iPad Artistry: Quirky Faces in Procreate - with 50+ custom brushes | Genevieve Crabe | Skillshare

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iPad Artistry: Quirky Faces in Procreate - with 50+ custom brushes

teacher avatar Genevieve Crabe, Artist and Teacher

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1 - Face Basics

    • 3. Lesson 2 - Create a Simple Face

    • 4. Lesson 3 - Add Patterns and Textures

    • 5. Lesson 4 - Stamp Brushes

    • 6. Lesson 5 - More Design Ideas

    • 7. Project

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About This Class

Greetings and welcome to my class!

In the past, I have enjoyed drawing and painting faces. Then I decided to turn it up a notch by making quirky faces like these.


In this class, I will show you how I create faces like these, including two complete ones from start to finish.
Included is a Procreate brush set with stamps of face parts to help you get started. This brush set is exclusive to this class.


  • iPad
  • Procreate app
  • stylus optional

Downloadable Resources (under the Project tab)

  • GC-Faces-Class brush set
  • GC-Face-Parts: face part stamps
  • GC-Gold-texture.jpg


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Genevieve Crabe

Artist and Teacher


Hello, I'm Genevieve and I live in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. I am retired from a 30-year career in high-tech, and I am now a full-time artist. My interests include digital art, mixed media, and bead embroidery. I am also a Certified Zentangle® Teacher.

I am the author of How to Make 100 Bead Embroidery Motifs, and several colouring books including Genevieve's Mandalas and Magical Mosaics Flora and Fauna, as well as designer of a mandala creation tool, Geneviève's Mandala Stencils. My books and products can be found in the shop on my website.

My artwork has been featured in several books, including One Zentangle a Day, 500 Tangled Artworks, The Beauty of Zentangle, Zentangle Untangled, Tangle Start Strings, Das große Zentangle-Buch, and several b... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi everyone, decision Vf and welcome to my class. I think many artists like to draw our pink faces. Some are realistic and others look more like this. I was inspired by some artwork I saw on Pinterest. And I've been having lots of fun creating these quirky faces. In this class, I'll show you the techniques I use to create these faces and procreate. If you click the About tab below the video, you'll find a detailed description of the class and other useful information and links. Under the Project tab, you'll find the downloadable resources. This is an example from one of my earlier classes. The downloadable files are found on the right-hand side of the page. You must be accessing the page from a web browser, not the skill share app. Here I'm using the Chrome browser on the iPad. When you tap a brush set, go to the bottom of the page and tap download. You'll see the download progress here. When it's done. Tab open in. Then tap procreate. Procreate will open automatically and deport the brush set. If I open the canvas, the New Brush set that just imported will be at the top. I'll delete this one for now. You'll need an iPad running the version of iOS needed to run the current version of procreate. And Apple pencil or other stylus is not necessary, but it can be helpful, especially for detailed work. Everything in this class is done in the procreate app. The videos were made with procreate version five x 0.1.4 with iPad OS 14 to some basic knowledge of procreate is assumed. But I'll go through all the processes in detail. In lesson one, I'll show you a template for drawing an average human face and compare that to some of my quirky phases. In lesson two, we'll draw a simple face with lines and flat color. I'll show you how to manage the components in layers. In lesson three, we'll add patterns and textures to our face. In lesson four, I'll show you all the stamp brushes I created and will create a face with these brushes. In less than five, I'll show you some more ideas and techniques and some ideas as to what you can do with your faces. Before I continue, I want to show you a couple of resources. You'll find the links under the About tab. These are my Pinterest boards. I have several inspiration boards related to my classes. This is the phases inspiration board where you'll find lots of ideas. Now this is my website.com. Under freebies, you can find my procreate brushes. Each set has its own page with the download link for the brush set, a PDF with a preview of all the brushes in the set and the preview video. So let's get started. 2. Lesson 1 - Face Basics: This is the template that is commonly used to draw human faces. This shape represents the head. This line halfway down is the midpoint of the eyes. And there is around one I width between the eyes. Halfway on the lower part of the phase is the bottom of the nose. And halfway between that and the bottom is the mouth. Now these are the standard rules for creating realistic faces. Now let's see how we can break them. 3. Lesson 2 - Create a Simple Face: First, let's have a look at one of the brush sets that comes with the class. The first brush is monoline thick. I made it by making a copy of the procreate monoline brush and increasing the size. I use this one for both drawing and erasing. Next, I made a copy of the procreate shading graphite brush and added it here for convenience. For sketching. I like the procreate 6B pencil brush. I also made a copy of this one and increase the size. Next I included the curve along and rested dk texture brushes. I also made a copy of wrested decay and added color variations. I'll show you that a little later. My circles brush is great for all sorts of purposes, whether it's stamping individual circles or painting a string of them. Next is one of my texture brushes. And the rest are a few of my pattern brushes for you to use in your faces. The second brush set contains some face starters and facial features. We'll look at how to use those a little later. First, let us start with the 6B pencil. I'm going to do a rough sketch of a face. You can experiment with lots of different face shapes. One of my techniques is to divide the face in two or more sections where I can use different colors. Next, I'll add some hair and tap the Transform tool to move the sketch to the center of the canvas. I'll add different components on different layers to make it easier to change something later. I'll add some eyes which don't have to be the same size or at the same level. A mouth. And the neck. Next emerged the layers of the sketch and reduce the opacity. I'll add a new layer and move it underneath the sketch. I'll choose the monoline brush from the class brush set. Get the thickness I want, and create the drawing. I'm using the sketch as a guide and adding separate layers for the different components. Now if you want the eyes to be different, you can draw them individually. But if you want them to be the same, here's the trick I use with the eye on its own layer. Duplicate the layer. Tap the Transform tool, move the second i into position, and tap flip horizontal so that it will be a mirror image of the other one. On another layer, I'll draw the mouth. Now I can get rid of the sketch layer. Next, I need to erase some of these lines that are behind the eye is in the mouth. So I'll lower the opacity of the face outline. And then I can easily go and erase those lines. Now restore the outline to full capacity. I'll erase this bit here on the hair layer. Now to add some eyeballs with the circle brush. Find the right size, and just tap. Then I changed the color to white, reduce the size of the circle a bit, and add some reflections in the eyes. Now I realize I forgot to erase the line that goes through the mouth, so I'll do that now. And now we have a finished line-drawing. The next step is to add some color. First, set the drawing layer to reference. This will allow us to use colored drop on separate layer while maintaining the different shapes. And we show you what I mean. Add a layer and move it below the drawing. Choose a color for the hair and color drop. You can see that the color respected the boundaries of the drawing even though it's on a separate layer. Now let's add a bunch of new layers. Add color to the face and neck using a separate layer for each section. Use another layer to add color to the eyes. I'll use yellow for the eyes and orange for the islands. And let's choose two shades of purple for the lips. Note that the lower lip is usually slightly lighter because it receives more light. So now we have everything colored and we'll add embellishments in the next lesson. 4. Lesson 3 - Add Patterns and Textures: Before we start, we need to talk about layers. Go under Actions, canvas and tap Canvas information. This is my standard, 3600 by 3600 canvas. But you may need to make yours smaller. Tap Layers and look at the maximum number of layers. You'll see a different number here depending on your canvas dimensions and also the amount of memory in your iPad. When doing these kinds of drawings, I'd like to put all the elements on separate layers because it makes it easier to change my mind about something. If you don't have enough layers available. In this case, probably more than ten. I'll show you how you can use fewer layers. And of course, you can always reduce the size of your canvas. So these are the layers we have so far in our painting. Add a layer above the hair layer and set it to clipping mask. This means that whatever you paint on this layer will be confined to the areas on the layer below that are already coloured. Go to the class brush set and choose this texture. Tap and hold to select the color of the hair and choose a lighter shade of the same color and paint the texture. Now this isn't showing up very much, so I'm going to lighten the color and try again. You can see that the color we applied is on the clipping mask layer. I'm changing the color to white and adding a few highlights. Now, ideally, you want to use clipping mask layers for all the separate color layers. But you may not have enough layers available to do that. So instead, you can use alpha lock. Let's set these two layers to alpha lock. You can see the little checkerboard pattern that shows that alpha lock is on. This will allow us to paint on these layers within the paint that's already there. The only downside is it'll take more steps. If you want to change things later, you'll have to start over from the solid color. And choosing a pattern. Picking up the color on the right side of the face and painting the pattern on the other side, and vice versa for the other side of the face. Next, I choose the shading graphite brush. And I pick up the darker color on the neck. I'm painting a shadow on the right-hand side of the phase. And also on the right side of the center line. Then I switch layers to the other side of the phase and pay the highlight on the left side. Switch to the next layer. Select a darker shade of the color that's already there. Go back to our pattern and painted on the neck. Then back to the shading graphite brush and paint a shadow just under the face. Now I'm going to turn off reference on the drawing layer because it can cause some functions to behave strangely. So if, sometimes if things don't happen, the way that you think it should, check that you've got that reference turned off. Add a new layer at the top. I'll choose black and my monoline brush and add some stripes to the eyelids. And also some curly cues in the hair. Switch to the circle brush and add some dots. Now I'm zooming way out here because I find that this gives you a better perspective on the overall look of the painting, especially the shading and highlighting. Next, we're going to work on the background. Add two layers at the bottom. I need to choose a color to start with. To fill the bottom layer. After trying a few different ones, I'll set along this red. Next, I'll try the multi-color rested decay brush. But that's not quite what I'm looking for. I'll switch to the regular rusted decay brush. Choose a slightly darker red and pain. This adds a subtle texture to the background. This is a great technique by the way, a general technique you can use when you have a solid background, but you don't want it completely solid, you can just have a very subtle texture. Now I'll switch to this pattern brush and add some pattern to the background with a hidden Miss approach. Now back to the top to make a drop shadow. Merge the curlicue layer with the rest of the drawing. Duplicate the drawing layer. Select the lower one. Tap the Transform Tool and nudge it a few times, maybe eight to ten to the lower right. By tapping this corner outside the canvas. Open the adjustments Menu, Tab, Gaussian blur, layer, and slide your finger to the right until this reads around 10%. Now, if you're happy with this shadow, you can stop here. But here's a trick to make it a bit more intense. Duplicate the shadow layer. And to adjust the intensity, go to the Duplicate Layer and adjust the opacity until you're happy with the result. And here's our finished face. 5. Lesson 4 - Stamp Brushes: Now we're going to create a face with the stamp brushes I provided. This brush set contains several face shapes, eyes, and mouths. You can mix and match them to create your own faces. Start with a blank canvas. I'm going to choose face shape number six, and tap to add the face to the canvas. If you want to rotate the face to a different angle, tap the Transform tool, grab the green circular handle at the top and rotate. Create a new layer above the face. We're going to add some eyes. I'm going to choose i number 16. And tap. Not quite the size I want. So I undo, adjust the size and tap. Now I'm tapping the Transform Tool and dragging the green handle to rotate it a bit and position it where I want it. For the other eye, I duplicate the layer containing the I tap the Transform Tool, tap, flip horizontal, and move the eye to the other side. Add a new layer at the top. Choose a mouse shape, and tap, Undo and adjust the size if necessary. As I did with the eyes, I can rotate the mouth to exactly the position that I want. Now I am going to erase the lines that go through the eyes and mouth. I go to the face Layer and reduce the opacity to make it easier to see what I'm erasing. Tap the eraser and erase the lines. When you're done, restored the opacity to maximum. Then I use merged down to merge all the layers of the drawing together. Now add a bunch of layers below the drawing for the colors they could color. Remember to set your drawing layer drew reference. Go to the first empty layer. And Phil, one side of the face with a color and do the same with other parts of the face. Remembering to use separate layers for the different colors. For the ears. I chose to use the color of the opposite side of the face. Now I want to add more detail to the face. I'll go back to the drawing layer and the monoline brush and separate the face into several more sections. And then I'll add different colors to some of these sections. At this point, you can also go back to the drawing layer and add more drawing detail if you wish. Next, I will choose this circle Pattern and the medium gray color. Add a layer on top of the left side of the face, set it to clipping mask and paint the pattern. And do the same on the other side. Now let's try out blend modes. By scrolling down the list. I like the Hard Light blend mode. That gives you a darker shade of the color that's already there. So I'm happy with that and I'll do the same on the other side. Now I want to add a little texture. So I'll add another clipping mask layer. It's good to know that you can have several clipping mask layer associated with the same layer. I'll try out a few brushes. First, the curl along brush in white. But this just seems to add a white haze, which isn't really what I'm after. So I'll undo that. I'll try it in purple. But that's a little too dark. Rested decay brush. Definitely too dark. Turned down the opacity of the brush and try again. Now, that's more what I'm looking for. I'll do the same with red on the other side. Now, I find that texture to still be a little dark. So I will lower the opacity of the clipping mask layer. Again, that's another advantage of having a separate clipping mask layer. Now for a little shading and highlighting, but the shading graphite brush add a new clipping mask layer on top of the right side of the face. And add shading on the edge and on the right side of the center line. Reduce the opacity if the shading is too harsh. Do the same to create a white highlight on the left side. Now let's zoom out to see the overall effect. Go to the drawing layer and turn off reference. With the circle brush and white. Add highlights to the eyes. Now, let's add a bit of this texture to the lips. Reduce the opacity, and paint over the lips. Now let's add the background. First, a solid dark blue. And then some curl one texture in a slightly lighter shade of the same color. Then choose the stripes pattern, and it's slightly darker color. And paint the pattern. Now back to the long brush. Lower the opacity. And use this to wipe out a little bit of the stripes to add some interest. Finally, the drop shadow, exactly as we did before, duplicate the layer. Nudge to the lower right. Gaussian Blur. And we're done. 6. Lesson 5 - More Design Ideas: Now there are things that you can do to modify the face shapes that I've given you. Let's start with face number 11 and add some eyes. Switch to the monoline brush. And you can add your own detail. You can also use the liquefied tool to adjust some of the contours. Here are a few more examples. For each example, I'll start with the drawing and show you the progression of the painting by revealing all the layers. Here I used a gold texture to overlay the drawing with a clipping mask. You'll find this texture in your downloadable files under the project tab. In this one, the texture for the hair was created in an app called percolator. This one was actually my first quirky face. I originally created it as an example of my layered paper technique. So you can mix and match the phase techniques with the cut paper technique to come up with some original paintings. 7. Project: For your project, I would like you to create one quirky phase using the stamp brush is provided and optionally create another one from scratch. Here are some of mine to give you some ideas. Remember the downloadable files under the project tab to brush sets and the gold texture. And for those of you who have a print on demand store, I think that these kinds of designs can make some very cool merchandise. Thank you so much for watching my class and please share your work in the project section. I'd would really love to see your quirky faces. I would appreciate it if you would leave a review and make sure to follow me so you'll be notified when I post a new class. I also post to my followers when I release a new free brush set. If you have any questions, please post them in the discussion area below the video on skill share. Thank you.