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Procreate and Paint: Create a Townscape

teacher avatar Nic Squirrell, Artist and illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Class Project


    • 3.

      Get Messy with Paint


    • 4.

      Paint Another Background


    • 5.

      Get Set Up in Procreate


    • 6.

      Discover Your Town


    • 7.

      Paint the Town


    • 8.

      Windows and Doors


    • 9.

      Add Details


    • 10.

      Paint Another Town


    • 11.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

This class combines all the beauty and randomness of real acrylic paint with digital art, using Procreate on the iPad to create two townscapes, loosely based on a place of your choice.

We'll start messy and wild, using paint on paper with all sorts of techniques to make wonderful textured abstract backgrounds.  We will create beautiful, spontaneous and varied surfaces by painting, smearing, splashing, dragging, dabbing, scratching and generally making a glorious mess.

Then we’ll bring that into Procreate. 

We'll look closely at the background paintings, and find ways to discover and pull out houses and buildings to base our town on. 

Then we will add all the fun little details to really bring our painting alive.

I love to combine real art materials with Procreate. The element of chance and randomness at the beginning avoids overthinking and blank page paralysis and helps to spark creativity and find new ways of looking and discovering inspiration through process. 

When we’ve finished you’ll be able to use this method as a starting point to discover all sorts of inspiration for your own original and imaginative artwork.

As always, I'll share plenty of my tips and tricks as we go.

This class is suitable for all levels. 

If you are new to Procreate you might like to take my introductory class first:

iPad Art: Create a Monster in Procreate

You might also enjoy these related classes.

Travel Sketching: Capture a Favourite Place in Watercolor


iPad Art: Paint Semi-Abstract Landscapes in Procreate

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Enough of that, let’s get painting!



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Nic Squirrell

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I am an artist and designer of fun things living in Kent, England.

I studied Creative Visual Art and 3D Design at the University of Greenwich and loved every minute of it.

My illustrations are on many products from prints to suitcases and everything in between.

I love drawing and painting on my iPad as well as using traditional media, particularly watercolour.

If anything stays still long enough, I will draw on it.

Quirky animals, dreamy landscapes and watercolor florals are my speciality.

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1. Introduction: [MUSIC] Hello, I'm Nick, I'm an artist and illustrator. I make art which sells on products all around the world. I love painting and I love drawing on my iPad. Anything which combines these is really at my street. In this class, we're going to start messy and fun with paint on paper to make a glorious textured abstract base. We're going to create a beautiful, spontaneous and varied surface using acrylic paint. We are going to paint, smear, splash, drag, wipe, and generally make a lovely mess. Then we'll bring that into Procreate. We'll look closely at this background and will find ways to discover and pull out houses and buildings to make a semi-abstract townscape loosely based on a place of your choosing. Then we'll add all the fun little details to really bring up painting alive. So much fun to combine real art materials with Procreate. The element of chance and randomness at the beginning of voice overthinking and blank page paralysis. It helps to spark creativity and find new ways of looking and discovering inspiration which we process. When we finished, you'll be able to use this method as a starting point to discover all sorts of inspiration for your own original and imaginative artwork. This class is suitable for all levels. But if you're brand new to Procreate, you might also like to take my introductory class first, which is iPad Art to create a monster in Procreate. You might also enjoy these related classes, travel sketching, capture a favorite place in watercolor, and iPad art paint, semi-abstract landscapes in Procreate. Enough of that, let's roll up our sleeves and get painting. [MUSIC] 2. Class Project: [MUSIC] Your project for this class is to follow along with me and create your own townscape painting. You can base yours on a favorite place or on where you live or it can just be completely from your imagination. Let your own choices and personality shine through and keep it loose. Remember that the main thing is to have fun. Please post your painted background when we get to that stage and then your finished town. It's so interesting to be able to see how you develop it. If you'd like to post any extra status as well just take some screenshots as you go along and add those in too. I always look at your projects and I love seeing what you come up with and if you'd like any specific feedback do just ask. Lastly, just a quick note to say that I am a working artist and I make my living from selling my designs. Feel free to use the methods that I show you in the class but if your final artwork looks like mine please don't sell it. You can still post it on social media but do tag me and make it clear that it's something you have done as a result of my class. Thank you. Let's get going. 3. Get Messy with Paint: [MUSIC] We're going to start with paints on paper. It's hard to get those truly random elements and happy accidents using digital brushes. Getting messy at this stage will give us a much more interesting base to work with and lots of gorgeous textures and color mixes too. Gather together some materials and just use what you have. If you've got lovely artist's brushes, painting knives, etc, of course you can use those, but you don't need to go out and spend lots of money. I'm just going to use a few bits and pieces. I'll start with some watercolor paper which is nice and thick so it won't buckle too much. This is 300gsm weight, which is equivalent to 110 pounds. Of course, any thick paper or card will do as it's certainly going to be a background layer and not a finished masterpiece. I've got my trusty and rather disgusting water jar, some kitchen roll for dabbing, smearing, and cleaning up, a decorator's paintbrush, which I painted my kitchen with recently. It's all scrappy and it's got very worn out splayed bristles, which means it makes really interesting marks. I've also got regular inexpensive paint brushes which I might use. The handle is good for mark-making too to either dab or to draw into wet paint. I've also got this which I think is for baking. It's got squishy, flexible edges, so it's lovely for spreading paint. One of my favorite things to use is this old store card. It's nice and flexible and you can use it to apply or drag the paint around, or use the edges to print lines with. It's not important what you use to get the paint onto the surface, it's more about getting some really interesting and varied textures and marks. Thinks about using any of these: a roller, either solid or a sponge. Sponges in general: natural sponges, makeup sponges, household sponges to spread or dab paint and print shapes onto the surface if you want to. A comb or a little brush to make parallel, straight or wavy lines. Your fingers to dab or smear the paint around. I've got a bottle filled with water to spray onto wet paint. I'm also going to use my hairdryer on a low heat setting to blow the paint around a little bit. Of course you can use anything else you can think of to make interesting marks and textures. I've just got a quick tip for you for keeping your paint usable between coats. I use one of these plastic boxes. I think it's either for fishing tackle or maybe for crafting. I squeeze some paints into each compartment. It's got a lid so at the end of the day, I'm going to get a bit of kitchen paper placed of the whole container and pop the lid over the top, is to stop a skin forming on the paint and stops it drying. Use 3-5 colors of acrylic paint. You may want to base your colors on the specific town or even on the way a place makes you feel. We don't have to be realistic. Just make sure that there are light and dark colors on your palette. For my first painting, I'm going to use white, a deep turquoise, pinky red, and lemon yellow, and also a mix of all the colors together, which is this dark blue color. Let's get started and make a mess. Don't think about what you're doing too hard and don't try to control the surface. We need lots of randomness and happy accidents, which is the whole reason that we're using real paint at this point. To start using my scruffy decorator's brush to get some paint onto the surface. I'm not rinsing out between colors. I'm just letting the paint blend on the paper. You don't have to do it my way. Just experiment and play with the paint on the surface and work quickly and intuitively. Have some fun music on if it helps. Anything that you don't like, it doesn't matter, it will get covered up. Do be prepared to go through grotty stage. If you work on a few pieces at once, which is what I normally do, you'll be less precious about them and they'll turn out better for it. You can use acrylic paint thickly like I am here, or you can water it down a lot, which makes it great for letting it run and drip. [MUSIC] 4. Paint Another Background: [MUSIC] I'm going to make another one, and I'm going to use different colors this time. Because I've got some little bottles of acrylic paint, I can just pop some blob straight onto the paper. Time to use my dose scraper I think. What a lovely mess, psychedelic tartan. I'm going to use the store card to scrape some bits off and add some more bits on. I've got no idea how this will end up. Let's hope it's a nice surprise. Now that's dry. I'm going to add in some very watery paint and a few splashes. I'm just going to continue as before adding layers, adding marks, and seeing where it goes. [MUSIC] I think that's pretty much done now. I'm going to take a photo with my iPad. Use either natural light or daylight bulb and keep your iPad's level as you can. I'm going to the Photos, and I'm going to edit it here. First of all, I'm going to crop off the edges. You can use preset to change the look. Or you can just do it manually as an auto setting, or you can change everything individually. Have a play around, and then press Done when you're ready. Don't forget to pop your lovely textured backgrounds into the Project section of the class as your first deliverable. 5. Get Set Up in Procreate: [MUSIC] Next thing we need to do is bring the backgrounds into Procreate. I just want to take a moment to say that of course, you can continue to follow along and continue to paint this townscape using actual paint. The ideas behind what we're doing here are exactly the same either way. Open the app and in the top-right, choose photo, tap on your picture and it will import itself onto a new Canvas. If you nip out to the gallery, you can see the size. If you need a big Canvas, you can use a scanner at 300 DPI to bring in your background, but bear in mind, you'll need it to be small enough to have a few layers to work on in Procreate. At this point, you can do some further edits if you like. Tap on the adjustments want and use hue saturation and brightness sliders. Color balance, or curves to get it looking how you want to. When you're happy with how it looks, the next step is to make a color palette. To use the colors we already have in the background, we need to save it out to photos on your iPad. Any reason that we're doing this is because we might well have made some adjustments. Obviously, if you're just using it because you brought it in you don't need to do this step. If you go to the spanner or wrench action setting at the top, choose Share, JPEG. Save Image, then it will save up to the camera roll. Now we can go to the color chip and choose palettes view, and then tap on the plus on the top right and choose New from photos. Tap on the photo, and your new color palette will magically appear at the top. I probably won't use all of these, but it's such a quick way of getting your colors ready. Next, we need to decide on brushes. I'm going to add a new layer to try some out. I encourage you to go through all your brushes and find the best ones for your new style. We need some which blend in well with the background painting and some that look good for detail. They do need to look natural against the background. After all, we are trying to end up with an image which looks like it has all been hand painted. Changing the size and opacity of the brush will also give different effects. Whittle it down to just a few. Include at least a big texture painting brush and a smaller more opaque brush for detail. I like to make another layer once I've decided on my favorites to keep as a permanent reminder of which brushes I've used in a particular painting. I'll drag this below the base layer and lock it by sliding the layer towards the left and tapping Lock. It's always there to refer back to. The last few brushes I used they're here at the top of the brush pallet in recents. But if you want something more permanent, you can make a new brush section for them by tapping the plus sign at the top, rename it, and then go back into recents. Tap and hold the first brush and drag it over to your new section until it opens. Then you can drop in the brush to new palette. Repeat that until they're all there. Original brushes will still be in their own sections and the ones in your new palette are copies, you can tell that by the little procreates wishes. You can see which brushes I'm using but please do explore and choose your own. What works for you will probably be completely different to what works for me. We're all set up and we're ready to get going. 6. Discover Your Town: [MUSIC] Now let's make a new layer to sketch on. I'm also going to lock the paint layer to protect it. The next thing we need to do is have a really good stare at the background and see if we can see any obvious starting points. Right now you can develop this background into anything, maybe a still on landscape, a jungle, a character. Possibilities are endless. I can see a cat right here and a dragon. This method is about finding order out of chaos. If you've ever seen the shape from a monster in the clouds or spotted castles in cities on a cracked road we'll seem to face shapes on the random surfaces. This is the thing that we're looking for here. As this class is about painting townscapes, I'm looking for bits that suggest a building. Don't forget that you can turn your Canvas around if it looks more promising upside down. Mine definitely does. I'll start drawing in some ideas. Sketching in some really simple house shapes to start with. I personally find it easier to start with the roofs. I'm leaving some gaps between the buildings where I can add trees and other details later. I'm looking at the horizontal and the vertical marks and the areas that are already in the background to suggest walls, roofs, trees and so on. I hope you can see where I've pulled these houses out from. They mostly started as part of the surface rather than just drawing randomly on top of it. 7. Paint the Town: [MUSIC] I'm going to rename the sketch layer and lock it. Then I'm going to make a fresh layer to paint on. Using the sketch as a guide I want to use the brushes I've chosen to bring out the buildings, some areas I'll bring forward, and some I'll push back. I'll start with the pale blue and the tamer brush, which I love for this because the opacity varies depending on how hard I press which means that if I use a light touch it lets all the textures and variations, and the original paint layer show through. This brush looks like it's part of the original painting rather than looking digital and fake. It's got a lovely painty texture of its own as well. I've gone over the edges here, so I'm going to use the eraser and the 6B pencil setting to clean up those edges. Then I'll try another brush to add some details to the roof to give the impression of tiles. I really don't want this particular painting to end up too tight so I'm not going to do too much cleaning up here. You can see that I've used this line here from the painted layer to be the edge of the building. There's also a line here, but it doesn't quite match up with where I want it to be. I'm going to tap and hold to select the pale blue color from the canvas. Then I'm going to use this brush again to very lightly blend that. These two blobs are a bit distracting, so let's knock them back a little. I'll add some more details later but for now, I'm just looking at the planes of the buildings and using contrast to define them instead of having to outline them all. Let's move on to the next house. At the moment, the color of the roof, the wall, and the background are the same. I also want to keep the dark red for the other roof down here. I'm using the same pale blue to lighten up the background between the buildings. I like to turn off the sketch layer now and again just to gauge where I'm at with it. I'm also going to soften this line at the top. With the sketch layer off I can see that I've got some good definition in places but the roof isn't well-defined yet. It's just a faint line along the roof line here. I don't want to change the color and texture of the roof because I think it looks good. But I'm going to define it with a little bit of detail. I'm going to use the same pale blue color for now. I'm going to use a pencil to draw in the wavy beautiful lines. Actually, I'm going to erase that lower line and use the wavy line instead of the lower edge of the roof. Next is this roof, and I'm going to use a darker color. I'll use a different brush as well. I'll throw in some roof tiles and just zoom out now and again to check my progress. There wasn't really enough difference between the wall and the roof of this house, but I really like the colors and textures on the wall. I'm just going to lighten up the top of the wall where it sits next to the roof and maybe leave the rest. Even though I've only put in those three little roofs so far, you can see that it's starting to come together. Everything's a little bit wonky, but I like it like that. It gives the painting a bit of personality. Perfect is boring. Next thing I want to do is define this roof. There's already a line between the roof and the building next to it, but the colors are very similar. I need to do something with that. There's a division between the roof and the building behind it, but there's not enough difference at the moment. This left edge of the roof is a little bit strange, but I really like the pale blue streaks. I think I'm going to embrace this as part of the roof texture. I'm lightening up the top of the roof and down the edge with a really light touch. The left edge isn't bad, it just needs a tiny bit of work. That's making it a little bit more obvious. Now to add detail, I want to replicate these scratchy blue lines. I'll grab the color by tapping and holding. Don't think any of my chosen brushes will work, so I just need to find something along those lines. This sticks brush looks quite similar. That's just right. I'm not going to outline the roof, I'm just going to let it speak for itself. That sticks brush is great, so I'll drag that into my painting palette in case I want to use it again. This edge is maybe a little dark. I need to add a new layer on top to work on and just lighten it up a touch. I'm not being particularly organized with my layers because this is more like a normal painting process. I don't envisage doing too many adjustments later. Of course, if you prefer, you can be much more regimented about it than I am. There's already a natural line along the bottom of this house. I'm going to use that and just extend it a little bit. This way of painting is all about using what's already there and enhancing it and to use the eraser to take it in a little. Turning on the sketch, I can see that I've taken it further out than I wanted to. I think it'll look better if I remove a bit more. This bit in front of the house needs to get a bit darker. I'm going to adjust the edge here too. I'm darkening down this area in front of the building. I think that's made it a bit dull so I want to get a bit of texture back end. I still feel like it needs a little more texture, but I'll leave it for now because once I've added some details, it'll look different. Turning off the sketch, I think I really need to raise this back to the natural line on the canvas. I'm just trying things and adjusting as I go until it looks right. Now I'm going to look at this roof. There's little bit of definition here. I can see the edge on the left. I can see a line at the top, but it does need some more emphasis. I really want to preserve the texture of the roof though. I'm going to lighten and darken the areas adjacent to it rather than change the roof itself. I'm going to sample this dark raspberry color. I think I need to work on the lower of my three working layers so that I can draw on top of it if I want to. This dark color is effectively pushing the background back. Because of that, it pulls the roof forward. We continue to work around that roof to increase the contrast. Now I'm going to use my newly found sticks brush to add a little more detail. Looking at the sketch again, I can see that originally I wasn't going to take this roof all the way across. I think I prefer it that way, so I'll knock that back. I can see that the side of this building, this defining, I'm using the same brush and a darker red from my palette. I want to kick the wall of the big house behind that roof. I also like the wall of this house so I'll darken the roof. I'm using the lighter red as well for some variation. A blend of colors definitely makes it more interesting. Let's turn off the sketch and zoom out. You can see how the town is starting to come together. It looks a little messy and chaotic, but at least the buildings are starting to emerge. I need to continue working my way down and starting this next roof. Definitely need some color in order to make it stand out from the building behind it because there's a lot of texture going on there right now. It always needs reversing and that the part on the left needs to get darker in order to stand out from the surrounding areas. The part on the right needs to get lighter. I'm still using that same tamer brush because that's what's working for me and it's in keeping with the paint layer underneath. I'll decide later whether to use the other brushes I saved or not but because this is really working on the base, I want it to be cohesive, a free marking freehand so far. But if you prefer, you can use a selection to confine the paint. This will give you a much harder edge. I think for the second painting later we're going to make much more use of this. It's tapping the selection tool at the top. Then choose free hand. You can either draw your selection freehand or you can tap on the corners, which will give you straight edges. You can combine both in a single selection. Hopefully, you can see these diagonal lines showing up and this is the area outside the selection which you won't be able to draw on. I'll pick my brush and I can merrily paint with a clear area with wild abandon without going onto the most bits. If you tap on the Selection Tool at the top again, it will get rid of the selection. If I turn off the sketch layer, you can see that that's given me a really sharp edge. It's more interesting for a painting to have some hard edges to contrast with the softer areas. I do want to knock back some of the texture on the roof though because it's quite dominant. If you tap and hold on the Selection Tool, it'll reload your previous selection. I need to tap on the Brush Tool. Otherwise, it's just adding to the selection. When I'm done, I'll tap the Selection Tool again to deselect onto the next one. This already has a dark roof. I need to lighten and darken some areas to enhance the contrast with the surrounding areas. Now I'm just going to continue in the same way using all the methods that I've just shown you to just carry on working my way around the painting, knocking back the areas that are too permanent all the areas that I want to be at the back and bringing forward other areas. [MUSIC] 8. Windows and Doors: [MUSIC] At this stage, we can start adding some more details. This roof needs some tiles, so I'll just do that before I add the windows and doors. You can draw roof tiles or shingles in so many ways with stripes and weakly lines like I've done, or you can do scallops with diamond shapes, or maybe just pick out a few square tiles. I'm keeping it loose and I think I'll stick to stripes. I'm going to add windows and doors now. Before I start, I'll add a new layer for the frames and another for the window panes. If you want to add some layers, you can merge some by pinching them together. Or if you prefer, you can save out to the gallery and duplicate your painting before you merge so that you can still make adjustments later if needed. I'm going to pick the lightest color in my palette, and I'm going to use the 6B pencil for the frames. I'm going to draw a rectangle, and then I'm keeping the pen on the screen until it snaps into a quadrilateral shape. I can tap at the top where it says Edit Shape, and then I can drag the blue dots in the corners to alter it. I don't want these to be too perfect. You can draw your windows freehand if you prefer, or you can make them more even and perfect if that's more your thing. I've decided to move these last two, so I'm going to use the selection tool on free hand to last suit them and then just move them up a bit. Tap again on the selection tool to deselect. This is the great thing about working digitally. Let's add some crossbars to the windows. This style is typical of where I live in the Southeast of England. Choose whether to draw these freehand or to hold at the end of the stroke for a perfect straight line. My door's going to have a door knob, a letterbox, a window, and a doorstep. Your details will be different depending on where your chosen town is based. On the windowpane layer, I'm going to add the glass in a darker color and use a more painting brush. I'm adding the color behind the window bars. You could also think about using a warm yellow to look like the lights are on if you like. I need to color my door too. Then to finish my house off, I'm going to add a chimney holding like before for the straight sided shape. I'm going to work my way around the picture, adding the windows and doors to all the other buildings. [MUSIC] I've gone round and finished all the windows and doors and chimneys, and this is where we're up to so far. 9. Add Details: [MUSIC] Now it's time to add more details. This is really the fun bit where you can really make a difference to what your town or city is going to look like. Think about what details you'd like to add. For example, you might want to put in some shop fronts, pavement cafes, maybe some streetlights, people, dogs, cats, cars, bicycles, boats if your town is by the sea, trees, potted plants, anything else you fancy. It's completely up to you how much detail you add. Going to start by adding a hazy sun or maybe it's the moon. I haven't decided yet. I want to put some trees in, so I'll just draw a rough guide for those. Adding some street lights too. I want to add a bicycle, maybe leaning against the house and just a little table and chairs here too. They look a bit small. I'll just select them using the selection tool and then go to the transform arrow and choose Freeform, and then stretch them a little. Now I've made the table too big, so I'll do the same again and make that smaller. That's better. I think I won't put any people in this one, maybe I'll save that for the next one. That's my plan so far. The original sketch is locked. I need to unlock it first by sliding to the left and tapping "Unlock". Then I can squish both those layers together to merge them and lock the new layer again by sliding left and tapping "Lock". I'll make another new layer for my details. I'm starting with the sun and I want to make a round selection. Tap on the selection tool and the bottom choose Ellipse. If you imagine a square box around your circle, start dragging from where the top-left corner would be and if you put a finger on the screen at the same time as you drag, you'll get a perfect circle. Then I'll switch the sketch layer off so that I can see better. Using the palest color and my painting brush, I'll paint over that selection. You can see the brush shapes showing up here because I've got it on a really big size. Deselect by tapping the selection tool again. I need to go down to one of these shading layers underneath and just darken this area behind the sun so that it stands out more. I'm going to use the 6B pencil for the details, but you might prefer a different look. All of these choices you make along the way with color, brushes, shapes, details, whether things are straight or wonky, what placements you use, what you add in and what you leave out, all of these things give you your unique voice. I'm adding lampposts next, and I'm just going to keep them simple. They don't have to be perfectly vertical unless you want them to. I'm not very happy with this area. I'd like it to be more obviously the ground, whereas at the moment it just looks like part of the house. I'm going to use the selection tool on free hand. Let's draw some little paving stones squares. You can see at the bottom of the screen my selections on add, which means I can just keep adding extra paving stones in. I know it's hard for you to see on screen, but I've drawn a few little squares and I'll make them just a little bit lighter than the background. I like that. Now for the trees, my trees aren't going to have any leaves on. I'm using the sketch outline as a guide and I'm drawing in the branches. You might prefer to add leaves or blossom on your trees or maybe have pine trees or palm trees or some other tree. I don't think that's dark enough, so I'm going to select the tree taking care to avoid the lamppost which is on the same layer. I'll turn on the Alpha Lock by tapping on the layer and choosing Alpha Lock so that I can only draw on top of what's already there. Then I'll tap again on the layer and choose Fill Layer and turn the Alpha Lock off so that we can keep drawing on that layer. I'm going to make the trunk and some of the branches thicker at the bottom. For the next tree, I'm going to go for a pale color on another layer behind it to keep it separate from the first one. Normally, of course I'd pop a layer in the back to do this, but I can't do this time because my original painted layer covers the whole Canvas. I'll have to draw them in and then just erase any bits of stray over the houses. Trees look better if you do it this way rather than just trying to avoid the houses as you draw. I'll add the rest of the trees in the same way, erasing any bits switch gets where they shouldn't. I've added one or two extra ones too. Now I've drawn them all in. I've decided to make some of them lighter by Alpha locking the layer and painting over the ones that I want to lighten. You can see how many decisions as I go, which is so much easier when I'm painting digitally of course. I'm going to draw in the bicycle and the table and chairs. I'm nearly done. Now, I'm going to zoom out and see if anything needs changing or modifying in any way. I'm going to add some roof tiles and a chimney to this roof. I like the paving stones I did earlier, so I'm going to add just a few to this empty area here using the selection tool to draw the squares. There's no need to draw all of them in. Just a suggestion is good. I'm using the selection tool to add an edge to where the two walls of this house meet so that you can see the difference between them. I've decided to move the sun using the selection tool and transform tool and I added some darker paint behind it. I then added some darker and lighter paint behind the trees to make them stand out more and blended in some of the areas of the background in which the paint texture was too prominent. Here I added paint to some of the roofs to make them more solid and give more structure to the composition as I felt that there wasn't enough contrast and everything looked too much the same. This is something that's easier to see when you step back from your painting than when you're looking close up. Last rule, I added some color to the chimneys and some light to the street lamps, so maybe that sun is actually the moon. I think that's done now. Join me in the next video and we'll paint different version on the green background. 10. Paint Another Town: [MUSIC] Let's have a look at the green version. I'm going to whiz through this one because most of the methods are very similar to what you've done, but there are a few different things we're doing. I've adjusted the photo of my green background painting the same way as I did with the red one by using the photo editing on my iPad. I brought my painting into Procreate, ready to go. I'll add a new palette from photos, the slide before. I've checked at the brushes I used last time still look good on this painting and I've removed any that don't work. I've sketched out my town by finding starting points on the painting in the same way. There are a lot less horizontals and verticals in this background, which means that there aren't as many of these buildings. I've added extra houses where it makes sense. While sketching, I held my pen at the end of each stroke to get straight lines and I'm very much going to stick to the sketch for my building shapes. I'm basing this one loosely on villages in Devon in the southwest of England. The houses are often painted pretty colors and the roofs are dark slate tiles. I'll bear that in mind. It's like some of the roofs have windows in too, so I put those into the sketch so that I can work around them. It's like I will rename and lock the sketch layer and add a new layer to work on. I'm going to use much more defined edges for my buildings and give them more of an opaque look. It's going to be less loose and I want to include a few people too. Let's start with the house walls. I'm going to start by tapping on the selection tool on free hand. I'll tap on each corner to make a straight sided selection. Then I'll pick a pale color and I'll use my painting texture brush to paint over the selection. I'm using a light touch so that some of the texture still shows through. But I'm making it more opaque than the red painting was and you can see that it's much more of a blocky look. I'll try to match up the edges the best I can, but it doesn't really matter if there are slight gaps or overlaps. I'll go on the canvas in the same way using just a few colors for all the houses. On a new layer, I'm going to do exactly the same thing to add in the roofs. The gable ends, I'm using a more opaque and smaller brush, and I'm holding it at the end of the stroke to get a straight line. Then I'm going to erase the extra unwanted bits. On a new layer. I'll add the window frames using the 6B pencil and I'm holding at the end of drawing rectangles to get the editable straight edge shapes exactly the same way as in the red painting. I'll add all the frames and the doors on a single layer. On the lighter houses, it's easier to turn off the buildings layer to be able to see better. Now, I'll add a new layer below the frames for the window panes. I'm using the selection tool again to select the window glass area. Because my selection is set on add, which you can see at the bottom left, I can select a few windows at the same time. Here we are with all the windows done. I've used some of the yellow and the windows partly to balance the colors out a little because it's good to have colors in more than one place on your painting and partly because it looks a little bit like the lights are on and I like it. Next, I added colors to the doors, again using colors taken from the painting to help balance them out. Here I've added the chimneys using the selection tool. Then I've added some trees keeping the contrast high. I sneaked in a tiny siegel too just for fun. Last [inaudible] I put a few people in and I also put in the moon. 11. Final Thoughts: [MUSIC] That's it. I hope you enjoyed this way of working, combining real paints with all its quirks and randomness with Procreate and also the method of discovering and painting from within an abstract background. You can use this method for any subject, from landscapes to still life, imaginary creatures, and more. It's something that I use all the time in my work. I'm really excited to see your projects for this class. Just a quick reminder to post your work on Instagram with the #nicsquirrellskillshare for a chance to be featured in my Instagram stories. Follow me here on Skillshare to be kept up-to-date with new classes and discussions. If you've enjoyed the class, it really helps me if you leave me a review, especially, if it's a nice one. Happy painting and bye for now. [MUSIC]