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Recycle Your Old Sketches in Procreate

teacher avatar Ayat Elamrawy, Patternopolis

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7 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Importing Artwork Into Procreate

    • 3. Making Selections

    • 4. Recoloring

    • 5. Creating the New Artwork

    • 6. Adding Texture

    • 7. Class Project

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About This Class

If you have a bunch of sketchbook drawings that you feel like you could give a makeover and reuse in a new design, this class is for you! Throughout the lessons, I will be walking you through my process of recycling old sketches of mine into new artwork using Procreate. The class does not cover all of Procreate tools, but I will be demonstrating some editing techniques that you could use to transform your old artwork into new pieces and expand your portfolio. No prior knowledge of Procreate is required, just some basic drawing skills. You will need an old sketch of yours, an IPad Pro, an Apple Pen, and, of course, Procreate. Are you ready to recycle those old sketches and add to your portfolio?  Let's get to work!

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • ¬†Import artwork into Procreate.
  • ¬†Make selections out of your artwork.
  • ¬†Recolor your sketch.
  • ¬†Add details and use alpha lock and free hand selection mode.
  • ¬†Add textures and use clipping mask.
  • ¬†Save your artwork.

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Ayat Elamrawy



Hello! I'm Ayat Elamrawy, a self taught artist, and full-time mom in LA :)! I learned a lot, actually, through Skillshare! I design surface patterns and illustrations under my brand name, "Patternopolis". I'm driven by color and organic shapes and my designs give a cozy vibe. I'm sketching all the time and I share my work on my Instagram @patternopolis_design!







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1. Class Intro : When I browse through my sketchbooks, I see old drawings that need and make Uber or some unfinished ones that has potential. So I take those into procreate and start editing and transforming and recycling into Walmart clerk. Hi, my name is a ethanol MROI. I'm a self-taught artist. I do surface pattern design and illustrations, and I design under my brand-name pattern of books. In this class, I will walk you through my process of recycling my old sketches into new artwork in procreate. This is a beginners class, so you don't have to have any prior knowledge of procreate. The lessons are short and simple. And as you follow along, you'll be able to pick up a few skills like making selections, re-coloring, and adding texture. All you need is an old sketchbook drawing, an iPad Pro, and Apple Pen, and of course, procreate and some very basic sketching skills. So let's get to work. 2. Importing Artwork Into Procreate: Now the first thing I do is bring in my original artwork into procreate. And to do that, I need to open a new canvas by tapping this plus sign. And procreate comes with a bunch of preset sizes for you to choose from. If you're not happy with any of those, you can always create your own custom size by tapping this plus sign over here. It opens up your custom Canvas dialogue box and you have a bunch of options to choose from. So when it comes to dimensions, they give you the choice of different units like pixels, inches, centimeters, or millimeters. For this project, I wanna go with inches, and I wanna go with eight by eight. And I will keep the resolution at 300 DPI. This is a good resolution to work with both for screen and print. And this gives me a number of layers, a maximum number of layers to work with of 89 layers. Now notice if we decided to go with a bigger canvas size like say ten by ten, you see that now you have fewer layers to work with. So this is just something to think about when planning your canvas in procreate. The bigger the dimensions, the fewer layers you have to work with. We go back to eight by eight. It's also a good idea to give your canvas a name at this point. And I'm going to name it eight by eight. And this way, once I tap create, this canvas presets is going to be saved among the canvas size lists that we saw before. So whenever you want to create another Canvas in the future, is that this eight by eight, this would these same presets. You're gonna find it in the list and you don't have to create it all over again. Now as far as color profile is concerned, we have two options. Either RGB or CMYK. Rgb is where anything that's going to end on a screen. And CMYK is for anything that is intended for prayed. I am going to choose RGB for this one because I'm planning to post it online now my Instagram and just tap create. And there you go. We have our canvas. Now in order to bring your artwork in here, all you need to do is tap the Actions menu, tap, Add and tap, Insert a photo, and it opens up your photo gallery. And I keep my artwork in a special folder I called my scanned art. And this is the one I'm going to use. Now once you pick the photo, it gets placed directly into your canvas and the transform button is activated automatically and it lets you place it the way you want. It lets you resize it, play with the size, bigger, smaller. And this is a watercolor sketch that I did awhile ago. Obviously didn't get to finish it. And I for some reason I just stopped and I felt like it's not going in the direction I want it. But looking back at it now, I saw that I actually still like some of those flowers and I thought, okay, maybe if I could just extract them out of here, maybe we can reuse them and recycle them in a new artwork. And this is exactly what I'm gonna be showing you here. So I think I'm going to be using these three flowers. So I'm going to just play some like that. Once I'm happy with the placement to step the transform button again, and that's it. So now we have our artwork on the new Canvas and we are ready for the next step which is making selections and choosing the parts that I'm going to be reusing in the new piece. So I will see you in the next lesson. Making selections. 3. Making Selections: Now this is the step where I start making selections and extract the parts that I think I would be reusing in the new art piece. And obviously I'm going to use a lot of the selection tool in this lesson. But before I do anything, I always like to go to the Layers panel and create a copy of this layer in order to keep it as a backup. In case I changed my mind in case I make a mistake. I always want to have an intact copy here, so I don't have to import it all over again. In order to make a copy, you simply slide the layer to the left and tab duplicate and it creates a copy for you. I will name this one. Copy, this one original. And then you simply hide one of them and just work with the other one. Another thing I like to do is also changed the background color to something darker. So I have a better idea of the situation here, which is that these flowers come with a white background that I am going to need to get rid off. I just want the flowers and basically getting rid of everything else. I just want these three. Now in order to get rid of the background, I go to the selection tool and I pick the automatic mode. And what this does is that it lets you tap on the areas that you want to select. And when you keep tapping, it just keeps adding to the selection. The automatic mode has this cool feature. It has a slider that lets you increase or decrease the amount of selection you're doing by increasing or decreasing the threshold seep. If you'd, if you drag all the way to the right, selects everything, and if you go back, it decreases the amount of the selection. So you have control over what you select. So this is good enough for me. I'm going to swipe down with three fingers and tap cut and it just gets rid of it. Now there's still this sliver of white light from the background. That doesn't matter, I'm not going to use it, but if you really want to clean everything up, you can always go to the selection mode and tap the rectangle. This time and still swipe down was three fingers I cut and now everything is gone. I also want to get rid of those stems. So I simply just use the eraser tool. The Eraser tool is just like any other brush and you get different, when it shows different brushes, you get different effects of erasing. But for this one, I just want to use them on a line because it gives me a clean erase and this is exactly what I need here. And I don't erase everything. I just erase around the flowers that I know I will be using this just to make extracting them easier in the next step. So it just erase. And that's it. That's it. We're good. These are the three that I want. So what I do now is I go back to the selection tool, and this time I go with the free hand mode. And what it lets me do is simply draw around the areas that I want to choose. And I swipe down with three fingers again and this time I go with God and paste. What this does is that it cuts this flower out of this original sketch, and it paste this on a separate layer on its own. So I will choose the other ones the same way. Just make sure you go back to the correct layer. And again, selection tool, freehand, swipe down, cut and paste, and there you go. One more layer. Go back to the original free hand, swipe down and cut and paste. So now we have our flowers, each one on a separate layer. And that this way it makes things easier in the next steps when I get to recolor an edit them. Having them on separate layers makes things easier and more flexible. So what I do now is I hide the original layer and I am just now I end up with the selections that I made that I will go into that I'm going to be reusing in the new RFPs. My next step is to start recovering those. So I will see you in the next lesson, recovery. 4. Recoloring : Now this is the step where I start making decisions about color and whether I'm going to leave those, the scholar or I'm going to recolor them. I most of the time actually, and the pre coloring, the parts that I select. And it might seem to you that this is like a little bit early on in the process. But I like to recolor that early because I am someone who is driven by color. When I make my color selections that early, it kind of sets the mood for the whole new artwork for me, it kind of gives me a better idea of where I'm, I'm headed with it. So you can always, of course, colour at any step, even at the very end, even when you are done with the artwork, you can start recovering and changing things. It's up to you, but this is just my process and this is just the way I like to work. So when we come to recoloring, remember we have everyone here, each one of them here in the separate layer. And when we recolor, I actually want to use this pink color. We just wanna make sure you are on the correct layer. So what you do is simply drag and drop. And it just three colors, everything for you. Now, this is a watercolor sketch, so you get areas of different intensities, different colors such saturations like the red here is really highly saturated as opposed to this yellow part. So when you land with your new color, me go to this layer. When you land with your new color, you want to land on the area that is less saturated like this, as opposed to when you land on something that is really highly saturated like that, you don't get good coverage like that because this pink color is kind of low, has lower saturation then the red here, so it doesn't cover it well and everything else doesn't really get covered well with the same, with a new color. So just make sure you are landing on an area that has lower saturation and this way you get better coverage. Now this would not be an issue. For example, if you are coloring something that is a solid color like this one, let's say we want to color this pink. So just drag and drop and it gets evenly colored. But because this is a watercolor sketch, so you get this issue of the saturations and the different intensities of the coverage with the new color. So now we go to this one and we drag and drop. There you go. So I'm done with recoloring and ready to move on to the next step which is creating the new design and adding all the details. So I will see you in the next lesson. 5. Creating the New Artwork: Now this is the step where I start creating the new design and adding all the details. My objective here is not to create a masterpiece, but rather take this class, take this lesson as an opportunity to show you a couple of tools that I used that you might find handy when you are creating your own, which are the alpha lock mode and how it lets you draw inside of selections. And the other thing is how I use the free-hand selection mode to make drawings and create a paper cutout effect. I really like. So let me start by organizing those in a way I like. You might also want to name them. These are all paying, so I think it's a good idea for me to name them like maybe according to their placement. So this one I'm going to call it left. And this one is going to be middle or mid. And this one, right? So I just don't get confused when I start selecting them. So now I want to add some stemless Through the Flower and I will add those on a separate layer and name it stems. And I'm going to have a maybe black. And I will use one of my favorite brushes here, that tinderbox brush. Adjust its size and just start drawing. Sorry. Maybe a little bit. While these might not look so good right now, but you can always drag them all the way behind the flowers and they would look better. Now the next thing I wanna do is add some leaves to those stems. So I'm going to also add them in a new layer. Name it leaves. And I like the leaves to have this paper cutout effect, the like and the selection tool is perfect for that with the free-hand mode. So what to do is just start drawing. And when you add, it starts adding to your selection. Just keep, Don't forget to tap Add. And now when I'm done with everything, I go to the layer and I want to recolor them all this cream color. So I just go to the Layer and tap fill layer. And that just fills it. All of them at the same time with meat fills whatever was selected from the layer. Let me drag them back so they look a little bit better that they're not perfect. But you can always use the eraser tool then adjust and make them look better. But this is just an example. So now I want to add some lines inside of those leaves. So I take advantage of the alpha Luck mode, which is really neat. And what you do is you go with two fingers and swipe to the right, and it creates an alpha luck for you, what this does is set, it locks the layer, doesn't let you draw it. Anything else on the layer that doesn't have color on it. So you can only draw on the leaves. And so I want to maybe go with the mercury brush and use this color. And you just start drawing inside of the leaves. Doesn't let you go out. So I'm done with the leaves. Now I want to add a few more details to the flower to make it more interesting. And some details here on the bottom and also on the top. And I'm going to do those on separate layers. And I will be using the artists Graham brush. So, so now I want to add some more details to the bottom of the flowers, same way I did with the leaves using the outfile. Ok, so I will go to the Layer and swipe with two fingers and create the lock and start adding those details. Okay. Now I'm done with the design here and ready to move on to the last step, which is adding texture. Texture makes everything more interesting. It adds depth and character to your design. And I like to add at most of the time through my pieces. So I will see you in the next lesson adding texture. 6. Adding Texture: Now the last step for me is to add textures to my design. I would like to add textures because again, they give a fewer design, a lot of character and a lot of depth. It makes it really more interesting. For this one, I need, I want to add the texture to the leaves, to the background. And for this purpose I use clipping masks. How this works is that I add, I go through the layer that I want to add the texture to. I add another layer on top of it, just like that. And I start drawing on this layer. I pick one of my favorite texture brushes like the burn tree here, and I just start drawing on top like that. Now this looks a little bit messy because I did not yet create the mask, but once I go to the layer and I tap clipping masks, now everything makes more sense. So it's easy to do it this way. And the advantage of having the texture on clipping mask on a layer of its own is that you'll get to adjust its opacity. For example, you get to adjust how the lens different blending modes. And in doing so, you are not really messing with the layer underneath the leaves, the leaves layer itself. So this gives you flexibility. Now I want to add texture to the background, so I create a layer for it as well. And I bring it all the way down to be right on top of the background. And because this is a bigger area, I like to do with a little bit differently than what we did from the leaves. So what I do is that I go to my gallery here, and I go to this stack of textures that I have accumulated over time. It's just the framed canvases that contain different scribbles with my favorite extra brushes. So for example, this one, I really like it. You can use different, like more than one brush in the same campus to create, you know, even a bigger effect. So this is the one I want to use and I keep them gray most of the time because I find that they blend better this way, but you can always create your textures anyway you like. So what I do is I swipe down with three fingers and a tab copy. And I go back to our gallery and back to our layer here. And I just swipe down was three fingers and tap paste. So again, the transform button is activated whenever you are pasting or inserting anything on the, on your canvas. And I just place it this way. And there you go. You can always go to it. And just opacity, just the blending Modes until you see something like I really like this one. Maybe make it a little bit more peak. So you do not really need a clipping mask because the layer, the texture layer is right above the background color and you don't really get the option of having a clipping mask just as long as you keep it right on top of the background layer, it's going to function as a clipping mask. So I think I'm done here. I hope you enjoyed my process of how I recycle old sketches into new pieces. I hope you enjoyed watching the different steps, and I hope this is something that will inspire you to recycle your old sketches the same way and create new pieces that you can add to your portfolio. In the next and last video, I will be talking about our project and what I need you to do. 7. Class Project: I hope you enjoyed the class and watching my recycling process. And I hope it inspired you to do the same thing with your old sketches and add new artwork to your portfolio. Actually, here's another design where I used the same flowers in a different way. So you see the possibilities are endless. Our class project would be to recycle and old sketch of yours and procreate using the skills I showed in class. Here's what you'll need to do. Import a sketch into appropriate, transform it using the techniques shown in class. Share your new artwork. It's a JPEG and the project gallery. To share your new work, just go to the Actions Menu Tab, Share JPEG. And then you'll get to save it in the camera roll and share it with us. Also share your original sketch so we get a sense of before and after and see how much biotransformation you make. If your argument to share your work in Instagram, please use the hashtag skill share with dad and tag me add pattern A-plus underscore design. So I get to see and like your work. If you have any questions or need help with any of the steps, please feel free to contact me and I'll be more than happy to help have fun with your projects. And I cannot wait to see what you guys make. Phi.