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Procreate Sketchbook Fun - 10 Days of Butterflies, Bugs and Beasties

teacher avatar Nic Squirrell, Artist and illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Setting Up


    • 3.

      Insect Sketches


    • 4.

      Bug Mandala


    • 5.

      Liquid Moths


    • 6.

      Stag Beetle Engraving


    • 7.

      Glitchy Butterfly


    • 8.

      Psychedelic Snail


    • 9.

      Fuzzy Bumble Bee


    • 10.

      Doodle Bugs


    • 11.

      Experimental Butterflies


    • 12.

      Praying Mantis


    • 13.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

In this class we will be making a digital sketchbook in Procreate on the theme of butterflies, bugs and beasties. Eek!

It’s a great way to relax, have fun and explore different ways of using Procreate with ten daily bite sized projects to inspire and enjoy.

We will be taking a close look at bugs and at the same time we will be trying out plenty of Procreate features.

Keeping a daily sketchbook has so many benefits, whether you create art for a living, or just for fun.

Sketchbook experiments help you to:

. Enjoy trying out new things without pressure

. Discover new ways of working

. Find design inspiration for future projects

. Relax and concentrate on being in moment - it’s a great way to wind down at the end of a stressful day

. Give your creativity a workout

. Generate ideas which can take you in a new direction

We will be using the same theme and colour palette throughout the class, which means you can jump straight in to each project without having to make those decisions every time.  No procrastinating allowed!

I’ll be sharing plenty of Procreate tips with you too, and give you ideas on how to take your sketches further.

This is the second of my Procreate sketchbook classes, so if you haven’t already done so, take a look at my bird themed class:

Develop a Daily Sketchbook Habit: 10 Days of Birds in Procreate

Nice reviews really help me and are always welcome!

Do feel free to share your work on social media with the hashtag #nicsquirrellskillshare. I do share some of them in my Instagram Stories.

Follow me here on Skillshare to be kept up to date with my new classes and discussions.

Anyway, enough of that, let’s get drawing!


This class is suitable for all levels, but if you’re new to Procreate you might like to take my introductory class first:

iPad Art: Create a Monster - An Introduction to Procreate

More about making Gifs in Procreate:

iPad Art: Make Fun GIFs in Procreate


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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. In this class, we'll be making a digital sketchbook in Procreate on the theme of butterflies, bugs, and beasties. It's a great way to relax, have fun, and explore different ways of using Procreate with 10 daily bite-sized projects to inspire and enjoy. We'll be taking a close look at bugs and at the same time we'll be trying out plenty of Procreate's features. Keeping a daily sketchbook has so many benefits, whether you create art for a living or just for fun. Sketchbook experiments help you to enjoy trying out new things without any pressure, discover new ways of working, fine design inspiration. Relax and concentrate on being in the moment. It's a great way to [inaudible]. Give your creativity workout, and generate ideas which can take you off in a whole new direction. We'll be using the same theme and color palette throughout the class, which means you can jump straight into each project without having to make those decisions every time, so no procrastinating. I'll be sharing plenty of procreate tips with you too and give you ideas on how to take your sketches further. Anyway, enough of that. Let's get started. 2. Setting Up: [MUSIC] We'll start by setting up our sketchbook. I'm going to make a new canvas by tapping on the plus on the top right of the screen. Then tap the little icon at the top right to make a custom canvas. I'm choosing pixels and I'll make mine 5,000 pixels square. I also look at 300 DPI. This tells me I'm going to have 17 layers, which is plenty. This varies depending on your iPad model. Choose any size you like but make sure you have plenty of layers to play with. Now I'm ready, I'm going to tap on "Create". I'm going to go back into the gallery. On that new canvas, I'm going to swipe towards the left and tap "Duplicate". On the top right, I'll tap "Select", tap on both the new canvases and tap "Stack". This is going to group them together. Tap the top-right cross to de-select, then tap on the "Stack". This is now our sketchbook. We're going to need 10 pages for this class. I'm just going to swipe across and duplicate until I have 10 of them. Of course, you can add more at anytime. Tap on the word "Stack" to go back to the gallery. You can rename your stack by tapping on the name. Now to sort out a color palette, there are lots of different ways of creating color palettes, and I've got into a lot more detail in my other classes. You can use any method you like but for this class, I'm going to keep it simple and stick with one of the standard palettes, which comes with Procreate. I'm using the Ascend palette, but the only thing that is lacking is some pale colors. I'm going to choose one of the pinks and then go to the classic color picker and select the circle over towards the left for a lighter version. I'll just take it up a bit too until it looks right and then I'll tap on an empty square in the palate. I think that's a bit too light, so I'll move it a bit and pop the new one into my palette. Then if I tap and hold on the first color chip, I can delete that swatch. I'm going to do the same with the blue. Now my palette has a mix of dark, mid-tones, and pale colors, so that's perfect. You can detach the palette to keep it open and you can move it around the screen to a suitable position. Now we're ready to get going. [MUSIC] 3. Insect Sketches: [MUSIC] In this exercise, we're going to get more familiar and up close and personal with bugs. There are all sorts of types of bugs and beasties, such as spiders, which by the way, I'm not very keen on so I won't be drawing, centipedes, worms, snails and more. I'm going to start delving in specifically at insects and give you a very simplified bit of insect anatomy just to get a sense of what bits go where. Quick disclaimer, I'm not a biologist. Insects are all very different, but they do share some basic anatomy. They have a head with compound eyes, and also some very simple eyes, pair of antenna, some some weird buggy mouth parts. They have this main part of the body, which is called the thorax, and at the back is the abdomen. All the main bits are attached to the thorax, which has three sections. If the bug has one or two pairs of wings, they're attached to the second and third section. The six legs all come out in the thorax too, one pair in each bit. I'm going to really simplify the legs into three main most obvious sections although there are really five or six, including the bits where they attached to the thorax. The abdomen is divided into varying number of sections and there are a pair of breathing holes in each. Hopefully, this will make it easier to interpret what you're looking at. With other kinds of bugs and beasties, I encourage you to do a bit of research to better understand the structures. Now we need to use and copyright-free reference pictures to sketch from and draw lots and lots of different bugs. Always work from nature and not from other artist's Illustrations. Pick a simple pen or pencil to draw with. I'm going to use the procreate pencil, draw a variety of different bugs in different positions and draw lots of them. The more you draw, the better you'll get and the easy you will find it. Add more layers when you need to. Remember that these sketches don't need to be beautiful. They're really just working diagrams and that's to help you get familiar with your subject. Don't try to draw them in a particular style. That can come later. You can draw any bugs you like, but if you want to follow along with all the bugs I'm using in this class, you will need butterflies, moths, beetles, stag beetle, snails, praying mantis, and bumblebees. While you're drawing, think about the main shapes. Is the body rounded or pointy?All the obvious segments. Are there any bits poking out to the back-end, or the eyes big or small compared to the head? Or shape and length of the antenna. Or shape of the wings, if it has any. How many legs are there? Are they short or long? Are they chunky and spindly? Are they hairy or spiky or smooth? What patterns and colors can you see? Either make written notes by the sketch or you can use a bit of color to refer back to. This is useful even if your final art used completely different colors. When you're done, please post your sketches in the project section of the class. Don't forget to like and leave encouraging comments on other people's projects. It's really fast and fun to work through the class together. [MUSIC] 4. Bug Mandala: [MUSIC] We are going to use the Procreate symmetry feature to draw a Bug Mandala. Let's set that up by tapping on the spanner or wrench for the Actions menu. Then Canvas, then switch on the Drawing Guide, and then tap "Edit Drawing Guide". Tap on "Symmetry" to the right, and then Options, then choose Radial. As an alternative, you could try rotational symmetry which will rotate whatever you draw instead of reflecting it. I will have Assisted Drawing on and I'll tap "Done" at the top-right making sure not to accidentally tap on the thin color strip beneath it. I've done this so many times and it makes the drawing guides white so you can't see them on a white canvas. I need some time with brush and of course, you can use any brush for this. I'm in the calligraphy section and I'm using the monoline brush because I want to make it even smoother. So I'll make a copy to change by sliding the brush towards the left and tapping "Duplicate". Tap the new brush to go into the editor, and on the left, choose Stabilization. At the moment, it has the streamline on. Think I'll just take that up a little bit more to about 75 percent. Stabilization setting is on zero at the moment. If I take it all the way up, it's quite odd, a bit like dragging a road behind you. A little bit is nice for a really smooth drawing experience. So I'll try around 10 percent. You can clear the drawing pad with a three fingers scrub. I'll stick with that and I'll tap "Done" at the top right to exit the editor. I have a few versions of this brush. I'll disconnect the palettes and pop it to one side. Where you draw is going to make a difference. If I draw every one of the horizontal or vertical line sections, it repeats on all four of them. The same thing happens with the diagonals too. If I draw in-between the lines, I'm going to end up with eight versions. A three-finger scrub to clear the canvas so that we can get going. Start with his body, and then I'll drop in the color to fill it. Add a head. Add some stag beetle antler things, some buggy eyes, and then some legs. That's drawing my main bugs and then I'll come back and decorate them later. It's a bit weird drawing on the line of reflection, but it does get easier after a short while. [MUSIC] Let's fill in the gaps. If you draw a rough oval and then leave your pencil down at the end, Procreate will snap it into a perfect ellipse. At the top in the middle, the edit shape comes up. You can tap on it to adjust the shape, the size, and the position. Once you tap on another tool, for example, the color chip, your shape is committed and it can't be edited like that anymore. It's up to you whether you want to use this or whether you want to just work freehand. Now I'm just going to go in and fill in any holes with more little bugs. Remember to zoom out regularly to check the balance and how the colors are working together. [MUSIC] Now I've got all my bugs drawn, I'm going to decorate them. I'll just add another layer, tap on the layer and turn on Drawing Assist so that it still uses symmetry. Tap on the layer again and switch on Clipping Mask, which means that whatever I draw will only show where there are pixels on the layer below. So if I scribble here, it only shows on top of the bugs. If I take the Clipping Mask off, you can see what I really drew. I use this all the time. It's so handy. Now I'm going to decorate my bugs and you can use lines, stripes, dots, shapes, flowers, leaves, anything you like for this. It's quite meditative and relaxing, isn't it? [MUSIC] I think I'm done. These have the advantage of not being perfect tile. I couldn't resist doing another one with some flowers scattered in-between. You can take this further by using different brushes and different bugs. A line drawing with white lines on a dark background would be great. Please post your Bug Mandala in the project section of the class. [MUSIC] 5. Liquid Moths: [MUSIC] In this exercise, we are going to make liquid moths. Obviously we're not actually going to liquidize moth so that would be nasty. We're going to use the liquify tools, which is much less messy and more fun. To start with, I'm going to go into the spanner wrench settings, I'm going to go to Canvas. I'm going to toggle the Drawing Guide to on. Let me just choose edit drawing guide. Tap on Symmetry. As we saw in the last exercise, there are other options, but we're going to just stick to vertical for this. Tap down on the right to exit. Now, I'm going to slightly modify a brush to use. In the calligraphy section, I really like the brush pen, but it varies the opacity of the stroke depending on how hard you press. For this, I really want it to be fully opaque. So I'm going to make a copy of the original brush to play with by swiping towards the left and choosing Duplicate. You can see there's little procreate swish mark on the brush preview to indicate it's not the original procreate brush. Tap on it to go into the brush editor. You can see the variation really well here. If I draw with my finger, it remains a uniform size and opacity. So this tells me that it's the Apple pencil settings that I need to change. I'm happy with the size variation and the opacity variation is already on none. So all I need to do is take the flow down to zero, which in this case is in the middle. Perfect. I still have the size variation, but the stroke is fully opaque. Just to be organized, I'm going to rename this brush by going into About this brush. I'm going to use nic mode to remind myself it's the one that has been modified by me. Then I'll tap Done to exit and save. Time to draw them off. I'm going to start with his body. Just drawing on the central line. This pen is so lovely and smooth. Let's give him some cute antenna. That will do for now. I might come back and decorate his body later. To add a new layer, I'll tap on the layer and choose Drawing Assist. We need to remember to do this on each new layer if we want it. Draw a wing shape, making sure that the ends meet up and fill it with color. Add another layer and switch on the drawing assist. In a different color, draw the lower wings and fill them. Drag that layer between the other two. To access the liquefy tools, tap on the adjustments one and tap on Liquify. There are so many options here. I'm going to start with the push brush. I don't want it too big, around 30 percent is fine. I've got the pressure on Macs and I'm going to have the distortion on and on. I can use this to push the pixels around as if it's thick liquid paint. So I'm going to give these wings the scalloped edge. You can use the adjust slider to turn it down a bit. You can also use the reconstruct brush to be more precise and to put back particular areas. You can use the reset to get rid of what you've done here. Of course, there's always the two finger tap to undo and a three-finger redo. Once you exit from the liquefying mode, your changes are committed. Tap any of the tools in the top bar to exit and let's use the liquefy tool to decorate his wings. I'll start with the top rings. I'll add a new layer with the drawing assist toggled on. I'm drawing some stripes and I'll tap on the layer and turn on the clipping mask so that stripe certainly show where there's paint on the layer below. Let's go back into liquify. Now I can use the push brush like before to distort these stripes. Now let's try with the distortion turn light up. That's much more disruptive and organic. This time let's try the crystals. This has quite a subtle effect, which you can see best if I zoom right in. The other thing I can try here is to have the distortion to max for a chunkier look, it reminds me of when you blow on ink with the straw. It's easy to affect your existing marks, but you can choose the reconstructs on a really small size to put them back. Now I'm going to add in a bit more detail. I'm going to go over that with the crystals. [MUSIC] Let's move on to the lower wings. I'm going to do the same again by making a new layer above them, attending on the drawing assist and clipping mask. Uninstall lots of stripes so we can try small things. Twirl right and let's make it bigger. I does what it says and twirl left, does the opposite. It's interesting, but I'm going not to do that right now. Pinch sucks in the surrounding pixels. [MUSIC] Expand pushes the pixels away from it. I'm going to go over that with the crystals to get a bit rough of finish, a bit more detail. I'll finish by adding some detail to his body with a new layer. I'm not going to use the drawing assist this time because I think that the free hand will work better on this small area. I will make it a clipping mask there popping a few stripes. Then in the liquify, I'll use the push brush. I hope you enjoyed that bit. Please post your beautiful moths in the project section. [MUSIC] 6. Stag Beetle Engraving: [MUSIC] In this exercise, we're going to make an inked bug in an engraved style. Traditional etchings and engravings use lots of line work with parallel lines and crosshatching for contouring and shading. It's very effective, and it's fun to try. We'll keep it simple, but do have a look at some etched and engraved illustrations. They can be so beautifully intricate and detailed. Look at how the shading and contouring is done to get some ideas. I'm going to try a few different strokes to make a sampler. We'll start by tweaking a couple of Procreate brushes. For the shading, I'm going to get to the Inking section. Slide the thylacine brush towards the left and tap "Duplicate". Just want to make this brush smoother by tapping on "Stabilization". I'm going to take the streamline up to about 40 percent. You can either use the slider or you can tap where it says "None" and type in 40. I'll do the same with the stabilization. This is going to take the wobbliness out of our strokes, so I'm just going to nip into the about this brush and rename it so that I know I've modified it and how. Let's do the same thing with the monoline brush in the Calligraphy section. It's already got lots of streamline, so I'm going to take this stabilization up to 40. I'll rename that one as well. Let's play with the size, and when I'm happy with it, I'll tap on the plus to pop a little marker in. You can make up to four markers per brush, and when you change the size, it'll snap to your chosen size if you're close to it. If you hold down your stroke at the end, you can edit it. If it's almost straight, it's not properly straight. If it's curved, it'll smooth out your curve and give you the option to alter it. Try some different shading options to see what looks good. If you tap and hold the eraser, it will erase with your selected brush so you can knock back your shading. It's great for adding highlights. If you want to get the same effect but less destructively, you can work on a new layer and use the brush in white. You can then use the same brush to raise and soften those highlights. A couple more brushes I like for this are the sticks in the drawing section. It's much messier and inkier and would be good as an eraser. For more responsive line work, I really like the Baskerville brush in the Inking section. It's got lovely tapered ends and really helps give that engraved look. I love it for contour lines and control shading. Do spend a moment experimenting and getting a feel for what looks right. We're ready to go. Choose any bug you like for this project, but it should look fairly realistic. I going to bring in my sketch with a stag beetle to work on top of. This part of a larger page of bugs, I just zoomed in and took a screenshot, which I then cropped and sent to my camera roll. In the Spanner Actions menu under Add, choose, "Insert a photo", and drag out the corners to resize. You can freehand. But I'm going to save a little bit of time by using symmetry. In the Actions menu and the Canvas, which on the drawing guide. Choose "Edit Drawing Guide", tap on "Symmetry". I want to turn vertical and top down. I need to move him a bit using the adjustments arrows so that he sits on that middle line, tap the arrow again to deselect, add new layer to draw on, tap on the layer and tap "Assisted" to switch on the symmetry. Choose one side of your bug to draw over, and I'm going to use the smooth monoline in black for the outline. You can draw on whichever side you prefer, and you can change over where it suits you. Typhus and legs. Now I'll either delete or hide the sketch layer, whichever you prefer. On a new layer, I'm going to add some inky texture. I'm going to try out a few different types of shading. If I was making finished art, I would be more consistent, but the idea of a sketchbook is to try things out. I'm using the Thylacine to draw in a wobbly line. I'll press and hold and tap "Edit Shape" to move it into place. I'll be erasing the extra bits in a minute. You could use masks or selections to constrain these strokes. But I want to keep it simple. I'm using the Baskerville to raise the unwanted bits. The harder you press on this brush, the thicker the stroke. I'm going to put each bit of shading on its own layer so I can erase it easily. I think I'll do the same thing, but in the other direction and slightly curving the lines to follow the contours. Bit more erasing. For his head, I think I'll use small random crosshatching. Switching off the layer below makes erasing easier to see. I'm adding a new layer at the top for the highlights. I'm using the Thylacine in white. I need to imagine that the light is coming in from the top-left above my bug. I'm adding some strokes, where light would be the brightest. You can soften the highlights a bit with the eraser if you want. Just keep going back and forth until you're happy. I need to put another layer in, beneath that one for some shading in the darker parts. Still using the Thylacine, I'm adding some cross strokes. Then erasing with the Baskerville as before. I'm going to use the Thylacine to erase this middle bit. Because I still want to leave a bit of shadow from the thorax onto the wing cases. The head's really easy to shape by just making the crosshatching denser. Just need to clean that up. Let's move on and on, another layer will do his antlers. I'm just going to pop down to the outline layer and add a couple of lines in the Baskerville brush. Back to the top layer, and I'm going to turn on the assist. Using the Thylacine brush, I'm following the curve and I'm holding my pen down at the end of the stroke to adjust that curve by moving the blue dots. Tap on the brush to commit, a bit more erasing here. Now I'll switch off the drawing assist to do the shading. I'm going to duplicate the layer and switch off the lower one, so if it doesn't go well, we can get back to this point. I'm going to use the Baskerville as an eraser, to bite into these lines and create highlights. I'm following the contours, and I'm going to erase a highlight along these edges and add a bit more hatching. I'm not using white here, because it would go over the outline. But you could if you prefer, and just pull the outline layer to the top of the stack. There are always a lot of ways to do the same thing. Now I'm using the black with the Baskerville to add some hatching lines to the shadows on the other side. I need to do the left side, in a similar way, but remember in a direction of the light [MUSIC]. It's enough the leg details. I'll just add some contour shading and aline here. Then back to the Thylacine for the upper legs. Baskerville lines for the mid bits, last shading contour lines. I'm leaving some unfilled bits from these little solid lower legs, and I'm using the Baskerville as an eraser to add some stippled texture. Just a few more details to finish off. You can take this further by adding shadow underneath, for a more 3D look. You could try adding a watercolor wash to the back to make it look like a color plate in an old book illustration, that would be fun. Please put your finished bug into the project section. [MUSIC] 7. Glitchy Butterfly: [MUSIC] This exercise combines observational drawing with a fun procreate feature to add interest. We're going to make a multi-colored texture first which will end up giving color to the lines in a bug line drawing. Starting with the hard brush from the airbrushing section but any big brush will do. Make sure to use bright and dark colors, not too pale so that it will show up well against the white canvas and make sure you cover the entire page. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece and mine definitely isn't. Now let's go to the adjustments at the top and choose glitch. Just drag your pencil or your finger from left to right to add a glitchy effect. I don't want this one but I'll have it play and see what it'll be like. I'm going to use the wave. I've taken mine all the way across to 100 percent for a nice wavy look. You can play with the amplitude and the frequency until you like what you see. Then tap on the brush to exit. Now I'm going to add a new layer and drag it beneath the glitch layer. Then tap back on the glitch later, select it, tap again and choose clipping mask. It's vanished because there's nothing on my new layer which it's clipped to. Since I draw with any brush or any color, the glitch layer will show above these pixels. I'm going to use my favorite monoline brush in the calligraphy section. I'm going to make life easier and turn the symmetry on by going to the settings, canvas, drawing guide, edit drawing guide, and choose symmetry. Its automatically picked vertical symmetry but if not it's in the options at the bottom here. Tap Done when you're ready. Use a dark color to draw with. I'm drawing straight from a reference photo which I took of a poor sad butterfly pinned in a display case. It's a bit wonky so I'll quickly fix that. You can see what's going on when I'm zoomed in with the glitchy layer showing. It's not easy to see here but I'll be filling in more of the butterfly and it'll show up better with more solid parts. I'm going to drop in some color here. I'm going to clean up the really messy bits as I go by tapping and holding on the eraser to use the same brush to erase. Look closely at your butterfly or bug. You don't have to follow it absolutely but it will guide you for the pattern. Now I've got the main structure done, it's just a case of filling in the details. [MUSIC] I'm going to drop in the color to fill. Then I can tap to continue filling with re-color at the top and just move the cross hairs to the bits I want to fill. Now I can just tap to fill the other bits in. [MUSIC] Let's sulties the body. Butterfly has a cool pattern on his back and he is done. You can explore further by playing with the different glitch effects or you could try using light colors for the black or dark background layer. Please add your glitchy back to the projects. [MUSIC] 8. Psychedelic Snail: [MUSIC] This one is just a bit of fun. We're going to make a color changing snail GIF or GIF. I'm using a smaller canvas than this one as it's really simple. I find 1,920 pixels square works really well for GIF animations. I'll tap "Create" when I'm done. To draw the snail, I'm using the darkest color in my palette. In inking brushes, I'm using the ink bleed. It's not important, just use whatever brush you like. Draw the outline of your snail or any other bug if you prefer. I want to move him to the middle, so I'll tap the "Transform" arrow and drag him over a bit. Tap again to de-select. I need to fill him with color. Time to start turning him into a GIF. The spanner or wrench settings in the Canvas section, toggle on the Animation Assist. Bar appears along the bottom. There's a little thumbnail square of our snail. Whichever frame you're working on has the blue line under it. If I tap on the frame thumbnail there's options pop up. Tap "Duplicate". I'll make five copies to keep it simple. Now I've got five frames which are all exactly the same. You can scroll through them in the thumbnail view. Tap on the first frame and then let's add some detail. I'm going to use the pale pink to draw some texture on his body. Then I'll use a dark pink to draw some stripes on his shell following the spiral shape. By redrawing these bits for each frame, we're going to get a fun dynamic look. That's the first frame done. The next one, we're going to change the color of the snail by tapping on the "Adjustments" wand and choosing Hue, Saturation, Brightness. Move the hue slider along until he changes color. Tap on the wand again to exit. I'll use a different color to draw in his stripes. The same pale pink for the shiny texture on his bod. I like to have some bits changing color and some bits staying the same, a bit like the lines too. Now if you scroll back through the thumbnails, you can see how this is working. I'll repeat the process on the other three layers by using the adjustments. One to pick hue saturation and brightness, and changing the hue, then adding its texture in the same pale pink and stripes in another color. When you're done, press play on the left of the animation. See how it looks. Whoa, that's a bit fast. I'll tap the settings and slow it down by having less frames per second. Because of the way we change the color using the hue option, it will also slightly shift the background color too. To avoid this, I'm going to turn off the background layer before I export by going into the Layers and tapping what's there by the lowest background color layer to switch it off. Go to the Main Menu settings. In the Share section, choose "Animated GIF" to preview it and export. Here's our psychedelic snail GIPHY. If you choose Web Ready here, you'll get a smaller file. Tap on "Export" when you're ready. Please upload your GIF to the Project section by going into the Project workspace, add image and choose your GIF. If it's too big and it won't load, just post a still image instead. You can take this further by adding movement from one frame to the next. Or maybe roll his eyes or move his eyes stalks or his mouth. There are so many things you can do with simple animations and I do have a whole class about this. See you in the next exercise. [MUSIC] 9. Fuzzy Bumble Bee: [MUSIC] I found a great fuzzy brush, that inspired this exercise. Thought it would be fun to draw a bumblebee with it. I'm going to start by mapping out where might be will go. Any brush will do for this, as it's a sketch layer which I'm going to turn off later. Using the monoline, and it will hold to make an ellipse and another for the abdomen, which I'll just add it's a bit in the legs and the wings. They have some little wings too. That's the sketch layer done. I'm going to make it paler, by tapping the end on the layer and sliding the opacity to roughly 50 percent. Alternatively, you could just sketch in a lighter color, add a fresh layer to work on. I'll start with the eyes and I'm using the monoline brush. If you're following along, put the eyes on a separate layer from the legs. I didn't when I made the videos, so I had to fix it later. For his legs, I want a more painterly look. So I'm using the [inaudible] brush in the drawing section because it has such a lovely texture. This bee is going to be quite loosely painted so I'm not being too precious. As far as the color palette goes, one doesn't have any bee colors. So I'm going with paste and using just black and yellow, you can stick to your color palette if you prefer a more interesting bee. I'll add in a new layer for his body, and the brush I'm going to use is in the organic section and it's called salt grass. It looks like this, is obviously meant to be grass, but it's just fabulously fuzzy for our bee is got a lovely dimensional quality. So starting with the black, I'll draw in the V-shape, and then with an orange yellow, the yellow bits. Don't worry about the eyes for now. Adding the stripes wherever you want them. Mine has a little yellow bot. Now I'm going to get the eyes from the layer below. I'll tap and hold on the layer visibility box to isolate that layer. Then tap on the s shape selection tool at the top and use free hands to draw around the eyes. I could have put them on a separate layer to start with, but never mind. Hopefully you took my advice and you can just drag the eye layer. I'm going to swipe down with three fingers and then tap, Cut and Paste to put the selection on a new layer, which I'll drive to the top. I'll make the other layers visible. I'm going back to the leg layer and I'm going to draw in his feelers using the monoline brush. I'm going to add a layer on top of the body for the wings. I'm using the monoline pen to draw in one side. I'll just zoom in and clean that up a bit. I'll Just switch off the sketch layer now as we don't need it. Then I'll tap on the background color and change it to a light color for my palette, this pale blue so that the wings will show up better. The wings to be translucent. So tap on the wing layer. Tap again and switch on reference. This means I can add a new layer directly above it and fill that area with white. To tap on the end of the layer and take the opacity down to about halfway. I'll tap again on that layer and tap Merge Down. To use the monoline pen to decorate the wings, I'm not going to use a clipping mask or the alpha lock because either way my black pen will look more transparent on top of the transparent white of the wings. So I'm just going to draw old-style freehand into the wings. You can make them realistic or you can fill them with patterns or flowers or anything you like. It's baseline very loosely on reality. [MUSIC]. So when you're happy with the wings, slide the winglet to the left and duplicate it. Tap on the adjustments arrow to select all the contents of the layer and then tap on Flip Horizontal. Make sure the snapping is on, which is on the lower left. Then slide the wiggles over to the other side. Tap on the last pallet to de-select and then pinch the tubing layers together two minutes. I'm just going to add a dose of white tweaks for a bit of shine. [inaudible] never work with animals. I'm just going to use the [inaudible] gloss brush as an eraser just to slim him down a bit and take a little off his behind. Please add your fuzzy bee to the project section of the class. [MUSIC]. 10. Doodle Bugs: [MUSIC] In this exercise, we're going to make some simple bugs shapes and then decorate them with doodles. I'm using the smooth out monoline brush in the calligraphy section and a darker color for my palette. I'll start with a rough oval shape. Then I hold my pen down at the end so the procreate snaps it into a perfect ellipse. I'll tap on edit shape at the top and straighten it up. I want it roughly in the middle and big enough so that I'll be able to fit six of them on my Canvas while having plenty of room to decorate them later. I'll fill it with color. That's happened. Hold on the eraser to get the same brush to erase. I'll section of his head. You can hold at the end of the eraser stroke as well to adjust it in the same way as you can with a brush. I'll add in some buggy eyes and I'll separate the wind cases. If you hold at the end of a line, it's snapped straight. You can put a finger on the canvas at the same time to make it a perfect vertical line. Going back to the monoline brush, I'm going to give him some fillers and then some simple legs. Now I'll tap on the adjustments arrow. I've got the snapping on, which is great for lining things up. I'm going to move my bug until he snaps to the mid line. Time to make more bugs. I'll go into the layers, slide the bug layer to the left and duplicate it. Go back into the adjustments tool and tap on flip vertical. Then move this one over. Snapping makes it really easy. Now I'll duplicate this one and do the same again, the adjustment arrow, and just move them across until it looks right. When all three look like they're in the right place. I'll go to the layers and I'll merge them together by pinching them. Now I'll duplicate that layer and tap on the adjustments arrow and drag the bugs down and then flip vertical. I'll merge those two layers as well, either by pinching them together or tapping the top one and choosing merge down. Now we're left with a single layer with six bugs on, and everything in purple is on this layer. Now I'll add a new layer. And although if I draw in white, it won't show over the background. I might want to use these bugs later on a t-shirt or something, so I'm going to tap on the layer and make it a clipping mask to confine my doodles to the bugs. I'm going to draw it in white. You can use any color or color combinations. Either use the monoline brush or change things up a bit and use something else. This one is separate from the inking section, which is a lovely flowing pressure sensitive brush. Don't normally use that kind of brush for this exercise so it's more of a challenge which is more enjoyable. We're just going to relax and doodle in these bugs. It's meditative, it's relaxing, just enjoy being in the moment and see where your pen takes you. Try not to use your go to doodles and patterns. We all have our favorites. I would normally use lots of loops and scallop, so I'm not going to do that here. I'm not using symmetry. I'm just going to go for a more organic look. You can still erase on this layer if it goes a bit wrong. Try some more geometric shapes. You can try some different marks. Make it as fancy and detailed or as simple as you like. Try using the form of the beetle or to section bits off. Just play and just enjoy yourself. Might look a bit rough and ready, but I've enjoyed making something less controlled and tight than usual. It isn't really important to get out of your artistic comfort zone. [MUSIC] I'm going to make another version by turning off the visibility of the one I've just done, add a layer and making it a clipping mask again. This time I'll use the monoline pen. I'm going to speed this up for you. You can add multiple layers using different brushes, colors, and combinations of blocks. [MUSIC] When you're done, please add your doodle bugs to the project section of the class. [MUSIC] 11. Experimental Butterflies: [MUSIC] I really love playing with all the procreate brushes, and this exercise is a fun way to try out lots of new brushes and see what you can do with them and how they work together. Start with the last layer, which you can use to make notes of which brushes you use as you go along. Some Some be too big to work easily with, so pick an easy-to-find pen or pencil for this. Having your notes on one layer means you can hide it if you want to, but still be able to refer to it later too. Will make another layer and use an opaque pen. I'm using, of course, the monoline pen and the calligraphy section to draw some butterfly wing shapes in a light color. Keep them simple, don't worry about whether they're wonky or not, just think of it as part of their character. I'm going to drop in the color to fill the first shape. Then at the top, tap ''Continue'' filling with re-color and tap to fill all the other butterflies. This is now the base layer for our butterflies. Add a new layer and tap on the layer and choose clipping mask so that anything we paint will only show up on top of the butterflies. We're only going to use two colors for the wings, so pick one light and one much darker for a good contrast. Work your way through the procreate brushes, trying them out swapping between your two colors. Some will blend with the existing paint on the same layer and others won't. I'm not going to tell you what brushes to use because the point is to experiment. Don't think too hard about this, just play and enjoy yourself. You can add more clipping mask layers and as long as you stack them on top of each other, they will clip to the same base layer. Here's your notes lead to detail, the brushes you use as you go along. You'll find some lovely combinations and effects which you'd be able to incorporate into your future artwork. Don't forget you can change the size and opacity of your brushes as well. It's giving you even more options [MUSIC] When you're happy with the wings, add a new unclick layer at the top, and in another color added body for each butterfly. I love the freshener brush in the drawing section for this. Then use a thin pen or pencil for the antenna and you're done. Lots of lovely butterflies and some new brushes and brush combinations to use in your future paintings. Please add your butterflies with or without your brush notes to the project section of the class [MUSIC] 12. Praying Mantis: [MUSIC] For this exercise, we're going to draw a praying mantis. If you haven't sketched them yet or if you've just done one, stop the video now and draw a page full of them so that you get to know what goes where. I've been sketching a few praying mantises, or maybe it's manti, I don't know. I need an entomologist to let me know. All you see is this chap. But first I want to flip him around. I'll go to the adjustments there at the top and tap on Flip Horizontal. I'll go to the Settings, I'll choose Share, and JPEG. I'll tap on Copy. I'll come out to the gallery, tap on the Plus at the top right for a New Canvas and as my sketch is the size that I want to use, I'm going to tap on the Clipboard. That's pretty on his own Canvas. In the layers, tap on the N and take the opacity down, which I find makes it easier to draw over a sketch. I'm going to lock this layer by dragging it towards the left and tapping Lock. In this way I won't be painting on the sketch layer by mistake. I'll start on a new layer. Even know praying mantises are generally green, I'm sticking to my palette. I'm working from front-to-back except for his eyes. I'm going to use the ink bleed pen from the inking section to draw a rounded triangle for his head. Then I'll fill that. I haven't really left enough room for his antenna, so I'll just bend them a bit, artistic lessons. I'll put his eyes on a new layer. Their eyes really made me laugh. They're so big and buggy with tiny little pupils. New layers always get added above the selected layer. I'll tap on the sketch layer and add another. Make sure you close your shapes so that you can fill them, don't leave gaps. On the next layer down, I'm going to draw in the legs that are closer to me. I'm tracing it with my sketch, but you can modify as you go if you need to. These back legs are a bit weird because they're both under and over the wing case. I'm going to modify that in a minute. Next, there's the wing cover layer. You can see what I mean here about the legs. I'm just going to go back to the leg layer and erase those extra bits. Time for the main body. I need to make sure it's a closed shape to fill it. [MUSIC] Now, I'll adjust the leg at the back. Now, I'll turn off the sketch layer and Alpha Lock all the layers. This way I can only draw over the existing painted areas. Starting on his head, I'm putting a darker ring around his eyes for a bit more contrast. Because I think it makes him look cuter. I'm going to put a stripe on his nose too, which isn't realistic but I like it. I'm going to work my way down the layers and that's some textures and patterns in contrast in colors. All I'm doing here is drawing onto the existing layer each time, just keeping things simple. Experiment with some different brushes for both simple and easy collage textured effect. You can paint, you can stamp, and you can draw in some textures too. Please add your praying mantis to the project section. [MUSIC] 13. Final Thoughts: [MUSIC] I hope you had fun with these sketchbook projects. We've tried all different ways of drawing bugs and of using procreate. I hope you continue to find a few minutes every day to explore and try new things and see where your sketchbook adventure takes you. It's enjoyable, relaxing, and it can spark your imagination. I'm really excited to see your projects. I do look at all of them and if you'd like some feedback, do just ask. Please also feel free to post on Instagram with the hashtag 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 enjoyed the class, please leave me a review, especially if it's a nice one. see sketching and bye for now. [MUSIC]