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iPad Artistry: Coloring in Procreate

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Resources

    • 3. Lesson 1 - Basics

    • 4. Lesson 2 - Owl

    • 5. Lesson 3 - Using several components

    • 6. Lesson 4 - Blending Modes

    • 7. Lesson 5 - Using Textures

    • 8. Lesson 6 - Coloring the Lines

    • 9. Lesson 7 - Shading & Highlighting

    • 10. Lesson 8 - Intricate Design

    • 11. Lesson 9 - Metallic Effect

    • 12. Project

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About This Class


Greetings and welcome to my class!

Procreate is my favourite app for creating digital art, and one day it occurred to me to try it out for coloring. I developed several techniques for colouring in Procreate, including some that would be very difficult or impossible to do on paper.

You will get several colouring pages to use in the lessons, and a few more for you to play with. In the nine lessons, you will learn techniques you can use with any coloring page either from an ebook, or scanned from a paper book.

Here are the images we will be coloring in each lesson:


Materials: iPad (must support iOS 11), Apple Pencil or other stylus, and Procreate app.

Note: I used Procreate version 4 to create the videos in the class.
The current version is 4.1, which includes some changes, but none that will affect the lessons.

Downloadable resources on Dropbox:

Special thanks to DiceBird for allowing me to use her owl colouring page.

Also special thanks to Steve Squidoodle Turner for permission to use his teapot coloring page.

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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. I'm John VF and welcome to my studio. I am a mixed media and jewelry artist, but in recent years I've been creating a lot of artwork on the iPad. One of the reasons I teach classes is because I love to share the techniques that I've discovered or developed and see what other artists will do with these same techniques. In this class, you will learn coloring with the procreate app on iPad. Now what do you need for this class? You'll need an iPad, of course, and the procreate up. You can use any iPad that supports IOS. 11. The videos In this class, we're done with Procreate version four. You will also need an apple pencil or some other stylists. On the day I made this video, a new version of Procreate version 4.1 was released. There are some new features available, but everything you see in the videos should work the same. If you click or tap the about tab build video, you'll find a detailed description of the class, some useful links and also a link to download all the resources that you will need for the class and we'll talks more about those resources in the next video. These are the images we will be coloring in the exercises. You'll learn several techniques for coloring on the iPad. In many cases, the techniques will enable you to do things that would be very difficult or impossible to do with paper and pencil. If your digital artist, these techniques will be useful in your creative process. If yours entangle artist or you like to draw or doodle, you can use these techniques to color your drawings, so let's get started. 2. Class Resources: Before we start, I want to tell you about the resources you have for this class. Below the video, click or tap the about tab to get a link to the downloadable resources on Dropbox. There is a color palette for procreate, coloring pages, background images and more. This is what you'll see if you tap the link on your iPad. Let's start with loading the color palette in to procreate. Tap the icon for the color palette file tap, download, then direct. Download tap more scroll and tap copy to procreate now in procreate. Tap here to open the color picker. Tap here to see the color palettes. The new palette will be at the bottom of the list. Tap set, default, then tap either disk or classic to return to the color picker, and your color palette is ready now. I recommend saving all the images to your camera roll so they are easily accessible. Tap one of the images to open it in its own window. Tap here to show the image at 100% size, then tap and hold anywhere on the image and tap Save image to save it to your camera roll for those of you who Condell with Zip files, I have supplied a ZIP file that contains all the class files. The individual lesson folders contain the coloring page, a screenshot of the finished project in procreate so you can see all the layers and a background that we're going to add to our coloring page. The Project folder contains five more coloring pages for you to practise the techniques, I'll be showing you now. I want to talk about removing the white background from coloring pages, which is necessary for many of my techniques. I've already done this for the coloring pages I've supplied for the class, but if you want to do it for other pages, this is a simple way to do it. I use an app called RMK Pro. Open the app and tap get started to open an image, usually a J peg from your camera roll tap, apply filter and then tap white as the color. To erase the checkered background here represents the transparent areas of your image in the save panel tap original size, and this will save a new image in PNG format to your camera. Roll in the Lesson one folder. I have supplied both the J Peg and the transparent PNG so you can try it out for yourself. 3. Lesson 1 - Basics: Now let's start by importing the line drawing from the camera roll. Let's look at the layers panel. When you hide the background layer, you can see that the drawing is transparent, which is what we want. Now I'm going to create a new layer and drag it below the line drawing. It's on this layer that we're going to call her for coloring with flat color. I like to use the hard airbrush from the airbrush set. I'll choose a red color to start. Zoom in using two fingers, and I'll color the center of the drawing. In case you're wondering, there is a color drop feature that lets you fill in an area in one step. We're going to use this later, but for this one I'll just use my stylist. So I've changed colors and color. All the sections of the drawing notice that I'm leaving some sections without color. We'll come back to that later. Also, because we're working essentially underneath the black lines. You don't have to worry about coloring on top of them. - So here's what the drawing looks like when we're finished coloring. Now I'm going to import the background under tools import photo and find the background in the camera roll. I'm dragging the background layer underneath the layer where we colored. Now you can see that the background shows through the areas I didn't color. If you actually want some areas to remain white, you will have to paint them white on the color layer. We'll revisit that in a later lesson. 4. Lesson 2 - Owl: now let's start by importing the line drawing from the camera roll. This is a great coloring page by Dice Bird, who was kind enough to give me permission to use it In this class. You'll find a link to her website in the class description. In the color palette, there's a set of colors, especially for this drawing. Of course, you're free to use colors of your choice in any of the lessons. This is the color drop feature whereby you can drag a color dot from the corner into an enclosed area and this area will be filled with the color. Now you can do this directly on the drawing, but I still prefer to color on a layer below the drawing. So let's undo that and create our layer for coloring in the layer menu for the line drawing , choose reference. This will allow us to color on another layer with color drop while still using the line, drawing as a reference. Now we do the color drop again, but we can't see it because we need to do one more thing. We need to set the blend mode of the drawing to multiply, which will make the white transparent. Now I'm going to use a yellow gold color for the eyes, and then I'll go back and color the whole owl with the shades of brown. - Once you're finished, you can add the background just like we did before, import from the camera roll and drag it to the bottom. 5. Lesson 3 - Using several components: in this lesson, we're going to combine several copies of a flower drawing, and I'll show you how to create Drop shadows. Create a new square document 3000 by 3000 pixels or thereabouts. Import the drawing, resize it a bit and make two copies using the duplicate command in the layers. Now select each layer and used two fingers to move, resize and or rotate the image. You can try a different layout if you like. Oh, even a different number of flowers. Now let's hide the other two layers so we can focus on one flower at a time. Remember to create a layer underneath the flower for the color to the color our usual coloring brush and go ahead and color. I'll be using two different colors for each flower. Of course, you can create your own color scheme if you like. - Now , here's our first finished flower, and I will do the same for the other two. Hide the top one. Create your new layer for coloring underneath the drawing and go ahead and color. Once you're finished coloring, go into the layers and use merge down in the layer menu to combine each line drawing with its colored layer, so we'll end up with three layers with one complete flower per layer. Now go back to the layers menu, swipe left and tap duplicate to create a duplicate of each flower. Now for each second layer that we just created, select and fill with the color black. Now go back to the first black layer. Select the layer and drag to move it below and to the right of the flower. So this is the first part of creating our drop shadow and do the same for the other two flowers. Now these shadows air a little bit harsh, so go back to the layer menu. Choose your first black layer in the adjustment menu, choose Gaussian blur and drag your finger left to right on the screen. As you do that, you can see the shadow gets fuzzier and more realistic. I go for a setting around 20% or so, and do the same for the other two shadows. Now our final step. Let's import a background. Make sure it's the bottom layer and we're done 6. Lesson 4 - Blending Modes: in this lesson. We're going to color one of my mandala designs, import the line drawing, add your layer underneath for coloring and set the layer to the with the drawing to be the reference layer. Now go ahead and choose colors and color all the sections with color drop. Here is the drawing, with the colors done. Now, let's import the background image and move it to the bottom. This time, we're going to apply a blending mode to our colors. I changed the blending mode to multiply, which lets the texture of the bag ground show through the colored sections without changing the colors themselves too much. Now we're going to do something different with the line drawing itself. Start by duplicating the layer with the line drawing and make sure the top one is selected . Choose a gold color from the palette and in the layers menu tap, select and then fill layer. This will change the color of the lines from black to gold. Now select the second layer, which is still black. Tap the select tool and then tap here a few times to move the selection down into the right by a couple of pixels. This will create a shadow which will add dimension to the gold outline. It's a subtle difference, but you can see it if I turned the black layer off and on. 7. Lesson 5 - Using Textures: in this lesson, we're going to use the same line drawing with a technique that will allow us to use textured paint brushes, import the line drawing and change the background layer to any color other than white. You'll see why we need that in a minute. Now add four new empty layers, then grab the line drawing layer and move it all the way to the top and set the top layer to reference. Now select the second layer, said the color to white and using color drop. Fill all the sections on one side of each of the leaf shapes. Select the next layer and do the same for the other side of the leaf shapes. Now select the next layer down and fill in the outside shapes and finally select the last layer and fill in the centre shapes. Now turn off reference on the top layer and turned on al pha lock on the next layer. This is a cool feature that makes it so that you can Onley paint in places where there already is paint on that layer. Now choose a color and choose a textured paint brush. I'm using clouds in the elements brush set, adjust the brush, size and paint and notice that the only pixels that are affected are those in the current layer. Now I'll choose a darker version of the same color. Switch to the next layer, set it to Alfa lock and paint, then do the same for the other two layers with different colors. - To add more interest to the center, I used the driven snow brush to add white and black speckles. Then I'll change the background color to a darker color that will contrast with the drawing . And for the final step, I'll go back to the top layer, which is the line drawing. Select the layer and fill it with white. 8. Lesson 6 - Coloring the Lines: in this lesson, we're going to do something different. Instead of coloring inside, the lines were going to color the lines themselves. First important the drawing. Add a new layer on top and tap here to hide the drawing layer for now, going to brushes in the industrial set and choose rusted decay. Now just have fun. Choose different colors and paint. - When you're done, make the drawing visible again. Switch to that layer and hide the color layer. Select the layer. This will select all the pixels in the line, drawing tap here to invert the selection. To select everything but the line drawing. Now switch back to the layer with the colors and clear. This will clear all the colored pixels except those that correspond to the line. Drawing. Now hide the line drawing, leaving only the color. Finally, to make the colors pop. Change the background color to black 9. Lesson 7 - Shading & Highlighting: in this lesson, we're going to showcase shading and highlighting. Now you know the steps. Import the line drawing. Add a layer underneath. Set the top layer to reference and use color drop to color. The sections now import the background and place it at the bottom of the layers. I found that I can make colors more vivid by duplicating the layer and setting the top one to multiply. If the color is get too dark, you can tweak them by reducing the opacity of the second layer. Now change the blending mode of the layer. We colored to overlay again. I can tweak the effect by duplicating the layer. Now I want to shade the red circles so they look more dimensional. I will set the color to a darker shade of red, and I'll switch to the shading graphite brush in the sketching set and set the brush size fairly small. Now add a blank layer on the top of the colors and now draw around the edge of the circle to create a shadow. Then I'll switch toe white and add a highlight at the top left of the circle, and then I'll do the same for all the other circles. For a softer shading, you can apply a bit of Gaussian blur. Now. This might make your shading a little more transparent so you can duplicate the layer to bring some of that back. And if you want, you can tweak that until it's just right. 10. Lesson 8 - Intricate Design: in this lesson, we're going to color a more intricate design because of the small shapes. I usually color something like this with my stylist rather than using color drop. So import the drawing, create the layer underneath for coloring, and I'm going to use the gel pen brush in the inking set so I can get into smaller spaces. So choose a color and start coloring. In an area like this one, you can really see the advantage of coloring under the lines, so I'm going to color the rest of this and leave a couple of areas without color. When you're finished coloring, import the background and drag the layer to the bottom. Now we left this area in the middle transparent, and that lets the background show through. But in this case, I want this section to be white, so I'll set the top layer to reference, go back to my color layer and filled that section with white and we're done 11. Lesson 9 - Metallic Effect: This is our final lesson, and we're going to look at how to create a metallic effect the coloring page were using is by Steve Turner, who gave me permission to use it in this class. You'll find a link to his website in the class description. We'll start by importing the drawing, adding a layer underneath for coloring and setting the top layer to multiply to make the white transparent. I have two colors for this project in my color palette 14 a brassy gold color and one for a copper color. Although the drawing is very intricate, we concolor areas of the same color all at once without having to worry about the lines like I'm doing here with the gold color. In my version, I decided I would color the gears with a copper color and everything else. With the gold, I go right over the dark areas, which are not solid black, the color which show through a little bit, which is actually the effect that we want now. The only part of the drawing that is not in one of those two colors is the watch face, so I chose a very light version of the gold color to color the area where the numbers are now. This is what we have when all the base coloring is done, and now we'll go onto shading and highlighting. Now all the shading has already been done for us, with all the pen strokes in different patterns in the drawing. What we need to do, though, is place some highlights to make it look like shiny metal with like, bouncing off of it. So we'll set the color toe white, and we'll go back to the shading graphite brush. We'll add a layer on top of the color for the highlights. The trick here is not to add highlights everywhere, but just add a few here and there to give the impression of a shine. Now you can use Gaussian blur like we did before to soften the highlights. But depending on how vibrant your highlights were to begin with, you may find that you need to duplicate the layer to bring them back up. Now let's import our background, which will need to be sized up a bit, and here we have it. Our final lesson is done 12. Project: Now it's your turn to play. With all the techniques you've learned, you can use coloring pages you already have, or use these drawings of mine. And here are a few more examples of coloring pages that I have colored using the techniques that you've learned in the class. I hope youll post your work in the projects area. For me, the best part of teaching a class like this is seeing what you dio with the techniques that you've learned. Thank you. And I hope to see you in another class.