iPad Artistry: Cut-Paper Quirky Portraits in Procreate | Genevieve Crabe | Skillshare

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iPad Artistry: Cut-Paper Quirky Portraits in Procreate

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (49m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 - A tour of the resources

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Paper layer basics

    • 4. Lesson 3 - Dog portrait - Basic paper shapes

    • 5. Lesson 4 - Dog portrait - Adding patterns and texture

    • 6. Lesson 5 - Another portrait step by step

    • 7. Lesson 6 - Two more portraits - a tour of the layers

    • 8. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class!

I love the look of cut and layered paper artwork, so I decided my Quirky Portraits would be a perfect subject matter for that technique.

In the class, I will be creating two portraits from start to finish, and showing you many more examples.



  • iPad
  • Procreate app
  • stylus optional

Downloadable Resources (under the Project tab)

  • GC-CutPaperPortraits.brushset - drawing, patterns, decorations
  • GC-Eyes.brushset - a variety of eye stamps
  • GC-Favourites.swatches
  • GC-drawings.zip - drawings for you to use in your project
  • GC-textures.zip - paper and other textures


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Genevieve Crabe

Artist and Teacher


Hello, I'm Genevieve and I live in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. I am retired from a 30-year career in high-tech, and I am now a full-time artist. My interests include digital art, mixed media, and bead embroidery. I am also a Certified Zentangle® Teacher.

I am the author of How to Make 100 Bead Embroidery Motifs, and several colouring books including Genevieve's Mandalas and Magical Mosaics Flora and Fauna, as well as designer of a mandala creation tool, Geneviève's Mandala Stencils. My books and products can be found in the shop on my website.

My artwork has been featured in several books, including One Zentangle a Day, 500 Tangled Artworks, The Beauty of Zentangle, Zentangle Untangled, Tangle Start Strings, Das große Zentangle-Buch, and several b... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone. This is Jim, give Welcome to my class. Cut paper style is very popular right now. And I've included this technique in some of my other classes. So now seemed the right time to create cut paper versions of my quirky portraits. I'll take you through to detailed portraits and show you several more examples. If you click the About tab below the video, you'll find a detailed description of the class and other useful information and links. Under the Project tab, you'll find the downloadable resources. This is an example of how to download the resources from one of my earlier classes. The downloadable files are found on the right-hand side of the page. You must be accessing this page from a web browser, not the Skillshare app. Here I'm using the Chrome browser on iPad. When you tap a brush set, for example, go to the bottom of the page and tap download. You'll see the download progress here. When it's done, tap Open in. Then tap Procreate. Procreate will open automatically and import the brush set. If I open the Canvas, the new brush set will be at the top. I'll delete this one because I already have this set installed. Downloading the color palette works similarly. There will also be two zip files containing images. You should be able to open them the same way in your browser and save the images in your photos. You'll need an iPad running the version of iOS needed to run the current version of Procreate. An Apple pencil or other stylus is not necessary, but it's helpful especially for detail work. Everything in this class is done in the Procreate app. The videos were made with procreate version 5.1.7 with iPadOS 14, 0.5.1. Some basic knowledge of Procreate is assumed. But I'll go through the processes in detail. In Lesson 1. I'll give you a tour of the resources I'm including in the class. And listen to. I'll go through a simple example showing the cut paper technique. In Lesson 3. I'll show you how to take a quirky portrait line drawing and create the layers. And in lesson 4, we'll add patterns and texture. In less than five, I'll go through a second example. And in less than six, I'll show you an overview of two more portraits. Before I continue, I want to show you a couple of resources available on my website. You'll find the links under the About tab. These are my Pinterest boards. I have several inspiration boards related to my classes. This is the phases inspiration board. And this is the cut paper inspiration board. Now this is my website and we're less creations.com. Under freebies, you can find my procreate brushes. Each set has its own page with the download link for the brush set, a PDF with the preview of all the brushes in this set, and a preview video. All right, then Let's get started. 2. Lesson 1 - A tour of the resources: For those of you who haven't taken my quirky portrait classes, I'm providing several drawings for you to use in your projects. Those will be in the zip file, in the resources. The class brush set has three parts. The drawing set includes my monoline thick brush. I use for drawing lines, my circles brush, my monoline eraser, and my confetti brush for adding speckles to the paper in our paintings. Next, a selection of my pattern brushes and a selection of stamp brushes for decorating our portraits. I'm also including my ice stamps. This is the same brush set as in my quirky animal portraits class. I'll be using my favorite color palette, which I provided for you, but feel free to use your own colors. Finally, I'm including five texture files in a zip file. 3. Lesson 2 - Paper layer basics: Let's start with a simple version of the cut paper technique. First, we want to set up symmetry in the Actions menu, turn on the Drawing Guide and tap Edit Drawing Guide. Symmetry, then vertical. To make the guide more visible, use this slider to change the color of the guide. I'll increase the opacity and thickness to maximum. Now, the monoline brush. Check the thickness and draw three shapes, one on top of the other. So this is the drawing that we're starting with. Add a new layer and drag it below the drawing and turn on Drawing Assist so that symmetry will work on this layer. Reduce the opacity of the drawing so we can see what we're doing. Add a few more layers by duplicating this one so that they'll all have Drawing Assist turned on. We're going to draw the paper layers from the bottom up. This is the first layer. Choose a color and draw the shape, making sure the shape is closed. Then use color dropped to fill it. In the next layer up, choose a new color, draw the shape, and fill it, and do the same for the third layer. Now we can turn off the drawing layer. We won't be needing that anymore. At this stage. I may need to use the eraser to make the lines a little smoother. Next, the shadows duplicate every color layer. Now you wanted to fill each duplicate with black. Now, I found a quicker way to do this that I've done in the past. Select the layer, set alpha lock, fill layer, and turn off alpha lock. And then do the same for the other two. Now we want to select the three black layers. Tap the top one, and swipe right on the others. Tap the Transform tool and tap in this corner around 10 times or so to move the layers to the lower right. Now the next step has to be done one layer at a time. So choose one of the black layers. In the adjustment menu. Choose Gaussian Blur and tap layer. Slide your finger left to right until this reads around 10 percent. Then do the same for the other two. Now let's add some patterns as if our layers, we're made up of patterned paper. Above each color layer, add a new layer and set it to clipping mask. This will make sure that the patterns are clipped to the shapes. Let's start with the layer above the green layer. Choose a pattern. Pick up the green color, and choose a slightly darker green and paint the pattern. Select the layer above the yellow twos. Another pattern, a lighter yellow. And paint. Select the layer above the red. Choose a darker red color. I'll choose the same pattern I used for the first one. And paint. Now I'm importing one of the textures above all the layers. I'll change the blend mode to multiply. I can also adjust the opacity until I like the effect. If I want a stronger effect, I can duplicate the texture layer and lower the opacity on one of them. So these are all the techniques we'll be using. And let's move on to some more interesting designs. 4. Lesson 3 - Dog portrait - Basic paper shapes: This is the image will be reproducing, will be creating all these layers from bottom to top, starting with the ears, which are behind everything. Then the mouth and the face. Eyes and nose above that. And then add the flowers and butterfly on top. Then we'll add the background. And then finally, a texture on top of everything. I'll start by creating a square canvas, 3600 by 3600 pixels. But you can make your smaller in order to get enough layers. First, import the drawing from your photos. Setup the vertical symmetry. If necessary, tap the Transform tool and nudge the drawing so that the center aligns with the guide. Reduce the opacity of the drawing. And below that at a bunch of layers all set to drawing assist. Let's start at the bottom. Choose a dark green color. Choose the monoline brush, and draw the outline of the ear. Now because we want to use color drop, we need a closed shape. So I'll join the two ends with a part that will be hidden when we draw the other shapes. Then fill it with color, drop, a lighter green. And the next layer up. And do the same with the front part of the ear. Add the mouth on the next layer. And then the face. You should now have four separate layers. Next layer up, choose a dark gray and add the nose. Next, you can choose whatever you like from the eye stamp brushes. I'll choose the same ones I used in the drawing. You can undo and adjust the size and position until you're happy. Next, set the color to white. Circle brush in a small size and add a highlight on the eye on the same layer. One of my students in the animal portraits class added a small red tongue, and I thought that was a great idea. Thank you, Danny. I'm adding a layer between the mouth and the face. Choose a red color and the monoline brush and draw a small red shape. If I hide the drawing, you can see where we're at. I'll go back to the eyes and fill them with the blue color. And now we have all the parts we need. And we'll continue in the next lesson. 5. Lesson 4 - Dog portrait - Adding patterns and texture: The next step is the shadows. Duplicate all the colored layers, and set the color to black. For each pair of layers. Select the lower one. Alpha lock, Fill Layer, and alpha lock off. Now we want to select all the shadow layers. Tap one of the black layers, swipe to the right on all the others. Tap the Transform tool and tap here on the lower right a dozen times or so to nudge the black layer in that direction. Now go back and select just one of the black layers. In the adjustments menu. Choose Gaussian Blur layer, and move your finger left to right until this reads around 10 percent. And repeat the process for all the shadow layers. Now let's add some patterns. Select the face layer and add a layer above it and set it to clipping mask. Choose a pattern, medium, green color, and paint. The nice thing about putting the pattern on its own layer is that you can change the opacity, the blend mode to get exactly the effect. Now let's add a pattern to this layer. Now let's add some declarations. Add a new layer on top. Pick out one of the flower stamps. Make sure that drawing assist is off. And stamp to flowers. Add another layer and stamp a butterfly. You can use the transform tool to resize and position it just right. Choose a purple color. Go back to the flower layer and use color drop to paint the sections of the flowers. Choose an orange color. Go to the butterfly layer and paint the main sections of the butterfly. And then paint the edges in red. Now you can merge the flowers and butterfly layers into one. And then we'll use our usual method to add a shadow layer, duplicate filled with black, nudge and blur. Now let's add a layer at the very bottom for a background. With all these bright colors, I'm going to use something more muted. Add another layer just above it. Choose a lighter shade of the same color and paint a pattern. If you want a more subtle pattern, lower the opacity. Now add one of the textures at the top. Set it to multiply. Check the opacity. And we're done. 6. Lesson 5 - Another portrait step by step: Now for our next portrait, this is the image will be reproducing. We have these layers behind the phase. Then the face itself, the eyes, nose and mouth, and the stars on top. Create a new square canvas. Import the drawing and set up the vertical symmetry. Add a bunch of layers set to drawing assist. And lower the opacity of the drawing. On the bottom layer. Choose an orange color. With the monoline brush. Draw this shape and fill it with color. A darker shade of the same color. And on the next layer, draw both of these shapes and fill. We can do both of these on the same layer because they don't intersect each other. Next, draw the face in blue. Then draw the nose and the mouth in red. Now find the eyes you want to use. Choose black and add the eyes. Fill the eyelid and I with a light turquoise. And use the circle brush to add a white highlight. For the shadows. Duplicate all the color layers, and set the color to black. For each pair of layers, select the lower one. Alpha lock, fill layer and alpha lock off. Select all the black layers and nudge them to the lower right. Select each black layer one at a time. Gaussian Blur. Layer 10 percent. Add a new layer at the bottom, a background color, and fill the layer. I'll choose this pattern and choose white. Now that's a bit big, so I'll adjust the size and paint. I'm painting with a hit and miss strokes to get a worn look. Also, I find it easier to fill the whole layer with the pattern with my finger instead of the stylus. And I'll lower the opacity of the pattern. I'll add a texture at the top. I like this one. It looks a little bit like felt. Set it to multiply. I'll duplicate the layer, adjust the opacity, and then merge the two together. Now I'll turn off the texture for now and add a new layer for the decorations. A gold color, and add three stars. Then on a separate layer, a lighter color, and three smaller stars. A shadow layer for both of these layers. Then put the texture back on and we're done. 7. Lesson 6 - Two more portraits - a tour of the layers: Now I'll show you two more portraits. I won't go through all the steps, but I'll show you all the layers. This is the first finished portrait. This is the drawing. And the colored layers, starting with the ears in the back, the back of the hat, which goes behind the head, the earrings, the face, the front of the hat, the nose, and the eyes, which are in three parts. The base of the eye, the eyelids, and the iris and highlight. I use two separate layers for the mouth. And this is all the colored layers. I'll add a pattern to the hat and add one more layer for eyelashes. Next, I added all the shadows. Then a flower and it's shadow, a background, and a pattern. This one uses an image from the animal portraits class. First the drawing, then the color layers for the ears and face. The eyes have four parts. And we have all the color layers, adding the shadow layers. And I'm using the same pattern on all the different layers. Then I added a circular mat on top with its own drop shadow. I also added a pattern to the background. And the flower, which I put on top of the mat. And done. 8. Project: For your project, I would like you to create one cut paper portrait using either one of your own drawings or one of mine. Here are a few more to give you some ideas. As always, for the patterns. If you'd like to doodle or a few hours entangle artist, you can draw your own patterns instead of using the brushes. Remember the downloadable files under the Project tab. The two brush sets, the color palette and the zip files with drawings and textures. If you haven't already, you might be interested in my quirky faces and quirky animal portraits class. Thank you so much for watching my class and please share your work in the project section. I would really love to see your cut paper portraits. I would appreciate it if you would leave a review and make sure to follow me so you're notified whenever I post a new class. If you have any questions, please post them in the discussion area below the video on Skillshare and I'll answer them as soon as I can. Thank you.