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Creating On The Ipad - Turning Your Sketches Into Whimsical Art

teacher avatar Jane Snedden Peever, Living the Creative Life

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Trailer


    • 2.

      Welcome and Supplies


    • 3.

      Importing Brushes


    • 4.

      Setting Up Your Canvas


    • 5.

      Digitizing Your Sketch


    • 6.

      Painting Your First Flower


    • 7.

      Touch Ups and Grouping


    • 8.

      Adding A Second Flower


    • 9.

      Painting The Second Flower


    • 10.

      Working With Colour Tools


    • 11.

      Working With Transform Tools


    • 12.

      Some Handy Tips and Tricks


    • 13.

      Enhancing With Background Colours


    • 14.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Looking for a fun way to create beautiful art that is portable, no mess, easy to use and gives you a high quality image to use in other creative works?

In this class I will take you from a hand drawn sketch to a fun and playful piece of digitally painted artwork using the Procreate App on the Ipad.


I like to keep my creative adventures as easy and simple as I can, I'm a bit of a minimalist in that way.  Yet I love to experiment and create with as many tools as possible.  I like to have my art with me at all times, it is my destress tool.  But sometimes when I am traveling or I just want to relax on my couch, when I am limited with space or numerous art tools might prove awkward, I would like to have more than just my sketchpad to work with.  

Enter the IPAD.  Working on the Ipad is a fun and amazingly creative way to bring your sketches into the world of beautiful whimsical painted art. AND there are so many tools contained within this one app. My kind of creative tool!!

So join me in this class and I will walk you through my process of creating a beautiful painted floral design from two simple sketches out of my sketch book.

Each lesson will follow me through from set up to completion and I will also show you my little tricks and tips along the way.

The 3 Things You Will Need:

 ~  IPAD - I use IpadPro, but any ipad with IOS 10.0 will do the trick, I just recently purchased the IpadPro, but I have been on Procreate from the beginning and have used it with a few different versions of ipads.

 ~  Stylus or Your Finger --  Apple Pencil is totally optional.  I use one in the class but for years I used an inexpensive rubber tipped stylus you can pick up at any office supply store or department store and your finger always works well and is alway with you!  Fingers are great for the painting process.

NOTE: Apple Pencil only currently works on IpadPro at this time, so please don't go invest in it if you have a regular ipad ......  yet :)

~  Procreate App - you can get this from itunes here.  It is quite affordable and is equivalent to the price of a nice paint brush or a good pen - but it has SOOO much more to offer :)

I have provided you in the "Attachment" section, an image of my sketches I use.  As well,  in the "Your Project" section is a link to 3 brushes I have created and use in the class.  I will show you How to import these in one of the class videos.

Looking forward to seeing you in class

ENJOY,  Let's go Create!


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1. Class Trailer: Hey everyone, my name is Jane and today I'm going to show you my techniques on how I create on the iPad and we're going to take your hand-drawn sketches and turn them into whimsical art. In this class, I'm going to show you how I get my hand-drawn sketches onto the iPad. I'm going to walk you through the process of how I redraw them, how I use the painting tools, and how I get that nice water brush look effect. I'm all about making creativity simple. So I want to show you just how easy it is to make beautiful art on the iPad. All you really need for this class is the Procreate app and an iPad. So join me now, we'll be going to explore some of these wonderful tools to help us create some whimsical art. 2. Welcome and Supplies: Hey, everyone. So glad to see you here. My name is Jane, and I want to show you today how I do some creating on the iPad. As you can tell by my classes, I really love hand drawing and I do a lot of pen and ink, and I like to work with detail. Today I'll switch it up a little and I'm going to show you how I do some of my creative processes on my iPad. I get a lot of questions on whether I use the iPad and how I do that. Today I'm going to show you how I get my hand-drawn sketches onto the iPad and then how I use them to create some nice whimsical art. I really love hand-drawn because it's so portable. When the iPad came out, I was drawn to it because it's so portable. Over the years I think I've used a few different versions of iPads. My husband bought me my first one because he knew how much I would like that style. The nice thing with the iPad is, for me, it's a lot more like drawing on a piece of paper with a pencil. Just recently, I've treated myself to an iPad Pro, and I've gotten the Apple Pencil as well. These two items have really taken a leap with the iPad. I can get so much more detail in my work now, and the resolution of my images is so much better. I can do a lot more on the iPad than I used to be able to. Before I could just do a little bit of creating and then I have to take it over to my laptop or PC, and that's where I would do the work for getting a better resolution. The things you're going to need for this class are an iPad, and I'm using the iPad Pro in my demo, but you certainly don't need the iPad Pro to do this class. I've used many different iPads over the years, and any of them will work as long as you can have the iOS 10 updates. That's what the Procreate app requires. In addition to the iPad, you need the Procreate app that you can get from the App Store. There is a cost to it, but it's not a large price. Quite honestly, it's about the price of a good paintbrush or good pen, and it has so much more value to it than they do. So it's well worth it. The two main things you need are an iPad with iOS 10 and the Procreate app. Now, I'm also using the Apple Pencil. You don't require it for this class. You can use a stylus. There's many different kinds out there. There's a lot of inexpensive ones. Or you can use your finger. The thing with your fingers, they are always with you, you never lose them, and they don't roll under the coach or under the desk, you don't lose the lids. The nice thing with your fingers is they are as portable as you can get. I still use my fingers quite a bit to do the painting because it's such a tactile experience, and I think that's one of the reasons I really love the iPad and creating on the iPad is how tactile it is. It's really good to inspire me creatively because I can use my hands with it so accurately. If you have your iPad and you've got the Procreate app downloaded from the App Store, and you've decided how you're going to draw on it, whether it be your finger, or stylus, or if you've decided you're going to get the Apple Pencil if you have the iPad Pro, then I guess we can get ready and jump right into the lesson. So I'll see you there. 3. Importing Brushes: I'm going to take you to the class on the iPad and show you a few things here. I am on the site in my web browser and this is the description of the class, the About section here. Now, I'm just going to show you a little bit as well, the stylus that I had before I got the Apple pencil, this is the bamboo stylus and it worked quite well. Often, the tips are rubber. This tip is a bamboo material. I recently purchased an Apple pencil, which I really like. The tip on it gives me really nice detail, and it's a really responsive tool when you're working with the iPad Pro. So I love to get detail, this gives me the nice fineness that I like in drawing my lines. The other option is you use your fingers, which I've used for years and they work great, especially for painting. You can either go down to the class project section or up in here to either your project, where it gives you a description. Over to the right here is the image of the sketch that I'll be using from my sketchbook. I just took a picture of it with my iPad and it went right on to my camera roll, so this is the image. You click on it, it comes up. You just hold on and save image, and now it's on your camera roll so that you can use it as well in the class. Now, I'm going to take you into the project section. This link right here is going to be the three brushes that I created for you and we'll use in the class, so click on that link and it pops up. It's in Dropbox, but you don't have to have an account to get these brushes. The folder can be accessed just by clicking on that link. The three brushes are here, so we're going to import them one at a time, so I'm going to start with this plain tech brush. So you click on that, a window pops up. In the right-hand corner, this little Share button, if you click on it, then you click on opening and it brings up your apps, you choose Procreate, and it automatically throws it into Procreate for you. Since I found that a few days ago, Dropbox did an update and now it works differently. So I'm going to leave that one in, in case it works for you, but this is the one that seems to work now, so when I click on the link, I get this window. Now, I still don't have to be signed in, I still don't have to have Dropbox. I'm going to click on the plain tech brush and I get a different window that allows me to download. I click the "Download." I want to do a direct download, so I click on that. It opens up, it recognizes it as a Procreate file, so open in Procreate, and it puts the brush in there. You will find it in the imported brushes section, so you have to slide over, find the imported brushes, click on it, and it'll be the first brush in there. Now we're going to go backwards in our browser so that I can get back to that folder. It seems to be the easiest way to do it. Now I'm going to click on the eraser brush and we're going to go through the same process. So click on Download, it automatically brings it up as a Procreate file, open in Procreate, and there's your brush. So it's still pretty easy. It's just that they seem to have changed it in the last few days. We're going to go back and get that last brush. So hit the back button on your browser and pick the dotted line brush, and then you can download that one and it recognizes it, open in Procreate, and up it pops in your imported brushes. Now you're going to want to move these brushes into different folders so leaving your imported folder open, go and find the folder you want to put it in, drag it up, and when that folder turns blue, you drop the brush in. Then when you open that folder, your brush is sitting at the top. So that's how you move your brushes around. You'll have to go back to the imported folder and get the other two. When you look at these brushes, I just want to show you one thing before we get started. When you go into this plain tech brush, this stream line right here. If you put it to the max, it really smooths out your line. So you get a really nice smooth line when you draw with the stream line at the top. If I bring it back down to the bottom, your line will show all the little irregularities that come with the movement of your hand. I really like to find a happy medium in there. I'll pull the stream line up as much as I can so that I can get that nice, smooth look to my digital drawing and still have somewhat of a hand-drawn look. I want you to be aware of the stream line because with the Apple Pencil, I find sometimes it skips when the stream line is too high. So it's finding that happy medium where the pencil works, but you still get the nice smooth line. With the eraser, I have the stream line right down to zero because the eraser doesn't work very well when your stream line is up. So I want you to be aware of that control. Here's my tapers. I don't have any tapers on my pen. I just want you to be aware of those controls, and you can play around with them. 4. Setting Up Your Canvas: So we're going to start by opening our Procreate app, and it's going to open up into our gallery of projects. We want to start a new one. So we click this plus sign and we're given a bunch of options that Procreate has preset. It also has the ones I've used in the past. We can also import a file or an image from a variety of sources, like Clipboard and iCloud Service or a camera roll. So we want to start a new Canvas. Here we get to choose the size and the DPI. I like to use 300. I find it works well for me. It gives a nice crisp image that I can print. I like my images to be about six inches, so I make my Canvas seven inches, which 7 times 300 is 2,100. Then it gives you a lot of layers to work with in Procreate. It probably depends on your iPad, but I have quite a few to work with. If I changed it to a 600 DPI, which gives me him and better quality, but I want to keep the seven inches, which so now I'm up to 4,200 pixels. By 4,200 pixels, it dramatically decreases the number of layers that I can use. I like to use a lot of layers. So my happy medium is that I use 300 DPI and I work on a seven inch Canvas. I have more layers than I need which is great. So there we are back up to a 117 layers. This works for me. So you can also name your layer here if you'd like to because Procreate saves this custom Canvas. So hit "Create" and our Canvas pops up. If we go into the Layers tool, we'll see that it gives us a background layer which is automatically set to white and an additional layer to start working on. So now we're going to go import our image into this document and if we chosen to import the image to start the project, it would have set the document up with the specs of the image. I'd rather create my own. So we go into the Wrench tool, hit "Insert" and go to Insert flat image. Now, you can choose to bring the image in from a number of sources. You can choose from any iCloud service that you have linked up to your iPads. So I have my Dropbox linked up and I often will bring things in from my PC. Here, you just click on the "Dropbox". I'm not signed in at the moment. So normally it will give you all your files there that you could see it. But instead, we're going to insert it from our photos. So from our camera roll, which is where we put the image when we took a picture of it. So here I have my albums pop up. I actually put the image into my sketches album. So I'm going to choose that album. It's going to show up with all the image that I have in there. In there it is right at the beginning. So I choose it and there it is. It puts damage on its own layer and it makes it fit the Canvas size that you have. I began duplicating my layers and locking them down in case I want to go back and start fresh on a new layer, the Undo tool will only take you so far and then you're stuck with your decisions. So it's good to duplicate the layers when you reach certain points and Procreate is great as saving your work. So even if you shut down the app by accident, your Canvas will be how you last left it when you reopen. So now I want to choose one of these flowers to draw. So I'm going to use my Transform Tool, which was my little arrow up on the left there. I can use my fingers to rotate and resize so that I can get one of these flowers to fit the whole Canvas. You want to draw as big as possible on the Canvas because you can always downsize once it's finished drawing. But if you try to upsize you're drawing your going to blur out the edges. So I'm going to lock that layer down so that I don't draw on it by mistake. Now, actually want to change the opacity which I can't do when I lock it. So I'm going to have to unlock the layer so that I can now change the opacity of the layer. I just want to bring it down so that it doesn't interfere with my drawing. So there's your opacity in your blend modes. By clicking on that end, you can see I can change the opacity of it. I'll bring it down slightly. There's another way to do this. You can go over the One tool over here and choose opacity out of the adjustments. You get this blue line across the top. That's going to tell you your percentage of opacity and you just use your finger or your stylus. You can change that by sliding back and forth. I just want it slightly lighter so when I'm drawing it doesn't interfere. So now lock that layer down. So I don't draw on it by mistake, I'm not making any more changes to it. I'm going to add a new layer, and this is the layer when we started drawing. So I'll see you in the next lesson. 5. Digitizing Your Sketch: We're ready to start our drawing, so we're going to go in and choose our black ink. Click on the color dot in the right-hand corner, it'll bring up your color wheel and a palette that I have already in place. You can choose the black, I have already my black in that palette. Procreate comes with some custom pallets, so I've mess around with them a bit. I have some favorite colors, I've have new palette here that I'm working on. You can create new palettes by doing the plus sign up in the corner here. That's going to give you a brand new palette if you want or you can play with the ones they already give you. So there's my black. Now, if you can't find the black in one of these palettes or you've gotten rid of it by mistake, I'm going to take you back in the color wheel. Your black is always on that bottom left corner of any hue that you pick, there's always a black in that bottom left corner. The outer ring is your hue, and the inner ring is your saturation, so you can pick any hue on the outer ring and then go into the inner ring and you can now new thing procreate just brought out is you can pinch open that saturation disk and it gives you a much larger selection that you can work with within that hue. I'll just pinch that back, and you can also use RGB values and your hex number for a specific color if you're looking specifically. Now we're going to get out of that. The next thing we're going to do is go under our brushes by clicking on the brush tool at the top right toolbar. We're going to go indirect inking section and we're going to pick our plaintext pen that I provided you the link to, wherever you imported that, wherever you dropped it into, you can go find that to follow along. So you can play around with these brushes and choose the one that works best with you. I can change the size of the brush just by moving the slider. Again, there's my stream line effect that smoothes out my line. I like to leave it maybe just partway now so that my pen doesn't act up too much. We can get a nice smooth line and we can move on to the next section. We go into our layer, we make sure that we have that extra layer and we can name it. It's best to name your layers because you're going to end up getting quite a few layers and it can get really congested and confusing in there. So it's best to name the as you go trying to stay organized. We have our layer for drawing, we've got our ink color and our brush, so we're ready to go. I'm going to resize using my fingers, I can pinch. I can make this bigger as I go, I can rotate it to make the drawing process easier. So as I draw, I can rotate the canvas to the orientation that I want. I can make it bigger, I can make it smaller. I just trace open lines of your already sketched drawing and you're going for the hand-drawn looks. So don't worry too much about uniformity, you want it still to have that nice quality of your sketch. Now that last one I think is a little big, so you can undo with this little arrow right here, or you can use two fingers on the screen. The two things on the screen is really handy except sometimes when you mistakenly hit the screen and it thinks that you are doing an undo. So I redrew that and now I want to put these veins in and I want a little bit of taper to them. So I'm going to choose either my technical pen or my studio pen, I think technical is what I went with. Now my screens acting up a little bit here, it undid it on me so I got to go back in and draw that one myself. Typical tech for you it has a mind of its own sometimes. So now we're going to go back and choose that technical pen, and we're going to draw in our veins now that's too thin. So I'm going to bring it up a little, it's a little better. So then see it has the taper, so it gives it a little bit of a different look. I'll bet that one is too thick. So I'm going to undo that and I'll take them all out. I think going to bring the stream line up, it's a little chunky and we'll see how that works, so all great, now my pen's skipping. Sometimes the pencil will act up and you just have to work with it. There we go again, see, lots of fun. So you just keep working with it, patience really is a good thing to have with this. You can just hover with your finger if it really it's frustrating for you. But I have the patients with the pencil. In the end it gives me the looks that I'm looking for, so keep on drawing in your veins. Then we're going to do some touch ups as soon as I get this done here, there we go. We do some touch ups with the eraser, I don't want to get rid of the nice hand-drawn look, but I have the hard eraser here that I had you guys import. I can make it very small, and I'm just going to smooth out some of those little glitches. Some places where the lines are a little bumpy or crossed over into the next section just to give it a nice look. Remember, this ink isn't going to show in our final drawing, it's just creating a framework. But I still want some smooth edges in there to work with. I think I'm happy with that. But one low more here. Perfection getting in my way. There we go. So now we're going to do the leaves, and I'm going to go back and pick my plane tech pen. I'm just going to draw over these leaves. So if you could just use them as a guide, just go with the flow of the pencil. You're still creating a sketch, you just doing it with digital. Then the stem, I want the stem as well, I got to go with this little dot that I created. So I want to do the stamp, but I want it to have some taper to it, and I also wanted to have a little more volume. Let's see what we get, that works for me. When you're all done, if he just pinch your fingers together really fast, it'll bring your image right back to its original rotation. So let's get ready to paint our drawing. 6. Painting Your First Flower: We're ready to paint. Oops, what did I do there? I'll just undo that. If you don't want this problem with your fingers causing issues on the screen, go into Preferences and Advanced gestures. My Apple Pencil is set to select a tool and my touch is also set that way. I can go to gestures only and that affects how my fingers work on the screen. Problem is that I like to paint with my fingers sometimes, so I can't do that with gestures only. However, it seems to be one of those days where everything is acting up with my fingers, so I'm going to leave it on gestures only for now. You can change that to your liking depending on the day, depending on how it works for you. Now back to our drawing, I'm going to turn off the sketch layer now and I'm left with my new drawing. I'm going to add a new layer for my painting. I'll be adding layers for each item I paint, and I'll add them as I go. I'm going to name this first one, flower 1, paint 1. The next thing I want to do is choose my color that I want to start with. Going to my color palettes, this one down here is my favorites, so I'm going to choose that one. Go into my color wheel, I like all these colors, most of them all work together that's why they're all on one. I can mess around with the color. Let's say I am going to change this color up a little bit and maybe I want to keep it for future use on this project. Let's choose that. Now, you can just add it, but of course I'm loaded up here, so I have to pick one to get rid of. To get rid of the color, which one am I going to pick here? I'll choose this one. You just toss it away. You just select it and toss it. I'm going to move that guy over, and now all I have to do is touch it and my color appears. You can start a whole new palette of your favorite colors that you want to work with on projects. Unfortunately, you can't move the colors around out here, you'd have to go in and create new ones on a new palette. This is my favorite, and I'm going to start with a little bit in here. I'm going to start with a pink, I think, to go. Now for the brush, I want to go to my painting brushes, and I like this water brush right here. They have so many options you can pick from and there's also so many options out on the web that you can import in. But I really like this water brush. It's the one I'm going to work with. There's so many controls here on the brushes. You have to learn them as you go, you play around with them and see what they do. That's how I learned. I'm ready for the brush and I'm going to go to my layers and I'm going to make sure I've got the drawing layer setup. Now I'm going to select my drawing itself and go to the selection tool, which is the S on that top bar and I'm going to start to select my outer ring. You have to have it on automatic not freehand. Automatic selection. Oops, flipped out on me. One more try. Automatic selection, we're going to choose this outer ring of petals and then we're going to go up and select our paint layer and see how everything that turn gray is mass out. We won't be able to paint on that, you're only going to be able to paint on the white section, which is so perfect for me. I'm going to change the size of my brush where I want in the opacity, I choose about a 50 percent because I want a washed out look. We start to paint. I just put in some pink. Now, when I do this, I try to put about three different colors in to give it some dimensions. I like this section. You can see the color next to the one you used previously, and I still have to water brush there, so I paint a little over. You're just scribbling in, doing it by site really. I'm going to pick a third one, maybe this orange. I like this because everyone I paint is just a little bit different. Even though it's digital, it's still out gives me a lot of options to choose. I deselect and I have my first paint layer done. We're going to do our second one. Go back to drawing, go back to select, make sure it's automatic, and pick your next ring of petals. Now, go into the layers and create a second layer. We're going to name this one just like we did the first one so we can stay organized here. We're going to paint our second ring onto its own layer. Here I'm going to start to choose colors that compliment it, but are a little bit different. You could paint everything on the same layer if you want, but I like the control. Because later on I'm going to show you how to use the color tools and I want to be able to change each layer individually. Again, this is why I like having a lot of layers to work with. So when I'm limited to 26, it really limits my creativity. This section is going to be a little lighter than the first one. The other nice thing is that when they're all being painted on their own layers, you can do a layer twice. You can choose from different options, you can delete it if you don't like it and start again. Our third layer that we created there, we're going to do the center. Again, I'm going to choose some colors that compliment, but aren't quite the same. What I like about my color palette is they all work together. I'm going to make sure I name this one. I'm not really good at naming my layers, and then before I know what I'm all mixed up as to what layer is what. It's important to name those layers to stay organized. I'm going to make my center just a little bit darker but stay in the same range of colors. Hit the select button to deselect, and I have my flower painted. Let's do the leaves. Again, on my drawing, I am doing the automatic select and I'm going to pick this stem as well because I want the stem to be colored as well. We're going to go back in and we're going to create another layer for those leaves and we will name it. This time, I wanted to stay within the same flower group, so I got to start it with the same name and I have to add leaves to it so I know what I'm doing there. We're going to go back into our color and we're going to start working with our greens. I'm going to make sure that I get the leaves as well as the stem. Don't forget that stem. Just because it's black, you might forget it's there. The nice thing because everything else is massed out, it doesn't matter, you can paint all over the screen and you will only hit the sections that are white. I'm going to add a little peach to my leaves just to compliment and match my flower. I think I have it. I'm going to add a little bit more green in there. Then I'll pick my layers and I'll deselect, and here comes the magic. I'm going to turn off my flower drawing. There's your painting. Isn't that pretty? Good work. Next lesson. 7. Touch Ups and Grouping: So I want to organize my layers a little bit before I move on to drawing the next flower. So I'm going to my Layers window, and I have four painted layers for this flower. I can merge them together. So I select each layer by flipping to the right. The first layer you selected was royal blue, but the additional ones will be a darker blue. If I select my Transform tool, I can see that as they're all selected, I can move them as a unit, but they're not merged yet. I can merge them by pinching them together and now they're all on one layer. But I'm not ready for this, so I'm going to undo that because I want to be able to work with these layers separately later on. My other option is to group. So on the right-hand side, these little lines that will group the selected layers into one group, which I can close down and I can name it, so I'm going to name it, flower 1 painted. I can again duplicate this group. Then I can lock that group down and move it down with my other locked groups. So I'm just going to lock that and turn it off. So now I have a copy of the original painted flower. If I make any goof ups up here, I always have that. So I'm a big advocate of duplicates. In fact, if I've put a lot of work into a project, and I'm not done yet, I'll go into the gallery and slide it to the left and duplicate the project itself. So it's going to create a whole second copy like a backup of my project so if I mess up, I have that in the gallery. So I really like that because it's so easy to mess up and not be able to go backwards. I'm going to finish this one off with a few little eraser tricks that I have. I have this dotted line brush that I also provided you the link for. I'm going to use that in my eraser section. So any of the brushes you can use in the normal brush section, you can also use in the eraser section. I want to do it on my center part of my flowers, so I'll make sure I've got that layer selected. I'm just going to change the size a bit when I like and I'm going to jump there. So I'm going to draw in some little dots and actually erasing them out of the paint. So that's actually creating the background that's now showing through. I'm going to do the same thing on the leaf. So I have to make sure I've chosen the leaf layer. Again, I'm just going to draw them down the center of the leaf. It's something different than the normal line, gives it a little bit of a whimsical look, which is what I'm going for, and this is a small leaf, so I'm going to make the dots a little smaller. There you have it. Something unique and fun and easy that you can do with your Eraser tool. So now I'm going to go back into my layers and close that one down. Now, I went and changed it since I've made my duplicate. So I'm going to go into my duplicate and unlock it and delete it. Then I'm going to duplicate the new one and bring it down. I'm going to lock it down and I'm going to turn it off and we're ready to move on to our second flower. 8. Adding A Second Flower: Now I'm going to turn this flower off and I'm going to go back down to my original sketch because I want to pick a second flower, a different one. I'm going to select one of my original sketch and I need to duplicate because I'm going to change this and unlock it. I'm going to go into transform. I'm going to use my fingers to pinch and zoom and bring a second flower, a different one, up into the full size of the canvas. Now I'll go turn off that original layer. I'm going to change my opacity on this before I lock it down this time. I'm just going to bring it down slightly, I don't want to lose my ability to see the lines. Then I'm going to lock that one down. I'm ready to, I'll just move it here with the other ones. I'm just organizing my layers. Need to stay organized so I know what I'm doing. I create another layer for my paint and then I select my black ink and my brushes. I'm looking for my plane tech pen in my inking section. There it is. Then I will change the size of that up just a bit, resize my canvas. I have to rename this layer to make sure that I stay organized and I'm ready to go. I'll start my drawing. Again, I'm using the sketch underneath as a guide. It's just a guide. You have freedom here to do whatever you want with these petals. Change things up if you want. These lines again, are just going to create a border for your paint. The ink itself isn't going to show. I like to keep them a decent thickness so that it creates a nice defined space for each painted section and you get that nice white in-between each one when you remove the drawing from it. For the most part, for the basic drawing, I usually keep a consistent line width. Then when I do the extra details, like when I go in the inside here, I'm going to make this line a little thinner. It adds a little bit of interest to your drawing to have the different thicknesses when you add in the details. Again, remember this is still, you're looking for the hand-drawn look. That's why it's so nice to just have that unique whimsical look to your drawing. I'm going to use the eraser just to clean up some of those little bumps and the places that I went over. I'm looking for my eraser. There it is. I think I have it in here more than once. I'm going to make it quite small because I just want to smooth out the bumps. I don't want to take out too much of the lines. Just in some of the areas, some of the roughness I'm going to leave in because again, like I said, I want that hand-drawn look. I'm just going to go around here, keep my perfectionist side in check. We're going to move on now to the leaves. I split this up just a little bit. I didn't want to bore you with the long process of drawing flower Number 2, but I still want you to get the idea how this one's just attached different. See here in the original sketch, everything was joined at the bottom, but I don't want it joined because I want the individual pieces to be painted separate and I want to be able to select them separately. I'm going to do my stem. Well, that pencil's acting up there, isn't it? Anyways, I want to do the stem with a taper. Sometimes it could mean that my pencil needs recharging. It uses up fast, but it also recharges faster. There is drawing Number 2. Actually, I want to add in some of these veins. Let's go back in to the drawing layer and we're going to just add in a vein into each of these leaves, I redo that one. There we go. I'm happy with that. Now we paint. 9. Painting The Second Flower: We're ready to paint flower number 2. We're going to turn off our sketch layer, and we're going to make sure we're on our drawing layer. We're going to go over and click our Selection tool, make sure it's on automatic, and we're going to choose the outer ring of petals to start with first. We're going to go back and create a new layer, and this is going to be our first paint layer. We're going to name it to keep ourselves organized. This is flower 2, and it's our first paint layer, so paint 1. I'm going to close down the layers and go in and pick our paint color. I'm going to pick my palette and go into my color wheel. I think for this one, I think I'm going to go with purple for this one. Then I'm going to make sure I get the right brush. So into painting and pick the water brush, and I'm just going to adjust that a little bit, and we're ready to go. We start painting. We cover all the white area. I'm just going to go back in my layer here, just makes sure that I'm on the right paint layer, so that's the drawing. Make sure I'm on the right paint layer because if you start painting on the drawing and you don't notice what you're doing, the undo will only let you go back so far and you'll just have to start over again. That's why you have those duplicate copies locked down at the bottom. I think I'm going to go with a little bit of a darker purple for my second color. I've mixed in a little blue there as well. I really like that I can get different looks with every single flower just naturally by mixing the colors differently every time. Now we're going to do our second ring and we're going to make sure we are on our drawing layer and hit our Selection tool on automatic, and we've got the second ring selected now. We're going to go in and pick a color, I think I'm going to go lighter for the next ring. Now I have to create another layer for painting, I can't forget to do that, and rename it. Once you get going on this, you get a flow going so that you don't miss steps. It's probably good to do it the same way each time, or you'll end up painting on the wrong layer. That's the biggest thing you have to watch for. Now we're going to paint the lighter colors in and I'm going to try to stay in the same tone, but keep just a bit of a lighter look to this second ring. Then I'm going to add just a touch of light blue here, and I want to keep this. Away goes that pink and in goes the blue. I'm going to finish off this middle layer with just a touch of a light blue. Great. Now I'm going to go back to my drawing layer, unselect and then reselect again, making sure it's on automatic, and I'm going to select my centers of my petals and the center of the flower as well. Then I go back in and I create a new layer. This one will be the third painted layer. We're going to keep consistent with our naming. So when you go to group this flower it makes sense. Then we're going to pick our color. I'm going to go with a much lighter purple, I think, for the centers and stay within the purple tones. This is really the same idea as we did for the first one. I'm just picking different colors and it gives you a little bit of a different shape and shows you that you can do each of these flowers very differently. It's all up to you. A little pink in there. A little orangey, pinky, just to give it a little accent. Then we're going to do the leaves. Again, deselect and I go down to my drawing one more time. Select again, make sure it's automatic and we're going to pick the leaves. This is why I want them all separate and the stem. I'm going to go back in, create another layer that we are going to name, keeping it in the same flower group. Once you get used to doing this, it becomes routine and you develop a pattern, goes much faster. Back into my greens, I'm keeping the petal colors consistent with the last flower, that they're going to come out a little different, of course, because again, it's the water brush, makes it a little different. A little bit of dark green in there, and then I'd like to add a little accent, whether be it pink or peach. I like to add something that just enhances the leaves with the flower. I'm just going to add a little bit of this peach in, and then I'm going to probably put a little bit more green on top of that. The paint just keeps adding on top of itself. But it's gotten capacity, so you can see through it, which is what I like about this water brush. Now we're going to deselect. We're going to go in and turn off our drawing, and there is our painted flower. A very similar technique and very different look to the flower, which is really nice. I want to group these layers together because I'm not ready to merge them either. I'm going to select them all, click these lines and it creates a group. Then I want to name this group so that I can stay organized with my flowers because sometimes I make five or six or up to 10 flowers in one project. We're going to duplicate it and move it down, and I should name that flower 2 painted. I think painted should be the name. Be consistent, like I did with the last one. Then I'm going to lock it down. Now we're going to get into using some of the adjustment tools, and I'm going to show you how you can just use these two painted flowers to make an endless variety. 10. Working With Colour Tools: We're going to explore a few things we can do with these painted drawing. Here I've shown you how to turn off the background color if you want a transparent background, and you can save it as a PNG that way. I'm going to show you a few ways that you could export this image if you want it. So in the wrench tool you select share. We're going to share artwork and it gives you a few options. We're going to choose a JPG, and then it'll come up with different places. I choose Save Image, which takes it to your camera roll. There's other places you can do it as a Procreate file, as a Photoshop file or as a PDF, and you can share those in different ways as well. If you want to share your JPG to your Dropbox or different iCloud service, you can do that as well and just pick your save to Dropbox option. You can open it in other apps, there's many things you can do to get these images into other places. Now we're going to create a third flower, and it's going to be the same design as this one, but we're going to play with the colors. So I'm going to duplicate this flower and I'm going to rename it flower 3, because this is going to be the third flower that we're going to design. This time we're not drawing it, this time we're going to play with the adjustment tools. So open your group and select your first layer, and this is why I've kept them separate because I want to work on one ring at a time. Go to your one tool and we're going to pick hue, saturation and brightness. Here we can adjust the color of that ring. As you see how easy it is to completely change the color of the ring, but you keep the nice water washed looking effect to the brush. So now we're going to go into our second ring and we're going to play with that one. So go back over to your one tool, and there I'm going to pick color balance and show you something a little different. Now, you have to play around with them because they each have their own purpose. I like to bounce back and forth between the different options, the hue saturation, brightness, the color balance, and the curves, we're going get into that as well, and just play with them because I'm a very visual person, so I just like to move these little sliders around until I like what I see on the screen. The thing with digital painting is that you're dealing more with light than you are with pigment. You do have to consider if you're going to print this out, what it's going to look like. But if you're just using it on a digital screen, you're dealing more with how the light affects the colors. So it's good to understand your hue saturation tools, your color balance tools, and your curves. But when it comes right down to it, the way you learn it the best is just to play with these until you see what they can do for you. So I'm really working here on a bit of a teal and the very dusty rose color. I might make the center just a peach here, brighten it up a little. The most powerful of the tools is the curves, and that one you really have to work with, you've got your black point at the bottom left, your white point at the top right, and then in-between is your highlights, your mid tones and your shadows. Then you also at the bottom have your overall Gamma, your red, your green, your blue channels. So when you get used to using this one, it has the most power to make the most changes. But again, it's practice and playing around with it. I always say if you don't understand how the tools work, that's okay for now because if you can play around with them and get the results you're looking for, then they're working for you. The leaves I like to leave the same color and then all my flowers work together, so I just change the flower part. So there is flower number 3, and we can close that group down. Now I want to go back to flower one, and I'm going to make a second one of that. So I'm going to duplicate it and I'm going to rename it, and this one's going to be flower number 4. Now again, I don't duplicate these ones necessarily and lock them down because my original two flowers are duplicated and lock down at the bottom. So we're going to select our first layer, and now we're going to go into adjustments and work with the hue and saturation. So I'm going to speed this part just a little bit so you can see what I have done with this flower, but it's not going to take the long process that the last one did. What I like about working with the curves is that you can work with the channels so you get the red, green, and blue, and because I've used three or four different colors in each of the petal rings, it works on maybe one of those colors. So it really brings out the watercolor look of the water brush when you work with that. You can also flatten it out, doing that as well. But I really like how in this outer ring, the green has really been enhanced inside the peach, so I actually am working with more than one color at a time in a ring. So I could do this also if the layers were merged, it's just a lot more fun to work on one ring at a time. So now that I've done flower number 4, I have four different flowers now that I can work with and create a design out of. Now because I'm going to be changing the shape of these flowers, transforming them, rotating them, etc, I want a copy of flower four and flower three originals locked down at the bottom and turned off so I always have those there. So let's go explore our Transform tools and see what designs we can create. 11. Working With Transform Tools: Now let's create a design with these four flowers that we've painted and colored. I want to open up each of my groups and merge the layers into one layer so that I can work with these flowers. Then I pick that layer up, and take it out of the group. Now the group is going to be empty. I want to move, this one should actually be down at the bottom because it's one of my lock downs. Now I can delete the group name because there's nothing in it anymore, and I have to do that with each of the groups. I merged the four layers together into one layer. I pick it up, and I take it out of the group, and then I go down, and I'll do the next one, and I'll merge those four together and pick it up and take it out of the group. Each of my flowers are going to be on one layer. It's going to make them a lot easier to work with this way. I have a duplicate copy down below if I want to do any more changes to them. Now I have to delete each of these empty groups to get them at them away because I don't need them anymore. Now I got to turn off each of the flowers because I only want to work with one at a time. I have to be on the right layer here, I'm on the wrong layer. There we are, so I'm on the layer that's actually on. I go to my Transform tool, and I can use my fingers to pinch it smaller and move it over to the side. What I want to do is get all four of these flowers onto the screen at once, and then I can work with them from there. Again, I go up to my next flower, and I pick the Transform tool, that little arrow, and I make that flower smaller. Now all these tools at the bottom in the Transform do different things. I just flipped my flower there using the horizontal flip. There's a horizontal flip, and a vertical flip, and rotation. It rotates 45 degrees, there's no way to change that. That's the automatic. You can also transform it by dragging the side across, and that will give you a mirror as well. Now we're in the Free Form part of the Transform, so you don't have any procreate, it doesn't give you exact measurements. It's really just by site. Now I'm going to bring down my next flower and place it. Because my brush was an opaque brush, you're going to be able to see the flowers through each other. I think when I place these out, I end up placing them so they don't touch. But it gives a nice look too, it gives a watercolor look that you're overlapping the flowers sometimes. It's just that I have the brush working with my opacity level. In order to work with a flower, I have to be on that layer with the flowers on. I don't want them all in the same layer right now because I want to be able to move them around, resize them. I just have to go in and keep picking the layer of the flower that I want to work with. I just keep adjusting them with my fingers, I really like the organic feel of being able to resize with my pinching of the fingers. You can also use the corner of the box and your pencil or your finger. If you touch outside the box, it will re-size it as well. I'm just going to adjust these around until I'm happy with them. I can change the angle of the flowers, and I think that that works for me right there. When I find an arrangement that I like, now I want all these flowers to be on one layer. I'm going to merge these four together, and now I can work with this unit as one unit. These four flowers are now one. I wanted to duplicate this because I want to create a mirrored design out of them. I choose the Transform tool, I'm still in freehand, and I can drag the box down to wherever I want it. Now being in free hand, these two images aren't going to be identical sizes. If I use the vertical flip, now the image is exactly the same as the one above it size-wise, and I just have to drag it to where I want, but it's not necessarily aligned. Now if I go back and choose Magnetic, procreate gives me guidelines, and I can move that image directly down underneath the other one in perfect alignment. Using the Magnetic option just gives you guidelines and suggestions as to how to keep your design symmetrical. Now I want these two layers to me merged down into one. As you can see, if I select it, and I rotate it, it rotates as one because it's one layer. If my magnetic is on, I can resize it from the corner and keep the proportion of the design accurate. So that's a really handy feature. What if I decided at this point that there's something on there I want to change the position of, but I've merged all the layers together, so they move as a unit. Well, you pick the Selection tool, and then you freehand draw a selection all the way around the item that you're looking to change. Once you have that selected, then you're going to click on the blue arrow for the Transform, and it's going to show you the item that you can move. Now I can move that to a different place, I can adjust it slightly. At the moment, it's on magnetic, so it's giving me suggestions. But you could also choose Free Form, and move it wherever you want. Then once I've chosen where I want it, and I'm happy with it, I de-select it, and it becomes part of that layer again, and you're good to go. Now in the next lesson, I'm going to show you a few more tricks that are going to help you with re-designing. 12. Some Handy Tips and Tricks: So here's a simple little design using just one variation of this flower. I resized my flower to a quarter of the page and then I duplicate the layer. Now, I go into the Transform section and I can flip that layer horizontally and move it over to look like I'm here, or I can hit the "Undo" there and I can use the free form method to drag the box over to the other side, which leaves my two inner edges butted up against each other. Now, the second flower isn't identical to the first when I use this method, but that's okay, I don't mind that. Now I select the two layers and I can use the transform tool to move this up to the top of my page and I can turn off that other flower that I was using. Now I can merge these two layers together because I like them the way that they are. The easiest way to merge two layers is to select the top one. If you click on it, you get options to the left and then you just hit "Merge Down". Now I can duplicate that layer, go back into Transform and I can drag the layer down. I could do a vertical flip as well. But in the free form method I can just drag it and now I can shift it around wherever I want. So if I want the two designs to overlap, I can just stretch it up a bit and then I get an overlap design, or I could go back in and just shift the one up above, up slightly so that they're barely touching. So arrange them the way you want and there you have a cute little design. This next trick I'm going to show you, if you remember how we painted, we used a 50 percent opacity water brush when we did our flowers so that you could see the colors through each other. But maybe when you had done the flower and you put them together in a design, you don't want to see the other flowers through it and that is what will happen if you keep this low opacity on the brush. So I'm going to show you a little trick on how to put a solid color flower behind your painted flower even if it's just a solid white so that you can still use it as a PNG with a transparent background, but your flower itself isn't going to be see-through. Here's the trick to that. I'm going to go in and I'm going to create a new layer, and I want this layer to be a solid color and I'm going to place it under my drawing. I'm going to use white for this one and I drag the dot over and it fills the entire layer that I created. Go back to your drawing and pick "Select" and you're going to select every piece of this flower that you're eventually going to paint, because what you want as a solid color flower underneath a painted flower so that you can't see through to the next item underneath. This works really well for PNG. Once I've selected everything, pick "Inverse", those two little arrows that go towards each other. You're going to go back to the Layer, make sure you're on the white layer. Swipe with three fingers. You have options pop up, choose "Cut" and when you go back into the window, you'll see that your white solid layer is now a white flower and this will be the background of your painted flower if you don't want to see through the flower, but you still want the opacity low on your paintbrush. When you're done with the painting section, you would merge it with this layer and you would forget your finished flower. In procreate the cut copy and paste function is with those three fingers. So if I pick this layer, this flower and let's say I want to copy and paste it, I swipe with three fingers and I get my options to come up and I have the option to cut it, to copy it or paste it. So I'm going to copy it and then when you paste it back in, it's going to paste onto its own layer. So I have to three swipe again and paste and there it did paste it. Now I can move it around and transform it by itself because it's all on its own layer. Now, it's very handy to use this tool if you want to just keep adding things in. You could duplicate layers as well but it works well if you just want to keep adding in the same item over and over. Another place this comes in handy is if I have all these flowers on one layer, but I decide I don't want this little green part here. So I free-form select around that with the Selection tool. I swipe with three fingers, my options come up, and I choose cut and it's gone. It's really handy for that. Now I'm going to show you one more technique using backgrounds. 13. Enhancing With Background Colours: Once you're happy with your final design, the last thing you can do is work with your background color if you'd like. So you can go ahead and you can turn it off, if you want to, save it as a PNG, and have a transparent background. This is a good function. Or you can go back in and you can change the background color. Procreate gives you an automatic white background, but the way that you can change is, if you click on the background layer and the color wheel pops up, and you can choose any color for your background. This is handy that it gives it to you in real time, so you're able to select different colors to get different looks to your design. You can use colors that are already in your palette. You can use contrasting colors, and you can change the colors that are in your palette to a lighter version. I like to try a bunch of different colors, and what I do is I share them into my Camera Roll, I choose Share, Share Artwork and then I will save them to my Camera Roll. I'll do a few different versions so that I have a bunch of ideas to choose from, once I'm done with my design. Now, you've created a beautiful piece of whimsical art from your own sketches, have fun with this and keep on creating. 14. Final Thoughts: So thanks so much for coming, join the class today, and learning something new. I'm really excited to see your projects and what you've created on the iPad. I just decide now that I have had a lot of people ask me about the Mandela work that I do and whether I do them on the iPad, and in procreate. Recently I'd have actually started doing a lot more of them on the iPads especially since I've gotten the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil because I can get the detail. Lately, procreate has also developed some nice techniques, some tools in there that I can do a little more symmetrical work. So just the heads up. My next class, which will be very very soon, is going to show you some of the techniques I use with my Mandela's on the iPad. So that's something we look forward to keep an eye out for that. So in the meantime, go and create with the techniques that you learned today. I'm looking forward to seeing your work and thanks again, and take care.