you can also create another shape, a very simple rounded shape on the backside of the whale. It's more like a sock shape. Like that. You can start to see how wonderful it looks as well as one on top. This one is a little bit more complicated, being an S and then another S, but they're squished at the middle. So the S-shaped just, barely begins to show at the middle, going in for the tail and the whale and making those corners a bit more sharp, as well as making the shape of the body at the end a bit more chunky. And there you go. The drawing of the whale is done. 5. Color of first layer: For this next step, you will need to go on the background layer and change it to beautiful blue. And once that is done, you can undo the layer with the moon. Click on the arrow tool and move the whale a little bit more central. With the S small too, you can find the free hand at the bottom and start drawing around the whale. Just going around the whale, avoiding some of the patches of color. Just going and avoiding the first one, trying to stay inside the white lines, you can pinch and changed the position of the canvas with your two fingers going over the tail and just closing that beautiful tail with a contour like this. And going over the small batch, perfect. Going under the belly of the whale and then up the fin and down again. And of course the last patch to avoid. And then once you go and find the little circle, click on it. You'll find that small little button on the left-hand side corner called remove. And you can start to circle the small shape in the middle of the whale. This will remove an under section. Once that is done, you can click on the color that you will find in the color palette. The left-hand side corner at the bottom, and then clicking on the textures, brushes and clicking on Dove lake, you can start to fill in the whale with this dark blue color. Just go ahead and add quite a few layers of this color until it's quite opaque. Once that is done, you can start to add some of this blue by making first the brush a little bit smaller. Look at how beautiful it looks, going into a lighter blue. Just to add even more colors, some textures have been added to the whale at how gorgeous it looks. Don't forget to give a little bit of attention to the fin on top and the one on the bottom. And making another more iridescent blue to add to the body of the whale. And now with a darker blue in the corner, you can add some of this shadow parts back in under the Finn. And of course, in case we forgot, we can make another selection just for the small thin by double-clicking on the S. And then once the selection is made, we can go on the brush and color in with the darkest blue. Okay, Look at how beautiful the first color of the whale is. Now going in with the selection tool and making an underlayer first, rename it to color and to perfect. Once that is done, you can go in and make a selection around the small shape in the middle of the whale near the head. Remember to go a little bit over the blue, just so you don't have to make the shape a little bit bigger and start coloring with the third lightest blue over there, adding this to the blue and going in for a lighter bass with the furthest color on the right, just over here. And now going and adding another shape just on the underbelly of the whale. Going a little bit over the blue. Just as with the previous shape, going like that, following the shape very closely and covering it on to the right side under the fin. And then coming outside at a very crisp angle. You can also cover a little bit of the blue of the FIN behind the whale. And then closing the gap. Clicking on the brush and adding the third most light blue. Adding a few passes of color just to make it more opaque. Once that is done, you can go into a darker one just to add a little bit of shadow underneath the belly. And a lighter pass on the male with a lighter color. Moving forward to the second to last shape, clicking again on the S and just going around the body of the whale, connecting it to the blue and then going a little bit over the blue, just so it fits nicely. Going to the brush and going to the third to last lightest blue, and then going to a darker one end and a lighter one for the top. And now for the last shape, just clicking again on the S twice and connecting the two bodies first two patches of color and then going around inside of the blue, clicking on the brush and selecting the same blue Middletown and then going and adding quiet an opaque layer. Once that is done, you can go into a darker one just next to it and add some shadow underneath, and then go into a lighter one just to add a little bit of a highlight, Let's zoom back out and see how it looks. Look at how beautiful with just a few simple steps. 6. Erasing the drawing: In this next step, you will have to erase the drawing that is underneath the whale. For that you'll need to be on the layer with whale one, click on the eraser with the syrup brush and just go around the whale beautifully erasing the drawing and also adding some nicer edges to some areas of the whale. A small fun tip is to always raise your pencil while erasing in order to not make a mistake and then tap with two fingers to undo. And just half of the drawing is erased back on again and going around a little bit more, being careful not to go too much inside the colorful, beautiful whale. Another way to just go and erase some of this drawing is to go on to the selection tool, go on automatic, and click on the white. If it picks up too much of the other colors, just drag your pencil to the left until it only grabs the drawing and go around Clicking on all the white drawings just over to the left, under as well. And going further for the last few bits of the drawing and a tiny one in the corner, OK, and then click on the eraser, make it quite big. And you can happily erase the drying going around it and going under the whale as well. However, this way is a little bit more, let's say easy, but it has a drawback as well because you don't get to edit those small little shapes of the outline of the whale. Okay, and with that being done, this is the step. Let's go into the next one. 7. Finishing the first whale: For this step, you can start by merging the two layers, just having it now on one layer. Once that is done, you can go ahead and go on to the S, to the selection tool, and click on free hand in order to close this beautiful gap altogether, going over the blue a tiny bit. Once that is done, you can either pick the color by just clicking down and, or just select the dark blue from the color palette. The gap is gone. Once that is done, you can click again on the selection tool and make a small little beautiful layer just like this, call it details going in and selecting the beautiful edge of the thin just over here, and selecting a very electric blue and adding highlights, okay, for the next highlight, going in and adding a tiny bit of dark. And now, as you can see, it looks much better. Okay? Going and making the brush a little bit smaller than lowering the opacity as well, selecting a lighter blue. And you can start right next to the edge to add a beautiful highlight. Just like this, making the thin look a little bit more rounded instead of just flat. Okay, you can also cut a little bit of the corners of the highlight, zoom out to see how it looks, and then go back into the color, the latest one, and add a bit more at the end where it connects to the body. Zoom in on the fin with the same color and add a highlight very close to the edge. Once that is done, you can go on to the top of the whale as well as little bit in to the nose. Perfect. Clicking on a beautiful blue and going over those highlights to make them a little bit more blue. Okay. Clicking on the electric blue just to make it even more blue. Okay, going in and coloring those over top. And look at our beautiful those highlights look. You can also merge the two layers. And if you find some small issues, once you zoom out, you can just about play with them. Once you have all of those completed, you can go ahead and click on the background, undo and make the beautiful color back as it was once you do that, you might see that whale needs just a little bit of an alpha lock and then on the tail, just making the tail a little bit more visible into this light, since it's quite dark at the end. And of course, going even lighter on the edge just to make it a tiny bit more visible going under the tail as well. Just to accentuate that edge, you can start to see how much better it looks now, clicking on the moon just to see how it looks still on the whale layer. Click on the arrow to and start positioning the whale just above in the left corner of the canvas. Okay, if you want, you can play around to see where the whale fits perfectly. However, once you have the other whale, things will change in the composition. So let's leave it over here for now. And there you go with this step as well. 8. Drawing of the second whale: Now that the first whale is completely done, you can go ahead and click on the background, adding a new color to the background and undo both layers, adding a new layer, calling it whale number to lucky number 2. Once you do that, you can go ahead and click on the brush and select the syrup brush. But a simple curved line that is a little bit more curved at the end. And then going ahead and rounding that top corner and going with an S shape to end and finish the shape. Okay, For the mouth, just a beautiful smile. This will also be the underbelly of the whale, making that top a little bit more chunky and the bottom as well. For the fin, you can start to go ahead and make a Blakely line is going to the left, draw it as many times as you want. And then once it's done, you can go ahead and connected. But another S line from the bottom. For the second FIN, you can start from the middle, opposite side of the whale with an S shape for the bottom. And then another beautiful S-shaped connecting at the corner. Okay, once that is done, you can add a small thin just where the whale starts to beautifully band. And once that is done, you can go ahead add just a beautiful tail first by starting to draw a beautiful S shape on the left side, make it quite long, and then pointing the middle just so you know where to end. The second beautiful line. Make it very windy. S-shape. You can also move the whale a little bit more to the center to make space for the end of the tail, trying a few shapes and then going ahead and trying to end that wonderful tale. And it looks quite nice. So dare you go with the drawing of the second whale. 9. Color for the second whale: And now going and adding another layer and renaming it to color and going to the S shape tool on the top left corner and on the second tab to the Freehand tool and start positioning a point right at the tip of the whale. Once that is done, you can start to go around the white border, just following the top side of the whale, going further and going back around the fin and coming back towards the tail, following the drawing and continuing by pinching and moving the canvas around. Once that is done, continuing on and completing the tail in one fell swoop. Don't forget about the little thin going back and completing the shape in a little bit, just trying to add a little bit of a curve and closing the shape. Once the shape is closed, you can go in and select the brush called Dove lake. You will find it under textures and start to draw in the body of the second whale. Very fast and loose. Okay, going in for some more light color, like blue. Going back to the dark blue and making a beautiful purple that you will find on the color palette, adding some of that color in and some of the black, some of the darker blue, once again, some of the lighter over just to create more interesting textures going even lighter. And once you feel very happy with the shapes and the textures, you can go in and lower the brush size. Select another purple color, pinkish purple color, and start from the tail to add this wonderful pink tone. Okay, just around the tail and on the fin as well as on the, Let's say nose of the whale. Okay. Going towards a blue to add a little bit more color variety, lowering the flow, the opacity, and adding some more of this blue on the lower side of the whale. Once that is done, you can go in to the highlights with the lightest color. Just add the edge, the border of the whale. Just spraying just a thin coat of fresh light paints just around the tail as well and over the fin. Perfect. And under the tail, just like that. Once that is done, you can go ahead and select the deep blue and add just a beautiful i, just about here. Once that is done, you can add a small little circle with the inking brush cold syrup, as well as a highlight with the beautiful dove lake brush, just one on top, one on the bottom, and a small highlight for the iris. Okay, going in for some blue just to add some more color variety around the eye, going for some darker tones just over the highlight to decrease the intensity as well as to integrate that beautiful i. And there you go. This step is done as well. 10. Whales positioning: This step, you'll need to go on to the selection tool and start selecting the underbelly of the whale, starting from the top and going on the outside following the white line. This is on another layer then the drawing going around the fin, making that beautiful zigzag wave motions and completing the the fin, as well as going around and touching the other thin closely. And once you've cleared the fin, you can go inside the blue just a tiny bit. Coming right back over at the mouth and finishing that area, Let's add a little bit of a nother shape just below the second wing. And going in with some straight blue, increasing the size and opacity just to create the color much, much faster. Once that is completed, you can go ahead and zoom a little bit out, select a deeper shade of blue and accentuate just the underbelly of the whale right next to the fin. Thus creating small little difference in between the thin and the underbelly, making the size a little bit bigger and the opacity a little bit lower to blend the two together, going for a lighter shade, just to add some more highlight on the end of the fin as well as at the mouth. Once that is done, you can delete the drawing. Let's see what else needs to be done going and selecting just this small area right over here and drawing in just like that to cover the beautiful area that had no color going in with a darker shade and accentuating that difference. Just a little bit of color around the tail, as well as some textures right about at the middle of the body. You can go ahead and add the moon and the second whale, and forget about the background needs to be very, very dark now, okay, going back and selecting the layer to delete it and making the first Well Appear going on the arrow tool to size down a little bit of this whale just like that to make it more proportional to the illustration, trying to find the right angle for the beautiful whale. It can also go ahead and erase some of the nth, some of the outline of the whale at the top, at the nose and tail. Just a few minor details to bring the illustration a little bit more towards perfection. Let's say, once you've done that, you can go ahead and rotate a little bit, as well as rap the beautiful, well, just a little bit more to make it seem much more arched, going and rotating the other whale just to see where they fit in this illustration. Taking your time here to see the perfect spot for the two whales is very important. So grab the two layers and start rotating to see where they fit nicely. Let's go ahead and flip the second whale and see if it looks much better this way. And indeed it does. It is quite nice. Just a tiny bit bigger and wrapping it to make it more round on the underbelly and a little bit more chunky. Perfect. Just going with the wrap tool in order to make the other whale just a bit thinner and more round on the bottom, closer to the moon. And there you go with the positioning. In the next layer, you will learn how to make a little bit of pizzazz to the whole illustration. 11. Galaxies last layer thank you: And the last step, let's add some stars, nebulas, and galaxies. You can go ahead and add another layer, drop it down, and rename it to stars and galaxies. This will be such a fun step to do over there. Once you have done that, you can go ahead and select a very, very white color in order to make a few bright stars with the brush under luminescence called flare. Just perfect. Okay, once you have selected that, let's not make blue stars, but white stars going and selecting a white color, adding a star just over by the whale and another one on to the left side over by the second whale. Okay, once you've done that, duplicates the layer just to make the stars little bit more interesting. Make it smaller and rotate it as just about nice with the few stars. Let's add it to the bottom of the stack. Okay, just above the moon. Perfect. Let's erase the middle star. Let's go back and select the brush called glimmer. With the brush selected and opacity lowered, you can start to add some distant galaxies in the background, pressing down and moving the pencil a bit just to make some clusters of galaxies going and selecting some blue just in order to create some more interesting galaxies using the same colors. Going with some pink, making it quite vibrant and dropping down some more galaxies. Look at our beautiful and interesting, this illustration has started to look. Once you do that, you can go ahead and erase some of the galaxies and stars you have created over the moon. Okay, And congratulations, you have finally finished this illustration. Thank you so much for taking this course as well as being part of this community. Hopefully you had a great time. And if you are gracious enough to leave a review, that would be absolutely amazing. Don't forget to share a photo of your creation as well if you feel courageous today. Thank you once again and see you in the next course.