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Draw a Forest with Fireflies using Procreate

teacher avatar Avraham Nacher, Procreate Artist

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4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Forest Fireflies Intro

    • 2. Drawing the trees

    • 3. Adding grass and foliage

    • 4. The fireflies!

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About This Class

This class is ideal for a beginner or someone who doesn’t consider themselves so artistic. There is no need for precise drawing skills in this class, and I will guide you step by step, explaining my choice of brushes and drawing techniques.

I include a custom brush for making grass, as well as explain how to modify existing brushes to achieve specific effects.

This is a class for any level of Procreate user, though a bit of knowledge may be helpful as this is not a class about the program itself.

 I recommend having an Apple Pencil to take advantage of the full capabilities of Procreate, but students will do just fine without it.

So join me in this class, and let’s create a lovely twilight forest scene together!

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Avraham Nacher

Procreate Artist


Hey there, my name is Avraham. 

As a self-taught artist, I understand the joy of the artistic process but also the frustration when experimenting with new techniques and styles.

I love being able to help others with what I've learned in my art journey and love to connect with fellow artisans.

In my classes, I clearly explain how to achieve the results you are looking for, and break it down into easily digestible units. I also provide plenty of (optional) mini-homework assignments so you can practice what you've learned.

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1. Forest Fireflies Intro: Hi there and welcome to this Skillshare course. My name is Avraham and I'm a professional illustrator painting scenes of nature. It can be a very relaxing experience. This course. Together we're going to create this very soothing toilet seen for fireflies will be using the app Procreate on the iPad to do our work. But you could really use any drawing software. What's cool about a nature scene is that you can play around with it. There's no right or wrong way, but how to draw these trees in that way. I hope you have fun experimenting and coming up with your own version that you like. So if you're ready to get started, I look forward to seeing you in the next video. 2. Drawing the trees: So to start, we're going to create a new canvas, clicking the plus sign. And we're going to use a canvas that has 4 thousand by 3 thousand pixels with 300 DPI. That gives a very high resolution. If we want to print it later, because it's a dark scene, we're gonna make a background which is relatively dark. So let's go, let's go into color wheel and get a pretty dark blue color. Now we're going to do the color drop and click and hold on the color and drag it into the canvas and it'll fill up the whole screen with that color. So now let's create a new layer. On this layer, we're going to put our trees because pretty dark green. For the brushes. We're going to the airbrush and the medium brush and the recent picking the medium brushes because I want the edges to be slightly undefined. Let's make sure it's at full opacity and medium-sized brush. To start off, we're gonna start with the trunk of the tree and beginning with some very thick, big thick trunk. Just one idea to keep in mind is that as you're drawing that the branches of the tree actually tapers as it gets taller. The bottom of the tree is gonna be wider naturally than the top of the tree. Just understanding the tree branches are usually not so straight, so we don't have to worry about straight lines. They can be as normally as you want. As we move up the tree. We're gonna make some branches which are obviously going to be thinner. And don't worry, it doesn't have to be so exact here we're just King's basic shapes, the tree. The branches also are going to get narrower and smaller as you go up. And if I make them brushes small, so like always widen it up but over the branch it a second time, a little wider. You can make your tree is curvy normal street as you'd like. Now for balanced, Let's create another tree on the right side, again where I start with the trunk, which will be wider and as we move up, it'll taper down. On the top will make the main tree here to the right. So we'll make that branch a lot thicker. We can create some more smoke branches coming off from it. No large branch that will connect between the two areas of our canvas. I'm just going to make, again a branch that tapers and wider at the bottom curve here and there as it goes along. For good measure, let's add in one more tree, this one, Let's make it pretty straight. Just a little leaning to the right. And that will balance with the different trees are being left on the other side. Let's give you the branch. Maybe a second branch will have this one. We'll draw as if it's going behind the tree to its left. Little bit overlap. We've finished with our trees. Let's go in, add in some foliage. 3. Adding grass and foliage: New layer we're going to add in some foliage is because we went to B again, it's made the background will go under the organic brush set and choose snow gum. We will pick for the color a little bit later of the green color. So we'll just paint some of these leaves on it, fill up the area. And what's cool about these is that it will give a whole bunch of different colors. Have a little bit of variation in it, which is nice. We'll go for a slightly darker green. You can add layering some depth. Now let's go for a third pass of even darker leaves. The idea is to have a full background full of leaves. We see the different textures. Since a dusk type of situation, let's also put in a purply color to represent the tones of sundown and those purpley leaves, we're going to make another layer, and this won't put on top of our green layer. Add some real intensity. This layer, we're going to change its mode to Multiply. Yeah, that's really dark now. Let's have some of the sunset shining through the background. We're going to pick British yellowy color. And we're going to create a layer behind all the leaves and trees that we've created so far. For this, we're going to switch back to our airbrush and this time choose the soft brush because we want the edges of the sun to be very diffused and go for a large size brush and reduce the opacity. So it's a little more delicate. Looking good. So let's make it a little more intense the sun by duplicating the layer and then merging it to soften even more. Let's go to the Effects and Gaussian blur. Looks good to me, around 30%. And let's see if I can get even more intense by duplicating the layer. Now we're going to go to the bloom effect, and that's going to really make the color pop. Now let's coincident leaves in the foreground, in front of the tree trunks. And we'll go back to deep purply color. And let's go back to where organic slogan the brush. Since these leaves are even closer, we'll make sure that they are a bit larger than the green color through in a few scattered leaves here. Now we've got our trees, the background. Let's work on the foliage on the ground. So to start, we're going to create a new layer. I made my own brush that's sort of like blades of grass. And you can download them from the resources section. We'll go for a dark crafts color first because we're getting, we're going to do some layering and these will be the grass in the most background of our scene. Laid down on this tall grass all around longer than I wanted to. So let's first create another layer and go to the Selection tool, selection tool with rectangle and make sure color fill is selected. And then we're going to create a Dropbox here. The whole area that we wanted to be our ground. And since color fill is selected as soon as we let go, the whole area will be filled with a color and aggressive will seemingly disappear because it's in closer crash. But since our color feels too active, we go back to the color area and then play with the colour of the selected area will lighten up a little bit so that our dark or dark tall grass will stand out. Now that we've got a good solid base for our grass, Let's go back to our actual grass layer. Choose another, Let's choose a darker green for our graphs. And continue filling up all the area as much as we can. I'm looking at it actually, I realized that some of the gas in the background, we can't see it because the leaves that we have here are covering them up. Let's turn that off and you'll just see, whoa, that's pretty dark. Now. Let's put a few more, little more grass in for good measure here. Now that we have our grass down here, Let's go turn our leaves back on so we can see them and then start to erase a little bit so that we can reveal more autoregressive in the background. We're gonna go for the race and the eraser tool. We're going to choose the brush and the soft brush because we don't want the edges to be so apparent. Going to gently go back and forth on that layer of the leaves to reveal more of the grass beneath it. Continue to balance out the foreground and background of our grassy layer so that they look like they're connected. Now I think we have our scene. We have the trees with leaves and wheatgrass. Pulse left now is to add in our lovely fireflies. 4. The fireflies!: Let's go create a new layer. And we're going to go to luminance and was picked glimmer ticked at the standard one that's there. For color. Of course, we want to pick a nice bright yellow. So the original glitter has a jitter of 15%, as you can see here. But I don't want it to her because I want the color to be very uniform. I don't want different hues of yellows and reds and showing up. I made a duplicate of this. And I went and turn the hue down to 1%. So it basically doesn't change at all. So if I choose one color like here, this blue, It's only very similar. And now instead of drawing a long line, we're going to draw a very short line. And then we're going to do, we're going to click and hold. We're going to draw a line, but we're not going to look up in line. We're going to hold it until it gives us the line edit options. And then we're going to stretch out our line. These little pieces separate. I think these capacitor five plays. Let's just duplicate that line, will typically will duplicate that row and pulls them down and pull it down. Now have even more fireflies. Will click on the arrow, which is the edit layer tool, and make sure we're in three forms so that we can just squash this layer down a little bit and it won't, it won't keep the dimensions uniform. Now let's create another layer for the firefighters are closer by and I'm pressing down a little bit harder so the glitter is larger. And again, the same thing of press and hold and get the line effect. And then we can play around with it. Here. I'm going to scale them in a uniform way. So the 13, they're circular shape the circles and make these fireflies, they are really close. One more layer, we're going to add a few more fireflies in the background, pressing very lightly so they're small. And let's put them back there. Duplicate that a few times to make them bright because if you press lately so small but they're not so intense. So by duplicating the layer, we can get the small effect, but have the intensity of the fireflies much brighter for the ones that are furthest away. Let's add in a little bit of Gaussian blur to show that they're further away and not as clear defined hold and drag to the right. And I usually like to go to obviously blurred and then pull back a little bit. If I was at five to go back to 3%, something like that. Now our next layer, and let's go see how much you want to blur that one. Again, pulling out far and then going back. And it looks like 3% is d, the number we're going with. Even though one, Let's see, even the one that's close by skipping this dreamy look. So let's call blur that as well. Now we're going to merge those layers together and let's add some depth by removing some of the fireflies, not all of them, but some of the firefighters in front of the trees going to our eraser tool and we'll use again the soft brush. Zoom hit zoom in here and just the sum of them. The most part we'll get rid of the really small patches of color because I want it to look like the larger fireflies are close to us. The smaller ones should be behind the tree so we shouldn't see them. And because of the sun that's coming in, Let's go add in a clipping. Let's go add in some highlights to the branches themselves. So for that, we're gonna create a clipping mask. New layer. We're gonna create a new layer above our branches and make it into a clipping mask. Wherever you draw will not go, will not be, will only be visible where the branches are. And let's go back to our airbrush. Lets go back to our soft airbrush. Lowers, make it a little bit smaller brush, and we're going to start drawing in where we think the light might be coming through the, peeking through through the trees and eliminating certain parts of the trunk and branches. Imagine that the light, obviously the light is coming from above and below. So let's imagine that the light is hitting the top part of the tree branches. This area here where the one branch goes behind the other tree. That's a little bit complicated because we have to pretend that the tree is blocking or obscuring. The one closer tree is obscuring the branch behind it. Carefully draw in the highlighted parts there. They'll also help us give definition to the nearer tree because that part will have darker parts around it where the light is not hitting it. Notice I had a little bit more into the trunk. Some textures that we can see, such a big dark green area. Now to help the tree trunks themselves blending with the background. Let's go to that layer of a tree trunk. And we're going to erase some of the tree trunk. So the grass and the layer beneath it will show up and to cover to look like it's coming part of the trunk. So what's gonna make sure every front gets a little bit of that grassy coverage and treat our lipid to pronounce for me. So let's go into make a small adjustment to push them back a little bit. We're going to decode the effects and the curves and make sure that we're affecting the gamma, which is all three colors, not just the red or green. Pull it down in the middle so that it makes the color just a little bit darker, a little more subtle. Let's check it out. Before and after. There you have it. A pharmacy scene with fireflies. I hope you enjoyed this class. I picked up a few new techniques. I would love it if you shared with me and the other people taking this Skillshare course, what you've created in the project section. And if you could leave a review of this course, it would definitely help me a lot. So thank you for joining me in this Skillshare course. I look forward to seeing you in the next one.