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Tropical Florals in Procreate

teacher avatar S Sukilopi, Artist, Skillshare teacher

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Presentation

    • 2. Gathering reference images

    • 3. Basic painting technique

    • 4. Smudge tool effects

    • 5. Adding details

    • 6. More flowers and student project

    • 7. Leaves technique

    • 8. Arranging the elements

    • 9. Background color and texture

    • 10. Some ideas

    • 11. Finally

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About This Class

Painting on your iPad as intuitively as you would on paper is perfectly possible, through an easy and fun technique that I will show you in this class.
Step by step we will design tropical flowers and leaves to illustrate this method and create a beautiful floral composition.
I will also demonstrate how to obtain a natural painted look and vibrant colors, how to arrange all your elements to get a harmonious pattern and show you ways to create nice textures for your background.
By the end of the class you will be able to design your own beach towel and cute summer dress, so let’s start! 


Dropbox link to leaves and flowers photos:

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S Sukilopi

Artist, Skillshare teacher



Hello, I'm Sandrine.

I am an artist and Skillshare teacher who loves using all kinds of media and especially watercolors. I am also a Procreate lover and I especially enjoy painting portraits and whimsical art digitally.

I sell my art through exhibitions and on print on demand websites, such as Society6 and Redbubble.

My main sources of inspiration are my daily reveries, nature, music and books. I am also a major paper hoarder and collect everything and anything that is not completely white..

Last but not least, I am French (which you already know if you’ve heard me talk for half a second), living in Toulouse, south of France.  

I hope you will enjoy my classes, I am always ecstatic when my students post their project... See full profile

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1. Presentation: Hi, everyone. My name is something I'm an artist and I have been painting for many years with bias media like actually leagues, watercolors and X. When I discovered procreate, I started exploring ways to paint on the I felt like I wouldn't paper in a natural and traditional way. I found out that it's possible to do so once you must have some tools, tricks and techniques the three pillars of digital. In this class, I will show you how to work with colors in a spontaneous and natural way, as you would with water colors. For example, we will also see how to use pro creates mask and smudge tool to achieve perfect shapes and smooth blending. Finally, we will arrange all our elements into gorgeous tropical for design, studying the values, blending modes and textures for the background. These are easy and friend techniques that you will be able to use for any kind of artwork later. So let's grab. I've been says and Mr 2. Gathering reference images: hi again and thank you for joining me in this class. We are first going to look for reference images for this project and its specific photos that I will be able to use just as they are as a base for my painting. You can search tropical flowers on Google off Pinterest. My advice being to select a nice variety of shapes and colors. You will find in the class description below the link to my dropbox file where you will be able to access specific photos I have used for thes design. Alternatively, you can find them on my tropical flowers Pinterest board. So this is my final lives and flower selection. Now let's move to the next lesson to see how we will use them. 3. Basic painting technique: First of all, let's open a stand that a four canvas in procreate. We will then insert off first photo, which is this lovely friendship any flour and immediately create a new layer on top. Then we will select the technical pen brush, which is in the inking set, making sure that we are on the right layer. The empty one we would start. Try seeing the flower shape. You can make your photo a small or as large as you like, depending on what feels comfortable for you. And you can also turn your canvas as you trace if you drew better lines in a particular direction. Personally, I am more confident, drawing vertically than horizontally, so you will see me turn my canvas quite a lot in this class. You do not need to be very precise with your tracing, as we are not trying to make an exact copy of the photo. Once you're done, this is what you should see when you hide the photo layer. Next, we will create another layer on top off your line art and go into the water brushes where we will select the wet sponge. I usually paint the base colors at about 33%. Opacity with a 15% brush size. But feel free to experiment different levers If you like, we leave my fingertip for second on this better in order to pick this lovely pink color and which start roughly, painting all the areas where I see this shade. Then I will move to the flower bird to pick a darker pink, and again we'll paint loosely there. Yes, that much. This shade. I proceed in the same way with as many colors as I want. Trying to peek birth light and dark shades. You can paint off a previous colors over the borders off your drawing. It doesn't matter. Just concentrate on the beautiful colors and spread them all over your flower. Now, for the heart of the flower, we will need a smaller brush about 5% and the dark color that we show against the base of the Petters. Once you think you're done, just hide the photo layer and check that all your flower has been painted, if not at the future cheese. When he did, you can also use the smudge tool, this little hand icon next to the brush to fill the gaps again. Select the wet sponge at about 30% opacity and use the tool to drag and spread the colors across the petters. Just beware off, moving the tool in the direction of the better from the base to the top or the other way around to get a natural look. Now look at your flower and see what's me think. Mine, for example, needs more contrast. So I reactivate my photo layer and pick a nice dark pink and at the touch off it. Then I will duplicate my coloring layer, and as you can see, my flower gets brighter. Every time I add a layer, it is up to you how vivid you want your colors. In this case, I want them quite vibrant, since this is a Tropic er summary project. Once you have reached the right intensity, just pinch all the color layers together to merge them into a single one. If you need to smudge some areas again, just do so. What we are looking for here is a smooth blending off colors. But be careful not to over blend, or you will lose some shades in the process. Here is a reminder of the three layers you need to create for each flower. One for the photo, one for your drawing and one for your coloring. Next step is going back to the line art layer and clicking on the select. I can't at the top of the screen, said the mod toe automatic at the bottom and click on any area inside your shape. If some parts of the flower are not selected, just click on them to until the whole drawing is filled with blue. You will now go to your coloring layer, and if you tap it, you will see a drop down menu appear on the left select mask and what your flower Pierre perfectly defined. This is probably my favorite procreate tool because it'll owes you complete freedom to concentrate on the colors and textures instead of the precision off your brush strokes to finish off. We will hide the line art layer to create a nice what a color like effect. You can take a screen capture off the slide to remember the steps for creating a mask, he went out. You have painted your first flower no to the next one 4. Smudge tool effects: Now that we have completed our first flower, we will import our next photo. As before, we are creating a new layer on top of the image and selecting the technical pen. Now we can start tracing the Petters. We can use a smaller size spend for the heart. I like to erase the sketches. Imperfections with a heart, hair brush, rubber even if the line art will not be visible later to keep the outline it. Another useful tip is to select your shape in automatic mode at this stage to make sure that there is no gap in your flower outline. Basically, if this happens when you select your shape, it means the line art has an opening somewhere. Simply de select and take a close look at the drawing until you find the gap and close it. It should work now unless you have more than one bridge again. We create a new layer to lay down some colors, pick up a Web sponge and some shades from the Petters and start painting. There are many colors to peak in this hibiscus flower, so my advice is to decrease the size off your brush so that you can feed as many turns as post where without overlapping them. As you can see a point loosely. But I respect the direction of the patterns and the colors. Ray out. You do not have to do this. Of course, you could design your own flower, but if you wish to achieve an artistically realistic look, it's better to paint in this way. I am now picking some bright yellow and decreasing my brush size a lot to call out the heart. If you need a brighter shade, you can always pick one from the color disk. You cannot deprecate your layer until you get the right intensity and match all the color layers into one. Next step is to select the smudge tool and start blending our colors. One important thing to know is that this tool will pull whatever color you first click done into the other ones, and you can get very different results, according Toa, where you start smudging from here, for example, I am pulling some pink into the blue, whereas here it is a blue which is going into the purple. As you can see in general, you will get better and more natural results by keeping the opacity quite low again. When working around small details, it is better to use a smaller size brush to match colors. If the center off your flower is not clean anymore, like mine, just pick up some colors from the disk and apply McCulloh. When you are happy with what you see, go back to the line out layer and auto. Select your shape, including the small parts in the center and the plan you mask on the color layer. Finally hide your line art and discover your beautiful artwork. I have done these 100 times, and I still love doing it. Now, before we move on to the next lesson, I would like to show you a little trick that will make your work a lot easier. As you can see because of the mask, we have two layers for each flower, which might become a problem when we reach the maximum number off layers per canvas. If you try to merge the two layers, this is what will happen. The invisible line art will disappear and you will be left with a blob of Carlos. If you were to merge the line art layer with the other two layers. You would not have this issue, but this is not the look we want. So I'll show you an easy way around this problem. Simply create a new layer under the collar one and leave it empty. I am deleting the line art, because we do not need it now. Matches three layers and problems served. Don't ask me why it works. I have no idea. All I know is that we now have one a year instead of two, and that's much better. Just a quick slide to remember this little trick. We already have two gorgeous flowers. Now let's create another one. 5. Adding details: This is the next flower we're going to work on, and as you can see, there are more details in the pitchers. Then the previous one. I will let you watch the next steps in the first version because they are the same as before. For the painting, we will proceed in the same way to not bothering with the details. At this stage. From time to time, you can hide the photo layer to check that you have applied colors toe all the parts of the flower again. We will duplicate and merge our layers, and when it comes to smudging, we will pull the doctor Perper into the pink, then something into the proper to recreate the membranes off the protest. You can also pull some white into your pink to create lighter shades or highlight. Now we will hide our painted layer and go back to our photo to pick up the color off these pale lines. Next, we will set our painting that you're to multiply in order to make it transparent, create a new layer on top and with a small size technical pen, start tracing these lines in a quick movement, turning your canvas in whichever direction you are the most comfortable with you might need . If you tries to be able to draw a nice, lively lines, it's no more. Just undo and redo until you get the hunger fit. Now you can set your painting layer back to normal and hide the photo for the lines to show nicely. You can try different blending modes and capacity levels. Call a dodge and 59% worked nicely for me. You have to see what's best for you, depending on the intensity off your colors. Finally, we will apply our mask and delete the line out as usual. Sometimes you will be pleased with your results, sometimes not. And that's fine. You can still work on the flower. What I like to do is to place the photo next to my painting to be able to see what is not quite right. In this case, the colors are too similar, not enough contrast, and the Doctor Purple is too light, so I will pick the shade from the photo and apply to my peters with the right size brush. The good thing is that because of the masked, the color stays within the flower shape. I will now smudge the purple and the pink with the median brush, as we did before and with a bigger one. I will highlight the edge of the Petters by pulling some white inwards. I would not try to be too realistic, though, because I want to keep a kind of lose wet on wet. What a color look. And here we are. We have three flowers. 6. More flowers and student project: I am now going to paint the rest of the flowers with the same technique as before, because you know by now how to proceed. I will not explain what I'm doing. Except for a few details, I will let you watch and talk about your student projecting state. Once we are done with these flowers, we will paint some leaves. Then we will arrange all the elements into a nice design. And finally we will work on the background. Just one piece of advice before we talk about your project. When painting a white flour as I am now, it is a good idea to use a dark background at some point to make sure that the whole surface of the flower has been painted. Don't forget, of course, to hide that layer when you smelled your colors, or you will bring some of the dark background into your betters back to your student project. Well, first of all, I hope that the site off all these beautiful exotic plants will inspire you to paint them, too. I chose this type of floors because this class was created in June and nothing screams summer Holy day more than bright and colorful tropical flowers. However, you could apply this technique toe any type of floors or subject. Indeed, so your student project is to create a design off any type using this technique. It can be flowers or something else. It can be a design with many elements like the one I am doing or simple flower arrangement in the colors of your choice. I am very excited to see what you would create as always, and I would love you to share your at work with our community if, during the process of your project or while watching the class, there is anything that you do not understand or that is not working for you. Please let me know in the community section below the video, and I will help. I hope that you will enjoy this way of painting on the iPad. It's the closest I have found so far. Toe watercolor painting technique wise, I like the idea of concentrating on the colors and not underlines off the drawing. It gives you a sense of freedom, like in wet. On what painting. I still have to see some procreate art that really looks like what the colors And if you know of any artist who has achieved this, please let me know in the community section below or message me on Instagram. I would be very interested to see their work. I love digital out in itself, of course, but I am particularly fascinated by the way some artists make it look like traditional art to a point where you're not sure whether it's digital or not. And I think that might be the subject of my next class. Before your project, you would like more off the water colors. Look, you could always lower the capacity off your flowers. I have tried and you really do get a very different effect, but it works better with a very pale background. It also depends on your subject. If you're painting spring flowers, for example, you might be looking for dedicate or pastel tones. In this case, I definitely prefer bright and vibrant colors, but I will post the project sometimes soon in a totally different style, using this same technique so that you can see what I mean. We have now almost finished with this flower. I will test it on a dark background because I do not want my background to show through later if I have left some transparent areas. This couple of flowers have lovely shades of pink, and while doing this class, I have saved many off the flowers colors in the palette. I called the tropical, of course not that for some flowers, which have a colored patella outline like this one, it is sometimes better to paint the edges off the flower after having applied the mask. In this way, you can follow the shape off the Petters more easily, and I'm now painting a rough outline, but I'm going to go back to it in a second. Here I am again using the photo at the reference and to pick colors from after having applied a mask to your colors layer. You will paint on that same layer below the mask, unless you want to add some details outside the mask. In that case, you will need to create a new layer on top of the mask, and I will now smudge the colors with a small smudge brush so as not to blend the edges of the patterns too much. And finally, I think, some details to the flowers heart, and this is our last flower, a bright red, he discuss super easy to paint. I have accelerated the speed off some of the videos so that you do not get bought off watching me paint. But if you wish to watch them at normal speed, just drop me a comment in the community section. And I can always that a bonus video at the end of the class, with real time painting if requested. In the meantime, here's the first based version of hibiscus painting. In this case, I did not like the white outline of the heart of the flower, so I created a new layer on top to be able to paint over the white line. Now that we have a nice flower selection, let's paint some leaves. 7. Leaves technique: Before you start painting the leaves, make sure that your flower layers are kept to a minimum. At this point, you can delete all the photo layers, and they're so all the line art layers. And if you merge the mask and the painting layers as a demonstrated before, you should be left with seven layers, one for each flower, plus one or two backgrounds. It will make your work a lot easier to keep things neat and tidy, especially as we will duplicate some flowers later. You can also named the flowers. If it helps you, we are first going to outline this leave, and we will use the same method as we did for the flowers for now, which is to pick colors and paint loosely with the wet sponge brush Earth. Other leaves might look plain green at first sight. There are many shades that you can pick. Definitely select some of the darkest and lighter stones toe. Have some contrast. Now let's duplicate our colors layer, and when you are happy with the color intensity, you can select your very top layer and test values. Blending modes before matching all the layers for this tropical look I am looking for vibrant greens, so I will choose the overlay blending mode, then murch the layers and apply my mask. I am just going to fix the stem off the leaf with a dry ink brush and still with the same brush, but as a smudge tool. I will pull some colors from the base off the leaf to the top in one move to mark the central vein and then from the center to the sites to mark the side veins one done now to the next. To outline this new leave, I concentrate more on creating smooth and organic lines rather than coping the photo Exactly. When you test your drawing for any gaps, make sure to select every part of it. If it is a complex shape again, pick as many shades of green as you can for an interesting result when we will duplicate this layer, I will set my top color layer toe overlay to get these beautiful exited greens, and I wish much the colors loosely, simply adding a little highlight in the center of the leaf. And now we have to. Here we have two leaves, as you can see, but I will only paint one because we can duplicate it and resize it later to place it next to the original one. I will next replicate my colors layer and apply the mask as usual. Now, this leave as many veins. So what I will do is trace one set of veins on a new layer, then duplicated as many times as needed to create more. Replicating is the great advantage of digital at off a traditional drawing. You can erase the line sticking out once you have merged all the layers into one. Lastly, I will set the veins layer to overlay mode. Now to our fourth and final leaf, I am going to bank it very quickly and then I will show you how to draw the veins on this one. If you have covered all your photo with paint and cannot be colors from it anymore, which is something a thing to do? Simply reposition the photo layer next to your drawing toe. Have easy access to it. Like for every other leaf. I am sitting the top color layer toe overlay, then smudge a bit and at more contrast to the heart of the leaf. The last step is to create a new layer for the veins, pick a doctor and start tracing lines a spontaneously as possible from every crease towards the heart off the leaf. It might take you a few undo moves to get it right, but you'll get there as I'm checking the values, blending modes. I quite like add and cola touch, but it might be a bit too bright compared to the flowers, since the leaves will be in the background. Another. All our elements already, let's arrange them into a design. 8. Arranging the elements: so we are now down with painting and we can start working on our design. A good method is to start by gathering order leaves in one group and all the flowers in another. It makes it much easier to say like the elements you will be working with at each stage to create a group. Just swipe right on all the layers you want together and press the three small lines at the top next two layers and rename your group appropriately. This is what your layers should look like now. You can easily collapse and hide what you do not need and always neat and tidy. I will start working with the leaves as they will be behind the flowers. I have replicated some of them and I will start arranging them, sometimes paring some to create a new element like here. Remember to copy the single leaf. If you are going to match the believes into one element. There are obviously no rules. When it comes to the size off your leaves, it is entirely up to you. But try to vary the dimension and orientation off each type to create a more interesting look. You can make your greenery as light or as busy as you like, keeping in mind that there will be a coloured background, too. At this point, I find it useful to add some color and texture in the back of the design to get a better idea off where I'm heading to. I am just using a green layer and the water color image. For now. When it comes to the flowers, we will duplicate each of them two or three times, as for their leaves, and reposition each randomly on the canvas at first, as you can see, I have also pared some small yellow flowers to create more variety. You can also erase part off some flowers to give them a different look. Again, your art will look better if you mix up the colors, sizes and orientations off the flowers. You will end up with many, many layers if you design is as busy as mine and this is when grouping them is once again useful to let you work on the background more easily. And this is how my final arrangement looks like 9. Background color and texture: before working on textures for our background, we will test various colors. I will keep the two previous background layers because I quite like them, but I will hide them and create a new layer to test other shades. You can have a ready made palette or create a new one. I will use these vintage, one that I have recently created and that seems perfect for this tropical style. The way I do it is that I will drop various colors into this layer just to get a rough idea off what works and what doesn't. Then I will go back toe each color that I have liked, use it in the background and save the image. What usually happens is that when you see all the color variations next to each other, it is much easier to spot the best ones, or at least the ones that you prefer. We are now going toe at a bit of texture, and I will start by making my watercolor layer visible again, this time working on various blending modes and capacity levels with a bright pink color layer, you can already see how many possibilities there are. The problem is to pick one again. You can save everything you like and decide later. You can also try other color layers. Here, for example, this pale yellow turns into an interesting green back to my original blue. I will try the flicks brush from this prep ENTs section in these darker shade of blue, and it creates a nice light effect. You can test values blending modes as you might get some unexpected results. Here is another combination that I like. To be honest, I have probably spent more time playing with the backgrounds than creating the flowers and leaves too many options to decide in the end. Oh, the one that made it to the top was this one using the ocean brush to paint turquoise waves on a darker shade of the same color, or in another shade of blue or even coral pink. 10. Some ideas: I hope that you will have fun creating your plants and backgrounds and besides defend part of it. Here are some ideas off what you could do with your artwork. You could print your own greeting cards. Use them as fun or ipads world paper. And if you have an account on society seeks or Red Bubble, you could upload your art and order print off it or create your unique tote back beached our awesome address. It's also a great way to test your design on various product and get more caps for your part for you. 11. Finally: Thank you so much for joining me This class. I hope you enjoyed it. He will find other procreate or are classes on my skills Sharp age. You can there. So for me to be informed of future ones I really hope that you will be inspired to create and share your project. Also, if you use Instagram, you can post your out there. Just remember to like me to be sure that I will see it. I wish you a wonderful creative journey and I would see you soon. Bye.