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On The Dot: Drawing Easy Procreate Illustrations Using Dots

teacher avatar Vinitha Mammen, Illustrator | Lettering Artist

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Class Overview


    • 3.

      Make Your Own Dot Stamp Brushes


    • 4.

      Mini Project 1: Clouds


    • 5.

      Mini Project 2: Tree


    • 6.

      Mini Project 3: Creepers


    • 7.

      Mini Project 4: Floral Arrangement


    • 8.

      Mini Project 5: Field Of Flowers


    • 9.

      Mini Project 6: String Lights


    • 10.

      Mini Project 7: Constellation


    • 11.

      Mini Project 8: Geometric Pattern


    • 12.

      Mini Project 9: Faces


    • 13.

      Exporting Your Artwork


    • 14.

      Your Class Project


    • 15.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Do you find it scary to get started on Procreate? Are you lost on where to begin? Here’s a little tip: think DOTS. It does not get simpler than plain old dots, does it? And I’m telling you, that dots are all you need, to create some really fun and satisfying illustrations on Procreate.

If you thought dots are just dots and nothing more, you’re in for a fun and exciting ride. Because guess what- dots make up EVERYTHING! From the cells in your body to the pixels in your TV screen- you can visualize pretty much anything as a collection of dots. So, why not use dots to tell a visual story? 

Procreate is my go-to drawing program right now. I love it and use it for everything from drawing for personal projects to illustrating for commercial applications. But, for the first several months since I got the app, I barely created anything at all because I was overwhelmed. There’s a lot of features and tips and tricks to go over and it can all get overwhelming and maybe even boring real fast. Unless you learn by doing. So, that’s what we’re going to do in this class. We’re going to do some very easy and fun bite-sized projects and secretly learn some of the key features of the app along the way! What’s special about these projects is that, throughout all of them, we are going to take the humble dot, and push it as far as we can.

I use my custom Procreate dot stamp brush in almost every lettering or illustration piece I create, because I’m in love with its simplicity and magic. Sometimes, I even create entire compositions using just dots. This class is where I show you how you can make your very own dot stamp brushes and use them in some deceivingly easy and ultra creative ways in your drawing and illustration journey. The class is packed with ideas and inspiration, tips and tricks and actionable bite-sized projects that leave you feeling accomplished. 

Join me as we take dots to a whole new level on the iPad drawing app, Procreate.

In this class you will learn:

  • How to make a dot stamp brush two ways- one with fixed sized dots and one with dots that vary in size according to the pressure you apply on your apple pencil. 
  • How to use the dot stamp brushes you created to illustrate a variety of subjects.
  • Ideas to simplify and stylize complex shapes using dots.

Plus lots of incredibly useful Procreate tips and shortcuts along the way!

This class is for you if:

  • You’re going through a creative block and could use some easy, quick and satisfying projects to get you back feeling more inspired and pumped up. 
  • You are new to procreate and want to get a feel of the drawing app through fun, low pressure exercises. 
  • You want to make your own Procreate brushes but feel intimidated by it.
  • You could use some creative stimulation by creating using a non-conventional process. 
  • You're looking for new ways to create intriguing video content for social media. 

This class is aimed at Beginner level students, and is therefore structured in a beginner-friendly manner. However, it can also be a helpful set of great exercises for intermediate to advance level artists to refresh their brain and bag some quick wins.  

What you will need:

  • iPad
  • Procreate app
  • Apple pencil or other pressure-sensitive stylus

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1. Introduction: Do you find it scary to get started on Procreate? Are you lost on where to begin? Here's a little tip. Think dots. It does not get simpler than plain old dots, does it? I'm telling you that dots are all you need to create some really fun and satisfying illustrations on Procreate. I'm Vinitha Mammen, a freelance lettering artist and illustrator with a background in fashion and engineering, and a top teacher on Skillshare. Procreate is my go-to drawing program right now. I love it. I use it for everything from drawing personal stuff to illustrating for commercial applications. But I created nothing on Procreate for the first several months since I got it because I was overwhelmed. There's lots of features and techniques to go over and it can all get overwhelming and maybe even boring real fast unless you learn by doing. That's what we're going to do in this class. We're going to do some very easy and fun bite-sized projects and secretly learn some of the key features of the app along the way. What's special about these projects is that throughout all of them, we're going to take the humble dot and push it as far as we can. My dot stamp brushes have been a student favorite across my procreate class resources and in this class, I'll show you exactly how you can make these super beginner friendly brushes yourself. Then I'll teach you how to use them in some creative and fun ways. Together, we'll explore dots through nine different mini illustration before you come up with your phones spin on them. This class is at a beginner level, so it's going to be great for you even if you've never used Procreate before. But it's also packed with creative exercises, techniques, and tips that are great for artists at any skill level. Particularly if you've been stuck in a creative rut, these bite-sized projects are perfect to get your momentum up while stimulating your brain in surprising ways. If you're ready to hop on the dot with me, I'll see you in class. [MUSIC] 2. Class Overview: [MUSIC] So you've decided to explore dots and procreate with me. Awesome. Welcome to, On The Dot. Before we jump into the class, I want to just quickly give you an overview on what you can expect from this class in terms of how it's structured, what the class project will be, and so on. First, I will take you through the step-by-step method to make your own dot stamp brush in two different variations. As you do this, you'll understand what some of the brush settings mean and how playing around with them can give you different results. Once you've made your own two dots stamp brushes, we will put them to use to do nine easy-peasy mini-projects. Like I said, these will all be beginner friendly and so will be very accessible. But they'll also tickle your creativity and inspire you to see illustration from a different perspective. As we do these nine mini-projects, you will get a hands-on feel of how Procreate works as a drawing app and even get to dabble in some of the more exciting features along the way. Whether you want to tackle these projects over several days to fit within the little time you have to practice art or you want to just straight up binge, is completely up to you. But either way, you're going to have a ton of fun and you're going to possibly never look at dots as just dots ever again. Finally, once you complete all nine of the mini-projects, you graduate into doing your final project for this class. Which will include a little bit of a twist because you'll need to come up with an idea of your own to combine along with some of the ideas you've already worked on with me. Don't worry, by the time you get there, I'm sure you'll be left with a lot of inspiration to fuel that brainstorm. Now, all you need to take this class and follow along with me are your iPad, a stylus like the Apple pencil, and of course, the Procreate app. We will also be using some supplementary brushes besides the ones that we'll make in this class. But those will all be default brushes that come along with Procreate when you download the app. So I'm sure you're good to go. Also, I may or may not be announcing an exciting giveaway during one of the future lessons. So maybe stay tuned or not. So now you know a little bit of what awaits you in this class. Let's jump in and learn to make those brushes. [MUSIC] 3. Make Your Own Dot Stamp Brushes: Here we are. We're going to dive right into this class by learning to make some very easy but super fun dot stamp brushes. I'll show you how to make two different variations of a dot stamp brush. One that gives you dots in a consistent size, and one that varies in size depending on the pressure you apply on your stylus. If making your own procreate brushes sounds intimidating to you and you feel like running away right now, I promise you, this is going to be so easy. You're going to totally flip. So stick with me. Let's open up procreate, and we'll open a new canvas. Let's just go with this square canvas. The size of the canvas doesn't matter at this point. We just want to be able to get into our brush panel, that's all. Go here to the brush library and you'll see all the brushes you currently have over here. We can actually make a new folder for the brushes we're making today. So just tap here and just give this folder a name, for example, my stamp brushes. Now we are in that folder because you can see this here is blue for this folder. Now go to this plus icon here to create a new brush. All of these options come up. First, let's go here to the shape section and make sure that it's a circle. By default, the shape here is a circle when you create a new brush. This is exactly what we want in this case. We don't need to draw a new shape because we're trying to create a simple dot brush. This is fine. We're going to leave it as it is. If you want to create a stamp brush with a different shape, this is what you'll do. You'll go to Edit, Import, and you'll use one of these options to bring in something that you've created, a new shape that you've drawn, like a star or a heart or whatever it might be that you want. This is where you'll put it. But for now, we don't want to change the shape at all. This circle works just fine. We want a simple circle without any texture or effects. This works perfectly fine. Really all we need to do to make this brush is to play around with a bunch of settings. That's what we'll do right now. Let's go here to stroke path and drag this slider over all the way to maximum. We want our dots to be spaced out so that when we tap, we get just one single dot. That's the first setting we change. Next thing we want to do is go over here to Apple pencil. You can see here that the opacity slider is set all the way to maximum here. All this means is, depending on the pressure you apply on your Apple pencil, the opacity of your brush varies. If you tap lightly. So this is the area where you can test your brush as you're creating it. If you tap very lightly like this, you get a very transparent spot. Whereas if I tap hard, I get an opaque spot. This is not what I want. I'm going to change my opacity setting all the way down to zero. I don't want the opacity to change with pressure at all. I want all of my spots to be the same opacity, which is 100 percent opacity. The opacity variation slider needs to be all the way down to zero. Now the next thing we do is go to Properties, toggle this, use stamp preview on. This does not change anything here right now, but I'll show you what this does soon. Then you can go here to about this brush. You can change the name of the brush. You can give it whatever name you want to. For now, I'm just going to call this dot stamp brush fixed, because this is a fixed size brush as opposed to the next one will be created. You can also add your name in here, and you can even sign here if you want. That's literally it. Tap here on Done and you'll see your new brush here, dot stamp brush fixed. Let me quickly show you what that preview setting was about. If you stamp preview is turned off, you'll see the entire stroke here as a preview instead of just a stamp. That can be misleading. It's just helpful to have a more accurate preview of the brush when we see that one single dot here. Let's quickly look at how this brush works. You just tap on the screen like this and you'll get fixed size dots wherever you tap. You can use the size slider here to go bigger or smaller. But while we're on a specific size setting, it's not going to change based on the pressure you apply. That's how this works. Now, we'll take this brush that we just created, swipe left and tap, duplicate. A copy of this brush shows up here. We'll tap on that to go into the brush settings for this brush. Now we'll go back to this Apple pencil section. Remember we changed the opacity all the way down to zero. This time, we'll move the size slider all the way up to maximum. We want the size of our dots to vary as much as possible based on the pressure applied to the Apple pencil. Let's say I'm applying very light pressure and we get this tiny spot. If I tap hard large spot, depending on the pressure that we apply, the size of our brush varies. This is a second version of our dot stamp brush. Just this one single change gives us a brush that behaves differently. You can go here and rename this to avoid any confusion. Let's change this to varying size. Done. Now if we use this brush and tap on the screen, we end up with dots in different sizes based on the pressure you are applying. Here again, you can use the size slider to change the size. This will change the range of sizes that your dots are in. If you go down here like this, then even if you press very hard, your spots are not going to be very big. That's it. We have our two dots stamp brushes ready. You can use this method to try and create stamp brushes and other shapes as well. To give you a recap, the settings we changed are one, in Stroke Path, we change the spacing slider to maximum. In Apple pencil, we reduce the opacity setting to zero and size setting to maximum just for the varying size version. In properties, you toggle the use stamp preview option on. That's basically it. Then you give your brush a name and finish off. Now you might be wondering, easy as it may have been, why did we do all this to create something as simple as dots, can't we just draw them manually? Sure, we can certainly draw circles like this and fill them in. But there are two main reasons why I like to use dot stamp brushes instead. Firstly, one setup, it's so much easier and more intuitive to just tap on the screen to get a fully filled-in dot. It speeds things up quite a bit, especially if you have multiple dots to add in. Secondly, our varying size version of the brush gives very organic and sometimes surprising results compared to if we were to manually draw varying sized circles. Also, it's really cool to watch the dots just pop up on screen, which means it's great for process videos too. In the next lesson, we'll start working on our mini-projects and get a feel of putting our brand new custom brushes to use. 4. Mini Project 1: Clouds: [MUSIC] Now that we've created our own dot stamp brushes, let's use them to create some fun little illustrations. I'm going to use square canvases for these mini-projects so that I can put all nine of them together in a grid. You don't necessarily have to do that. You can go with any size and proportion that you prefer. Let's open up the same canvas that we created while making our brushes. Now I created this color palette for you. It's called on the dot. These are the colors I'll be using across all the projects for this class. You don't have to use these colors, but if you want to, this color palette is available for download through the resource section. Once you've downloaded it, you will see it here like this in the color panel. I'm going to pick this orange color from this palette. I'm in the default first layer. I'll just drag this from here and drop the color into this entire canvas. Our background is ready. Now, I go back and do the layers panel, open a new layer by tapping on this plus sign. We're going to draw clouds in this new layer. For the clouds, I'm going to go with white color. I pick the white and we'll use this dot stamp brush with varying size. You can play around with the size slider here. Try by making a few dots. Maybe a little bit bigger. Yeah, that looks good I think. We're literally just going to place the dots to form cloud like shapes. It's that simple. We start just like this by tapping anywhere on the screen and build out something that looks like a cloud. So simple but works so well. One of the things that goes wrong when we try to draw clouds is that our rounded shapes look too similar to each other in size and shape and we end up with a cloud that looks too uniform and weird. This is a perfect solution to organically coming up with a cloud that has good shape variation. That's why I love using this brush to create clouds. Just like that, we keep making more clouds. Keep the bottom flat compared to the top. We'll get some nice, cute clouds. Just keep going until you're happy with the shape of the cloud. This one looks good to me. I'm going to move on to the next one, somewhere around here and another one here. If you don't like how any of your dots are looking, you can just go back. If you feel like any spot that you just added is not looking how you want it to. You can just use two fingers and tap on the screen and that will undo it. Similarly, three fingers and tap will redo. You can use undo and redo and keep going until you arrive at a shape that you're happy with. I'll add one more here and some little peaking ones on some of these edges. Just taking a look at everything and that's literally it. We've managed to create some cute and fun clouds so fast and so organically and easily. That's perfect. If you've not been doing this along with me, it's now your turn to try it out. You've seen just how quick and easy and fun this is. There's really no reason to not give it a go. Once you've done it, you can move on to the next mini-project, where we'll be creating a cute tree using dots. [MUSIC] 5. Mini Project 2: Tree: [MUSIC] We saw just how easy it is to use our Dot Stamp brush to create the cutest clouds. Now, let's use it to illustrate a fun tree. Once again, we'll open up a new canvas. Once again, I'm using this standard square size. Let's make this tree. Now, I'm not going with a green, I'm going with a pink for my treetop just with one, because why not. Again, just checking that we're still on our varying size dot stamp brush, and similar to how we did the clouds, we're going to lay down some dots to make clusters of tree foliage. That could be one. Let's do another cluster here, and maybe another one here. I think that looks pretty good. You can try adding and removing some dots to refine the shape of the edges if you like. There's of course, no rules, trees come in such a wide variety of shapes. Really just follow your instincts with this. Something like that. Then we'll open up a new layer, and this is for the trunk of the tree. I drag it like this to move it below the layer where the foliage is. Cool. Then I'll pick this brown color from our color palette for the trunk, and we'll go into our brush folders and find this one called Calligraphy, which is one of our default brush sets that comes along with the Procreate app. Pick this brush called Monoline Brush. This is a brush we'll use to draw our tree trunk. Just like that, we draw a trunk. A thick one and then branching out into thinner branches that connect to each of the leaf clusters. Again, you can throw in your own twist on this and decide what shape you want the trunk to be. This is of course not the only way to do it. Then I'm going to give it a little bit of a base just like that. Smoothening that connection there. Now, if we drop color into this, the entire leg gets filled because if you go into the Layers panel and turn off the visibility of the foliage layer, you can see that the trunk is not a close shape. We need it to be a close shape to fill color into it. We'll just go in and close off all these openings just like this. Then we can drop color and it will stay within that shape. Now we'll turn the visibility of this layer back on. I'm going to pick this darker pink and add some more dimension, some color variation within the foliage. I'm going to go back and pick our varying size Dot Stamp brush, and we'll open a new layer on top of the light pink layer, and just go in and add some bushy areas of dark pink over the light pink box. Just here and there, in small clusters, just add in a couple of spots. Similarly, I also want to do couple of darker areas below the light pink layer. I'll open another new layer below this layer. Then we'll add some more dark pink spots on this layer that are peeking out from under the light pink foliage. [MUSIC] With the same dark pink, I'm opening a new layer underneath the trunk just to draw some ground for our tree to stand on. Picking up our Monoline Brush again, I'm going to just draw a line like this, just free hand, and I'll drop color. That's our ground. A new layer here for our background. Let's go with yellow and fill yellow in the background. Then let's also sprinkle in some fruits. Let's make this a fruit tree. On top of all of our foliage layers, let's open a new layer. I'm going to go with a red color. I'm going to switch over to our fixed sized brush, because I want similar size fruit. I don't want some that are giant and some that are really tiny, so I think the fixed is a better choice for this. No, that's just small, little bit bigger, and we'll just play some fruit. Just sprinkle in a couple of them all over the tree. We can even have some fallen fruit just for fun. That's it, it's done. You can of course, add more trees, play around with the fruit shapes and sizes, add flowers instead. Take it wherever you like to. But now you know a new way to draw some fun trees. Go on and give it a try if you haven't already, and then in the next lesson, we'll draw some fun creeper plans hanging over a wall. [MUSIC] 6. Mini Project 3: Creepers: I hope you've gone ahead and had some fun with the tree exercise and are ready to draw some fun creepers. Before we start, at this point, we have two of our mini-projects done, and we can put them into what's called a stack, just to stay a little bit more organized. For this, I'm going to tap here on Select. We select these two that we just made. Then click on Stack, and then just close it. Now we have this new stack, which is like a folder, and we can go into that folder so that we can keep all of our work from this class organized in one piece. Cool, so let's go on and open up a new canvas. Again, in the same size. This time, we're going to create a simple wall with some fun creepers hanging off of it. First, we'll go with this yellow color and pick up our monoline brush again. Then somewhere around here on the canvas, we'll draw a very freehand horizontal line, and then if you hold, without lifting your stylus off the screen, it becomes a straight line. Then use one finger to tap on the screen to make it aligned perfectly to the horizontal. Let me show you once more. Draw a freehand line across like that. Press and hold without lifting the Apple pencil from the screen. Then it becomes a straight line, and then use one finger to tap to get a perfectly horizontal line. Now we'll just color this in by dragging and dropping this yellow, so we have our wall. That's done. Now we're going to draw our hanging plants over this one. Open a new layer above it, and we'll start off with a nice dark green first, and we'll go back to our varying size dot stamp brush. I'm going to go a bit smaller with the brush size because we want it to look a little bit more dainty. Then just sprinkle away some leaves. Leaves are not typically circular, but we're going to make this stylistic choice to keep them all circular. Which is basically what I'm trying to show you through this class that you can simplify a lot of things around us into just dots, and when it's all put together, it will convey the idea even if the shapes are not realistic. I'm just leaving some empty spaces. Place our leaves in a bit of an up-and-down arrangement to mimic what creepers tend to hang like. We'll do fuller clusters in some areas and more spaced-out ones in other parts and just go for it. Then we'll open up a new layer above this. Go to this light green because we like to bring in some variation in colors to make it pop more, make it look more fun and dimensional instead of just flat and basic, and then we do the same thing, just randomly over the darker leaves, sprinkling in more dots, again, taking advantage of all those gorgeous size variation we have light within our brush. The faster, quicker you do this, the more organically our spots will form. Instead of thinking too much about it and making very calculated choices. Letting it go and taking it easy will reflect on the freshness and ease of our final illustration. Mindful drawing is good, but in this case, the more mindless it is, the more whimsical your creepers will look. It's a good idea to just go for it without thinking too much about the outcome. Now at a new layer, we'll add some flowers to this, so I'm going with this darker pink, and again sprinkling in some dots over the foliage that we just drew. I'm keeping these a bit more sparse than the leaves, so just here and there. Then again, a new layer and this time some light pink flowers. Same exact technique, just using different colors. [MUSIC] Once we have our bigger clusters done, we can go in more intentionally and place a few more spots where you feel like something's missing. Now if you feel like going back and adding some more to any of the previous layers, you can head over to that layer and add some more. This can be a back-and-forth process, so feel free to jump between layers and play around with it till you feel like it looks complete. I think that looks pretty good to go, so I'm calling it done. Here we have this super crazy and fun wall of creepers just from placing some dots in a certain mindlessly mindful way. Definitely try this out. This might actually be my favorite out of all the mini-projects. It is so fun to do. When you're done, hop on over to the next lesson, where we'll do a stylized floral arrangement. 7. Mini Project 4: Floral Arrangement: [MUSIC] If you've created your wall of creepers, then let's move on to another botanical piece, where we draw a stylized illustration of a simple arrangement of flowers in a vase. Once again, I have a new square canvas opened up. I'm going with this light pink. Then I'm going to open a new layer above it rested on the table or the surface on which our vase is going to set. Let's say we go with a white surface. Pick the monoline brush once again. Just like we did the wall, we're going to draw a freehand line here. Hold, tap with one finger to align it with the horizontal. Then drop color. Then open a new layer. We'll draw our vase with this color, again with the monoline brush. I'm going to just draw a random shape here. Whatever I end up with, I'm going to call the shape of my vase, then close it up and fill color. At this point, you can adjust the position of your vase, place it in the middle. If it is not already in the middle. I want to also make it a little bit smaller and centralize it. Then open a new layer above it. I'm picking this yellow color for my first set of flowers. Going back to our varying size dot stamp brush, I'm going to just place some dots above the vase. [MUSIC] I want one here, just falling over the vase. Some more around here. I'm just trying out different positions and playing around with it really. I'm trying to vary the sizes as well by adjusting the pressure. Let's move on to another new layer, above or below the yellow one, completely up to you. Then repeat the same process to place some more flowers. [MUSIC] You can also just go over the same spot. Again. If you want a bigger spot without doing an undo, and believe it or not, that's it. You can of course, draw some stems if you want to. Just open up a new layer, pick a new color and with the monoline brush, we can add some stems. Actually, we can move this layer below the vase layer and draw stems like this. If you want to. [MUSIC] Personally, I think it looks a lot more interesting without the stems. It just has this sense of mystery and whimsy when you leave such simple details up to the viewer to visualize and imagine. Here we have our simple, stylized and super cool floral arrangement. I'm really looking forward to seeing your version of this. Just take a few minutes and work one of these up for me again. Then in the next lesson, we'll take this further and create an entire field of flowers. [MUSIC] 8. Mini Project 5: Field Of Flowers: [MUSIC] Let's do another floral piece. This time, a field full of flowers. I have a square canvas opened up here again. In my head, this is sort night or an evening setting. I'm going to pick a dark background like this deep green. I'll just fill the entire layer with that color. In a new layer, we're going to start with our flowers. I'm thinking of some yellow, orange, and red flowers. I'll pick the yellow first. Again, a varying size dot stamp brush. Let's go a bit big. I want to bring in some perspective here. I want the flowers that are closer to me to be bigger and the flowers that are further away from me to be a little bit smaller. For the ones around here, I'm going to use more pressure on the Apple pencil to make them big. We can go even bigger with the brush size. These look nice for the front ones. Then go a bit smaller, so lighter pressure as we go away. We're trying to fill the bottom two-thirds of our canvas with flowers, not more than that. Now open up a new layer, pick the orange color, and then we'll do the same thing. Some bigger flowers towards the front and smaller ones towards the back. [MUSIC] Something like that. Now, we'll draw some stems for these flowers. We'll open a new layer beneath bought these flower layers. I'll go with this pink color and the monoline brush. Then find a good size and just draw some lightly curved lines. Just connect each of our flowers circles with the bottom edge of the canvas using some simple curved lines. You can reduce the brush size a little bit when you do these smaller ones. Keep going and experiment with the direction of the curves as you go. [MUSIC] We have our stems. Then I wanted it to actually look like a full field of flowers. We're going to open a layer beneath all of these. Just above the background layer, pick the red color, go back to our varying size brush. I'll reduce the size a little bit and just place some closely spaced clusters of red, just randomly all across the field. Again, this is where you switch from mindful intentional placing to just going for it without thinking much. We still want some of that green background to be through from in-between the red. Then as you come to the top, just be a tiny bit more intentional with your dots because we want them to be a little bit more spaced out and tiny. [MUSIC] Then as a final step, we open up a new layer up here, pick the white, go a bit bigger if you want, and just tap once, with some good amount of pressure. We have our moon. I want the Moon to be in the center. We'll just select it and with snapping and magnetics turned on, I'm just going to move it. Once it snaps to this golden line, we know it's bang-on in the center. We can release the selection, and that's it. Done. Here is a very colorful and fun stylized field of flowers. I hope you found how we used our varying sized brush to add perspective on the fly. Inspiring. Give this a go and don't forget to show us all how your field of flowers turned out. In the next lesson, we'll take a step away from flowers and draw some string light. [MUSIC] 9. Mini Project 6: String Lights: [MUSIC] Ready to create some pretty and glowing string lights? Let's do this. Once again, we open up a square canvas and how about a red background this time. I'm just dropping the red color to fill in this whole layer and then we'll open a new layer to draw the strings on which the lights will hang and I want these to be in this pink color. We go back to the monoline brush, find a good size that will work to draw some strings, somewhere around there maybe. Then we will just draw some curves across the canvas like that. Maybe another one like that and maybe one more here that goes like that. That's our strings. Now in a new layer, let's go with white and then we'll switch over to our fixed size dot stamp brush because I want all my light bulbs on these string lights to be the same size. Find a good size that could work for the bulbs and then we'll just start laying them down along the strings. Now here we have a point where these strings crossover and I don't want any clashing here. So I'll start by placing a bulb right here and then just keep adding more bulbs from there on. Just eyeball the spacing as you go. It doesn't have to be perfectly evenly spaced out. Just approximately will do, and just keep going until all of our strings have bulbs along them. If you're not happy with any of their positions, you can, of course, undo and go again. [MUSIC] All right. There we go. Maybe just one more right here. Now, you can either leave it like this or take it one step further by swiping left over this layer to duplicate it and out of these two white layers, we'll go over to the bottom one and then go here to this magic wand icon and tap on this option called Gaussian Blur. We can see here it says slide to adjust. That's exactly what we'll do. We just need to use one finger to slide across the screen like this and then we can see that bottom layer of white dots is just blurring out. The more you slide to the right, the more blurry it becomes. This gives our bulbs a nice glow. You can just play around with this and see how much glow feels right to you. I find somewhere around the 10% range to be the sweet spot for me so I'm going to keep it there. This is what it looks like without the glow, and this is with the glow. Here's why we made a copy of this layer. Because just this will look like this and that doesn't quite look like string lights, do they? We still want to see the circular bulbs and we want the glow to be visible from under them. That's it. Fantastic. We've created some super cute, super glowy string lights in just a few steps. If you were not doing this along with me, go ahead and whip up your own string light piece right away before we move on to our next little project, which is a constellation. [MUSIC] 10. Mini Project 7: Constellation: [MUSIC] In this lesson, we're going to use our dot stamp brushes to draw a constellation of stars. I have a new square canvas opened up, and I'm going to use this deep green to fill up the entire layer, and then open a new layer above it. I'm going with white next. And with our varying size dot stamp brush, we're going to play some stars to make a constellation. Just find a good brush size. Let's see. Yeah, something like this should work, and just sprinkle in a bunch of stars. We can put them down in whatever formation you want. You can pre-plan the shape of your constellation or just go for it and surprise yourself with what it ends up being. I'm going to just surprise myself and lay down the dots in a random formation. Once we have a couple of them in the central area of the canvas, we can connect them and see what we end up with. For our connecting lines, we'll open a new layer below this. Go back to the monoline brush. You got a nice size that's not too thick. Now we will connect these dots in whatever we feel like, basically. We'll draw a freehand line like this and then press and hold to make it straight and then position it correctly and release. This way, we can get some nice straight lines. Yeah, just connect away. You can choose to leave some of them out or connect them all, totally up to you. There's obviously going to be a gazillion, different ways in which you can do this. Just go with your instinct. You cannot really go wrong with this. I think that's the beauty of many of these exercises. You're working off of whatever the dots give us and then shaping that into a recognizable illustration. [MUSIC] This is beginning to give me some drag and vibes, which I'm loving. So exciting when a random set of spots gives you something cool in the end. I'm thinking I'd like for this spot to be a little more on this side. What I'm going to do is I'll go back to my layers of stars and select around this spot like this and move it to somewhere about there and then go back to the layer without connecting lines. I'm just going to remove this. Select around it. Use three fingers to swipe down, and then cut. Then we can just connect them like that. We have our constellation ready. Now what we're going to do is we'll open up another new layer and add some more smallest stars. Go back to the varying size brush, reduce the size a little bit, and then sprinkle some dots just everywhere around our constellation. We need these to be smaller than the initial ones we laid out so that our constellation stands out in the night sky. We can put some within these spaces as well. Gonads, we can have some parts with more stars clustered around and some with smaller density of stars, just like that. Now one more step, because these are stars, it'll be fun to have them glowing. We already know how to do this from our previous exercise. What I'll do is go to the layer without bigger stars. I want only some of the stars in my constellation to sparkle, not all of them. I'm just going to select around some of them like that. This is one. Now I want to make some more selections. Or in other words, I want to add to this selection. I'll tap here on "Add", and then I can make a new selection without exiting the previous one. Maybe this one. Then add again for one more. Maybe this one. I've selected three. Then tap on this arrow here. Now there's a box around these three. I will just swipe down and do duplicate. Now if we go here, we'll see this layer with just these three dots. Cool. Now we'll move this layer below the main constellation layer. Just like we did with Astrium light, we go here into Gaussian blur, and then swipe right till you see a nice little sparkle and all three of the stars. That's our constellation. Did you have fun with this one? I'm really curious to see what your constellations look like and to find out if you ended up with some cool shapes. If you haven't done this, definitely give it a go and don't forget to show us all through the project gallery. In our next lesson, we're going to create a fun geometric pattern. 11. Mini Project 8: Geometric Pattern: [MUSIC] In this mini project, we'll create a simple and fun geometric pattern with our dot stamp brushes. Again, we have our square canvas opened up. For this one, I'm going to keep the background white, so need to fill in a new color and I'm going to go with, let's say this yellow to start with and we'll pick our varying size spot stamp brush, adjust the size if you need to, and then just place some spots randomly on the canvas. Actually, I'm going to go a bit smaller and then continue placing them all over the canvas, including along the edges. It looks something like this with some dots just spread out over the entire canvas. Then open a new layer above or below that, pick a different color, let's say, orange and do the same thing again. This time, we'll make some of the spots overlap with the yellow ones, and the rest of them, just not overlapping. Obviously, we don't want them to cover it completely, but they'll get some of them to overlap because we're going to try something fun with them real soon. Now, same thing with another color on a new layer. For this layer, I'm going to go with pink and do the same thing. Make some of them overlap again. That looks really good to me. Now, I'm going to tell you a little bit about blend modes. If you go into the Layers panel, you'll see we have this N here, next to all these layers. That stands for normal. That means these layers are in the normal blending mode. If we tap on the N, we'll see a bunch of these other options. Nominal is what is selected and I'm going to go all the way up here to multiply. Now in this case, we won't see a change just yet because it's right against the white background and multiply doesn't make any difference against white. But if we do the same thing to this layer, go to multiply here, and you can see the parts where these overlap with the yellow circles have a different color. You can also play around with the opacity slider over here and see how that changes things. Similarly, let's change this pink layer also to multiply blend mode and then you can see more of these overlaps coming through. That is what multiply blend mode does. It basically makes the colors on that layer multiply with the colors in the layer below it. That's how you start seeing these overlapped areas, and that's why I asked you to make sure that some of the spots do overlap so you can see this. Now, I want to show you something else, which is by far my favorite feature on Procreate, clipping mask. I'm going to add some texture to all of our pink spots. We have our pink layer here. I'll open a new layer directly above it, and I'll tap on it and select clipping mask. Then go into this texture brushes folder and you will see this one called decimals, which is also a default brush that comes with Procreate. I'll pick the white color and then I'm just going to paint with this brush all over the pink spots, just like that. We get this nice lacy look on all our pink spots. Now, I'll show you what exactly just happened here. You can't tell what's happening here with this white background, so I'll just change this to a different color just to show you. It's because these layers are in multiply mode that all the colors changed even though I just changed the background color because it's multiplying the yellow and the orange and pink with this green color now. That's one thing that's happening. The second thing is the clipping mask. This arrow here indicates that this layer is clipped to this layer. This is a clipping mask layer. To show you what that means, I'm going to just remove the clipping mask and see what that looks like. These are the brushstrokes we made with that texture brush. I'll turn the clipping mask back on, on this layer and I'll just turn this back to normal so it makes better sense. With clipping mask on those brushstrokes get clipped within the shapes in the layer directly below it. Once again, no clipping mask, the texture is just all over around the spots. You can even draw some more here and this is what it will look like. But with clipping mask turned on, anything you draw here doesn't show up unless it comes over these shapes directly below it. That's what clipping mask does. I'm just going to undo till we go back to how we wanted it to look. That was a very basic intro to clipping mask. There's so much you can do with them and this is just a tiny tip of the iceberg. But I wanted to show you that so you know it exists and you can play around with it. We have a nice and simple geometric pattern here and we learned how to use a couple of Procreate features while making it. Do give these options that try as you make your pattern tool and then we move on to our last mini project for this class where we will draw some faces. 12. Mini Project 9: Faces: [MUSIC] As promised, we're going to draw some faces in this last mini-project. I don't know if you're excited or intimidated to hear we're doing faces, but I promise you we're keeping it very basic and definitely very fun. Let's jump right into it. Once again, of course we'll open a new square Canvas. Well, first of all, we're going to draw four faces inside this square Canvas. I just want to divide the square into four equal parts. The easiest way to do this, is to use symmetry. We're going to turn on some symmetry guides so that we can divide this Canvas into four quadrants. We'll go here to the wrench icon, go to the Canvas tab, turn on drawing guide, and this grid will come up, which is not what we want. We'll go here to edit drawing guide and tap on symmetry. I have an entire class on the ins and outs of procreate symmetry that you can check out. It's called the symmetry masterclass. But for now, we'll just go into options here and pick quadrant. We'll have our Canvas is divided into four different quadrants. You can turn off assisted drawing here because we're not really using these guides to draw anything symmetric. We just want the Canvas divided into four so we can draw our four faces. Tap Done. I'll start by filling this layer with pink for the background. What we are going to do in this exercise is create some hairstyles with our dot brushes and then create some faces to fit into those hairstyles. We'll open up a new layer. I'm going to go with red. Again, the varying size dot stamp brush. I'll keep it big. We'll draw some hairstyles. Maybe we'll start with some band hairstyles, maybe some space bands. They don't have to really be symmetric. I think it's fun to have them be a bit asymmetric in fact. Then we'll add some smaller dots to form the hairline and the rest of the hair to frame the face basically. Something like that. Let's try another one. Maybe some big volume, these curls this time. [MUSIC] That looks fun. Then we can do something else over here. Maybe go really shot with this one. [MUSIC] Something like that. Then we can try just a single top band like that over here, maybe. Then again, some phase framing curls like that. [MUSIC] We can always adjust these later to set better around the Face 2 if we need to. But for now, we just need an inspiring starting point for our faces, which these hairstyles we created just from varying size dots are perfect for. Now in a new layer, that's below this, we'll draw some faces. Let's make some yellow faces. Back to the monoline brush. We'll just go ahead and draw some face shifts here. For this one, maybe just a simple, basic U for roundish face. Remember to close the shape and then fill it in. Then we'll add a neck, and some shoulders. We won't complicate it too much. We'll just go like this, and that's it. We're not going to go too detailed with this. Similarly, we'll draw a face under this hairstyle. Maybe go with a nice and perfect circle here. Again, we'll give her some shoulders. There you go. Just like that. We draw some very simple face shapes for each of our dot hairstyles and give them all necks and shoulders as well. [MUSIC] Now we'll open up a new layer above the face layer and pick this brown color and do some very basic facial features. With the mono line brush again, maybe go really small and we'll draw some eyebrows up here. Eyes, a very basic nose, and then a full mouth. That's one. Very easy way. As promised, we're keeping it very simple. But of course you can take it just as far as you'd like to, totally fine with me. You can experiment with the style, with the expressions. The point of this exercise is just to create some hairstyles using dots and then use that as a starting point to build some faces. It can give you some very fun and surprising results when you create like this based on something you already have. [MUSIC] Here we have our faces done. Now I want to just do something fun with the background. I'll open a new layer here, just above the pink, and I'll fill it with orange. Then while we are in the orange layer, we'll select it and just drag this corner over to the middle to let snaps to the center of the Canvas. Then we'll duplicate it and bring their copy over here and keep it there. We have a nice checkerboard situation going on, just to add some fun. We forgot to give them ears. We can just go back to the face layer and somewhere around the same level as the eyes, just draw some earlobes. [MUSIC] We cannot see ears of this one. We can give this guy some long ears, and some tiny ones on this one. You can even add some earrings or some other accessories on them if you'd like to. Or some makeup. I'll open a new layer here. Here's the pink with our fixed size dot stamp brush and give them some blushing cheeks. [MUSIC] I think I'll go in here and reduce the opacity of the brush layer so that it's more subtle. You can play around with it and see what works. I'm just going to leave it at around 50%. I'll just give this girl a pair of earrings too on a separate layer. Maybe this person can get some earrings as well. Some long ones. There you go. I think I need to call it done right now. But you do you and take it wherever you want. That's it. That's the end of all our mini-projects for this class. I hope you get all nine of them a go, and if you did, I'm sure you had a ton of fun with them. [MUSIC] 13. Exporting Your Artwork: [MUSIC] That's all nine of our mini-project stack. They look so nice altogether in this stack, don't they? In this lesson, I'll show you how to export these as images and also how you can put them together into a nice little grid if you like to. This is totally optional, but if you want to put all nine of them together into a single collage or a grid for your project submissions in this class, or you want to share them on social media as a single image, you can put them into a grid. Anyway, let's start by exporting these mini-projects. To save a bunch of time, we can actually export all of them together instead of going one by one. Just tap here on "Select" and just tap on each of them like that to select them and then do share. You can save them as JPEG or PNG files. I typically go with the PNG option most of the time. Then you can just tap here on "Save" nine images. If you want to save them to your iPad. If you want to transfer them to a Windows computer or a PC one way to do that is by tapping iTunes here and then they will directly go into your iTunes and you can hook up your iPad to your PC via a USB cable to then transfer those images. Or if you have a Mac, you can just Airdrop it. For now, I'll just do, save nine images, and then all nine of them will show up in your photo gallery. Cool. Now the next bit is totally optional, but I'll show you how I would go about making that grid with all nine of them. The app that I would recommend is called Layout by Instagram, and it's just so easy to use and so no-nonsense. You can download it and then open it up. You can see here as soon as you open up the app, all your recent images in your photo gallery shows up here. You just select the ones that you want to include in your grid by tapping on them. That's all nine of them and you can choose a layout from here, there are different layout options. I'm just going to go with the most basic one right here so click on that so there we have it. Now you can also move them around within the grid to position them however you like to. You don't have to you can just keep it as it is if you're happy with it. Or if you want to play around with the positions, you can do that really easily by just dragging and dropping them to a different spot on the grid. I'm quite pleased with how that's looking. When you're happy with it, just tap "Save", and that's it, done. If you go back to your gallery now, you'll find the grid right here. Then you can post this on the project gallery, on Instagram, or wherever you like to. Speaking off, don't forget to share your mini-projects to our project gallery as individual images or as a grid completely up to you but definitely share it with us. Your fellow students and I would love to get a peek into what you've been working on. If you do share them on Instagram, please also tag me so that I can see your work, feel super proud of you, and even share it with my audience. In the next lesson I'll tell you all the juicy details about your final project for this class [MUSIC] 14. Your Class Project: [MUSIC] Now that you've completed all nine mini-projects with me, let's talk about your main project for this class. Your project for this class is to combine one or two of the ideas from these nine exercises or many projects that we did together with one new idea of your own to create a stylized illustration using dots. You can draw anything you like, just use dots as your primary elements in the illustration. You can, of course, use other brushes to supplement these dotted elements like we used the monoline brush during our exercises. Now, this is not mandatory, but if you want to switch things up a bit from the square format we've been working on, you could consider creating your final projects on an 8 by 10 inch canvas instead. But it's completely up to you. Either way, when you are done, don't forget to share your projects with us through the project gallery of this class. Besides the mini-projects, you can share anything from work-in-progress photos to your final illustration or even your time-lapse video. You can use iCloud or iTunes to get your images and videos transfered to a computer which then makes it easy to upload to the project gallery. If you do want to share or even just watch a time-lapse video, don't forget to turn on video recording before you start working on your project pieces. I'm so excited to see what you come up with and all the different ways in which you are going to combine our little exercises with your own imagination. I'm sure your fellow students in this class would also love to see your version of the project. Once you've shared your work, you might also want to take a look at what others have shared and maybe even share some of your thoughts on their work through the common section. A big pro of a global learning community like this is being able to connect with each other. Don't miss out on that. We can all learn so much from each other. Now, if that's not incentive enough, how about this? If you take this class and post your mini-projects and your final class project to the project gallery before the 23rd of April 2023, you will stand a chance to win one full year of Skillshare membership, and if you leave a written review for this class that doubles your chances of winning. A winner will be picked at random and not based on how well you do at your projects. Don't let that intimidate you. I just want to reward you for doing the work. That's all. Sounds good. I'll let you get on with your projects and I'll try to wait patiently till you share them with us. [MUSIC] 15. Final Thoughts: [MUSIC] How are you feeling having completed 10 new illustrations and made two new Procreate brushes? Does it feel good? I bet it does. I am so proud of you because the only way to grow is to really take action however small or big, and you've done that today. I hope you've picked up a lot of little ideas throughout this class and you're feeling inspired to come up with new and exciting ways to use your new dot stamp brushes and your Procreate process. If you are new to the app, I hope this class managed to help you get a good feel of it without making it feel like a [inaudible] If you enjoy this class, please do take a moment to leave a written review. It would mean so much to me and my class to get your feedback on how we're doing. Don't forget to follow me here on Skillshare to be notified right away when I publish a new class. In the meantime, I have more Procreate classes that you can check out on illustrating florals, creating seamless repeat patterns, Procreate symmetry, and some daily lettering practice. Or if you want to try your hand at some traditional paint on paper techniques, there's also some watercolor lettering classes for you to jump into. I also share new work as well as behind the scenes and crosses videos on my Instagram, so if you want to tag along on my art journey and stay updated on what I'm up to, that would be the place. Thank you so much for sticking with me and trusting me to teach you. It's been an absolute pleasure. Until next time, bye-bye, and happy creating.