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Procreate Drawing Party! Digital Illustration on an iPad

teacher avatar Mike Lowery, Illustrator and Author

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Welcome and Tools.


    • 3.

      Basics 1. Sketch A Pirate!


    • 4.

      Basics 2. Ink A Pirate!


    • 5.

      Basics 3. Color Your Pirate!


    • 6.

      Basics 4. The Selection Tool!


    • 7.

      Basics 5. Export Your Pirate!


    • 8.

      Project 1. Blob Monsters!


    • 9.

      Quick Tip. Export a Time-lapse!


    • 10.

      Project 2. Dragon Photo!


    • 11.

      Project 3. Animated GIF!


    • 12.

      The Emotional Conclusion.


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About This Class

PROCREATE DRAWING PARTY is the most fun way ever to learn how to use Procreate to create digital illustrations on your Ipad. Join New York Times Bestselling Illustrator Mike Lowery as we learn the basics and how to use it as Procreate as your daily drawing tool. 

This class is great for anybody who is just starting out with PROCREATE, but it's also a great fit if you've been looking for fun projects to do on your iPad. You might even add some of your finished drawings to you Illustration portfolio!

We are going to draw a PIRATE together! We are going to draw some DRAGONS over a photo of a castle! We are going to hear a sea shanty about Mike's love of Procreate (maybe). 

Here's a tiny taste of what you'll learn in this class:

  • Procreate basics (and more advanced stuff, too!)
  • Lots of shortcuts!
  • How to use procreate as your DAILY drawing tool!
  • How to create a quick animation!
  • How to export your masterpiece to Instagram!

Isn't that enough?! No!? What else do you need?! C'mon, quit stalling! Let's get started.

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Mike Lowery

Illustrator and Author

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Mike Lowery is an author, New York Times bestselling illustrator, public speaker, and an avid sketchbook-er.

He's been keeping one every day for more than TWENTY years, and he's on a mission to get you to keep one, too.

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1. Introduction.: Hello. I'm author and illustrator and avid sketchbookkeeper, Mike Lowery. I really want you to take this class with me. I downloaded Procreate a few years ago when it first came out as a thing to play around with because the iPad became more powerful, the Apple Pencil became more powerful and the program became more powerful. I started using it every single day. I started using Procreate as my primary tool for creating illustration. Over the years, I've used Procreate to work on greeting cards, packaging design, illustration for magazines like Highlights and Reader's Digest, and I've also used it for my biggest projects, which is complete picture books for kids. What that means is that I have done every stage in Procreate from really rough sketches with Procreate pencil to tighter ink lines and then finish colors in Procreate. Sometimes the only time it ever even goes to my computer at all is when I export it at the very end. I decided to make this class to show you how to do digital illustration all in Procreate. This class is for absolutely anybody at all skill levels. If you've never opened Procreate before, this is a great way to learn because we're going to go over the basics. But while we're going over the basics, we're going to be actually drawing stuff. If you have already been using Procreate, this is also a good class for you because I'm going to give you some projects that you can do to help get better at drawing, to get better at Procreate, that's the goal. In addition to showing you how to draw and sketch and doodle, and basically have a good time in Procreate, I'm also going to show you some really basic animation, a short animation that's great for social media or posting on your portfolio. I'm also going to show you how to export time-lapse drawing. I'm going to show you a lot of different fun things that we can do all in Procreate. You can watch it all on your phone or on the laptop. You can post your progress if you want to, or you can follow along, or you can watch me draw, it'll be totally up to you. You should probably find a good party hat to wear while you're watching these classes, or maybe it's time to get that fancy shirt out of storage and maybe clean it because it's been in storage, so probably smells a little dusty or wherever. 2. Welcome and Tools.: Welcome to the Procreate Drawing Party. Digital illustration on an iPad, it is the most fun, the easiest, the most exciting. Some would say the funnest, but that's not a real word, so I would say it, way of learning Procreate. Let me tell you that this class is not going to just be a bunch of boring, here's this tool, here's that tool, this class is going to be geared towards right from the very beginning, we're going to be working on a drawing. Let me tell you how it's setup. The first section is all one project. We're going to draw a pirate together and we're going to start with penciling it, and then we're going to ink it. We're going to add color and export it. But while you're drawing this pirate, your secretly going to be learning the basics of Procreate. In the second section, I give you three projects that once you know the basics, you can do these projects when you can't think of something to draw. Even if you feel pretty comfortable with Procreate, follow that first lesson. It's not that long, you can do it and you're going to draw a pirate. We have a good time. There's a couple of jokes in the middle. Then once you finish that, then move on to the three projects. Then it's up to you, you can post your projects as you complete them or when you're done, or just pick your favorite one and you can post it. But let's get started. Before we even open Procreate, I want to show you a couple of things in my Procreate setup, my iPad setup, so that if there's some of these things that you'd like to utilize as well, you can. First off, I have the iPad in front of me. You have to use that for this class. Apple pencil, you have to use it. Those are pretty obvious. Let me show you these other things. I also really recommend a good case. This might seem like a no-brainer, but I think I've seen a lot of people just carrying the iPad around. If you get into the habit like I have of using Procreate as your daily drawing tool, you're going to be carrying this around, you're going to be traveling with it. I bought a good case, and a lot of cases, they don't make room for the Apple pencil to actually charge inside of the case. If you've had an iPad for a little while and you've lost your pencil or it keeps falling off or whatever, now's a good time to get a case that has a little section in it. This was not an expensive case. I can link to where I bought that. Another thing that you might consider is, if you think drawing on the iPad is a little too slippery and you don't like that glossy surface of the iPad, to get something that's a film that would go over top of the iPad. Now I'm showing you this one, it's not necessarily my favorite. I'm going to link to a few of them. If you want a grittier texture. Feels a little bit more like paper. The downside to putting the screen on it, this film over your screening, the downside is that if you're also using your iPad to watch movies and as something other than just for drawing, it can make the screen look a little weird. Right when you put it on, I will tell you that this texture of this film is a little weird. It's kind of gritty but after a little while of using it, it starts to feel a little bit better. The last thing that I want to show you is this little pencil grip. Again, I will link to all of this stuff. For whatever reason, I learned to write and draw in a different way where I hold my pencil a little bit atypical. I got this little grip, it slides right over your Apple pencil, and then it's just a little bit easier to hold. Those are a few things that I like to use in my setup. If there's something else that you'd like to use, I hope that you'll make a comment about it. But that's that, it's real easy. These are all straightforward. You don't need any of this stuff, any of these extra things. You just need Procreate and the Apple pencil, an iPad you get started. Let's jump right into the Procreate Drawing Party. Let's go. 3. Basics 1. Sketch A Pirate!: [MUSIC] Let's jump right in. Let's go and tap on "Procreate." What you're going to see is if it's the first time you've ever opened Procreate, you're going to see some sample projects that Procreate has put in there. I don't have those in here anymore. I took those out. But for now, let's go and open our very first Canvas and we're going to do that by on the top right-hand corner, there's a plus sign, tap on that and the New canvas dialog comes up. Now, there's some standard sizes in here, like 8.5 by 11, if you're in the States, and some other options. But what I'm going to do here is I'm going to create a new canvas by tapping that little icon in the top right-hand corner. This is the Custom Canvas dialogue and in it, you're going to see some standard measurements, millimeters, centimeters, inches, and pixels. I'm going to choose inches only because I was raised in the States and I'm just more familiar with it. I'm going to make mine 10 inches wide, eight inches tall here. Let's go and tap on "Create." We've got our very first canvas in Procreate. I'm going to show you a quick shortcut here. To zoom in and out, you're going to pinch and squeeze your fingers like this. That's pretty self-explanatory. But one thing that you might not recognize right away or you might not pick up on your own is if you've been drawing and it's off to the side, something that you can do to fix it is just do a real quick pinch and it will resize that file to fit your entire screen. Now, I don't want to just go through a bunch of random tools with you. I want to actually get in and start doing some drawing, so let's pencil something. We're going to draw something together. If you tap on this brush icon at the top, you're going to see this brush library window, and off to the left are your brush sets. I have some that you don't have, but I'm going to show you how to load some of those later. But for right now, I'm going to pick something that I know that you do have, which is sketching. Now, if you tap on "Sketching" here with your pencil, you're going to see some brushes that really look like more traditional pencils. Try and just grab a couple of those. Let's see here, we can zoom in and see what they look like. Play around with some of those. You can use the side of the brush here to do some shading. If you've drawn something that you don't like, you can tap on this eraser at the top and erase it like this. Just like you did with your brushes when you tapped and you were able to choose different brushes, you can do the same thing with the eraser. You can pick a different type of eraser to use. You can play around with that. Also, if you've done something and you're not really happy with it, here's another shortcut, you can take two fingers and tap. This is a really good one to get in the habit of doing. Two-finger tap to undo something. If you've undone something and you want to redo it, you can do a three-finger tap. That one's a little harder to remember, this is a three-finger tap. Two fingers to undo, three fingers to redo what you just undid. If you want to clear an entire layer really quickly, take three fingers like this and you just scrub it like that and it goes away. Let's see. Go back to your pencils. Play around with your pencil a little bit, try some shading. There's one here that's called a Procreate pencil, which I guess maybe that's their favorite one, I don't know why they called it that. It's not my favorite one. I really like this 6B pencil a lot. While you're playing around with it, also notice over on the left there's this little slider bar here and what that does is the top one is the size of the brush. On these pencils, it doesn't change its size, you can see it there. Then the lower slider is the opacity. I had it all the way down, you couldn't see it at all. If you want to play around with that, you can see if you can make it look a little bit more like a traditional pencil. If this starts getting in your way, maybe you're left-handed, you can actually lift this up here and slide it up and down to where it gets out of your way. Now, once you find a pencil that you really like, let's clean this, I want you to go ahead and pencil something. I took a little Instagram survey and I asked what I should draw, and overwhelmingly, it was a pirate, so I am going to pencil out a pirate. [MUSIC] Use the shortcuts that you've learned. Two fingers undo, three fingers to redo and to draw. You do not have to draw a pirate. Do pirates have heels on their boots? I'm not sure. I'm just going to draw heels on the boots of this pirate. I'm just starting off with some rough shapes here from my pirate. There's the frilly shirts sticking out from under the jacket. [MUSIC] Can't forget the hat. Maybe you're not drawing a pirate. Maybe you are drawing a unicorn in space. This is a Procreate party, which means you are supposed to be having fun with it. Maybe you don't want to draw a pirate. Maybe you want to draw a sausage on a skateboard. Maybe you want to draw a werewolf that plays basketball and it's a teenager, so wolf teen that plays basketball. I am going to wrap mine up here. Let me give it some pockets. These are my roughs. This is a really rough sketch for a pirate that I'm going to now move on over to the next step. 4. Basics 2. Ink A Pirate! : [MUSIC] Before we start inking this drawing, what I'm going to do is I'm going to show you this layer menu here. If you could come over here to the little layer icon, tap on that and you're going to see that you have some options here to do layers. Now, mine is set up to have a background color and we've been drawing on a new layer without even knowing it, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to tap this plus symbol here. We have a new layer now and this is the layer where we're going to ink this pirate or space unicorn or whatever you're drawing. But before we do that, I think that this line art is a little heavy and I want to take that down so that it's a little bit easier to ink. What I'm going to do is I'm going to lower the opacity on this layer 1. Tap layer 1 and you'll see here there's a little N right here. Tap on that N and at the very top of this dialog, you've got the opacity options. You can drag that all the way down and it disappears. But I'm going to make mine this one at about 27, 30 percent. It doesn't have to be exact, just make it where it's light enough. You'll also notice down here that there are some blending modes. I'm going to show you some of that stuff later. But this first lesson is all about just the basics because I just want you to start drawing right away. I don't want you to get overwhelmed with all of the stuff that Procreate's able to do. I just want you to start drawing. Let's go ahead and drop this opacity down, go back to our layers here, make sure that you're on layer 2 or it's not going to work. So layer 2, and then we're going to go back over to our brushes and we're going to go to the set that's called inking. [NOISE] Now, as it suggests, the inking brush set is full of two different types of tools that you can use to ink with. There are brushes at the top and there are some pins down at the bottom. Just play around with these and see if there's some that you really like. Maybe they get on your nerves. Maybe some of them you really like. Some of them look really traditional, some of them are out of control. The pins down at the bottom, there's one called technical pen. It's a much finer line. Maybe that's something that works perfectly for something that you want to ink with. I'm going to erase. Play around with that for a few minutes and when you're ready, you can go ahead and move along with me to the next step. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to show you how to customize a brush to where it fits a little bit better for you and I could have just jumped right in. We could have grabbed one of these. But I want to show you this. Take a look at this syrup brush. This syrup brush is nice, but it has this variable line weight. It's out of control. If you end up pressing it too hard, it's going to make these really thick lines. I'm going to go in and adjust that brush. The way that I do that is tap the brush and then you want to slide it to the left and you'll see that it says duplicate. Go ahead and duplicate it. The reason that we're duplicating it before we do anything is that I don't want to mess up some of these preset brushes that have settings that I might want later. I'm just going to mess around with one that I've created. This brush studio is so powerful. I'm only going to show you two things right now. I'm going to show you this stroke path at the very top. This one's really useful and there are a couple of options here for the stroke path. The first is spacing. Procreate brushes are made up of a tiny little sampled image and for this one it's this little dot, and if it's spaced out, you can see that it makes a dotted line, but if you drop down that spacing, it just looks like a straight solid line. The next thing is streamline. What streamline does is if that's turned all the way off, you'll see if I come over here and draw something and it's a little wiggly, it can be really, really shaky. If I turn streamline weight up and try to make it really wiggly line like that, do you see that it's straightening out that line? What it's doing is it's averaging your lines so that it's not as shaky, and so it might be helpful if your line is getting a little too wobbly to turn that up a little bit, or if it's smoothing out things too much to turn that down. For this one, I'm going to leave it pretty low. I'm going to put it about nine, 10 percent. The next option here is jitter. Now, what jitter does is, if you slide it all the way to the right, you can see it's spreading out that sampled image so that they're really far apart from each other and all the way down there right up close, right next to each other. Now, if you add a little bit of jitter, you can see here [NOISE] it's going to start breaking up that line a little bit and you get a little bit of a rough texture. I like that a little bit, but not way too much. I'm going to turn that down. One more thing that I'm going to show you in this Brush Studio is the Apple Pencil. This is really important and that is your pressure sensitivity section here. The brush that I'm using right now is set up to where this pressure sensitivity really can change the width of this brush and I don't want that. I want to turn that way down. I'm going to change mine a little bit. I like a little bit of varied line weight, but I don't like it to go from really, really thin to really, really thick. I'm going to turn that down and then I'm going to tap "Done." Then we're going to go over here and we're going to start inking our drawing. Shortcut alert. Wow. This is your first shortcut with your brush. Take a look at this. If I make a squiggly line like this and then don't pick up my pen and just hold it down, look at what it does, it creates a straight line. It's pretty good. That can be really helpful. It also works with ovals and not only that, but if you're making an oval and you want it to be a perfect circle, you hold it down like this and then tap your finger over here and it changes it to a perfect circle. This also happens to work with rectangles. Look at that sloppy rectangle, but check out this one. Look at that. That's pretty nice. This can be really useful. Look at this, if I'm making this hat, and I want to make the bottom line here straight. Now, what I want you to do is to ink your drawing. [MUSIC] Practice, making some straight lines. Practice some of the other steps that we've done, changing the size of our brush. If you start working on yours and you really do not like the brush, first of all don't worry about it. This is just a little sample drawing that we're doing to learn a program. Maybe go easy on yourself. This isn't going to be your portfolio piece that you submit the dream works. Maybe this is just something we can do to have fun and play around. But if you don't like the pen that you're using, it's just fine. Just erase it and go try some other brushes. You've plenty of time. You can pause this video. You can really take your time with it. Can't forget this eye patch here. If you want to see how you're doing so far, you could turn off that pencil layer and take a look at it and keep inking it. What did you decide to draw? Are you drawing a pirate like I'm? Does your pirate have a jacket, has pockets on it? Maybe you're drawing a slimy space slug. Maybe you're drawing pizza that is doing ballet. Maybe you're very creative. I don't know. I don't know what a pizza doing. Would the pizza have legs? I don't know. Maybe we'll draw that next. Don't forget some heels on your boots. Now we've inked our pirate and it's time to move on to coloring. 5. Basics 3. Color Your Pirate!: [MUSIC] What we're going to do is we're going to go back over to our "Layers" menu here and we're going to turn off that "Pencil" layer, and we're going to create a new layer, and this is going to be where we drop the color. Now, I like to color on a separate layer, I could color directly onto this drawing of this pirate, but you have a lot less control over that later, so I'm going to add a new layer under that, and the way that I did that is I'm just taking this layer, I'm picking it up and moving it down. To pick some color, we're going to go over here to this little circle on the top right-hand corner, we're going to tap on that, and you're going to have a couple of different ways that you can select color. The first here is this color disk, this is a disk that you can use, you can move this around until you find exactly the color that you want or you tap on "Classic" here, you can move some sliders down at the bottom until you find a color that you really like, you can move it around. There's the Harmony function, which is nice, there's a large circle and a small circle, the large circle will be your primary color, and then it's going to give you a complimentary color to that color, which is pretty nice. There's value which if you have to go with really specific numbers and percentages of colors, you can use that, and then there's also a Palette. Now, I have some Palettes that are set up from projects that I've worked on in the past. For this one, let's go and create a new Palette by tapping the "Plus" symbol, which I think this is the thing that we've done basically for everything, Plus symbol in the top right-hand corner create new palette. You can name that Palette if you want, but once you have a color selected, you see I have a color selected up here, if you tap in here, it'll save that color. You can go through and change your color, go back to your palettes, you can also save that color. Take a few minutes now, play around with some colors, try the Disk option, try the Classic option, and then let's make a small palette to use for coloring this pirate. I'm going to use the same brush that I've been using, and I'm going to show you how I'm going to fill this in with these large shapes. [MUSIC] Create an outline around the edge of the section that you want to fill in. Warning, which you're about to see is one of the most amazing and most impressive things about Procreate. You should be sitting down, if you're not sitting down, maybe you've been walking around carrying your iPad around, doing your drawing, it's time to sit down because what you're about to see, so amazing that you might faint. Here we go, if I want to fill in this whole section, there's a really easy way to do it, I could just go in and do this, but I don't want to do that. What I'm going to do is I'm going to make sure that I've got a filled shape, I have a filled shape here, and it's actually two shapes, you'll see that in a second, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to drag the color from here over into this and look at what happens. Did you just gasp out loud the way that I did the first time I saw that, if not, you might need to check your pulse because that is one of my favorite things about Procreate, and it really helps you fill in an image really quickly, and it's something that I really liked to use. Another thing that you can do to color this in if you've got a lot of solid shapes like this, closed shapes where the line is closed, you can take a look at this, go over to your layers, tap on your "Layers", go to your Ink layer, and if you tap on that "Layer" twice, you select it and then tap ones, you end up taping it twice. You'll see that this little pop-up menu comes up, we can rename the Layer or select the "Layer", move things around, you can also make that a reference layer. Take a look at this, this is really cool, I don't want to keep saying awesome, but it is, I think it's amazing. If you have a Reference layer, then if you go to any layer beneath it and fill something in on that layer, it will stick to that shape, and that is this really nice way of getting these exact shapes, and you can do things really quickly, but still have the color on other layers. I'm going to change the eye patch. Now, I will say that this gets really weird later if you go to fill in a shape that you've drawn like this, for example, let's see I'm not on that Reference layer, even if this is a solid shape here, it's going to think that I'm trying to use that Reference layer for filling. Remember to turn it off when you've done some of the heavy lifting of your coloring. Go through it now, finish yours up, take some time to color yours with some solid flat shapes. I'm going to turn my Reference layer off because I don't want to forget about it later and keep rolling through here. [MUSIC] Then once you've got it colored the way that you like it, we're going to add a little bit of shadow, there's a couple of different ways of doing that. The first way that I'm going to show you is we're going to go back to our pencils that are under the Sketching Brush Library set here, and grab a pencil, and I can change the color that I'm using to black or gray. Then we could just go over, not overdoing it, just thinks it looks really dark right now, but what I'm going to do after that is just go and tap on my "Layers" again, tap on this end, and I can change that Opacity down a little bit, so there's just a little bit of shadow. Now if you want to change that Opacity, here's another shortcut, you can tap with two fingers on that "Layer," and then you'll see this blue line comes across the top, and then you just drag your finger to the left and the right. Now that might seem like I'm never going to remember that, but I think after you do it a few times, you get the hang of it and it really doesn't make it go just a tiny bit faster. Let's review here our layers, we've got our pencils, which we inked underneath the Ink we had our color, we turned off that pencil and we added some shading. You can use an Eyedropper tool and there's a really quick way of doing it, which is just to hold your finger down, not your pencil, but the hold your finger down on a color and it will automatically change to that color. That's a nice little end of the lesson shortcut that you can use when you're coloring stuff. 6. Basics 4. The Selection Tool!: [MUSIC] The Selection tool. That doesn't sound as glamorous as the penciling or inking sections, but it's equally important. To show you the Selection tool I have to show you a couple of other tools first. In the top left-hand corner, you're going to see this little wrench icon, that wrench is your actions palette, your Actions menu, I mean. You have a couple of different options here. The first one is to add. I'm just going to go through some of these really quickly. This section here shows that you can insert a file. We're going to do that later. I'm going to show you how to draw over top of a photo. Then the Canvas function here, tap on that and then let's come back over to our document. You'll see I've got a lot of extra space here. If I go over to Canvas and I tap, "Crop and Resize", try this and it's going to give you some options here and you can actually move that document around. If you'll see it in real time, what's happening is while you move it, because I'm making this document larger and smaller, it's showing how many layers are available to work with. When you get it about where you want it, say done. This is looking pretty good. Let's go back to that Actions menu. There's share, which I'm going to show you at the very end. Video, which we're going to have a whole lesson on because I'm going to show you how to export a time-lapse and your preferences and some other stuff. Next to that is an Adjustments menu. We're not going to be using those a lot here, but I'll show you one which is your halftone. If you have your color, selected your layer with your color on it, and you go over here and click on "Halftone", you can halftone the whole layer. If you drag your pencil, you can see here that it adds this halftone looking stuff to where it looks like an old newspaper. Then we're going to go back up here. We're going to select this squiggly looking line, and that is what we can use to select stuff. To select, there's a couple of different ways you can do it. You have automatic. What that does is if you have automatic selected, you can just click on something and everything that is that color will be selected. Then if I tap on this arrow here, move it around, I can move that whole thing. I'm going to undo that. Or if you take that Selection tool and click "Freehand", you can highlight a certain area that you want to move, then tap on that arrow and then move it around. [NOISE] Undo that and deselect. Another thing that you can do, which is interesting, is let's say I created these colors, but maybe I want to experiment with a little bit more. You can drag this layer to the left and duplicate it and now you have two, you can play around with the color on this one, mess with it and then if you hate it, come back to the original version. Or look at this, if you want to select a piece of something using that freehand selection option, there's this weird shortcut, but I use it a lot so at least try it, where you take three fingers and like a claw just sort down on the screen and this window pops up for copy and paste. You can cut and copy, you know how to do those things, duplicate something. But look at this one, it's called cut and paste. What it does is if you tap that, it automatically takes the thing that you have selected off of the layer that you were looking at and puts it on a layer by itself. You can also, if you tap this arrow, it'll select everything on that layer and it'll create this bounding box that you can use to move stuff around, you can rotate stuff. You see I'm rotating with this top little circle handlebar thing here. [NOISE] I'm going to undo all that because now it is time for the thing that you've been waiting for. Make sure all your layers are turned on. [MUSIC] Make sure you can see your whole drawing because now what we're going to do, export the file. 7. Basics 5. Export Your Pirate!: [MUSIC] Export the file. You've been working on this time on this drawing that you really like, and now it's time to save it to your phone or share it with somebody, and this is how you do it. What we're going to do is we're going to go back over to this wrench, tap on "Share" here, and you're going to see some different ways that you can send this file out. Now you can, of course, save it as a Procreate file. That makes sense. But you can also send it out as a JPEG or a TIFF. One really interesting thing, one really smart thing that Procreate did is they also make the option to make it a PSD file. That's a Photoshop file, and for you who have been wanting to put Procreate into your workflow, you can send it out as a PSD file, which means that Photoshop will open it with all of the layers and you can edit it in Photoshop if you need to use it for something else. But for mine, I'm just going to save it as a JPEG, and this window pops up and it gives me some options, you can name the file. You can either AirDrop it directly to your phone or email it to yourself. I don't know why Google Maps is in here. I've never explored sending something from Procreate to Google Maps. But for this one, just email it to yourself, test that out, and see if you can get that to work. Now you've got this file ready to go in your email. That's all for this bit. It's time to move on to the next step. Play around with these things that you've learned today. If you want to do a totally different drawing like this one, you can do it. But I'm getting ready to show you another project that will help you to learn Procreate even more, and honestly this is fun, so I think you're going to like it. 8. Project 1. Blob Monsters!: [MUSIC] You've got the basics of Procreate down. Now you're ready to draw. You don't know what to draw. Here's a really great way of getting started in using Procreate as your daily sketching tool. Go in and let's create a new Canvas here. I'm going to make mine 12 by 16, actually going to rotate it, so it's 16 by 12. But you can make it whatever size you want. It doesn't really matter for this project. What we're going to do is we're going to just start drawing some stuff that helps loosen our brain up a little bit, just gets us drawing. This is something you don't even have to think about. Grab a light color, can be whatever color you want just make sure it's not too dark. Then grab a brush that's not too sketchy looking. I'm going to grab a pen that I made here in the past. But you can grab any of the ink brushes that you want to grab. What we're going to do is if you've ever taken a drawing class with me, this is something I always do because this is such an easy way to warm up in your sketchbook if you're not really sure if something to do. This is something that I really like to do. I make these little blobs. Now remember, I'm making a filled shape here. Then making sure that it's closed. Then I'm just dragging the color over. These are our blob monsters. I'm going to just give myself some shapes to draw over top of here in a second. We want this to be a lighter color because we're going to draw over top of it in the end. I'm going to do some rectangles for this last one. Now, we'll come over here, and we'll create a new layer, and we'll make our brush a little darker. I'm going to grab blacks, so you can see it really well. Now what we're going to do, we're going to turn these blobs into something. Now it could be a monster, it could be bugs, let's do a bug for this one. Now this might not necessarily be a portfolio piece for you in the end, but it's something that you can do in a sketchbook in Procreate to get drawing to give you something to draw. Maybe it turns into some character that you want to use later for something else. Because this one, this is a duck, but it has some serious past that we've got to figure out in the course of the story. Here's those duck feet. Why does he look so serious? Well, maybe because today is his birthday. He gets nervous about opening presents in front of others. One time I was working on a book and I couldn't think of who to draw for the villain of the story. I was doing this exercise and I came up with this funny-looking slug guy. At the time, I didn't know I would use it for a book, and then at some point, I made him angry and I thought, "Oh man, what if it was this evil space slug? " He became a main character for one of the stories that I worked on. It was a book about an attack of a slimy space slug. Here's the slime trail that comes out of it. There's the little control panel. Maybe yours are real simple, but maybe you start making it a little bit more complicated. Now, all of the tutorials that I'm going to do I'm showing you how to draw in this really playful cartoony way. But all of these things can be applied to your style. My goal is to not get you to draw like me. In fact, I don't think you should draw like me. I think that you should use this as a starting place and really find the way that you like to draw. Draw the kind of eyes that you like to draw, the characters that you'd like to draw. Sometimes it takes a lot of work to figure out something that looks like it's yours. But when you do it, when you find something it feels real good. I don't know what this guy is, weird. This one looks like a ghost. I'm going to make this one look at those. I'm going to turn this into hooded jacket here with pockets. Then who is wearing this jacket? But this is creepy looking thing. The legs would be coming out like this. These are the boots. Some more boots and legs. Maybe this one is holding a scythe. Do you think the grim reaper ever makes a joke? Then he's like scythe. Fill this in black here. [NOISE] Then for this last one, I knew that I was going to make this one a robot. Let's make this one a robot. You could also make it like someone getting a third-place trophy over here. I'm not going to draw that. A robot, there's a light bulb here on the top. This robot hasn't started using the node eco-friendly bulbs yet, which I'm not super happy with. Maybe he's not happy about it either. This is a happy robot. Look at this. This robot has freckles for some reason, programmed to have freckles. Then watch this. I'm going to draw some perspective here. This also has a little control panel on it. [MUSIC] Then we can't forget the robot boots [MUSIC] and robot legs. [MUSIC] This is just a little warm-up project that you can do. But you can see that it gives you a chance to make up some characters, it's playful. I hope that you'll do this one too. Now it's your turn. Draw your blob monsters. Then when you're done with those, you can post them, or when you are ready to move on to the next project you can go onto the next project. [MUSIC] 9. Quick Tip. Export a Time-lapse!: This is going to be a very fast lesson, but I wanted to show you how to do this. I'm going to show you how to make a time-lapse replay. The way that you do that is, you go up here to your wrench, you tap on video. Under video, there's only three options here. There's the time-lapse replay, there's the time-lapse recording, and then export the time-lapse video. Now, exporting a time-lapse video, this is a great way if you've done a lot of drawing and you want to show somebody how you made it from the very beginning to the finished inks, some colored image or whatever. This is a great way to do it. Let's start by looking at the time-lapse replay. Now this one is not that great for posting because it's a weird format, but I wanted to show it to you because it had a lot of stages to it. This was a hidden image thing that I did for highlights a little while back, and I liked it because I had to work in all these little animals and characters. I started with rough pencils and you can see how much I move stuff around. This is a fun thing to show. While you're watching and you get bored with your own work, you can come up here to the top and not with the pencil, but with your finger, you can just slide it over, and you can see this is almost real-time and how quickly I drew this thing. That's not true. I'm going to hit Done here and then we're going to export it. Go back up to your wrench, export the time-lapse video, let's tap on that. Let's do 30 seconds. Then like everything else, it gives you these options on where you would like to export it to and that's it. You can save it to your photos and then post it to Instagram. But for this class, just go ahead and post it in the project section so we can take a look at what you did. 10. Project 2. Dragon Photo!: Another really fun thing to do with Procreate, if you can't think of something to draw, is to draw over top of an existing photo. For this one, we're going to use a photo that I took in Ireland, and you can use your own photo. You can use the one that I'm giving you. We're going to go to photo. It should be in your photos now. Tap on that. Bring it up now. This is a photo that I took in Ireland, of a castle, I guess. I don't know. I mean I'm sure you're going to correct me in the comments or whatever, but I think it's called Kylemore Abbey, which is short for Kylemore Abigail. That's a joke. What we're going to do is we're going to add some stuff to this. I thought that this is really good photo and so a really good photo for drawing over top of. Here's what I'm going to do, I'm going to add dragons to mine. What do you want to add to yours? I'm going to add some dragons to mine. What I'm going to do on mine here is I'm going to first drop down the opacity of this photo. I'm going to do that with the shortcut where I'm going to tap with two fingers and then drag the opacity down. The other way to do it as a reminder, you can tap on this end and then you can drop the opacity down. I want to be able to see it, so I'm going to drop it down to about 50 percent, maybe a little bit higher. Then what we're going to do is we're going to grab one of our sketching brushes here. You can pick whichever one you like. I like this 6B pencil, so I'm going to use that for mine. Make sure that you're on a new layer and you should be able to see that pencil pretty good. Play around with the size of your brush until it's a good fill. Now, I'm going to sketch out a dragon who's over top of this castle, a friendly-looking dragon. Here it goes. Maybe I'll add another one over here. Once you have this sketch done that you like, now what we're going to do is I'm going to drop the opacity down of that castle even more so I can see that line art a little bit better and then I'm going to drop down the opacity of the line art. We'll create a new layer. I'm going to go back over to my brushes that look a little bit more like inking. Yours might be under inking. Maybe you've got a brush here that you really like. Play around with it until you find the brush that you really like. I'm going to use one of my brushes here that it doesn't change that much. Here we go. Now I have the black outline. I can turn off that pencil. You'll take a look here. You can see if I bring that opacity back, you can't even see it at all. I'm going to have to now color a little bit. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to use my same brush here, create a new layer, and start filling in some solid color here on my dragon and sea serpent. Now what I'm doing here is I'm going to go around these edges as carefully as I can and then we're going to come in and clean up some of that line later. I'm making my brush a lot smaller here when I get closer to those areas of the photo. Now let's color this sea serpent. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to add a little bit of color to their bellies and to do that, I'm going to lock the pixels on that layer. As a reminder of the shortcut for that two fingers, slide it to the right and it locks all the transparent pixels, which means I can't draw anywhere that there's not already something. I'm over here and now I can draw. It makes sense. I'm going to grab a lighter color, so I'm going to lighten that color up. I'm going to add a little bit of a lighter belly here. Go back here and grab the screen and you'll see. Watch this, I can add some lines. It's like reptilian tummy. Now I'm going to do that to this guy too. Let's take a look. We've got these two and I'm going to go ahead and crop the Canvas now because it's getting a little big. I'm going to go and take this Canvas, crop, and resize. I'm going to cut it down to more of the area that we've been looking at. Now we can bring up the opacity of that back layer. Take a look at it. It's getting there, but they're not really standing out just yet as much as I would want them to. It's getting close, but there's a couple of things that we can do. I'm going to leave the opacity up now of that back photo. Actually, I might just go and drop that down just a tiny bit and see how that looks in general. Just drop it down a tiny bit, just makes the characters pop a little bit. Now I'm going to go in, I'm going to add a little bit of shadow to our dragon and sea serpent. To do that, I'm going to go back over here, create a new layer, grab a brush, that's a sketchy brush. Let's do something from sketching. Let's grab a pencil brush here. You've got your 6B pencil or whichever one you want to use. I'm going to add some shadow. I'm going to grab black and then go in. Then we're going to act like maybe the castle here is leaving a little bit of shadow here on this dragon. It's a little dark. I'm going to go over here and drop the opacity down on that layer and we'll start getting a little bit of shadow to help it look like a really Dudley dragon is behind this castle. Now, I don't even know if it is a castle. Is an Abbey a castle? I'm not sure. Let me know. I'm going to give this dragon some scales here too. Then the dragon is obviously casting a little bit of a shadow here on the castle. They're pretty big, so they would cast a shadow. Let me go here and put some shadow up under this tail. It's getting there. It's starting to look a little bit more like this dragon is really there. Then cut this out a little bit. Add some more scales. Some shadow here on this tail spikes. Now let's do the same thing for our sea monster here. To recap, we sketched out our dragon and our sea serpent and we made sure that we colored them in a way where there was a little bit of the castles still showing. It looked like they were behind the castle. Interacting with your photo a little bit , we added color, we added a little bit of shading here now to where it's even more interactive and now let's try one more thing. What I'm going to do for this one is I'm going to try and make it a little bit more interactive by, I'm going to duplicate my layer that has the sea serpent on it and the color for the sea serpent. I'm going to show you what I'm going to do with that layer. I've got the color, and now I'm going to duplicate the line. Duplicate. I'm going to put these together. Now to rearrange your layers, I'm just going to drag this down, put this together and now watch this. I'm just going to pinch them to where they're into one layer. Here's why I'm doing that. Now what I can do is I'm going to go through, and I'm going to try and add a little bit of reflection here to our sea serpent. Now I've duplicated, I have two sets of that sea serpent. I have one, or all of the layers are kept separate and then I have one where the layers are all together. There's one where it's just these together. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to delete the dragon. I'm going to erase the dragon with a big brush. You can do it a couple of different ways. You could select around it and erase it that way, but I'm just going to select it. Now again, I still haven't saved on these other layers so I'm not getting rid of that dragon. Folks, if you're nervous about this dragon, he will come back. I promise. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to hide these against. We can see it. I'm going to take this sea serpent layer, I'm going to take my selection tool right here. Click on that "Selection Tool", and I'm going to flip it vertically and then turn the opacity down on that layer a little bit. Turn back on the other layers that have the actual serpent on it here. Then I'm going to move this down so that it's below the serpent here. Then I'm going to grab a big sketchy eraser. Just find a big sketchy eraser, turn the opacity down on the eraser, and just start erasing until it starts to look like a reflection. Now it's your turn, maybe you're going to draw over top of my photo or you can draw over top of one of your photos. Find something in a way where the drawing that you may be interacting with the photo and draw yours now, and then let's move on to the next project. 11. Project 3. Animated GIF!: [MUSIC] This type of project number 3 we're going to animate something. Let's create a new canvas. Let's make this one square format. I'm going to make mine 10 by 10 just so that you can see it a little better. I don't know, whatever, it's just I'm just making it 10 by 10 and make it whatever size you want to make it. This is all about you. You do your thing anyway. Here we go. I'm going to show you the very basic aspects of animation first, and then we're going to draw something together that's maybe a little bit more fun. Go up and tap on here on this actions wrench here, and you'll see a couple of different options. Let's go back to our canvas selection here and down here you'll see Animation Assist. Let's go and turn on Animation Assist. You'll see this little dialogue that popped up down here at the bottom under your actions to Animation Assist and then the dialogue down here. Now let me show you how this basically works. What I'm going to do here is, I'm just grab a pencil here, I'm going to draw something and show you the way that animation assist works. I'm going to add a frame. You can keep adding frames and you'll see that what it does is it lowers the opacity of the layer in front of it. What it's doing here down while you're making all these frames, you're actually making new layers. You can manipulate these the way you would a layer normally, but let's stick down here for just a second. Add a frame, add a frame, I'm just going to make this one go off the frame. Now if I hit play, I can watch that go all the way across. It's just basically turning on a layer and then turning off a layer or turning on the next layer and so forth. But this animation assist makes it really easy to make a really basic fun playful animation. So let's try something else. So try do that yourself. Let me pause this. If you need to pause this to try that, try it on your own. But what I'm going to do here is I'm going to pinch all of these frames together to delete them. What I'm going to do now is I'm going to try something a little different. I'm going to do something that's rotating around this circle. Now for this animation, I want that circle to stay in every single frame. The way that I do that is I'm going to tap on this individual frame. You see it as frame options here I'm going to turn on background. Now every frame that I make this will be in the background of it. Let's add a frame and I'm going to start by drawing this little circle that is orbiting this big circle. For the last frame, I'm going to have it going back under it, the way that I did at the beginning. Now when I play it, look at this, get a little solar system here. We can pause that. We can go to our background frame. We can make this smiling moon. Maybe it's got some craters in it. You could add some color to it if you wanted to. Then play. Our moon has it's own moon. That's our first animation. Now, while it's rotating, let me show you something else. You can go to your settings here and you can change if that's looping. Right now we've got a looping, so it keeps playing a loop. You can make it ping-pong where it goes back and forth. Then you can also do one shot where if somebody sees this, it does it one time and then it doesn't do it anymore. Let's go back to loop. You can see this a little bit better too. You can hit play and then while that's playing, you can also change the frames per second. The smaller the number here, the slower it's going to be, the more frames per second, the faster it goes. It's hard to watch. Let's go and turn that off. I'm going to take these frames per second down. Also, what you'll see here is right now when I'm on my very last frame, I can see every single frame that I've made. This is called onion skinning. Onion skinning is when you make a new frame and the frame before it gets a little bit more transparent. If you want to change that, you can go to your settings. Then do you see here where there is this onion skin frames, you can change it all the way down to maybe even just one where you just see, look at this, I'm going to go through it and you only see the frame before and after. [MUSIC] Let's do something together. I'm going to create a new document. It needs to be square format so that it's something that you can share on social media later. For this one, I'm going to grab my pencil here, go back over into sketching and grab that six B pencil. I'm going to draw a coffee mug. Now, you don't have to draw a coffee mug. You could just follow along. I'm just trying to show you the basics here. But I'm going to draw a coffee mug for mine. The reason I'm doing this is because one thing that I really like to use Procreate animate is let's draw some coffee here. I really liked to draw small sketches and then give them a little bit of that wiggle effect to it. Procreate is a really good way of doing that. You could do it for type, you could do it for a little drawing that you've done. You could have a lot more animation going on, but this just shows you how to do it. Now we're going to go through it the same way that we've done every other step, but I'm going to show you, you can follow along with me, turn on animation assist. I'm not going to have a background for this one just yet. I'm going to add a frame here. I'm going to go back to my settings, I'm going to turn that onion skin frames, turn that down to about, let's say two. I don't want it to get overwhelming and then start drawing. With my smoke here you can see I'm trying to draw a little bit over where I was and a little bit up from down here. That's going to make it look like this little steam cloud thing rising a little bit. Do the same thing up here. The rest of it really just stays the same. When we go to animate that, it's just going to make it look a little wobbly. It's a really great way of making animated GIFs. Maybe you're drawing a frog. Now with this, I want to try and get as close as I can. Maybe you're drawing a frog, maybe you're drawing a turtle, maybe you're drawing some pizza with steam coming off of it, maybe you're drawing a mouse eating a pizza. I'm going to add a little bit of shadow on this, add frame and then we keep going. Now I'm going to speed this up a little bit so you can see the process. But before I do, I'm just going to tell you what I'm doing. I'm tracing over. I'm trying to keep the coffee mug as close to the original drawing as possible. I'm drawing coffee here. That's as close as possible to the original one. Maybe it's moving a little bit, but obviously all these little sketchy lines are going to change. Then I'm trying to change the animation here to where it looks like the smoke is coming rising up from the coffee mug. Here we go. [MUSIC] Drawn a couple of layers here, a couple of frames. Let's take a look at it. Let's see how it looks. I'm going to hit play. You'll see I can have found a spot right about here where I wanted the smoke to stop going. It could go off the screen if you wanted to. There's some that I added shading to. Now if you've gone through, while I was drawing, I was thinking about adding shading to some of these, but I didn't necessarily get it on all of them. If you want to go to your layers or go to the different frames that you can add more shading as you go through. You see I can go through and add a little bit more. Play around with that for just a minute and then I'm going to show you how to export it. You can pause this video and then I'll show you how to export that. [MUSIC] Let's go and export it. I'm going to crop my canvas a little bit here. Go down here to my canvas size crop and resize, tap on that. We're going to drag this bounding box to where it fits our canvas a little bit better. Now we're going to tap on that wrench again and go over here to the Share option. You can share it as an animated GIF. That's what we're going to do. An MP4 if you want to sit this out to iMovie or something like that, but we'll do GIFs for this one. Like this. We've got ourselves an animated GIF. You can even change it here in this dialog, you can make it go slower or faster to see what it would look like. I'm going to hit Export. Export your Animated GIF, and then post it and we can all take a look at it. You can start with coffee and then for the next one, do something on your own. It could be somebody waving. It could be a boat going across the ocean and a shark comes out. Make something simple or complicated, post it. Let's take a look at it. Now check out the next video for the conclusion. 12. The Emotional Conclusion.: Now the emotional conclusion of Procreate drawing party. Just like that, like all good things usually do, this class has come to an end. I hope that you had a good time at the drawing party here in Procreate. I hope that you picked up some tips and tricks, some skills on how to use Procreate better and that you're more comfortable with it. But more importantly, I hope that you've figured out ways with those projects of incorporating Procreate into your daily drawing routine. Now, if you've been following along, and you've done some other projects, I hope that you'll post them in the project section so we can see what you've been working on. If there's other aspects of Procreate that you'd like to see, be sure to leave a comment. If you've been wanting to keep a daily traditional sketchbook, I'd like to recommend my other class, Always Drawing. It's a two-part class. It begins with just starting a sketchbook, which kind of materials I like to use. Then it moves on into keeping a sketchbook every single day. There's a 30-day challenge where you have to keep a sketchbook for 30 days so that you get into the habit of keeping a sketchbook. I think that is something that can easily translate over into using with Procreate. But for now, that's it for the class. I had a great time. I hope that you had a good time too. I want to see your projects. I'm Mike Lowery, this was the drawing party here in Procreate and I got to get back to this drawing. I'll see you next time [MUSIC]