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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Paint your Pet In Procreate Intro


    • 2.

      Create a High-Res Document


    • 3.

      Blocking In, First Steps


    • 4.

      Painting Fur, Metamorphosis


    • 5.

      Getting the file Ready for Export


    • 6.

      Print Your Artwork on a Canvas or T-shirt


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About This Class

Paint your pet in Procreate with the brushes that come with Procreate.

This class is for creative people who already know the basics of using Procreate. Making layers, grouping layers, importing an image, and using brushes. I will go over these steps briefly.

You will learn step-by-step how I use my pet's photo to create a stunning painting that you can upload to a POD site to create a canvas for your wall or a t-shirt, mug etc. 

Please download the class PDF for brush tips, the list of brushes used in this course and links to additional brushes for different fur types. Please post your pet portrait I would love to see it!

I will add the photo I used in this course if you want to use it to follow along. Please pause the video and restart it to be able to keep up. 

You do not have to be an artist to take this course! You only need to be passionate about your pet and color in the lines. Please download the PDFs for brush tips and to access a QR code for my Procreate fur Brushes. Some are free for this course. 

Thank you for taking my course! I have painted pet portraits for many years in Pastel, and now only in Procreate! I am happy to share my method with you so you can have a beautiful portrait of your beloved pet.

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Karen Ciocca

Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Fine Artist


Hello Friends!

I am presently the Art and Marketing Director at a Granola-Nut company who also distributes organic and all-natural nuts, seeds and fruit to supermarkets and chains nationwide. 

My career has been as a corporate and boutique agency in-house graphic/package designer and digital illustrator. My packaging illustration and design work have been on retail and supermarket shelves for over 30 years. Including Pilot Pen, Bigelow Tea, Perrier, Lindt Chocolate, Poland Spring, Aurora Products.  

I am also a professional fine artist and I love to paint animals and nature. Having been commissioned numerous times. 

I am excited to share my skills as a Graphic Designer and Fine Artist here on Skillshare! 

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Level: Intermediate

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1. Paint your Pet In Procreate Intro: Hi everybody, welcome to my course on how to paint your pet and procreate. My name is Karen see OCHA and I have been a graphic designer, illustrator, and a fine artists for more than 30 years. I've been using Procreate since it has come out. I love the program, and I have pretty much switched over to digital painting and the last recent years. In this course, I'm going to show you how to draw your pet using Procreate's pencil. And we're going to paint using Procreate's brushes. But I'm also going to have some brushes available of my own if you would like to upload those. And then when we're done with our illustration, I'm going to demonstrate how to upload your image to a print on demand forum where you can get a canvas done or hat or a mug or something like that. So this is my painting I did of my daughter's dog and procreate. And then I brought it into Canva where I had this canvas May, It's a beautiful gift. It's going to look great in her new apartment. And I appreciate you taking my course. I love to teach and I love to see what you do. So please post your images up on the project section of whatever you did. If you have any questions, I'll try to get back to as soon as I can. Thank you so much. I can't wait to teach you, so I'll see you inside. 2. Create a High-Res Document: Alright, let's create a new canvas by clicking that plus sign on the top right corner and then the new canvas plus sign in that dialogue, you're going to create your canvas 12 " by 12 " or 3,600 DPI pixels, and make that a square. And we're going to make it an RGB color mode. In Procreate, there's a lot of amazing brushes you can use for this course. And they are in the painting brush library and the materials brush library and the sketching brush library. I have them right here. So all you're gonna do is go up to the top of the brush library and hit that plus sign and make a new library. Then you're gonna go find your brush wherever it is like in the pencils or the sketching and swipe that pencil to the left and you're gonna see duplicate. And when it says Duplicate, you'll see a new brush. You're going to take that brush and bring it into your new library. I'm showing you how to do that here. So I just made my new library. I'm calling it class brushes. I already have one, but I'm just doing this to show you. I'm going to hover over that name and then drag my brush right into that library. And there you have it. Now if you edit those brushes by clicking on them, you didn't ruin the actual brush that comes with procreate and you didn't move it out of their libraries that they came in. I'm gonna do one more brush. Let's go into the painting library. I'm going to find the oil paint. I'm going to slide it to the left. I'm going to duplicate it. I'm going to take it and hover it over. If you move your library closer to your brushes that you're looking for, It's easier to drag them in. So that's what I did here. I hover over the Library and I drag it into the library. Grab your pencil and we're going to click on the wrench and the add your photo and we're going to navigate to our photos in our iPad and find your dog. There's my illustration already done and you could see Rockies right there. I'm going to click on them and he's going to import into my Canvas. Now I'm just going to make sure he's selected and make them as big as I can on my canvas so we keep the resolution as we're painting is large as possible. Now that we have our pet imported, we're just going to take our brush or pencil and just trace around our pet everywhere. So I'm tracing all of those little fur lines in his ears very loosely. I'm not even doing a great job because I'm going to bring in my reference photo into my my canvas. And I'm just using these as a guide. And the reason is, I mean, I could draw my dog if I want, it would take me awhile. But doing this saves a lot of time. So I'm going to trace over every little detail that he has so around his eyes. And you can see that there's a little lighter eyelid area there and around all of his beautiful little markings that he has. And I'm going to go draw a little tufts of for everywhere I see detail, I'm going to be tracing that detail. So let me zoom out so you could see his cute little tail. He's just a little cutie. And I think these are going to be so good when you're done, you're going to love it. Everybody can do this. It makes a great gift. And it's especially nice when you did it yourself with your own hand, your own brushstrokes, your own calligraphy. And everybody's is going to look slightly different than mine, obviously, because we're all different and that's the beauty of every piece of art. So as I finished tracing him, I'm just going to say that this is going to be a layer on itself and it's going to be above your painting layers. So you're going to literally make your painting layers below this tracing. And it's just a guide. We're not going to use this line for anything, so it doesn't have to be perfect. You can see here that I'm being careful around his nose, his nose, his nostrils, and then there's a little light reflected. Sometimes we'll have a hard time drawing that. So do it as neat as possible around there and it's also around the eyes, be super neat around those, but the four areas just like make little marks, whatever. If he has something special, please add it in to this drawing and I'll see you in the painting section next. 3. Blocking In, First Steps: Let's import our PET image into our reference window. So you're going to click on the wrench and Canvas, then go down where it says reference and just click on that. It'll turn green. When you get to your window, you're going to just tap that. And I typed in the word dog and obtain pictures of rocky and Paisley and pick the photo that you like. It'll pop in the window and you can see that you can scroll in on it just by putting your fingers over it. You can move it all around your canvas. And you can just put one finger on it and keep it there and pick up a color for your color palette. Create a new layer. And on that layer, you want to try out the brushes that you made in your brush library and see which brushes are best suited for your pet. As I'm playing around with these brushes and trying to get the feel of them. I decided that I maybe want to add a few more brushes to our brush library that we created for this project. And under the procreate brushes, the one labeled painting, there was a few brushes. I really liked to get started with this painting if you weren't going to use the brush that I created. And that would be the Salamanca, the spectra, and the Tamar. Those three brushes are really amazing. There's a lot of great brushes right here in Procreate that you can create your pet width. So all of your brushes that you use globe into your recent Brush Library and if you can't find where it lives, you just swipe it to the left. It says find and it will find where that brush you got it from. And this one is showing me that it's in the painting brush library and that's you can find it again. I created a palette using the photo of my little rocky. All you do is click that circle up top, add the plus. Just tap on the Plus to create a new palette. And it will prompt you to make a palette out of your photos, pick the same photo you use, and it will literally take all the major colors out of your photo and make you a brand new palette that you can use. It's not always accurate, so you might still want to tap on your photo to create a good, a better color or a different color. Or you might want to mix your own. So here I'm creating a new layer and I'm calling it the base layer. And it's underneath my sketch layer, which I'm naming that sketch. We always want to keep the sketch layer on the top layer and everything we're working on on the bottom layer. So basically I'm just taking that brush and coloring in Rockies whole body everywhere with this neutral color of gray. I know he's white, but it is a good idea. If your dog is black, put a gray down. If he's white, put a gray down. Just pick a neutral medium color for the base tone. Because we're going to paint over this. We're gonna go darker for, you know, for the darks and we're going to go lighter for the highlights. And you just want a full range in your paintings. So it's really good to just start blocking in with a base color. Now, my hand sometimes makes the eraser jump on and it's frustrates me actually. And you just have to notice that it's happening and just recap on your brush. Now, I am going to just paint the white areas with this gray. And I'm going to go back and pick a darker gray, almost black but not quite black to do all the black patches on his cute little person. I'm just going to keep filling in everywhere that I see that I might have missed. You'd really don't want any gaps in this. You want it completely filled up. Because if we make a clipping mask later, it's not going to paint in that area. So you really want to make sure that your whole entire base is completely filled. So here I am picking my darker black color. It's not completely black. It is a grayish black. And the brush I'm using also is it doesn't come out dark, so sometimes they come out transparent. So I didn't notice with procreate and a lot of my illustrations, especially the ones I do for beer labels. There's sometimes looking a little transparent when you put them over type or something. So I literally need to make this base layer opaque in the end. So I will show you that at the end of this video. So when you go to print it over anything else, you will not have anything shining through. This paint is when you paint in Procreate, it is transparent. There's, it's not always opaque unless you're just using a flat color. So when we're doing this base layer, I'm being neater around areas where the ears are. Um, you know, there's not a lot of foreign years, whether it's for, it's really short and the areas where the fur is a little bit longer, I might not be used me I'm not being really neat at all. So this is why I think anybody can do this because you're not I'm not being careful with it. And as long as I'm going in the direction and I'm filling in these colored patches to match the dog using my reference photo. You can't go wrong, you really can't. Now I'm zooming in so I can get a better look at the nose and I'm zooming in on my reference photo. So take your time and I've been doing this a long, long time. So it looks easy sometimes for other people, but really just take your time and if you make a mistake, you can double-tap your way out of it and just have fun with it. I'm just tidying up the nose a little bit. I'm going to just try to make those lines as crisp as they can. So anywhere where there's like a lot of firm being a little bit loose, but also where you need to see more detail. I'm going to be a little bit more tight with my line work. The other tip I have when you're doing the base and any part of your painting is to make sure that you're coloring in, in the direction the way the fur grows. Because if you don't, it's going to look really weird at the end. It's, your eye is going to go there and you're gonna say, oh, what's that there? It looks a little out of place. It doesn't look right. And you're not going to realize why. So if you're not going in the direction of the growth of the firm. This is with any painting. If you're going to paint with a real brush, you're gonna do the same thing. In Procreate. It's a really great practice to create separate layers for anything that is separate. So you're gonna do your base layer or you're blocking in layer for the base and then your eyes or your nails, or the nose or your whiskers. They're all gonna be on different layers, separate layers. So when I'm doing these eyes on a separate layer, I'm going to my Selection Tool. It's just the top-left and I am tracing around the eye and you have that little marching ant thing going on. And then I'm going to go down to the add down there on the bottom and we're gonna go do the other eyes. So I am tracing around both eyes. So now they're both selected. And I'm going to grab an airbrush tool, which I grabbed a medium airbrush tool and or brush I should say. And I just fill them in with a solid color. I'm being very neat now. And the, the brushes I'm using for the eyes again is the air brush, brush set. And I'm using a brush that is medium hard, not super soft. And right now I'm just going around and making it super tiny. And I'm just going around the eyes and I'm just going to make these eyes, I'm looking closely at Rockies picture and just trying to mimic exactly what I see. I'm going to put the highlights where I see a little bit highlight. And you can see I put the base color down is a medium type of a blue. And now I took my airbrush, just putting the whites of the eyes and I'm just moving my wrist carefully to get that roundness. You can always fix it if you don't like it, Do your double top and keep doing it until you get the right motion or the right Look down. And then I'm going back. And I'm going to start putting in the iris of the eye. I'm changing my opacity a little bit. And right here I'm lightening up the bottoms of the eyeballs before I put the iris in. And just putting that shine and that gleam on the eye. Here we go. We're going to put the circle in the middle with an S airbrush. It's not completely hard. It's got a slightly blurred edge because his eyes looked like that. So try to just mimic what you're seeing in your photo. Now I went back to my airbrush tool and I'm adding a little bit of darkness to the edges of that. The roundness of his eyeball. That's just going to make his eyes look more three-dimensional. And we're going to add a little gloss over the top and those little spots for the reflection of the light. And you know what, He's looking really ugly right now. But trust me, this is going to be a beautiful painting in the end, you just keep going with me and keep working on this with me. And you'll see your painting will be beautiful too. I grabbed a very, very bright blue there to add the light reflection in his eyes. And it put a dot. And then I also did white. And I'm going to smudge that, I think a little bit too. And I know it's not exactly what you see, but I'm trying to just maybe exaggerated, I guess, somewhat you're the artist, so you It's your artists prerogative to do whatever you feel is best for your painting. Now, I'm using the airbrush and it's more of a tighter airbrush and I'm trying to do the curve around the eyes so my hands a little shaky. But in Procreate, if you start at one end and you hold it for a second, you can create a beautiful, perfect arch. So that's what I did here. I'm just doing my arch and holding it and it creates a perfect arch. It smooths it out for you, which is really a great feature in Procreate. Here I go again. I'm going to start in the corner. I'm going to trace the, I am holding it and boom, it makes a beautiful arch and move it where I need it. Check the other eye out, make sure it's even. And let's do the bottom as well. See, everybody can do this. Okay, so little rocky, we're going to make some shading on you. And you can see in the photo there's a lot of little blue. And I like that blue, actually the blue in any painting you want, some contrast of color and color is a funny thing. So I'm used to painting, but I do know that It's good to have cools next to warm so you can excuse for is on the warm side. So the shadow should be in the cool side. And that's going to really make the painting pop and look really great. In this photo I have of rocky. He has the light coming basically from the bottom left corner because the windows are behind me. So he really doesn't have a lot of bright sunlight on them to make a big contrast. He's very neutral so we can pop the light a little bit in this if we want. I just created my shadow layer and I'm going to turn it into a clipping mask. And you can see there that little arrow pointing down. You can see I made it a clipping mask. And that is going to create this layer, masking the layer below it, which is the base layer. And wherever you paint on it, it's only going to stay inside the lines. So I would paint on it and sometimes I'll see there's some gaps which means I have to go back to my base layer and fill in those gaps because it was a little too transparent and the painting pickup or whatever. So it's really great. So I love using clipping masks. And if you were to export this into Photoshop, you will see that those clipping masks are retained there so you can further work on it in Photoshop if you had two. So not only do we have a clipping mask, we're going to change the opacity of this. So right now it looks like really blurry. It doesn't look normal. So I'm gonna go back and I'm going to tap on the layer right there. And I'm gonna go through my opacities and make it a multiply. Or maybe a linear burn will work. But really right now I'm using a multiply, which is pretty normal. To make it just blend in to the layer below. So when I paint, I tend to, especially in Procreate, I'm a little bit more loose, so over painted some of these areas and I'm just taking my eraser and the same brush and just taken out some extra spots and lightening up some areas. It's always like a union when you're painting. To finish up this base layer, I'm going to just keep playing with it. I'm happy with it. I'm going to add some pink to the ears because the skin layer is thinner. That's why we see it to be more pink and ask them to shine through a little bit on the next layer when we start doing the fur. So I will see you again in the next video where we're going to begin painting. 4. Painting Fur, Metamorphosis: So our base layer is what setting the tone for the whole entire painting. And you want to zoom out of it and just take a look at it and see what needs to be adjusted. I'm taking my blending tool here and anywhere that rocky has, I don't know what your dog looks like, but since he has the black and white next to each other, I know from previous experience that the first layer might show a horse harsh edge there. So I'm just going to blend that. So when I add the front top, the two for colors will blend beautifully together. I'm kinda like your hair, how you put highlights and low lights in it. So yeah, just zoom out too good. Look at it. And I'm deciding that the pot area needs some adjusting. And anywhere you're going to add more detail. You want to just make sure it's sharp on the edges. And if it's not so detailed, it can be a little bit more blurry. And if I don't like the shape of it, I'm going to change, change it a little bit and just keep adjusting your base layer till you're happy with it so the subsequent layers will really shine and add to your painting. I made a clipping mask above this base layer and it's got those shadows in it. But I'm going to work this into the base layer, has little toe nails. He's got like three black ones and for white ones, they're different colors. So he's so cute, but you just want to put that little extra detail in because you can add a layer later in a different layer. But I think, like I said before, you need to have it below your fur. And I think it's just going to work better on that layer then if you did it on a upper layer. So I'm just going to continue on adding his toenails to the back layer and just just tidying up that back leg and foot a little bit more. So that when we add the first layer on top, it's just going to look amazing. So now I'm just going to decide on which brush I want to use. Go to start using the short hair brush or the short hair brush that I created, the very similar. And we're going to start making these short strokes that go in the same direction as the growth of the firm. I'm going to pick out my brush, this brush here. I could see it has those longer hairs in them and it's gonna be great for his tail and maybe in his ears. And he's got long fur around the side of his body, around his neck line and go husky. And I don't know what your dog looks like, but just just pick the brush that best matches your dog. I'm going to pick the creamy white color here and it's light creamy white anger, start with that short brush and just fill in. Starting at the back, you're going to work from whatever is furthest away from you to whatever is closer to you. Here I am. After I put that widened, I'm going in with that black with the same brush and I'm just literally filling that area in going in the direction of the fur. And I'm just going to keep switching from the lighter fur colors to the darker fur colors. And I'm going to keep just like pushing them in together. And I might even use my blending tool slightly. Now here I'm going right behind the eye because that's on a separate layer and that makes it so much easier to be able to do that whole blocking in this area and go right behind the eye that way. So I'm flicking my brush out into that white area to create some of that. For now, I'm going back with the white with the same brush and I'm flicking it back-and-forth into the black and into more down the side of his body wherever I see a highlight, you want to just add that now I'm adding some of this bluish gray in here. And I'm just going to fill that in as very much like when we were black and get in. I'm just gonna go back and add some more of the for going with the stroke back-and-forth. I'm just going to keep moving down his body. I'm adding the highlights. I'm just going back and forth from the lights to the darks and just layering them with my brush and pushing and pulling. And sometimes I'm smudging it to work with the smudge brush right now to blend some of those brushes in. And I'm using the same brush that I was using to paint with. Like I said before, whatever brush you're using if you want to smudge with it, which is a good idea, just tap the little finger there and hold it for a couple of seconds. And it will say you are using the same brush. So I'm going to just copy my little image here. I like that blue, so I'm adding that blue. It looks kind of funny, but in the end you're gonna be surprised how that blue really, really works in the image. And we're going to blend that and get his little toes in there and just get everything looking. It's really just shapes. Everything is just shapes. Now I'm going to blend the back for, you know, on his back into that foot. So I'm going back to my flowing through here and I am continuing down his body now I'm gonna do this throughout the whole entire dog everywhere. So I think I'm just going to put you on play for where you could just watch. And I'll see you in a few minutes. So for the tail, I'm adding these really dark darks in there because they are going to show up later on. Underneath the next layer of this further I'm putting through because like I said, the the paint brushes are slightly transparent so you're going to have the paint flow through the the other layers that you put in. And basically it helps it look more like fur. And I am just adding these little tufts of for the darker side and the lighter side you're going to add the weight. The weight is literally going to be like the highlight at the end. You're going to keep using those middle tones. Never use the white until almost like when you're done with that area, you want to add the lightest light on top because that's going to really make it pop. So I grabbed my selection tool and I drew close to the air and around the tail so that I can make my marks is close to the ear as possible without drawing over my ear. And it looks like I'm using the turpentine to create the toughs in the in the fur. And I'm mixing it with the fine hair. So I use both those brushes in here and you really need to decide what's good for you. So the harsher brush might be good for the underlayer of the darker for, and then when you get close to making it to the top of the fur, you're going to use the more defined brushes. And I'm adding a little bit of blue in there because there is blue. And that looks really awesome. That looks like for that looks like his tail. It looks pretty awesome. Because it's tail is behind his ear there you wanted work on that before you work on his ear so that you can have the for overlapping the tail and it will look more natural. If you can't see what you're doing. It's really good idea to change your background color to something that's not in your paintings. So I threw a few colors in there and decided to keep it with the brown color, which is kinda like my flower color there. But this way I can see the edge of his white for and the blues. And it's a nice actual complement to this, so it looks really good and it's going to help me to just, you know, make some color evaluations and see my edges a little bit. Better. Looking at your reference photo and make your assessments as you go. And remember what is on the top layer. Like the little tougher that might be on the top of the ear. Make sure you paint the back like the darker color first. And then you can paint over lighter and lighter and lighter as you get closer to you and see those top hairs. Now I'm going to move on to the other side of his face and close in this side with the black. That's the easy part. We already did this on the other side. So you should be able to get that done. And you can see that I left the ears, but I put the black all around the edge of the ears. And we have that pink there. And I'm just going to keep filling in the face to get all of that dark black. We're not painting every little strange at first separately amine, it will be too much. So we're painting flat areas of fur and then adding the little details on top. It's an illusion. It's all shapes and illusion. He's already starting to look really good. Now we're going to go towards the ears and I'm going to add some more of that gray near the top and in the middle like I'm not even being super neat here a little down, just fly in that color in there just to get those marks going in the right direction. So when we overlay with the lighter colors of lighter whites and grays, it will look like the ear fluffy fur that he has around his ears. Once you start seeing it appear like it looks like real for, it looks like magic almost. I always loved this, this part of the painting because as I'm adding on these more refined details, and I'm just going pretty quickly here. You can see the air is just literally looking so for alike and fluffy and beautiful. And I have to say, I'm very grateful for the animals and I've had in my life and this little guy is two. And we got him during the pandemic. And I had to put my previous dog to sleep that I had for 14 years and she was my hiking buddy. But I am very grateful to have these beautiful creatures in my life. They make our lives so much better and to be able to paint them and keep them on their memories alive for such a long time because they become a part of our family. And it's a beautiful thing to recreate their image. And especially if you're in your own hand because it's your emotions also coming through onto this image. And, um, you know, it's, it's yours and it's, it's your expression of your relationship with this animal. So I'm happy to share this with you and I'm hoping that you're going to enjoy it. And your images are going to come out spectacular. Any painting, you're always going from sort of a not very detailed to details. So here I'm using one of the hair brushes or mind just with those fine hairs and I'm pushing it right. Is that bad? Look how beautiful that looks and it looks like for all ready. I'm just zooming out and assessing him and just seeing what I want to work on next and just yeah, just give it a little look, take a break and give them a look and just decide what you want to work on next and where you want to build up the layers. Where are you want to keep it looking more detailed and where you want to make it look more loose because your eye is going to focus on those areas that you make detailed. So think about that just to position of the loose and the focus or the unfocused, I should say, in your painting. I will let you know where to get my brushes in the project PDF that's attached to this lesson. And I just want to say you can definitely do this whole project with just the procreate brushes. I'm adding in his spot some more because I know I'm going to add some fine lines if for over it. So I'm kinda shines through that so I'm making it dark. And then I'm going to just add those fine lines of for going through those little spots on his nose. And I'm going to add a darker blue to the side of his face there, so popped out. And you can see I added those light blue highlights and it looks kind of funky at first, but after we get all those little in there, it's going to look beautiful. In every painting. We're always painting the light because we can't see anything without light. And so we're adding the dark. So we can always add in the light. We're always starting from the darks and building it up to the light. And the light comes in many shades of colors. It's either warm or it's cool. Usually, if your light that's shining on your object is a warm color and it usually is coming from the sun, which is warm. The shadow areas are always gonna be cool. If you squint your eye, sunny day and you look at the grass, you can see it's like a yellow green, but the shadow areas are actually like a purply blue. And that is the warm and cool notice because the, the color of light, the number color or Kelvin of light in certain temperatures is a different number. And I think like the white brightest light, white is like 5,000. And then it goes up and down from there. Cool or warm. So you would see those yellow lights that you've prepped for your mosquitoes. I don't know which number it is, but it's not 5,000, which is like daylight. And so that's the theory with the coloring in on your painting. It's always better to put a cool shape next to a warm sunlit area. As I'm scrubbing in his fur, I could see my camera is shaking, so I apologize for that, but it's coming out fabulous. I'm zooming out and I'm seeing that he is looking really good. And even though he's not realistic, it appears realistic and it's because your eye is always going to fill in the blanks. And it's good to have a place for your eye to rest like those dark spots near his eyes. We don't need to put too much further, just like a little shadow here and there, a highlight here and there. And you're, I will just fill in the rest. So we don't need to stress out about any of this. Ever. Do not stress out about your painting. And I guarantee you if you're following along with me that your painting is just as good or even better than mine. And I'm excited to see what you did. So please put it in the project for me to see. If you have a question, I'll try to answer it the best I can. It might not be right away because I do work a lot and I just love teaching. So I will get to you as soon as I can. He's the cutest little feet and I'm just going to look for a little inking pen. We're going to have a fine tip to draw in the little black nails that he has. I'm using the studio pen to paint in the black of his nails. And I realized after I zoomed in and paint to those nails black that I should have been painting the other paw. And so I painted the other paw. And then I came back and I erased those, the right plot. And even professionals make mistakes. So now I'm just going around and I'm really looking for the details and going in with my fine tooth comb and just tidying up everything and just adding where I needed a little shadow here, a little highlight there, a little few hairs there, and don't forget to add those whiskers in Indiana you can use your one of your pencils would look work really well with that. Maybe the Narendra pencil or just something that just gives a light little line, make it super small and flick it. And then you're gonna get a nice little whisker, but do them on a separate layer so that if you make a mistake, you're not going to be making those whiskers over something you painted and you're gonna be upset that you have to redo it. So always, always through different things that require extra attention, you want to put it on a separate layer. This little portrait of rocky is coming along really great. I'm finishing up his nose. And I think the Fuhrer looks beautiful. I think his eyes look beautiful. I hope yours is coming out just as well. And it's something that you're gonna cherish for a long time. And don't forget, in another video, I'm gonna show you how to upload it so you can make a canvas out of it. Or anything from a key chain to a bed sheet. You can make a bed sheet. This might be a little too small, but you can do a lot of print-on-demand things with this portrait of your pet or a friend's pet. And it's just going to make a beautiful keeps sake. For very long time. I'm adding all the lighter areas around the eye shapes just to pop those eyes out and give it a little dimension to show where his eyebrows are. And then everything is just shapes. You don't have to freak out like, I don't know what to do, but it's like just little shapes. Just zoom in on one little block and find that block on your painting. And just kind of just paint what you see. In art school to learn how to draw something. We literally took our papers and divided it up into like 1 " squares and then took our photo and drew a grid on it in 1 " squares. And we only drew what we saw in the square. We didn't pay attention to any other part of the painting. This way you get a super realistic look because you're just simply copying the shapes. You can see here them just zooming in. And I'm just trying to copy where those little lines are going in the shapes are going. The other thing is if you sketch upside down or you're coloring in upside down, you will not be drawn to what the object is as much as up just observing. So I often turn my images upside-down. Well, I'm working, especially here in Procreate because it's so easy to do and it just helps you observe more and not get caught up in what the actual object is. Becky looks really amazing. And for the final touch, we're just going to add one more layer and we're going to go into our brushes and look for materials and then pick out a texture that you like and set the opacity to anywhere 30-50 and stumble in a little shadow under your dog. So rocky really needs this, needs a little bit of gravity. And I actually think that I made it too dark. And I also think that you should make it a multiply in the transparencies. And when you export it as a PNG, it will blend in a lot better with any application you're going to add it to. In the next video, I'm going to show you how to make sure that your image is opaque so you can upload it to the print on-demand forums. 5. Getting the file Ready for Export: So let's make a background image that is opaque for our print on-demand applications, we're going to select the group and duplicate the group. And then we're going to flatten into group, make sure you turn off that shadow that you made behind your dog. So you just have this silhouette. Then you're getting up to that ribbon and you're gonna hit Automatic. And you're going to select the background. When you select the background, you're going to hit Invert and it's gonna select the dog, then go up to a new layer and fill it with white. After you fill it with white, you're going to take that layer and bring it below your dog. Then if you turn that on and off, you can see by my blue background that it was very transparent and now it's opaque. So to export this, turn off your background. I know I have it on here, but turn it off and then make your export your file as a PNG file. And you're all set. 6. Print Your Artwork on a Canvas or T-shirt: Hi guys. Let me show you how I make a product in Canva. If you don't already have a Canva account, you'll just have to make one. And it's very easy. I made one. I'm a pro member because I use it all the time. And now on the homepage, I'm just going to scroll through the products and I chose the t-shirt. The canvas is the correct size for the t-shirt, and I've already uploaded my dog. Just click on Upload Files and click on wherever your photo lives, photo library, or Choose Files. When you upload your image will take a minute or two to propagate into your library. Then you just click on it and it'll appear on your Canvas. Then I clicked on the Type Tool or the text tool I should say, and hit the subheading and I typed in a little sentiment on the bottom, you had me at work. Now, I'm just going to adjust my type by clicking on the type and adjusting it to a new font. Right here, I changed the line width because I thought it was too spaced out. So then I went to space between me and at, and I got rid of that space and I hit the return because I know that if I center that there'll be a space in front of the a and you want it more centered. So get rid of that. And then I clicked on the type and found a new font. If the top, the top left there, you could just find a font that you like and change it to the size and change the line height so it's not touching each other or it's a little space better. And you could also change the color of it. So I changed mine to the blue eyes of my dog. So I have the Pro account and I could pick a background and I picked a watercolor backgrounds like swoosh. But what you can do in Procreate is create one with watercolor brush and make it a PNG file. So the background is transparent and you can upload that and use that swoosh and not have to pay for a Pro account. So here I am putting my solution there and I want to change the color of it. I don't like the color, so it's letting me just change that to a blue color, am sizing it and centering it. Want to make sure everything is centered. So just go up there and center everything. So it's just the way you want. Now I kinda like turning this sentiment on. It's like an angle to match the background that I just added. That's going to look really cute. They could do whatever you want. This is just a demonstration I'm making for you. And I'd probably do something different if I spent more time on it. But basically, you're just adding your elements and adding your type and changing the color. And Canva does the rest. Alright, that looks really cute. Now we're going to go up to that little arrow up on the right-hand corner and share and we're gonna look for the t-shirt. There it is. We're going to click on that and look at it makes a mock-up of your shirt and I'm looking, I'm like, I gotta get rid of that background. It's got to be darker because it's almost the same color. So I'm going to go click on that again and adjust it. And I do that on purpose just to show you that you can always adjust things even before you print it. You have that mock-up there and you could see how it looks on your t-shirt or whatever mock river product that you are buying. So I made it a little darker blue and it went to the front, but it's going to pop back to the back where it was. And that looks awesome. So I'm just gonna go ahead and and buy this shirt is so cute. Look at Rocky on my t-shirt. You got the right size and Canvas will just wants you to be happy. So if you don't like it, they are going to replace it for you if the print doesn't come out right or whatever. So now that I'm in there, I'm like, I think I want to make a canvas. So I'm going to go back, I'm going to go back and look for the canvas. And there it is, I'm doing the, it's horizontal, but I'm looking for the portrait. So there is a popped in and it resize it for me, which is absolutely fabulous. So I'm just going to go back and resize him. So before you do that, you might want to save this canvas and duplicate it in Canva. So you can go back to that t-shirt if you want to. So I'm just going to resize everything here to make it fit my Canvas. I'm just doing this quickly for demonstration purposes. And when I'm done, I'm gonna go through the same process of ordering my Canvas. And in the beginning, I showed you the photo of paisley and the print actually came out stunningly beautiful. The color was perfect and the canvas itself was really great quality. So thank you for watching my video on how to create a pet portrait and procreate, and how to upload it to a print on-demand site. Most of the sites will be very similar to this. So if you follow this, you're gonna be able to upload to any print on demand like printf full or even red bubble or something like that. And thank you so much again. And I can't wait to teach the next tutorial, please like and share my Skillshare class. I love teaching and I thank you so much and I'll see you in the next videos.