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Linocut print designs in Procreate for Illustration and Surface Pattern design.

teacher avatar CardwellandInk Design, B.Sc, B.A, M.Teach

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Procreate Overview


    • 3.

      Brush Resources


    • 4.

      Reference Images


    • 5.

      Extracting the image


    • 6.

      Creating the linocut


    • 7.

      Adding texture and background


    • 8.

      Exporting to print on demand Redbubble store


    • 9.

      Class Project


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About This Class

This class is beginner friendly and gives an overview of the procreate app for the iPad. It walks you through how to  create a simple digital linocut print, that can be used as a stand alone illustration or as a motif for surface pattern design. It moves step by step from the creation of the linocut, through to uploading it on print on the print on demand website Redbubble. In addition, there is a free procreate brush set  included to assist those beginning on their creative journey that can be accessed through the browser version of Skillshare.  If you are new to skillshare you can use the following  link to get 2 months free premium access to the platform.

RESOURCES FOR THE CLASS: Linocut brushset link in projects and resources section

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CardwellandInk Design

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Hi, I'm Priscilla and I am a Surface pattern designer, Freelance illustrator, Biologist and Educator. I am the owner of Cardwell and ink, a boutique design studio in Australia. With a Master of Teaching and over two decades of experience in both Science and Creative education, I am passionate about simplifying design and equipping creatives to thrive in their creative practice and businesses.

You can see examples of my fabric and homewares at Spoonflower. I'm quite active on social media and you can find me on Instagram and facebook @cardwellandink where I post about my creative journey.

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Priscilla, and welcome to my Skillshare class. In this class, I will be showing you how to create a digital lineup cut style print that can be used as an art print or as a motif for surface pattern design on accessories or on clothing at print-on-demand sites like Redbubble, Spoonflower, or Society6. I will also be giving you insight into my process, free brushes, and resources along the way. Just a little bit about me. I am a trained teacher, I am a freelance illustrator, I'm a surface pattern designer, and fashion enthusiast. I am the owner of Cardwell and Ink, which is a boutique design studio located in Australia that specializes in costume design, from custom illustration, portraits, and invitations to creating custom textiles. You can see samples of my work at Cardwell and, ink with a K. I've recently fallen in love with the flexibility of creating art digitally in the app, Procreate on my iPad Pro, which is the app I will be using in this class with the Apple Pencil. But feel free to use any digital drawing app that you feel comfortable with or any stylists that you feel comfortable using. This class is beginner friendly and all you need is an iPad and a stylus and the digital drawing app Procreate. Whether you are a digital novice or whether you are a seasoned illustrator wanting to learn a new skill, you are very welcome, and let's get started. 2. Procreate Overview: I wanted to begin with an overview of the Procreate app. In the gallery view, when you open up, there are some options at the top right-hand side where you can select a file, import a file or photo, or pick a custom Canvas size using the plus icon. Aside from the Canvas sizes, there's a little folder at the top which allows you to create your own custom canvas. For this tutorial, we will be creating a Canvas which is 3,000 pixels by 3,000 pixels and 350 DPI. Once you are done clicking the "Create button", will then open up your new Canvas. In the Canvas view, there are a few buttons on the left-hand side that we will be using mainly the wrench icon, which will open up a number of categories. The first one or the first icon allows you to import files, photos, copy and paste. The Canvas icon allows you to adjust your Canvas settings and animate. The share icon allows you to select the file types that you would like for export. The play icon is the time-lapse replay settings. The preferences allows pen pressure and brush preferences, and the "Help button" on the end. We will use the other ones as we progress through the tutorial. On the left-hand side though, we have these great little sliders, which allow you to adjust size and at the bottom, adjust the opacity of your brush stroke. The size of any brush can be increased or decreased to the slider, and the transparency of the stroke can be increased or decreased, and you'll see that in the Opacity. A two-finger tap is an undo function and a three-finger tap is a redo function. On the right-hand side, we have our brush studio, and that will open up your brush library for you. On the left, you will see the brush categories, and the category that you will be using will be highlighted in blue, and yes, I am a brush border. [LAUGHTER] On the right-hand side, you have the particular brushes that you are using, highlighted in blue as well. Next to the brush icon at the top are the smudge and the erase tool, and both of these are going to do in essence the same thing. When you are using a brush when making some markings on the Canvas, if you want to maintain that same brush size and texture, you press and hold the eraser brush or press and hold the smudge brush, and it will maintain that consistency and maintain that same brush for their settings. If you get frustrated with erasing that way, a three-finger circle will then clear that whole layer in your Canvas. At the bottom in your layers panel, you will see a background section or background color, which is a default layer, and you can always adjust the color of that layer by tapping on it and then opening up this color disk and palates. The palate view on the right side at the bottom opens up your whole palate library. But I tend to stick to the disk view. The outside of the disk works to show you what hue you are working with, and then you move the circle in the inner disk to then pick the saturation that you want for your brush. In the blue hue, a double-tap in the white section will then give you a true white, and a double-tap in the black selection will give you a true black. The color of your brushes is the little circle at the top right, and that works the same way as the background color disk, except it is your brush colors that determines. The plus icon at the top in the layers panel will allow you to add a layer and we will be using that function a lot in this tutorial. Well, looking forward to getting started in the next video. 3. Brush Resources : I wanted to show you how to access the downloads for the class. I've created a set of Procreate brushes for this tutorial that are free for download. You will need to be in the browser view of Skillshare to access them. You do that through the link in the project in resources tab just under this video. The link takes you to my website with a green button to download the brushes. You will need a password which I will display on the screen. If you are in Chrome using iOS select download, and then the open-in option, scroll to the three dots that say more, and then scroll down to find the Procreate icon and click on it. This will automatically import the whole brush set into your app. When you open Procreate, there will be a blue tick sign to show you that it has imported. Then in the brush library, the new brush that should be highlighted at the top in blue. See you in the next video. 4. Reference Images: For the purposes of this video, I'm going to take you to a great little resource for our reference images, which is the Biodiversity Heritage Library found on Flickr comments. I'm aware that not everybody is a seasoned illustrator. For beginners, it's great to be able to use reference images. This library has a great source of vintage reference images which are mostly royalty and copyright-free for you to use. If you select a category, and then in the category, select an image. For example, these cherries, I'll just click on that again. At the bottom right-hand side, it will give you some information about the copyright. You can see that there's no copyright. By clicking on it will open it up, and you'll be able to see in detail that you are able to copy, modify, distribute this artwork for commercial use and it's just really important to check those images before you use them or re-mix them. Going back to our image, at the bottom right hand side you have the different file sizes that you can download. The little arrow with the downloads small, medium, large, or original size. I generally will use the original size and for the purposes of this lineup cut, we are only using the outline anyway so any size will do. Once you click on it, it will download to your images. As I opened my images, this is a pair that I had selected previously to use in this tutorial. In the next video, I'll show you how to extract the image with a great little app. 5. Extracting the image: On to extracting the image, there's a great little app called Magic Eraser, which is a free app. Although you do have to wait for the ads to start and then click to get out of them. It will allow you to access your photo library on your iPad. If you have your image, I would select your image. There is an eraser icon at the bottom if there's any excess black marks on the outside of the image that you want to remove. But on the bottom left, you have your magic eraser tool. Everywhere you click with the magic eraser, it will take that color and it will erase any pixels that have that particular color in it. In this case, I'm tapping the white and it will make transparent. You'll see that it's transparent because of the checkerboard texture, anywhere on the image that is white. Then when you are done, you will notice there's a PNG with a transparent background on the left-hand side and a JPEG with a white background. We are going to be using the PNG. If we tap on that one, it will allow us to export it to our photo library. Then when we go back into Procreate, I'll just delete that image in Procreate. You can then use the add on the top-left to insert a photo. Select the photo. Although it looks like it has a white background, if you go to your Layers panel and turn off your background color, you'll notice that it is now transparent. 6. Creating the linocut: We can now start on creating our linocut by going to the wrench and importing the image we created. Which will come into Procreate as a PNG, which we can then resize by adjusting. Make sure that it is on uniform so it doesn't actually change the proportions and then in the layers panel, if you tap on the blue layer, you can rename it from the menu as image, so it doesn't get confusing. Once that's done, if you tap that same menu and choose selection, we are going to create a new layer by pressing the plus symbol. Grabbing black as our color and pulling that color into the new layer to fill it. You'll notice that it fills the entire area of the PNG image from below. We're then going to tap on that image and pull it above that black layer and reduce the opacity in that layer so that you can see the black coming through the image. This is really important because we're going to be using the eraser tool on the black layer, so I'm just going to label that layer as well so that it can be distinguished, unselect and then I'm going to duplicate that layer so that we have a backup. If you slide across from the right, it will have duplicates and then if you tap on the layer you can then rename that layer as a backup. I'm going to unselect that layer because we don't want to actually see it while we are doing our linocut and go back to the black layer that we are going to be working with. In the linocut brush set. I'm going to be using the studio tapered brush that you get in the brush set, the free brush set with this class, I'm going to resize my brush to whatever size suits, so you can slide this slide is to decide what size you would like and then I'm starting to make markings on the black layer. The reason why we had the black layer underneath with the image above it, is so that we can make those linocuts using that image on top as a reference. I'm now going in and just slightly making indentations on the main portions of the leaf, so the mid-line of the leaf and along the veins of the leaf. Now, the reason why we are sticking to those main portions is because when you are creating a traditional linocut, you're using a carving tool in the lino and so you are only cutting out the major portions. In this case, I'm also going to be making demarcations between the leaves so that you can see where the leaves overlap in the linocut and the leaves don't all blend together. Just go through carefully, the beautiful thing about Procreate is that when you are drawing, you can use two fingers at the same time to resize and rotate your canvas as well, so as you're drawing, instead of getting into awkward angles, or if you can't see your image very carefully getting in close. You can resize your Canvas by just having two fingers and then moving them apart to zoom in or moving them together to zoom out and it also allows you to have a lot of flexibility as you draw. Continue around your image, I'm using a pair but your image may be slightly different. Just take a look at your image and see what are the major areas that you would like to have in your linocut. If you're using a plant and it has leaves, do pay attention to where the folds are in the leaf and where the leaves maybe fold over other leaves so that you can see that clearly. Now the studio tapered brush is a variation of a Procreate brush, I've just taped it and played with it a little bit more, so you do have it native in Procreate as well. But I've just put this brush set together so that if you are a beginner and you are trying to start out in digital art that you have a set that you can work on for this project. If you make a mistake, remember, you can tap with two fingers on the screen as well. If you make a carving and you think maybe I shouldn't have erased that point, you can do a two-finger tap to undo your most recent action. It's a very intuitive program, so just continue around until you're happy with the markings. Now on the twig and the branches, I tend to take a look at the highlighted areas, so where the light is hitting the image are the areas that I just want to make a simple line through. You'll notice on the woody part of the twig, I'm just making a few demarcations, so you can actually see when you look at the black only where the twig is that there's another object there instead of just a mass of black. It is a bit of trial and error but the beautiful thing about digital art is that you can continue to manipulate it if you make a mistake, you can go back and try again and I'm just going to continue going around the pair. Once again because the pair overlaps, I am going to erase a portion between the two pairs as well. Once you're done you can de-select the image there and take a look at your linocut. It's great to do that from time to time because it does show you any areas that you've missed or any areas that you want to continue to work on. Once again, I can see already I just want to make a bit more of an indentation at the bottom and I missed a leaf or an undesirable leaf, so I'm going to go back and do the spines of the underside of the leaf. It's good to just evaluate see how you feel as you do your linocut, each one will be different but take your time to evaluate whether you want more or less. If you want to elongate one of the spines or veins until you are happy with the final product. In the next video, we are going to go ahead and talk about the background and put a bit of texture into our linocut. 7. Adding texture and background: In this video, we are going to be creating a bit of texture for our linocut and also creating a circular background for our print. I'm going to create a new layer just below the linocut layer that we have worked with, but above our backup layer. I'm going to pick a color to make a circle in this layer. Now, Procreate has a great feature, we're going to use the monoline brush in the brush set where you can make a quick shape. I'm going to draw a generic circle and connect the ends without taking my pencil off the canvas, and then by placing a finger on the canvas, it will make a perfect circle for me. This works with squares or triangles as well. We then use our color drop the way we did before, pulling in the color to fill that circle, and then using the arrow tool to adjust it to the center of the canvas. Once we've done that, we have a circular background and we're going to rename by pressing the menu, that background layer. Then we're going to go ahead and create two more layers above the linocut layer and also above the background layer. These are going to be our texture layers. Now, for the texture layers, we're going to create a clipping mask. In that menu that opened up, there was an option of clipping mask, so please click that layer first and then go in and rename it as your texture layer. Once again, with the background, clipping mask and then rename. Now, you'll notice that the clipping masks have an arrow that points down because it's attached to the layer below which means that any markings that you make on the clipping mask layers will only be limited to the area of the layer below. It's a great way of non-destructively adding texture or adding variations without affecting or destroying the layer underneath. Now, I'm going to go to the spotty brush in the brush set, and I'm going to create a few splatters on the linocut print. When you're making a linocut print, once you've curved the linocut, you put ink or paint over it and then you make your stamps with it. Sometimes you can have a bit of paint splatter or a couple of scratches from the wood, which is what we're trying to imitate in a creative way. Just taking a look at the highlights as well, that we're on the original image to see where I wanted to place the splatters of paint. As we're doing this, you'll notice that the splatters do not go outside the shape of the pear because it is a clipping mask. It's only the linocut area that will be affected as you put the splashes in. You can make them larger or you can make them smaller, whatever suits your creative style. Next we're going to be working on the background layer. Now, with the clipping mask associated with the background layer, we're going to use the Terrazzo brush, which is a stamp brush, and just move it around the canvas and you'll notice that it still is limited to that circle in the background. I'm then going to create a new clipping mask. I tend to use a new clipping mask for each layer just so that you can adjust the layers independently. You'll notice because this is a stamp tool, as I've placed the olive color on top, it's just covered the white layer underneath. But then if you take the arrow or the transform tool and move it around, you can then adjust where it's placed. It still will not move from the background because it's in a clipping mask, so you can just adjust that. It means that you can adjust the opacity of that layer as well and the opacity of the white layer beneath it as you feel. Now, I want just a bit of a muted texture, so I've reduced the opacity on both of those layers. I'm going to go in with the hairy scratches brush, which is like wood scratches texture, and put a bit of that on the background layer as well in white. Remember, as you go, you can zoom in and out. If you want a closer look at what you're doing, feel free to use those two finger panning. If you separate your two fingers or put them together, it will adjust the zoom of your image as well. Once you're happy with it, I think I'm going to go in and reduce the opacity of the linocut clipping mask. I just want a bit of a subtle texture without taking away from the image. You can do that. You can adjust the blend modes in that contextual menu as well, that opens up when you change the opacity, and test different blend modes and see how you feel about your image. It's great to experiment in a way that you can reverse with Procreate, which I really love about this program. If I remove the background at the bottom layer, you can see that it still is a PNG. We actually want it as a PNG to export it because we will be using this for accessory and surface pattern design. So if you choose the Share tool and choose PNG with the background removed, you can then export it to your images as a PNG. In the next video, I'll take you through how to place your images on accessories or on t-shirts on Redbubble, which is a print on-demand site. See you in the next video. 8. Exporting to print on demand Redbubble store: In this video, we are going to be looking at how to use your images on a print-on-demand site like Redbubble. So I'm opening up my Redbubble store. You do have to log in or create an account. At the top left-hand side, once you're in your store, there'll be a hamburger menu that you can click on, and then if you click on your avatar, it will give you a red button that says add your work or add new work. So you can upload new work or create it from an existing design. I'm going to upload new from my images, and select the image that we just created and saved as a PNG. In the meantime, you can put in a title for your artwork and relevant tags that are related to the image, and a description about your artwork. Now Redbubble is a free platform for artists. There are quite a few out there Society6 is another one that I use frequently. You can open up a store front for free. It allows you to get a commission for your art and the print-on-demand company gets a commission for their printing as well. So it's a really great option for artists. As you scroll down after your image has uploaded, you will start to see a bunch of accessories and clothing that you can then have your print on. I've opened up the t-shirt icon, and you'll notice that I can move my image around, I can resize my image, I can center it either horizontally or vertically, and I can even start to choose, using the menus on this side, what type of clothing I want to have it available on. You have color swatches where you can choose the color of the t-shirt or the product that you are creating your image for. But just make sure that when you are done, you do apply the changes. So you'll see that the t-shirt is changed to a light gray, which I don't really want. I will move that back to a white color. As you make the changes, you can actually see it in real-time as well. Scroll down and scroll through and you can enable and disable any products. So the sticker, for example, because it's a PNG, it has no square background but it's like a kiss cut sticker. Just be aware of the backgrounds when you are making your images. You may want that effect or you may not. But just know that with PNG it's transparent, but with a JPEG, you will have that white square from your image. Another great option is you can tile. As you can see on the cushion, as I move the slider up and down, it then tiled the single image into several images. So you can have a regular tile or you can have a half-drop tile option available or no tiling at all, where you just have the one image on the screen, and then adjust the size as you feel. There are about 40 different accessories and clothes that you can have your images on on Redbubble. I think it's the same on a whole host of other print-on-demand sites. You can go through and you can edit your image, you can edit the sizes, you can edit the products. So,for example, with this water bottle, I really do love it centered on the water bottle, and as I'm adjusting, I can see the changes in real-time. Not all the accessories are going to be great for your images, so you'll have to use your discretion. When you get to the bottom, you can choose what type of media it is, so design and illustration or photography. You can pick a collection. You can also select what accessory you want to have your main image on. So you may want to have it on a tote bag as the main image. Although a whole host of products are available, you'll have one that is the main image on your shop. Whether it has adult content or not, that it is actually your own work, and then you can save your work. For the purposes of this, I'm not going to save this because this is an example, but I will go back to my store to another line of cut that I have created, and show you what this looks like on products from the front end. So scrolling down the designs on my page, there's the king fisher liner cut print that I've made. Then you can see the products that it is displayed up on for sale. So one thing I do love about when you see the product shots is they're great to take a screenshot and use as a mock-up on your social media, whether it's Instagram or Facebook, to advertise your work and it makes that process really simple as well. I also loved the way the prints look against different colors. So the dark gray was a really beautiful color that it came up on. Thanks for taking this class. I can't wait to see your projects. I'll have a little chat to you about what a project is, and how to create one in the next video. 9. Class Project: Thanks so much for joining me for this class. It was so fun to go through creating these prints with you. I hope that if you have the time, you can upload your illustration to the class project section, which is just underneath this video so I can see the amazing illustrations that you come up with. If you are on social media, you can also tag me at Cadwell ink on Instagram or on Facebook and I hope to see you maybe in an upcoming Skillshare class. Have a great day.