Watercolor Illustrations in Procreate 5: How to Paint Citrus Slices | Lettie Blue | Skillshare

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Watercolor Illustrations in Procreate 5: How to Paint Citrus Slices

teacher avatar Lettie Blue, Architect & Digital Illustrator

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2 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Let’s Paint Citrus Slices

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In this step-by-step tutorial, we will paint an orange slice in Procreate 5 and we will learn how to turn that orange slice into a different citrus slice in no time.


I will use some brushes from my “Master Collection” of realistic watercolor brushes and a paper texture brush from my collection of “Seamless Paper Texture brushes for Procreate”. If you want to follow along with my brushes, here you have the link to my shop: https://www.lettieblue.com/shop.html (use the code ‘skillshare’ to get a 10% off) and, if you prefer to use your own brushes or Procreate default brushes, these are the ones you can use as an alternative.


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1. Introduction: in this tutorial, we are going to paint an oranges slice in procreate. I will use some brushes from my “Master Collection” of realistic watercolor brushes and a paper texture brush from my collection of “Seamless Paper Texture brushes for Procreate. If you want to follow along with my brushes, you will find the link to purchase them in the description of this video. And if you prefer to use your own brushes or Procreate default brushes, it's fine, too. I will tell you which default brushes you can use as an alternative. Okay, let's get started. 2. Let’s Paint Citrus Slices: here you have the list of brushes I'm going to use and some default brushes you can use. Instead, I've created a 4000 by 4000 pixels canvas and CMYK color profile, just in case we want to print our illustration. Let's start off by making the paper background. I will use “Watercolor Paper 6” . I usually choose black for this, but feel free to experiment with other colors. This time we're going to work having the paper layer at the top of our layers panel. But we will see in others tutorials that we can place it wherever we want. Everything depends on the effect we want to create. We don't need to apply any blend mode to our panel layer. The brush is made so that we can see our drawing through the paper texture. ok? Create two layers for a sketching. In the bottom one, and, using the “Texture Detailer” brush, draw a circle and a few lines. This will help us create a more accurate sketch. Top on the other sketch layer, and start drawing the orange segments. The segments are triangular shapes with round corners pointing at the center of the orange. Use the reference lines to draw them in the right position on proportion. Duplicate the final sketch a few times, and merge the duplicated layers. We need that our lines don't have any small gap before taking the next step. Tap on the selection tool, automatic and top inside each segment. If doing this you select the whole canvas, you need to decrease the selection threshold by tapping, holding and sliding your finger or your pencil to the left. Once we have all the segments selected, create a new layer and a layer mask attached to it. Decrease the opacity of the sketch And let's turn off the visibility off this layer. Now we are going to make a watercolor wash. Go to the “Variegated Washes” set and select the “Wet on Dry dual color” brush.  Make sure you have selected the new layer, not the layer mask. Okay, let's talk about dual color brushes. Dual color brushes are brushes that to use two colors. when painting. It will use the colors we have chosen here, so let's choose nice orange and yellow colors. Orange will be our secondary color and yellow our primary color. This brush is pressure sensitive. It will paint yellow if we apply low pressure with our apple pencil, and it will be adding orange to the mix as we increase the pressure. As you see, we are not being very careful painting and we are not painting outside our segments, right? That's what layer masks are for. Now that we have our segments colored, let's add some details to them. Create a new layer, tap and hold with to fingers on the layer mask to select its content, and create a new layer mask. To paint the pulp we are going to use the same orange we chose before as our secondary color. and, to paint this quicker, we're going to use the symmetry tool. So go to actions. Turn on drawing guide and then on Edit Drawing Guide choose Symmetry quadrant Let's move this to the center of our orange... there. And turn on rotational symmetry. Tap done, go to the Leaves set and choose the Painterly brush. This brush is also pressure sensitive. The harder you press the bigger the brushed size, ok? Press light, then a bit harder and then light again to greet a kind of a leaf shape. Or, press light, then hard and lift the pencil to create a teardrop shape . Both shapes are good to simulate the pulp texture. Once you finish duplicate and rotate the layer. Change the blend mode to linear burn. This will make darker some parts of our pulp, which will create a nice effect. Now, duplicate and rotate the layer again. It looks a bit messy, right? Don't worry, it will look perfect once we add highlights to it. But first, let's work on the skin. Create a new layer, go to the edgers set of brushes and choose smooth edger. Decrease the brush opacity. We are going to paint a faded edge. Make a circular shape in a clockwise movement. The brush behaves differently clockwise and anti-clockwise. Okay? now, create a new layer, choose the Dark Soft Edged brush and repeat the process. But this time, don't decrease the brush opacity Try not to make a perfect circular shape. It will look more realistic if your lines are a bit shaky. Also, go over some of your lines to make them darker. Let's change the color. Choose a very very pale orange, almost white and create a new layer. We are going to use the “Wet Edger” brush for trying to simulate a wet on wet watercolor effect? - Okay , let's move all these layers here. select the “Layer 14” and use the “Flat Brush” to paint the white areas of the orange. We are doing this because we want our white areas to remain white, regardless of the background color. Create a new layer underneath the paper layer, and choose the “Focused Detailer” brush from the Details set. We're going to use this brush for adding some highlights to the pulp. Simply make a few quick strokes. You can add white splatters instead, but I think it's better this way. Once you finished, duplicate and merge the layer. to make this look brighter. Select a dark orange using the color picker. Create a new layer... and let's create a subtle splatter effect. Using the Freckles brush. Pick a different color and add a few more. The edges of our segments look too hard for my taste, so I will create a new layer, choose the almost white color from the color history, pick the “Wet Edger” brush again and add a wet on wet watercolor effect. - Having our orange slice done, it is super easy to create other citrus fruit slices. We just have to group all the layers but the paper and the sketches. And duplicate the group or turn off the visibility of the background and paper layers. And using three fingers this way, tap on “copy all” and then paste. Now we have a copy of our oranges slice in a new layer. Duplicating this layer a few times, and moving the oranges slices around. you can create a pattern super quickly. But this time, what we are going to do is to turn this orange into a grapefruit. So, go to adjustments and then Hue, Saturation and Brightness. Change the hue and increase the saturation until your segments turn kind of pink. The skin of grapefruits is not pink, so what we have to do is to duplicate the layers we created for the skin of our oranges slice. And move them just above the grapefruit layer. If you want to create more different slices, I recommend you to make groups and name them. Okay, we've painted an oranges slice. I have shown you how to turn it into a grapefruit, and now it's your turn. Show me what you can create after watching this tutorial. See you in the next video! Bye!