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How to create Illustrated Characters using Procreate

teacher avatar Brenda Bakker, ♥️ Sharing my skills is sharing my joy ♥️

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      How to import brushes, swatch and canvas


    • 3.

      A quick canvas explanation


    • 4.

      Explaining the brush set


    • 5.

      Explaining the face building template


    • 6.

      Drawing faces in different directions (the basics)


    • 7.

      How to draw eyes, noses and mouths


    • 8.

      How to build and sketch the head


    • 9.

      Sketching the hair and clothes from reference


    • 10.

      Color blocking the face


    • 11.

      Color blocking clothes and hair


    • 12.

      Creating shadows, highlights and textures


    • 13.

      Bringing the hair to life


    • 14.

      Refining the clothes


    • 15.

      Finding my way for a fun surrounding


    • 16.

      A couple of examples for faces and hair


    • 17.

      Final thoughts


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About This Class

Hi and welcome to this skillshare class on how to create illustrated characters with lots of textures using Procreate. 

In this class I will teach you:
1. Simple basics of head shapes and angles
2. Simple eyes, mouth, nose and earshape

Then we take it a level up with:
3. How to translate from human reference to illustrated character
4. How to apply shadows and highlights to get more depth
5. Creating fun and stylized hair
6. Discover and play with more textures to create interest.

Shorty said I will teach you everything you need to know so you can create your own characters with lots of texture. I will take you step by step into my workflow and thinking proces. You can follow me along but I will encourage you to create and translate to your own liking. 

This class is meant for people who have already have a little bit knowledge about the app Procreate so not for true beginners because this is not a class about Procreate itself.
But it is very step by step in real time (so pause and rewind if needed) so everyone can try to follow along.

This class is specially made for the Procreate user, so you will be needing an iPad with the app Procreate on it and a pressure sensitive stylus. 

I’ve provided a special texturized canvas and a fun brush set for this class so feel free to get it and import it to your procreate.

So If you are as excited as I am about this class then come in and have some illustration fun together. 
See you in class!

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Brenda Bakker

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1. Intro: Hi, and welcome to my new Skillshare class on how to illustrate characters using Procreate's. My name is Brian that Bucher. I'm an artist and teacher based in the Netherlands. In this class, I will show you my way on how I do my illustrations with lots and lots of texture. We will start out with a little bit of basics, but not for too long. Because I think you will learn a lot of drawing on the way. This class is not especially on how to draw characters, but more the use of texture and how to illustrate using Procreate. That's the main part of this class. Of course, I will be explaining a little bit about the basics on character design and the angles of two phases. I will also show you a little bit on how you can draw different hairstyles. But the main part of this class will be about how to illustrate characters with lots and lots of texture using Procreate. I've created foam brushes for you to work with, but you are free to take your own brushes with you. Also, I prepared especially Canvas for you, which already has a lot of texture in it. So it will help you a little bit with your end result. If you are as excited as I am, then let's get in and let's get started. 2. How to import brushes, swatch and canvas : For this class, I designed a couple of things for you. I designed procreate canvas with lots of texture. I designed a fun brush sets, which I will explain to you in the next chapter. And I also have a color swatch. So let's import those. If you want to import dose, you have to get to the Skillshare class and find here the projects and resources section. You have to be on a browser for debts because it won't work in the IP version of Skillshare. So you go to the Projects and Resources. Here you can see three resources. The first thing you will come across is the brush set. You simply tap on it. It asks you to download, tap on that. And here you can see you're downloading. Now it's ready. It will be the top one. You click on it, you go to your recent map. There, you can find the brushes. It will import right away. And you can find it by clicking on the canvas. And there you see your brush library. It will be on top of the brush library. That will be your newly imported brushes. So let's go back to the website. The second one you want to import is the character swatches. Simply tap on it, download it, you can find it here. It will be the top one. Simply click on it again, go to your recent map and it will be at the top left. And you will find it when you click on your Canvas, click on your color chart. And if you see your color palettes, you can find it all the way at the bottom. There It's a illustrates characters. And these are the colors I'll be using for almost all my characters. So if you want that, you can get it now. And for the last piece, the texture canvas, simply tap on it. It asks you to download again. Download. It will take a little bit longer. You can tap on it and it's the first thing on top. Click on it and it will import right away. The part where you can find your new canvas which was imported, is always the top left one at your procreate gallery. So on top of everything, you Procreate gallery, left of a part. So now you're ready to get started. So let's dive in. 3. A quick canvas explanation: So let me start by explaining the canvas. I've created a canvas for you. And on the canvas you see the textures you have to keep on top. That is one paper like texture. So when I zoom in easy, roughly paper like texture, I need, wow, what's all in the name? And when I remove that, you just see plain blank square. So this paper texture gives it a real hand-drawn look. Then below that you see two kinds of textures, which I've created. And there are some hatches in some scratches and a little bit of noise I've combined to it. These two are exactly the same, but I'll duplicate them. And you can play with the opacity of those. And you can hardly see anything with the texture. When the background color is light, but when it's grayish, you can see them right here. So you can see some hatches and scratches and some light and dark are pieces. When you will color in your color, it automatically will have any texture in it. And when I now play with the opacity of these, you can see it change. You can make them and create them to your liking. So that's why I kept two in there. Because one would be yeah. Maybe for some of you to later and some of you would like it less. So that's why I put two in there and you can easily play with it. It's also depending on the color hue using. The darker the color, the more it will be feasible. So that's all about the paper texture. You could leave them on top and draw everything underneath there. Let's go changing to a white background. Let's go and explain the brushes. 4. Explaining the brush set: So for the brushes, I created a small thumb brush back. I will be using mostly the dry ink to create my colors and my illustration. And I'm using a drop fail for the easy and fun part. If you know me by now, you know, I have a short attention span. My drawings wouldn't have to take much time because then I'm easily bored. So I've got six B pencil just from procreate. I gotta dry ink brush from Procreate but with little bit of yeah, maybe I tweaked it a little bit. I can't remember anymore what I exactly did because I'm drawing with it for years. I've created some scratchy leaves. Those are very fun. When you're drawing. You can easily getting those leaves and you can see those marks in there. So it's hand-drawn and it's fun, so easily fix and you can easily change the shapes and sizes by that part. And so you will only be using a clipping mask and do some easy shadow and highlighting, which I'll be explaining in the full tutorial. You can use that the rough texture brush, the name says it. It's a rough texture on which I'm using for almost everything in this illustration style. I've got a streaky dry brush. This is a hard one because it's very well. Sometimes it does a lot and sometimes it doesn't do hardly anything, but that's the fun part and that's giving it its handmade look. And a lot of unexpectedly streaking in your drawings. I also create a little stripe marks. And these are just fun hatches. And when you use it with your fingers, it will catch the darkest tip. And with your pressure sensitivity of your pencil, you can use it darker or lighter. Also, you can use bigger or smaller, That's with every brush, but it's a screen orientate it. So you have to, if you want to have it sideways, you have to tilt your paper. So that's what I want to say about this brush. And we have some fun brushes again. So these are fun dots, I create it and I use them in my drawings lately, a lot for fun background between leaves or something to cheer everything up because I think route dots are very hippie dots. Also soft flakes. Soft flakes have to be in a lower opacity and then you can create soft, gentle, well, you can use it on animals, you can use texture fabrics or anything you like. So that's fun. Or even in a background, if you want. Play with its sibling tech, texture brush, it's like some skin or letter kind of texture you can play with. I created an, a pine needle brush for the Christmas, upcoming Christmas, you can create easily some pineapple leaves needles. So I think that would be funny. So I shared it with you. And a deadline or brush. I think this is also, well, I told you dots are creating happy, happy marks. So I'm very happy for this one. I didn't know how to use it, but I think it has lovely, lovely streak. And also these are very fun leaves as well. I have a star liner for almost exactly the same brush. You can use those if you want. I've got one. Dot brush. Also. Very funny. I like this one a lot. I've been using these in my illustrations lately. And most importantly, and that's what I'm going to explain. 5. Explaining the face building template: Soda template I created is just to help you with a little guidance. Make it a little bigger for you so you can see it. This is the template we're going to use. Or if you want to or if you don't, it's okay with me. But for me it's just a straight line and a straight guide. So this is my rounded edge. We're in where I could build my face and I'm going to a new layer on top of that so I can change some things if I want. I can create a roundish, square face. But I can also make the chin a little smaller, more feminine and pointy face. It all gives character to your person you want to draw. So you can even create some cheeky, squeezy and more voluptuous cheeks. Well, you can change it to more square hits. Or if you want to draw a male heads, males have more bony kind of square three marks in their faces. So that's what all can change your person. So this is the outline. I have here, a big space for the eyes. You can draw around in it, but you can also draw these kinds of ice in it. You can draw in fact any kind of AI you would like. Here we have no, it's straight between the eyes just to make it more cartoonish and more character illustration style for the mouth. We ever line here. These are the marks for the ears. So I can come in here and go out there. But I can also create a lovely elf ear or something like a rounded air. You can choose any shape you like. You can play with debts. It's just a guidance you don't have to use. It's like I do, but just let it guide you simply through your work. So this is the mark for me for the eyebrows. I liked those six ones right now. So I can draw an eyebrow like debt, but I can also make it more soft. Creates even smaller ones. So it's just a guideline and use it to whatever you like. We're going to do a whole illustration like I do. You can see my workflow and how I create my illustrations. But this is just how you can use it to your own liking. So I would say, have fun with this and all the brushes I provided. And let's get started. 6. Drawing faces in different directions (the basics): The basics for drawing hats, that's the most important thing, is, well around phases are almost always like an egg shape or some roundish shape. Now we can divide the face in two parts. So if you create a cross, here will be approximately, will be the eyes. We have eyebrows, nose in the middle, and we have a mouth. And approximately the same sites where the eyes are, already ears. And we've got a little neck. The cross is to make the eyes and the nose point in one direction. So if I want to draw my same face, but I want to look at a little bit sight words I can use and draw this approximately this way. My notes will be angled. My eyes will be looking that way and automatically, my creature, my character will be looking the other way around. Same goes for upward. When I want to look upwards, I create a boat. It's going like this. The ears will approximately be at the same angle when you put your fingers against your ears and you tilt your head backwards, which I'm doing now, but it's on screen for you. You can see and you move your head upside down your ear stay approximately in the same direction. So when it's looking upwards, you will see the underside of the nose and the mouth will be here, and the neck would be something like here. And also with looking downwards, the equal creates your eyes. Up here, denotes will be going like this, and the mouth would be feasible underneath there. And the ears will be approximately the same way. And you can see the top of the head with the Harris almost on top. So those are the basic shapes of the head. So I created a template for you and because I want the face to be more illustrated, but these are the kinds of basic shapes. You can also tilt your head a bit like when I do this, no, I'm going to select this piece. And I can tell that's most of the characters. We'll be looking more lovely if you already give some directions to the hat. So if you keep those things in mind, you can draw every creature which you like. So let's make it a little bit more complicated. 7. How to draw eyes, noses and mouths: When you dive into the eyes, you can dry, draw different kinds of ice. You can draw eyes like rounded with some pupils in here and some eyebrows. Just going to draw one just to speed up this because otherwise we can draw for hours and hours and I don't want my class to last that long. We can draw eyes like this. Those crazy Disney eyes and those lovely eyebrows they have. You can even draw eyes like this when you start out with a ball. These are more realistic looking eyes. But we want to keep it stylized rides so you can draw any shape, a closed eyes, maybe like this, and some eyelashes. Same goes for gnosis. Gnosis you can draw like this. You can draw nose is like this. You can draw on those is like this. You can draw noses like, well, whatever you like. Sometimes people use these kind of noses or gnosis with a dent and a bubbly on it. So different kinds of nodes is different kinds of eyes, mouth. People mostly use is this so they can create lips around it and erase the step. Let's bet 40 cartoon drawings. I mostly use a small line with a lovely smile, bump at the edge, but you can draw anything you like. You can even draw a life laughing mouth. So choose your style and make it to your own liking. Create Split teeth in it. But I mostly don't draw real teeth. But you can go as far as you want it to go. Well, these are just a few examples which I've drawn to make you see and create your own. I like these kind of eyes, also very much so. Little rounded and then little rounded here. You can also draw these kind of eyes. Some people would love to draw these kinds of ice. Well, it's all to what you like. Feel free in your illustration. What you want to draw. Everything is possible. So let's get on and now explain my templates I've made for you. 8. How to build and sketch the head: So now let's get started on the real deal. I started out with the face templates to create a stamp for our character. We can play along with that. We can resize it, make it larger or smaller. We can distort it by making it smaller. When you choose distortion, you can make smaller face or just an even wider face, so you can do whatever you like with it. Keep a reminder. This is just a template of how you could draw a face. You can look at, search for your own ear, your own eyebrows, your own eyes, your own nose, and your own mouth. Even you can choose your own shape for the face. And that's what I prefer. And that's why I'm not providing you a ready to use stamp for face so you can create your own face. So how do we use that? Well, I stamped it here. Make sure my placement is okay. Just sort of in the middle for me because we're now going to pay attention to draw the character and how I do that. So when I have my layers, I changed the opacity a little lower and put it on multiply so I can always see it on top. So I'm going to sketch from their own. And I will do that on top. Also later on, my sketch will be above all my coloring. So maybe I can lower the opacity a little bit more. You can still see it now. And I'll go and sketch. So I go to the sketching pencil to six B pencil from Procreate itself. For me, I like to use a sort of a round square root face. So I started at top. Go to the sides. Look where they match just from this point to there. And I'm going to make a chin again. If you think the shapes aren't correct. So here you can see it's a little bit flattened. You can go back and draw it a little bit round, but you can also easily go to the magic wand and choose liquefy. And with Bush, you can easily drag those lines a little bit outside or inwards, whatever you like. So you can make small changes with that part too. So I'm going to erase the part I don't meet. For me. I can, yes, I can use the symmetry tool, but I like to prefer everything hand-drawn and not too precise. So that's why I don't use that one. Except sometimes for the eyes, but we'll get to that. Sometimes. I even don't. So here you can see those dots for the ears I've explained earlier. So let's get creating one ear. And it's kind of like this shape. And you can make it dead one or even death one. You can choose ears you like. And this is also just a guide just to templates on how you could use the templates. I'm going this time for big round eyes and a little nose. Also, a little mouth right here. My eyebrows, I like very thick, so I took those marks and I've gone a little bit upwards and downwards. Little bit upwards and all the way down to that point. A little bit upwards, downwards. Sometimes I have to change my rotate my view, and mostly I will draw them by hand, but eyebrows are also very hard to draw. Exactly the same. So perhaps you want to duplicate those two. That's also possible. So now you already have the basic shape of the head. From ice, you can choose. I would like to draw them runner in the middle and upwards. A little with big eyes, a little neck, downwards. You can choose for the eyes. Also like these kind of shapes. Everything is possible to use your own, your own liking. For the ears. You can just be completed with this, but you can also take it a little bit of a five shape. So this one will be reversed. So it's up to you. It's up to you. 9. Sketching the hair and clothes from reference: So for the sketch part, I have to apologize myself because some of the sketching of the design from this girl, God lost while recording. So I will show you exactly how I did, but it could be a little bit different than the end result, but don't matter. I've chosen reference picture from Unsplash because I liked this cute lady. I liked her outfit and I liked her hair. It's by Mathias Ferrero. It's a free to use from picture. So I use this girl only a little bit for her reference. So apologies for taking slider different sketch then in the end results, but it will be approximately the same. So depart for me. What I always find very difficult to do is creating the hair. So I'm always going upwards a little bit. Well, you can hardly see it, but it's always coming from out of there. So don't go slightly downwards but just go upwards and it's a little bit in front of her eye and you can hardly see the air. So I think this one is going here. Then she has a little bit of a French like so, always go outside of the head. We have a little piece coming from here, going down that way. And on the other side we have a little fringe coming from here. So also this way like so we've got a little Abdu is coming in front of your ear. A little Abdul from the back of their heads. So this one is coming upwards. Then we have a messy bun. So I would like to draw that as three dots mostly. So you won't have one on top. So that could be very lovely. Then some hair sticking out. Remember it's just a messy sketch right now at this moment. So some hairs on the back as well. And maybe some loose Harish a little bit outside of her hair. Before the closing part, I can see she has something coming out from here. It's going all the way on her shoulders and it's going inward. So I'm drawing this piece right now inwards a little bit down. I can see, Can't see it in the picture, but this is loosely gumming. Like so. Then this one is coming here. And on this way, it's coming from behind. I'm going a little bit like this. My original sketch, sketch. I made this a little bit larger, but I can show it to you. This is coming like also this way. You can draw whatever you like. I see a little bit of a shared coming from here. And it's getting almost rid of it everywhere. And then I can see it here. And from up her shoulders, this will be coming right from here, like so. And in the original piece, I created, this way, making this a little bit darker. I'm so sorry, I lost the original one. I could be a little bit darker. These ones are getting behind her ears. So behind her French. So I guess this is approximately what I did and I can guess the original with me. So I'm going to get rid of this one for now and put on this one so you can see what I did. It's almost the same. Almost the same. So that's how I did my sketching from a reference photo just to so you can see a little bit of how the clothing come together or how to hair desk gum together. So that's fun. So let's get on from here. 10. Color blocking the face : So now what are we doing? Her face? And I've created an illustrated character swatch. This is what I use for my drawings. So these artifacts, colors, and you will see how I use this. These are the cheeks and lip colors. This is a grayish white, which I'll be using mostly for anything right into picture because I don't want to use pure white. This is a pure white and pure black because sometimes you will need it. And these purple, sometimes I will be using that for the shadows. But let's start out with a face. So I go to my dry ink brush and I go to the first color you will be seeing, create a new layer underneath the drawing sketch. And this is on multiply, change the opacity a little bit so it's feasible but not to hurt. And let's start with the outline of the face. So make sure you're underneath their lines. I will include the ears right away and create a shape. If you don't like the shape of the face once you do that, so you can make little changes by using the Liquify tool. You will get it under the magic ones. Maybe I did it too quickly for you, sorry, Liquify tool. And there it has to be on pushed and you can change the size. So liquefy. You can bring into shape you like. Maybe there's a little bit wider. So you see I'm underneath the hairline so I don't get a white gap. And now I can drop fail. If you get little lines, nearly outlines, you can hold your pencil, do a drop thresholds. So there you can see some changes I've made, but because I've been using it already, it will take the same thresholds. So this is the first layer of the face. And because my next line will be underneath my face, I will go into create a layer underneath it for my neck line. Make sure I close it. And I'm coloring. Also with a drop fail. I leave to close for now. We're going to go and make the face first. So I'm going to create a new layer on top of this. Don't mind shadowing that will come later. And I'm going to start out with the eyes. So I'm going to this grayish white, light gray, some procreate called light gray. And I'm going to create for my eyes the shape I like in this case, I would like a round shape, so I'll hold it there. Did my finger on it and I've perfect drum circle and I also drop fill it. And on top of deaths, I'm going to use a clipping mask. Because I want my black for the eye only feasible in the white of the eye. So I'm going to choose, well, maybe not. Now, let's create a perfect black that's okay. Created to my liking. And this is almost hardly the onetime. I will be using a Copy and Paste sometimes for the eyebrows too. But I'm going to group these together, duplicate the group. And then move this one. And I will flip it horizontally. And I can move it to this area here. Now I've got two of the same eyes. And then on top of the eyes, I will be doing some light fall in it. Go to this one also. And I think she's already very cheerful. And I can group these together. Can I group these together? Group? Yes, I like that. So these are the eyes. And I'm going to do the eyebrows now. On a layer on top of debts. I choose dark brown. I could even make it a little bit darker. Maybe I will do that. Maybe I don't. The dog of the neighbors is barking. I hope you don't mind. I think I'm going to duplicate this as well. My flipping it horizontally, moving it over to the other side. Otherwise, I could be spending lots and lots of time on how to create the perfect eyebrow. And we know the perfect eyebrow doesn't exist, so, but for this one it's okay. Maybe I can put it a little bit lower. I merge those together. Now there are two in one layer. It's easier to fix for me. Yes. Oh, a new layer. I will be creating a small vein. I will use the pencil for debts, creating the nose. You can draw the nose however you like, and same thing for the mouth. I can also do the lines for the ears. And I think we're ready on the flat colors for the face. So let's get on to the close. 11. Color blocking clothes and hair: So for the closing also counts to shirts is way down low. Then we have the jacket, and then we have the color of the jackets. So I'll start off with top layer that, which is the color of the jackets. And I will be doing that's between yes, it's going to be on top of the skin here. So I'll be on top of the skin here as well. So I'm going to start off with a blue color and I will call it picked it from her jeans jacket. So for me, it's on the way you put in your gestures. For me, it's just my fingertip and hold and I can do a color pick. So I'll make sure my lines are closed because I want to do a drunk fill the whole color for me. I'm still on my pencil and I want my dry ink. So I'm going to do this all over again. It happens to me as well. It's just like a little bit of what you see. It doesn't have to be perfect if you know me by now. You know, I don't like perfect at all. So these ones are here. Maybe a little bit, not a straight line. Make it believable, it could fit here. So I have to erase a little bit. Not too much. Yes, that will be it. Below that, I can see a little bit of the shirt, but this layer comes first, which is all the way on top of her shirt. So I'm going to do another layer with deaths. This is a little bit too big and too low, so I'm going to erase that part. Maybe a little bit more by this. Yeah, it fits marked or her size. So I'm going to layer below that and I'm going to create the rest of our jackets. Dry ink again. Yes. I'm going to draw her shoulder line. I'm going to create a half circle, but I'm going to close it in here. Otherwise, it would go all the way over her shirt. So now I have to do it in two parts. That's okay with me. And now it seems it's just one flattens part, but we're getting there when we were using shadows. And now for the shirt, I have to go to the grayish white. And you can see a little bit of her shirt underneath. So I'm going to create a new layer and I'm going to be underneath her color because it would fit underneath her color. So here you can see a little bit of her shirt. And here as well. I can color these all the way in. And now I can see she has an ugly lump, so I have to make her shoulders a little bit higher because this this wouldn't fit. I go back to the same color, my dry ink and the layer I created her shoulders on, it has to come from here to make it more believable. So these are close. And now the hardest part, we're going to do her hair her hair is going to be on top of everything of her face because you're hurt. It reality can't fall before your eyes or your ears. So let's draw that on top. Now. She has yeah, it's looking black but it is never black. Almost never. So I'm going to choose dark brown. Make sure we're on top. And let's get creating the French part of it. So this is one part. I can create a lovely new part. So just blocking in colors for now. Underneath that, there is a new string coming out from her ear. So I'll be doing that all new layer also underneath debts. Because it's coming out from underneath. Yes. I knew what I did wrong. I didn't close it. Now I can color it in. And so we have the back of our heads also that is coming from behind. So create a new layer underneath that. Close it. Just make invisible lines behind the hair. So I've closed that. That's on top of that. But behind the French there will be a fun ponytail. So I bring it a little bit, a layer on top of this. So this is her French, we call it pony. Ponytail is an English start in Dutch, and that's why I'm always confused. Silver fringes over here. The messy bun has to be behind a French, but on top of her head, on top of her head. Behind the French, they're in-between. We have the funny bone. So let's create some fun parts. I do this in two different blocks because I want to have it messy. Otherwise, I could get one big happy. And I want it in little pieces. So maybe create a little bit here as well. Yes, and then some strings coming out of that one. You can do that with as much fun as you like, maybe some Harris from here. And we redoing that out the back of her head also. So some lovely strings coming upwards and maybe some birds coming down. Maybe even some curly hair from the back. And this curly hairs from the back weekend, get it from all the way down. Create a new layer. All the way down. Not too much. It has to be believable. And maybe just make it to your liking. Sometimes I don't believe the hair, so it has to be believable for me. And maybe you want to have some hair in front of her jacket as well. So make sure you're coming from behind the face, but on top of or jackets, It's all about placements right? Now when everything is on a new layer, you can also change it later. So for now, I think I like her like this. So let's get on to the next part and bring in some shadows and some textures. Let's start with the shadows first. 12. Creating shadows, highlights and textures : So when I want to start with my shadows, I always leave everything of my layers on because I will see what kind of shadow the hair will bring onto the face. I have a different approach of doing my shadows on the face. And I will show you that this is my face. You're already eyes and eyebrows, and the nose and mouth are on top of this. I'm going to replace directly above the face. So I'm going to create a new layer on top of the head. And I will put it on clipping mask. Now, everything I will color will only be happening on the face. For now. The weird part, weird part I'm going to do. I will show you. I go to my colors and take the darkest color. I can get. The rough texture brush. For that brush I'll be using. Well, it doesn't matter almost what size because I'm on a clipping mask. I'm going to smash her entire face with this color. One layer. When I pick up the brush, I can get even more color into it because the pattern will change a bit. And now she's way dark weight too dark for me. But here's the trick. I go into the color underneath here, and I'm going to lighten her face again. Just in the middle of her face, leaving the shadows. A little bit in the hair lines. I didn't lift my brush. It's a little bit with the ears. Not too much. But you can see I've lived in the area a little bit. I'm going to lift it again and I'm going to lighten it again, leaving again the shadows a little bit with the hairline and at the bottom part of her face and she's way too dark now for what I like. I'm going even to the color I start with. And I'm going to do this again. Making smaller parts or cheeks could be a little bit rounder, good, catch more sun. So that's what I'm going to bring. They're also a little bit more light. I lift my pencil again. You can see them. That's the texture would be a lot finer if I lifted because there are more ducts disappearing. I think here could be a little bit more shadows. I'm going to bring some shadow back again. Starting with my darkest color. Maybe that's enough. Maybe I don't even erase it or do a double tip or something like that. For now, I'm going to give her more highlights. Remember, we started with this one, then we went to this one than we did this one. And now I'm going to take an even lighter color for the highlights. So we're cheekbones could be highlighted just a little bit here as well. Also a little part. Eyes, nose, just a little pot. I'm going to make this smaller. I'm going to highlight the tip of her nose. Lifting it creates another piece. And now I need some shadow underneath the nose as well. So I'm there. I'm going to put that color, that medium color. Go back to my highlights. On top of that. Now she has lovely nose with some highlights and shadows. And even if I would take away the lines of her nose, she has a little bit of a highlight diagnosed with shadows. I'm also going to move to sketch so you can see it's there. She has a lovely little nose. Only mate with color and no lines or whatsoever. So you can see what color and shadows and highlights will do to your painting. So that's where it comes alive. Put these on again. I'm going to create some shadow and depth behind her eyes. So I'm going to be on top of this one That's below her eyes. You see, this is the group we did the eyes in. And I'm going to be underneath the eyes and I'm going to the darkest color again, making a small, still with the same brush, the rough texture brush. I'm going to be making little darker shadows behind the eyes. Then she would live a little more. Just a little bit on top with most underneath the eyes. Also. A little between the nodes. Yes. And maybe I will give her some blush right away. I do everything on a new layer. I want to keep everything with the eyes a little bit with the I. So I put group this if I want to, but then it will be harder to visit the eye. So I'm keeping this on the layer of the skin. I'm going to create a new clipping mask. Go to a brushy color, choose the lightest one in the middle. Let me see what size I can create. A little blush lifting because I want a softer texture. And maybe a bit here as well. So a little bit of shadow. So then she has some lynch of a color. Maybe when I zoom out, I think it's too much already. So I'm going to smudge that a little bit. Yes, I think I like her like this than she could have some eyelashes and that will be on top of the eye. Go to my well, my dark color which I'll be using for the eyebrow. So I go back to my dry ink brush again. Create a little bit of an outline, hardly visible. On this side. You don't even see it because it will be underneath the hair. Just a little dash, eyelashes at the bottom, and just a little outline of the eye here. And for me they are getting to eyelashes here. So she's looking happy. Okay. The mouth I won't color in her lips, I think because she's a very young child. So not much of an eye shadow, not much of lipstick. Just so natural freckles. And I think that part will be done. The freckles, I'll also do with a darker, this darker color. And just create to your own liking. I put those on multiplying. And nobody opacity for a lovely blend in color. So it's just feasible, not too much. I have to get rid of my drawing here. Yes, I think that's way cute. Yes. Put on my sketch layer again. Now I'm going to create a shadow on the neck line. So I'm going to visit this part, creating a new top of the on this, create a clipping mask as well. Choose the darkest color, choose the rough texture brush. And because my son is coming from this side, this will be very dark. Also within the jacket, there will be some shadows, so I'm going to color it in almost everything again. And then you guessed it. I'm going to lighten it up a little bit, but leaving the sides a little bit darker. It's up to you how you like to textures, do you want it roughly then you don't lift your pencil. And sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. Even the highlights, more bits. Yes. I think I like that. Well, that's what we're going to do. Creating some shadows and highlights to make it come more illustrative in life. So let's get onto the tickets. This one is underneath her colors, so there will be some shadow along those lines. So also clipping mask again. And for the bird, I'm going to choose the color, fill, the color picker, and I'm going to use it on my canvas. I told you my canvas has a little bit of color burn in it. So it will take a slightly darker color then I've used before, and that's what I want. So on my rough texture brush, I can see a slightly darker color. And I'm going to be drawing just underneath it so the color will pop out itself. So that's not hard thinking. It's just making use of the program and working in layers. Because we are having some highlights coming from a pair. I will be choosing the color we had and make its way lighter. And I'm going to also be giving it a little Smartsheet texture with the lighter color. Same thing I'm going to do with our color. Going to create a clipping mask. And my shoulder will be inside of this part. Also be about here because this part is laying in shadow. This part will be catching more sunlight. This part a little less. So. Let's go and create some shadow. First, we have a dinner history. This is also dark. This will be dark all the way up to here and then the weight on the inside. But then here it would catch a lot of lights already. So creating the lighter color again. For this part, I would like to use my scratchy brush. The dry streaky brush, create an even lighter color. And go slightly here. And this brush is very weird behaving. So sometimes you would see it and sometimes it doesn't pop up. But that's what makes it so much fun. And scratchy. In fairy hand-drawn, this would be too much. I can undo it or just even smush it a little bit with the same brush or eraser with the same brush I'm holding it, it will select the cleruchy equivalent brush. So I think her jeans jacket could be almost finished. For this part. We're going to put in some details later. And let's get on with the shared because the shirt also has darker parts and lighter parts, not much. Also on a clipping mask, choosing the whites. The white gray, make it a little bit darker and create some shadows using the rough texture brush again. Yes, I think that's fun for now. And I still don't believe how this color could be behind her neck because it's being in front of here. So I'm going to see if I can move that a little bit away. The color parts know is the color part. I'm going to liquefy it, see what it does. Yes, I'm missing a piece of our skin. So I'm going to move this anyway. And I'm going to move her skin right to there so you can learn from my mistakes and errors. So I'm going to dead layer again of the skin. Make, make sure you take the basic layer. Everything else on top clipped off it will move along with it. So go back to the liquefy again and also move that part a little bit. And now it's more believable for me. The fun part, Let's go to the hair in the next chapter. 13. Bringing the hair to life: For now, our girl has lovely hair, but it's so dark, you can hardly see any strings of hair. So we have to put that a little bit with our imagination. Remember we did separate layers, so everything we can do on separate layers as well. So for me, I will be starting with the fringe part and I will put a clipping mask on that. So I'm going to take this color again, it's a little bit darker than I hit with width. I started with. It's a little bit darker than I started with. So I'm going to lighten this a little bit. On the rough texture. Yes. And then I can create a little bit of light on top, but it's still too dark. We can't see it. Now, it's coming but not too hard. You can see it right here. But not too much, but it's okay. Start slowly. And we bring it in. As we go. Remember, I only have the fringe part here. Select it. Create an even lighter color, lighter brown. Yes, there were two will come. So I take the pieces that are on top because they both get touched the most sunlight. And even my son is coming from up here. There will be some light coming from here as well. So I think we'll be ending up with a lighter brown girl because I want to show you and teach you some hair as well. So she could be a little bit of a red brown kind of hair. So the same layers, the same colors I'll be using on every layer of hair. So I'm going straight forward to the next part. Use clipping mask. These were the ones that are in front of here? Yes. This is her messy been pulled a clipping mask on there as well. Remember they're not where I had three parts, so I'm going to highlight all those three parts, then it would get more texture already. We go even lighter. But if we go back there, clipping mask on the layer, this is what it was behind. So not every part has already lighter pieces in it. And I think this one, the fringe could be lightened again. And pieces on the knees here could be a little bit darker because they're not in direct sunlight, so Well, let's get a little bit. I'm only where was I I was going to be on this parts. Yes. I will go to light for debts. Remember, we had some parts here, so don't forget those. But also, sorry, clipping mask. Also remember these should be a little bit darker, so we only give it one piece of lightning colors on top of that. So now we're going to create new lighting on top again. But forgetting those last parts. And go to my fringe part and I will do it on a new layer because sometimes I don't like what I've done. So I could easily get rid of them again. A little bit lighter, a little bit to the orange yellow side. And just every time go little bit smaller to the highlights just so for every piece, cows go from the darkest color to everything to a little while. Remember, the darkest color is the most biggest part and the lightest color will be smaller parts at those strings. So I think this will be light enough for now. Maybe a bit at the front of her hair? Yes. And maybe her BUN could be a little bit more lightens. On those three pieces? Yes. And maybe a little bit on top of those scratches as well so they could get a little color for the hair. I'm almost done. I'm now going to create single strings of hair. I'll be doing that all the way on top. So I don't mind in on which layer I am. That's okay. Because maybe I want to go outside to create some more messy hair strings. So we'll be doing that with a lighter color and the darker color. So maybe even a little lighter. And I'll be using, I think the six B pencil for debts. So I could define the Hirsch a little bit more. I don't have to do with them all the way down. So sometimes I'll only be doing the lighter colors, only in the lighter parts. So this one is coming from up there. This is to hurt. And sometimes it's just a little bit of trial and error. And take a darker color, well as the darkest. So you can definitely see them in here again. Maybe some curly streaks outside or whatever you like. Sometimes I want to do some loose Harish also. To make it more fun. Create a little bit more cuteness to the girl. So that's why I do it on top of everything. So I think our girls almost finished, but let's see, we can create a little bit of more texture. I can do it, get rid of my sketch now. I think I don't need it anymore. 14. Refining the clothes: I think we're going to create some textures on her clothing. I think that could be put to use a little more work. Not too much on her face or the hair. I think that's already done. So let's get back to her clothing. I'm going to create a clipping mask. This is on our color. So we're going to create some fun, more textures there. And I think I'm going to use my black as my color and create an overlay layer. And the black part in overlay will darken the color underneath. So I can make some fun. Textures or, well, these are soft flakes. You can see what that does. A little bit of spots in there. And you can play with the opacity of that. If you don't like it too much, you can play with it a little bit, but I like lots of texture, so I'm going to create new layers on top. If we have enough layers, yes, I can see it. How many layers can I use? Confers information layers to another for yes, this one is not too, too large for a weekend. Go and create some more fun around here. Don't worry, don't worry. Clipping mask again, putting on an overlay. Maybe with this part also, also ferry from the stripes reusing. And this one is screened orientated. So if you want to have your stripes in another direction, you have to tilt your canvas. So I think these are fun, maybe in some white as well, because I also like the overlay layer in white so we can create more texture in it. And we're going to do this on her jacket as well. So remember the steps we did. Put it on overlay. Choose black first. First I start with the dots. Soft flakes. It a bit down the opacity. Not too much. New layer. I didn't do it on oh, because it's an overlay, but you can see it on the background. So I have to put it on clipping mask as well because maybe we'll do a lovely background later and then it's only clipped on the jackets. So creating a new layer, put it on clipping mask. We'll be using the little stripe marks and also whites. I think she's sweet already. Well, for now, I'm going to give some details on the jacket. Let me see. I will put it on top of everything on the jackets and I will go to my great whites. Go take my six B pencil and I'm going to roughly do some stitching work. And I think I'm going to do that with the dark blue as well. So I took the dark, take the darkest color I can color pick from here. And I'll be using it for outlining and detailing. So Dara, where you cannot see where something is beginning as something is ending. You can create a little bit of depth. When he did. So, I think this will be fun. Also, the t-shirt does need a little bit more off details. So you can create maybe a little bit darker. I think that looks sweet. 15. Finding my way for a fun surrounding : Can we choose a lovely backgrounds? I think so. Mostly when I choose blue, I also choose orange because blue and orange are the opposite colors and they would be very nice. So let me see if we can create a lovely background for it. So I go all the way to the back and I will take my blue. I don't know why I'm going directly to the opposite side. Choose a bright color because I think that would be looking nice. And what do I use for debts? What do I use? I can choose this one so I can create a lovely white orange leaves. Yeah. Now, I'm going to create an overly shape behind her. And they'll be choosing my dry ink brush for that. And I make sure do I want to overlay SHE or maybe rough square. Rough square will be fine too. This is fun. At least. I think it's fun. I want her mostly I want these parts to be in there, but I liked her hair squeezing out or something like that. Maybe. I'll do something funny with that. But then this doesn't make sense. Maybe, maybe, maybe let me try and see what we can do with that. I don't know. I don't know What should I do? Maybe I will put everything on top then I have to select everything. So I go all the way, select all those layers in a group, the whole drawing, everything I've drawn. But I want to keep those layers. Well, let's get this program to work. It's supposed to do all the work for us, right? I also always group my drawing with it, my sketch because, well, if I want to change something, I could. So this will be fun. It's popping out. I think. I love how this is turning outside of the box because we like to think outside of the box. Also this is peeping out, so I like that. We can also create lovely other things behind it. So then I want to turn this off. And I've given you some fun brushes, at least I think they're fun. So I create a scratchy leafs and let's pick a lovely color, green. Maybe a grayish green. Also fun part to do is create on top some lovely leaves. So she's coming, popping out from behind some bushes or something. That seems funny. I'm going to get rid of this mess here, or maybe I'll be leaving it there. Now. We're going to get rid of it. I don't like it. So go choose my selection, choose free hands. Roughly going into this shape and create this mess. Gone. Three finger swipe down and cuts. So I think she would look lovely. And then we can use those textures again. So please do a clipping mask on top of that. Create a darker color. So more saturation and more darkness. So I go downward and to the right. So straight right downward. Go to the rough texture brush again. And I will go and make it smaller. And I do it near the stem so I create a little bit of darkness. I can use a little bit bigger size. I can get rid of this girl already because we don't need her anymore. Thank you for being here and being to her health. I love how this brush is textured. So you can see a little bit of those gaps in here. I made them especially this way because I liked that hand-drawn look in it. Go to that green again and choose a little greener, a little lighter and a little bit more to the yellow part. And use it on the top parts of the leaves. Sometimes the leaves are a little bit messy and went through each other. So there you could have picked different layers or just take it as you go and create how you think you would like the flowers and the leaves to go. And we can also play with a little bit more yellow and do the streaky dry brush again. Smaller size and create some streaking marks there. And with the pure whites, I can do with a pencil. Also another clipping mask. I love to draw these kind of things. And to even writing it up, I created some lovely fun brushes. Again. You can use these brushes to your liking. So perhaps you want to create a new layer, new layer, new layer, bring it down. And so we can use it to create some lovely new flowers behind that as well. Just to bring in some more fun. And so I created some fun ones. Well, it's just sorry, you can use them and just find out and play with them for yourself. So I even created one with stars so she could actually have bumped her head. Well, that's fun. I think it's fun. So you can play with them, you can use them how you like it. So I hope you liked her and I hope you liked the illustration we made. And I hope I've given you the tool to come up with your own characters and have fun with those. 16. A couple of examples for faces and hair: So did you remember in one of the first chapters that I showed you how to create this. Now you can create your own heads and now you can make it sideways or up and down. Well, this was done easily with a simple noses and eyes and ears. But how would it look like if you will be doing that on the illustration character, we just did. Well, I met you some examples. So if I go here, this is disturbed. We made, so we can see the eyes here and the nose, and the mouth, and the chin, neck. And here I've got a lighter part and I've created some layers so I could show you how it would look like. So this is one of the phases we make in class. Just fun and easy one. But if you want to have it with different eyes, just changing the ice already and changing the shapes of the head. You can immediately see you got a total different characters. So that's is something how much little details like this can change your whole character and the whole person. So for fun, hairdo, adding the hair will be very great to do so. But you can see this character if I now change this again to the earlier head I created before, things see, it's another total different girl. For instance, when we want to create something like doing it sideways, it's just easy. You can use the same template. But you remember when I showed you? Well, I didn't actually show you. I told you when tilting the head, the ears stay about the same height. So if I just draw my face and turn it sideways, so the nose would be at exactly the same spot here. And the mouse could be at the same spot. Also, the ears at the same height, but maybe a little more into the middle of this section of the head. So what would that look like? Like? So I also deal with the head a little bit so you can see the eyes are a little bit more upwards, towards the ears. So this is how you can play along, still using the same guidelines I provided to you, but just with some small changes which I've told you from this one before, you can create those same adaptions. The one part you have to think about slightly is that this will be a little bit further away. So it could be a little bit smaller, not too much. Well, maybe if you want it to be fun character, you can make it way smaller but slightly smaller is okay. Just a dash, not too much. Just make sure you don't make it bigger because it will be further away. Also, you cannot see the whole eyebrow. It will be turned backwards on the hat. So this is just one small piece I wanted to show you. Now, let's go over and look at some fun hairstyles. Like now, this is my head where I'm playing with from the example I just showed you. And let me check in and go to the brush. Again. My pencil. Just go like this. With my pencil on a new layer. I always do my hair all new layers. Well, let's create some curves. Let's make, let's make this a curly girl. Remember, I always start on top outside that, well, for me my most characters would have a parting into hair here. Just make some funny movements in the hair. From for some nice small curls. And also maybe going from here. And then you have to get rid of this part of the hats. So let me create a mask for debts so you won't see it. So creating a mask and with black and a pencil, I can make it less visible. Then you can see better the shape of the head and see if there's something that's missing. So she has lovely little curls like this. New hairstyle. Maybe I do a stippled line for the heads. Then like, well, choosing my white again. Because when I do white, you can really see it. Double-tap. Great white. You can see a bit where it should be. So let's create bigger curls. Leg more like a wavy look. Way too big now. I don't like the last part. So mostly I could have my trials and error again also. And sometimes I do some 40 outside waves. I can make a girl who was drifting off a little bit like almost the opposite direction. So you can get more phone lines towards the hair. And then we can do some strokes and follow the curly lines a little bit. You know, remember the lines we did at the last piece? This is wavy hair. You can do totally different hairdos. So you can create a short, short hair. So we can also have females with short hair or if you want, or if you want to do a boy, It's also great. Just some blocks behind the ear. I thought doing hair was the hardest part for me to discover how to do that. So you get total different persons by changing a hairdo just like you can in real life. So let me do one with straighter hair. I've shown you this one. I did a little bit of the eyes also. It's also on that same layer. So this is how you can create different hairstyles. Also, do them every time on different layers and just have fun with it. 17. Final thoughts: Thank you for watching this class until the very end. I hope I've taught you a lot about how you can create an illustrative character using Procreate and also a lot about textures. And I hope you have a result you're very proud of. I will encourage you to change everything to your own liking and your own style. So each and every one of us can have their own different styles. Don't forget to post your projects in the projects and resources section of this class for me and everybody else to see what you made out of this class. And please do leave me your view of this class. That would help me a lot. If you're on Instagram, you can also tag me at Duke level so I can easily find your post and maybe I can show them in my stories. So thank you again for watching this class with me. I hope you had fun and maybe see you in the next class.