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Use Blending Modes in Procreate to Draw a Starry Night

teacher avatar Iva Mikles, Illustrator | Top Teacher | Art Side of Life

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      2:00

    • 2.

      How Blending Works?

      2:45

    • 3.

      Procreate Blending Modes

      18:43

    • 4.

      References

      7:27

    • 5.

      Sketching

      12:58

    • 6.

      Import & Set Up

      6:19

    • 7.

      From Sketch to Color

      13:16

    • 8.

      Adding Depth

      6:20

    • 9.

      Adding Greenery

      11:05

    • 10.

      Adding Flowers

      13:12

    • 11.

      Stars, Moon and the Glow

      17:47

    • 12.

      Tips for Uploading Your Project

      4:24

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Discover Procreate blending modes and their effects to improve your digital illustration skills.

Using blending modes in digital art is a lot of fun. It can help you create illustrations with engaging scenes and moods, expressing your unique creative ideas.

Whether you are interested in learning to use the blending modes, practicing your composition skills, or just having fun illustrating magical moods, this class is for you.

In this class, we will create "Starry Night in a Jar," a beautiful, magical night mood illustration in Procreate. By using simple shapes, blending modes, composition tips, and sketching from references.

You will learn:

  • How blending works
  • What are the different blending modes in Procreate, and what effects do they create
  • How to use the clipping mask
  • How to import traditional sketches to Procreate and how to work with them digitally
  • A lot of composition tips to make your illustration more engaging

By the end of the class, you will have a fantastic illustration that you will love and can infuse with your unique likes and preferences.

In the resources section, you will find color palettes you can use as inspiration for your illustration.

Let's get started with expanding your horizons and drawing magical scenes!

See you in the class!

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Iva Mikles

Illustrator | Top Teacher | Art Side of Life

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I am Iva (rhymes with "viva"), and I'm a full-time illustrator, teacher, and nature enthusiast.

I love illustration in all its forms and my goal is to bring you to a world full of happiness, color, and wonder in the form of fun and helpful classes.

I'd love for you to have fun while learning, so I always aim for a fun, positive, actionable, and inspiring creative experience with all my classes.

I love when you share you had many "AHA" moments, learned valuable time-saving tips, gained confidence in your skills, and that it is much easier for you to illustrate what you imagine and you are very proud of your finished work.

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1. Introduction: Using blending modes in digital art is a lot of fun. It can help you create the illustrations with engaging scenes and mood, expressing your unique creative ideas. Hi, my name is Eva Miklos, and I'm an illustrator and designer based in Central Europe. Creating scenes with a specific mood by using blending modes helped me to work on story and concept art for Lego. Also books spreads full of details and other exciting projects. In this class, we will create a starry night in a jar, a beautiful magical night mood illustration in Procreate by using simple shapes, blending modes, composition tips, and sketching from references. I will take you step-by-step through my illustration process. So you can end up with an awesome illustration that you will love and can infuse with your own unique likes and preferences. You will get to know different blending modes and their effect. New ideas on getting the most out of Procreate app. And in the resource section, you will find color palettes that you can use as inspiration for your illustration. So whether you are interested in learning to use blending modes in Procreate, practice your composition skills, or just have fun creating and fun illustration with a magical mood. This class is for you. Before we start, don't forget to follow me here on Skillshare to get notified when I release new classes and make special announcements about the giveaways. So you get a chance to win Skillshare membership. I also invite you to follow me on Instagram where you can see my newest artworks and stories from my life as an artist. So without further ado, let's start creating magical Starry Night illustration. See you in the class. 2. How Blending Works?: Before we start working on the class project, Let's discuss the core concepts behind the blending modes. We will start with a visual preview and some quick theory of what you can imagine when we talk about blending modes in simple terms, blending mode, also known as mixing mode, is a tool in most digital painting software that you can use to achieve awesome effects and colors, e.g. it helps you to create glow and other magic. And they are different blending modes available depending on which software you use. To use blending mode, we need a minimum two main layers. The top layer, which we will call an active layer, and the layer below that called passive layer. And by using a blending mode, that active layer on top will be influencing one or all of the layers below. So now let's look at it in the app. As you can see, I have a colorful texture on this layer because I wanted you to have more fun while I'm explaining this concept. And of course, if you want, you can have only one color on this top layer instead of a texture. Now we have this other layer. We can call it a passive layer, or we can also call it an original artwork layer. To go with the project theme of our class, I illustrated these simplified cloud shapes and stars on this layer. And by the way, if you're wondering about the grade diamond shapes, they are not important in this case, I only added them to visually represent the layers that I'm talking about. So to achieve the interesting effect, when you apply the active colorful top layer to our clouds and the stars layer and use some of the blending modes, you will end up with something cool and even with little bit of unexpected colors like this. In the following lessons, you will discover how you can choose the right blending mode for your illustration and find out which one would work nicely with the color palette for the Starry Night theme of our class illustration. In addition to this, you will also learn how you can use the clipping mask to easily control the textures and apply them only to the areas where you want them to be. So let's get to the next lessons. 3. Procreate Blending Modes: Now let's play with the blending modes and the effect they create. So you can choose which ones to use for your illustration. And I will also take you through a couple of helpful Procreate features. They do work nicely with the blending modes. Now, I will open the artwork you saw in the previous lesson in a new canvas. In this new canvas, Let's open the Layers panel, which you can find here in the top right corner. This icon with two squares. If you are familiar with Procreate humans probably already know the rest of these tools in the top navigation bar. But if you don't, you will learn a little bit more about them in the class. So open the Layers panel by tapping on the icon. You will see here the top blending layer and the artwork layer. Below the blending layer. You can disregard the other layer under the first two layers for this example. Now, regarding the background layer at the bottom of our layers panel. As you probably know, you can change the color of this background layer, but you can't do much else. But what I want to mention here is that when considering blending and blending modes, the background layer, it's considered a layer to the color you have on this layer will influence the other blending options. When you play around with all of these options. Then you can also uncover and cover the layers by tapping on the checkmark on the right side of the layer. Like you can see here, the checkmark is not on because this layer is hidden right now. So I have the original artwork layer with the clouds. We will be using the blending modes to apply the texture from the layer above these clouds. Now, I will uncover the top layer by clicking on the check mark to see my colorful texture on this layer. To create this type of texture, you have a few options. You can paint traditionally using e.g. guage or watercolors or markers or whatever you like, and take a picture and import the image into Procreate. To do that, you can go to the Actions panel by tapping on the Add button and then insert a photo from your gallery. And it will become a new layer. And other option here is that you can paint it by herself using any of the texture brushes available in the app. Now, let me show you a few of my favorite brushes to create texture like this. You can go e.g. to the painting folder or Artistic folder. You have a selection of these interesting brushes with nice textures here. You can also create dry brush look with some of these brushes. If you want to add little bit of rough texture when blending the colors. So you, if you want to achieve this kind of look and texture, I would recommend either this folder in some of these brushes or this folder with selection of the brushes here. You can also download some free brushes with textures or by some premium brushes to get different textures you want to try. I actually put together a helpful article on my website listing all kinds of resources where you can find interesting Procreate brushes. And you can find the link in the resource section. Coming back to our exercise, before we get to the blending modes, I want to show you another fun layer tool which are used very often, and that is the clipping mask. I will be almost lost without the clipping mask, I use it so often. So I want the texture to appear only on these clouds here. And the clipping mask will help me to just that. Use the clipping mask. We also need at minimum two layers, same as here. Original artwork, which defines the shape and the visible boundaries. And the layer on top, which we will clip to the original artwork layer below. So tap on the thumbnail here and select clipping mask from the drop-down menu. Now the texture is visible only on the clouds. Pretty cool, right? So the shapes on the original artwork bottom layer, define the visible boundaries of the top layer, mask the rest of the texture on the top layer. To confirm that the clipping mask is active, you will see the small arrow next to the thumbnail of the layer. To deactivate the clipping mask, you can tap on the layer thumbnail again and select it from the drop-down menu. Like this, you release the clipping mask. So let's activate it again because we need it for this exercise. Now, let's play with the blending modes and the layer opacity, which will help us to modify the intensity of the Blending Mode. You will notice this letter N on the layer next to the layer name. It indicates that the layer is in a normal blending mode. To access the blending mode type on this letter N. And another drop-down menu will open for us. And you can see that we have the option to change the opacity of the layer as well. Opacity of the layer means how much of it is visible to us and how much it is transparent. Which is pretty obvious, right? So you have the maximum opacity with the slider to the right and the minimum opacity with the slider on the left. If you drag the slider to the left, the opacity of the texture on the top of these clouds and the layer will go to zero visibility. And we will not see it because it becomes invisible. And we can see the maximum opacity if we slide back to the right. And you can adjust the opacity by using the pencil or a finger to move the slider. Now, under the opacity layer, we have all the blending modes with all of these icons. For the blending mode. For now, we will keep the opacity to maximum. So we can see the options. What do we have here for our blending modes? From the previous lesson, you will remember that the blending mode is basically how the pixels and the colors on this layer interact with the layer on the original art or below. The opacity slider, together with the blending modes, allow you to blend the active top layer with the layers below by making the active layer translucent, which makes the layer below to show through. Depending on the digital painting software, the blending modes are usually categorized into groups. So let's talk about these groups and where to find them in Procreate. I will also tell you a little bit more about what each of these blending modes does. The ones which are making the artwork darker. Then we have the group of the blending modes which make the artwork lighter. And then also we have another group with different combinations of those. Above the normal blending mode, we have the blending modes, which make the artwork darker. And below the normal blending mode. We have the blending mode group, which make the art or glider. So if you slide through the blending modes, you will see the effects right away on your artwork. So you can tell which one fits the best without committing to one of them just yet. So let's fly through some of these blending options to see how the top layer with the colorful texture can blend with the colors of the Cloud on the layer below. Let's try the first one here on top of the list. As you can see, it's making everything much darker. But we can still see some of the texture from the top layer if we zoom in. Now, the panel closed down. So let me open the panel again with the blending modes so we can look through more of them. You can see if you choose this first blending option. You can see that the letter indicating the blending mode next to the layer name changed. So it's not lighter n anymore, but it's m four multiplied. You can test out the second one, which is clearly behaving differently than the multiply blending mode. It is still darkening the layer below, but it's not so intense as the multiplied blending mode. There are so many options. So at the end of this lesson, I will also tell you, which are some of my favorite blending modes that I use very often. So now back to the list. Of course you don't have to remember what each of these blending modes does. But it's good to slide through them to see if you find your favorite look. E.g. the color burn is little bit different to multiply. If you just compare these two, color burn is intensifying the colors. And if you go to Linear Burn, it's little bit different. Again, depending on the colors you use. You can see the difference mainly on this white color here, on the stars. So if your artwork has a lot of white, then this blending mode will be maybe quiet interesting for you. Then the darker color, you see it mainly working on the darker tones in my texture here. It's not influencing or intensifying the yellows here. When you compare it to normal blending mode. So it's focused on these darker tones. If we slide back to the normal blending mode, you can see these lighter shades. Now, if we slide through the normal blending mode, we can go to the group of lightening blending modes. We have the lightened blending mode, as you can see, it interacting mostly with a lighter tones of our texture. Then if we go to the screen blending mode, you can see it's interacting with more of the colors, but it's much lighter than this option here. As you can see. Then if we go to Color Dodge, it creates some very interesting play of colors here. It's interacting with different colors and exposing the lightest colors in our texture. Then if we go to add blending mode, it's quite similar to color dodge. But now it's even lighter in some of the parts of the texture interacting with the original artwork colors. If we go to the next group of the blending modes, we have the overlay here is one of the first ones. Overlay blending mode helps you to create contrast in your colors. It behaves like a screen blending mode on the lighter pixels in combination with multiply blending mode on the darker pixels. If we go to the next one, which is a soft light blending mode, it is similar to overlay. It also creating a contrast in colors, but little bit more organically, keeping some parts transparent in the shadows and highlights area. So you can slide more through these options obviously to see what works the best for your artwork. And maybe if you have other texture as well, e.g. in these Hard Light blending option, I quite like that there is still a lot of purple showing through from the base colors of the cloud. The hard light is similar to the overlay blending mode, but it creates more harsh light. So it creates this loop where the pink and yellow tones are more intense in our example. And the greens are quiet, subdued, which will fit nicely to the Starry Night theme of our project, I think. So maybe this one can be one of the blending modes we can use for our example. So we just need to remember which look like they're most when sliding through. So maybe just remember it or write it down so you don't forget. Then if you look at the other one, which is vivid Light, which is also quite nice for this artwork, but maybe too strong for my taste, because the colors might be too saturated in this case. So vivid light usually creates more harsh effects. As you can see. It's up to you. If you like this look, Then we have a linear light, which also creates harsh effects similar to vivid light. As you can see, you can notice the blue is very intense in our example, because this blending mode behaves like a combination of the linear dodge blend mode in the lighter areas of your artwork, in the linear burn mode, the darker areas of your artwork. Then we have been light, which is making the yellow into being in this artwork. This is quite an interesting look. If you want to create something unexpected and using these blending mode, it can result in removing the mid tones of your artwork completely. As you can see, I lost the rest of the texture here, which I don't want in this case. But I sometimes use these blending mode for underwater illustrations, which I think fits very nicely. Then we have a Hard Mix blending mode, which can be considered another of more extreme blending modes as it creates more contrast. This type of luke reminds me of more cartoony type of Luke in a comic book where the colors are very intense and contrasting, which might be very interesting look for you as well. Then another blending mode, which is different. As the name suggests, you can create a dear friends. Similar colors cancel each other when blended, and they are creating darker areas in your artwork. Then we have the exclusion blending mode, similar to difference. But instead of dark black areas, you get great where similar colors interact. In our example, it doesn't really influence our colors. Now we're moving to the next group, which is cancelled type of a group of blending mode. In this blending mode, similar colors cancel each other and you get a black color. The divide blending mode typically results in extreme highlights, and Blake stays the same. So this Blending Mode option can be quite interesting for our project as well. Because these purple pink outcome can be quite fun for romantic or very cute Cloud setting. I haven't considered this color palette for our project yet. So this is one of the main reasons why I like to test out different blending modes, because you can come up with some fun, unexpected color combinations. That takes us to the next group where we have Hugh blending mode, which I really like to test with many artworks because it combines the original artwork from the bottom layer with the colors of the top active layer, in our case, the texture layer. So with these blending mode, you can just test out hues on your artwork on the bottom layer. Next we have the saturation blending mode. And this blending mode keeps the saturation of the top active layer and blinds the luminosity and the hue from the bottom layers with the original artwork. Here you can see that the purple is more intense with some of the colors from the texture on the top active layer. Then we have a color blending mode where only the color of the texture layer would it be applied to our original artwork. This blending mode keeps the color of the active layer and blends the hue and saturation of the active layer with the luminance of the lower layer. And this is one of my favorite ways to test colors on a separate layer. If I have a gray scale, value artwork, especially if you want to draw your artwork first in black and white, just in values, and just test out the colors on a separate layer. This is a blending mode for you. Then we have the luminosity. So this is another one which I quite like in this case, because it's working with the lightness and darkness of the original layer. Here. You can see we ended up with only purple tones, which is very interesting. Look for this project. Now, if we think about all the blending modes we'll look at for this example, I think what I liked the most is the overlay blending mode, because it's changing the texture quite a bit in very interesting way. If you select your favorite blending mode, you can always reduce the opacity. If you feel like that the change is too much. So this was the basic overview of the blending modes and what effects you can achieve with them. Spend some more time playing and getting more familiar with them to choose your favorite ones. And here are my favorites. It is multiply blending mode, overlay blending mode. And apparently I'm not alone because some of the most commonly used blending modes among artists are multiply, screen, overlay and soft light. Now let's go to the next lesson to start working on our project and applying some of these cool blending mode. See you in the next video. 4. References: Now let's start working on our class project by collecting inspiration and references for our Starry Night in a jar illustration. Before you start searching for the references, write down a few ideas of what you would like to include in your artwork. It can e.g. be a night sky photography, northern lights, shooting star, fluffy clouds. And when mentioning fluffy clouds, didn't know that they are actually called cumulus clouds. I find this quite interesting name. Anyway. Then I will need some bottles or jars references. Or maybe a terror barium with plant, which I think can be a nice addition to the starry night. Some plans. So I will write down greenery. Okay, I think this is enough and maybe I will come across something interesting while looking at the references. And if you haven't done so yet, write down some keywords and start creating a mood board of references in your iPad or maybe on Pinterest. And it can be also books and pictures saved in your phone or wherever you like to collect the references. For your own references, you can just search images based on your keywords and adding a word, photographic to it. E.g. you can search for Starry Night photographic. And now I will show you my take on our theme and the collection of images that I put together in a mood board on Pinterest. I collected a bunch of different images. And the first group that you see here are the night sky photographic images From the keyword that we wrote down, as well as Van Gogh, Starry Night artwork for color inspiration. On this reference, I like the darker tones in combination with the yellows in variety of blue color tones. And here you can see another artwork from Van Gogh, which I think is quite interesting, color combinations for the nighttime mood of artwork. And then when we look at the night photograph, you can see the sparkling stars and different colors of the sky as an inspiration for your color palette. Then I also saved some of the images with the lamps and the light from the street lamps at night. Because they create very interesting glowing effect which we can use in our artwork. In addition to the blue night sky images that we just saw, one of the images that you see here has purple sky, which is quite nice option for the color palette. In this example, you can also see a little bit of red color, which is quite interesting for a color variety. As you can see on this inspiration, you can play with different color palette for your backgrounds within this topic. To create the color palette for the sky, I will mark down the colors I like the most from these references. Also, as I mentioned when writing the keywords, the clouds are quite interesting. Object to include it in our project artwork. So I saved some images with interesting cloud shapes, which I will use as a reference for sketching when talking about the night sky and night illustration, many of us naturally think of stars, and therefore, I wanted to include those in the project illustration too. I say it quite a few star and star constellation here on the mood board to get an imagination for our illustration going when creating the sketches in the following lessons. When drawing the star constellation, you can choose your zodiac sign or your family or friends star constellation to add a personal touch their illustration. You can also just draw random stars if you prefer debt in your design. As you can see from these references, you can include Sun and Moon and maybe even a falling star in the sky in your illustration. Next, we need to come up with the shape of a jar as a base for our illustration. So I save this image of these cute small lights in these glass bottles. As I quite like the shape of the bottle actually end the color palette of these lights. Maybe this can be one of the designs for the jar shape which you can use in your concept. In the sketching phase, try to explore different shapes for the jar to find the shape you find most interesting for your design. I believe that is best to combine different references. E.g. what I find interesting on some of these references are the cork covers. Or you can just draw the top part without the lead or a cover just as a simple glass shape like this one. After finding references for the jars and the glass bottles, I looked for different gloss planetarium x2 because they're usually in interesting glass shapes. So you can come up with something unique. What is more, I think adding a few flowers and plants to our drawing is always nice. When thinking about flowers, I quite like the water lily idea for this illustration. I saved some of the water lily images here. When looking at references, you can save also fake flower designs or state use, not only real plans, images like that. You will have bigger variety of references and shapes to get inspired by. I also saved some plant images for the leaves that are Francis. I saved quite a few of those actually, as you can see, I have more options to choose from when I'm sketching. So try to think which flower or plant if you like, and would like to add to your design and try to find variety of references for this plant or flower so you can create something unique to you. And here is a pro tip. Focus on references in a side view. So it's easier for you to sketch and simplify the shapes from the reference. To sum up, find some references for the keywords that you wrote. For me. It was color palette of a night sky, clouds, leaves, flowers, stars, and star constellations. After we collected the references, Let's start sketching. See you in the next video. 5. Sketching: And now let's start sketching the concept for our study night in the jar class project, I will show you an example of sketching the clouds. And then you can use the same process for sketching the stars, the moon, the jar, and the flowers. Based on the references. Shake things up a bit. Let's get in the sketchbook. If you decide to sketch on the paper, I will quickly show you some of the tools I currently like using for sketching. Traditionally. Here I have a spiral sketchbook with a smooth white paper, which is nice for sketching with a pencil. The spiral bound allows me to fully open the pages when drawing, which is quite helpful, is for the pencil, for rough and loose sketching. I'm not very picky and I don't have a strong preference. I think you can use any pencil you have at home for this exercise. But let me show you these two, which I tried and are quite nice if you want to test out something new for your art supplies Collection. First, this one is very light if you consider weight. It has also very nice grip, so it's easier to hold it. In this second one, which is called palomino black wing, is little bit heavier when you think about holding a pencil. Obviously it's not such a big difference. Buddy, notice. Also, I like when the pencils for sketching have eraser, especially when drawing outside. I like to have a compact amount of our tools. So I prefer these so-called two-in-one pencils. If we consider the pressure you have to use with these pencils and the color of the stroke, how opaque it is. These pencil from Faber Castile make the drawing a little bit softer and lighter look of the strokes. This other one makes the strokes darker. As you can see on the pencil, half the pressure, twice the speed. So even with a low pressure when drawing, you can do quiet, nice opaque, dark strokes. Sometimes I like to combine these two when sketching. When I do that, I use this one for first light sketches and then I will outline and define the sketch more with the darker strokes with this other one. And I will show you how I do that in this class. Also, during the sketching, I will try not to erase what I draw to manage to avoid going back and forth with the design and rather draw more versions. Which is a very good exercise to force yourself to commit to what you draw. Just draw more examples. During the process. I will be also cross referencing the images I saved on Pinterest. And I'm having my iPad on the side of the table so I can look at it when I need to. So let's begin sketching some clouds. I will start with a curved shapes of the clouds. I like to draw fluffy and soft clouds. So the illustration gets these dreamy and soft look. You can try the same style as mine for learning, but it's better if you try different shapes to create more unique illustration for you. E.g. you can make clouds which are more geometric and symbol, or clouds with many details. Also, you can sketch clouds with e.g. straight bottom part, like they are. I think before the storm or after the storm. I'm sure you saw that before. Or you can make the whole cloud more curvy and fluffy. So as you can imagine, you can create quiet few different cloud shapes with just small changes in the curves that you draw. You can draw a few of these based on your references. Again. Here is another way how you can draw the clouds. I think this is quite fun shape to draw because it's not overly complex. You can still create a lot of variety. Then e.g. this one is little bit more abstract. Let's fluffy. And it looks a little bit more like a bottle after the rain. But I think it's still glad find the shape to do. Then if you remind yourself some of the references that we saw, I can draw something like this. So as you can see, not only you can play with the outer shape of the cloud, but you can also add some of these cute details within the cloud shape. Another thing to consider is to change the size of the clouds. It is nice to have the variety in your illustration. So when you find the shape of the cloud that you like, try to draw a few clouds in the same style, in different sizes. And then you can add those in the jar composition later on. I'm thinking like maybe four different clouds in the jar illustration. So try to think about how many clouds you can imagine in your jar, Illustration composition. And as a reminder, while drawing, try not to erase much and just draw another shape and other shaving other shapes. If you don't like the previous version. I believe when you draw and practice more, you can improve much faster. And now, as a next object to draw and explore are the stars. One of the options we saw in the references where these small circles to represent the stars. So that can be one way to stylize the stars from the photo references. I mean the real photo references, right? Note the drawings. Once again, you can change the size of these shapes to create interesting combination of shapes in your composition. Then another concept we looked at and discussed was the idea for the star constellations. To do that, you can just draw circles. Then you can connect them with simple lines is a stylistic choice. You can draw a few of these based on your references. Again, this example that I'm sketching here is not any specific star constellation. Then to create a slightly different style for this star constellation, you can maybe draw a dotted line, something like this. Another option for the star and star constellation and stylistic choices you have is more iconic shape like a starfish for the star. You can draw a few of these based on your references again. Then maybe you can also draw some of the stars in a gym shape or like a precious stone. Because you know, the stars kind of reminders also, these precious stones. You do there. Sparkling and shining, major, shining and glowing look in the sky. Another shape idea for the stars is more narrow shape, something like this. You can finish off the shape either with the round corners or a sharper, longer, spiral-like shape corners. Then you can also imagine this kind of hanging style declaration like in acute room on the wall or on a window. To create a more interesting composition and little bit of depth. You can also hide one of the stars behind the cloud. One last thing to sketch and draw for these glowy objects here would be the moon. If you followed along, you might have also ended up with a full page of different shapes and designs, which is great because we have a lot to choose from for our class project illustration. Before bringing the sketches to digital form, let's outline the sketches we like to make it easier to transfer. Like this. The sketches will have cleaner lines, so it will be easier for me to draw the colored shapes and silhouette based on these sketches on the iPad. To draw on top of these rough sketches, I will start drawing the cleaner shapes with more pressure with the second pencil I showed you before. I will start in the left corner of my paper so I don't smudge what I draw on dog with this second pencil. When trying to draw more solid, confident lines for these clouds and maybe other shapes. I'm lifting the pencil after I finish each of the top curved lines of the clouds. This helps me to create smoother lines easier with just one movement of the hand and then move to the next shape and curve. So what helps me is to always leave the pencil when drawing new curve, rather than outlining the whole cloud shape in one go. And to draw more straight lines, it is easier for me to draw the line with the one movement. If you are not fully happy with the shapes of your sketches, don't worry, you can always adjust them when drawing in digital. And now I will continue sketching with the other references, the jars and the bland. So you can do the same. And I will talk to you in a moment. I feel two more pages because I didn't want to limit my inspiration by space on the page. One page is dedicated to flowers and the leaves, which I can use mainly in the bottom of the composition of the Starry Night illustration. And the other page, I filled with bigger jar shapes based on the photo references. I quite like the bigger, wider jar. So I will use that one for my composition. When you are happy with your sketches, take a picture or scan them, and then import them in your iPad so we can start painting in color in the next lesson. See you in the next video. 6. Import & Set Up: So let's move to the digital and let's create canvas for our project. Import a photo of the sketch and use one of the blending modes to prepare it for the illustration. Let's do that. To import the photos of your sketches to procreate, slide up from the bottom of the screen and open the Procreate app. It will open the gallery overview of your artworks and canvases to create a new canvas on the plus icon here. For our class project, I will create a square canvas because I think it works nicely for this type of illustration. I previously created a canvas like that, 4,000 by 4,000 pixels, which are used quite often. Or for social media, I sometimes use 3,000 by 3,000. That's why you can see here on my list of canvases. If you are not sure how to create a new canvas like that, and you are not sure what the best settings are. Let's create one together. So from this selection, I will choose pixels. You can choose inches, centimeters, or millimeters. If e.g. the client brief requires it. I will go for pixels because I plan the artwork for the screen use only. Here you can see the amount of layers available with this canvas size. So I will go for 4,000 by 4,000 pixels. And the DPI, I will keep it as it is for this project. As you can see, I have 61 layers available and I can rename my Canvas as well. I will name it Starry Night in a jar. Okay, that's it for the Canvas setting. And now tap on Create. You will have a new canvas. I created a color palette which I want to use for this project based on the references we looked at. If you want to learn even more about how I create color palettes in detail, you can go and watch my color palette class. Will I explain my colors discovery process? You will find it in my teachers profile. But there's a quick summary for this color palette. I was inspired by the images in my reference mood board with the night sky and stars. You can get inspired by the starry night painting, e.g. or other images that we looked at. I will be using more purple and blue colors for the background of the image too. And then I will be using light and darker blue views for the Cloud and some of the yellow and maybe white color hues for the stars. Now, let's import a photo of the sketch and look at the blending modes that will help us with this step of the process. To insert a photo, you can tap on, Import from the menu and select your sketch from your image gallery. It will appear in your Canvas quite quickly. And we will start with the jar to create a base for our composition and the rest of our elements in the illustration. To find the right size, kill the imported image with two fingers approximately from the middle. And because it's just a sketch, I can scale it and even use a wider version of it without being worried that it will get distorted or pixelated. So now we have a separate layer with the imported sketch, but it would be hard to draw based on the sketch without difficulty. So we're blending modes can help us a lot. So e.g. you can use Hard Light blending mode and you will almost lose the whole background, which is great if you want to create cleaner and brighter looking version of EarSketch, maybe even without adding colors. If you prefer the look of minimalistic line art. Then you can also create very interesting chalkboard look with this setting. As you can see, you will end up with a white sketch on a dark background, which I find pretty cool if you want to test out the type of illustration style and look and feel. So this is another idea, how you can translate your sketch into digital form. But for this exercise, I will go with a multiply blending mode. So I can draw the colors under the sketch easily. I will also reduce the opacity of the sketch layer so I can draw the colors under the sketch layer easier and multiply blending mode on this sketch is one of my favorite ways of working with imported sketches and blending modes. So once again, the multiply blending mode on the sketch layer will allow me to easily follow the shapes from the sketch in color on a separate layer. And I want to create a jar in white color to represent the glass. And before doing that, I will change the background color to dark purple because I wanted to create night sky. And also it will help me to make the jar stand out from this darker background color. Then I will create another layer under my sketch layer. And to do that, I can press the plus sign to create a new layer. In the new layer will appear above the sketch. But I want to have it below, as I mentioned before. So I will just drag it under the sketch layer like this. Now I can start illustrating on this layer in the next lesson. See you in the next video. 7. From Sketch to Color: So let's illustrate the foundation for our composition, the jar. And we will fill the composition with some of the Cloud from the sketchbook. For this project, I will be using just few brushes. I created a separate folder for these brushes so I can find them quickly while creating this illustration. The great thing is that all of these brushes come with procreate. So you don't have to buy new brushes if you don't want to. You can find this first brush originally in this folder. The second brush here, and the third brush in this folder. So let's start drawing the jar based on the sketchbook, sketches and explorations. I will take the first brush that I showed you, which will help me create some nice subtle textures. And I will choose a nice bright color to contrast with the background. Let me show you the texture and behavior of this brush quickly. I will make sure I am on a separate layer and draw a few brushstrokes. Now, after growing few brush strokes, you can see that the brush has this nice subtle texture when you draw softly. And when you press harder, you will have less texture with this brush. And that's one of the main reasons I like to use it. Here is a quick gesture deep. I can erase everything on the layer, scrubbing the canvas with three fingers, which is pretty cool. And here is another tip, if you're not familiar with it yet, to make a straight line hold and then release the line. This will also allow you to adjust and edit the shape. For this project, I will aim for more hand-drawn and slightly wobbly feel. So we'll try to draw all the lines more straight without using this quick help. The lines will be a little bit verbally and not exactly geometric. But it's up to you, which look you would prefer. Now, I can start illustrating the jar. I will adjust the brush size so the jar outline is thick enough to represent the glass. Okay, I think this thickness works. You can always draw the strokes more times until you get the lines that you want. Okay, I think this is fine and I will make the edges rounded so the shape is more cute and friendly looking. Then I will also sketch a few lines on the top of the jar shape to suggest that there are some details on the top of the jar. Okay, I'm pretty happy with the jar outline. And now you can add a simple shape to ground the composition and suggest that the jar is placed on something. You can take a darker purple, are basically darker color, then your background. And draw a line to suggest a table shape. Then you can quickly drag and drop a color into this area. When you fill in the shape, you can always adjust the edges. If it's not exactly how you imagined. To help the jar shaped stand out from the background. I will add another color within the jar silhouette. In addition to this, it will help me to create the illusion that there is another world in this jar, in contrast to the rest of the scene and the illustration. So add another layer to create the night sky look and feel within the jar silhouette. I can delete the sketch layer because I don't need it anymore. Then choose dark color, are basically darker color. Then your background. And draw a simple shape for the night sky and base for the clouds. And after you created the outline for this darker color, you can just fill it with the color you chose. Ok, and now I have the base color for the night sky and base for the clouds. Now, you can import the second sketch with the clouds that on Insert photo and wait until the image shows in your Canvas. When I have the Cloud sketch imported, I will change the blending mode on this layer to multiply. So I can see the sketch of the clouds better. And what I'm drawing on the layer below. For a balanced and interesting composition, I suggest that you start with two main clouds, which will be the two more dominant clouds in the composition, together with the stars and the moon later on. And to balance out the composition, I suggest to place them evenly in the jar. E.g. draw one cloud on the top right part of the composition, and another cloud on the left bottom part of the composition. Then you can move this sketch with your clouds, where you would like to have this in your composition. And here is a quick reminder when moving objects like the sketch too much out of the canvas and then release the part of the sketch will be cut off. So how to go around this? Well, simply you can duplicate the sketch layer or the object. Do you want to move as a backup for later use and high the duplicated layer for now. So this will be a position for the Cloud one, I will choose this cloud from the sketches. For these two clouds, choose one lighter color, so they stand out from the background and still using the textured brush that I showed you before. I can zoom in and I will draw the Cloud based on my sketch. Okay, I think this is nice to double-check. If you created the shape that you want, you can disable and enable the clipping mask by clicking on the layer thumbnail and select the clipping mask. Now, I will draw a second cloud in the bottom-left. To balance out the composition. As I mentioned previously. You can reposition the sketch to help you draw the second Cloud. Of course, I think I can use maybe longer cloud shape this time to create variety because these two clouds are in the same color, so I need to differentiate them in a different way. So maybe I can take this cloud shape. So I will sketch the second cloud on the same layer as the first cloud to limit the amount of layers because we already have quite a few. When Dan, you can hide the sketch layer. Now, when comparing the clouds, I think they still look too similar in silhouette. And I want them to be slightly different because as I said, they are in the same color. So I will adjust the silhouettes lightly. As you can imagine, the sketches are not set in stone. You can, of course, adjust the shapes for your drawing later. When you are happy with both shapes for the clouds, you can start applying the blending mode to see which one can help you to make these two clouds stand out more in the illustration. Before doing that, let me mention that I think I will search in a group of the blending modes, which are making the illustration lighter because I think brighter colors for these clouds will help me to make them stand out in the composition the best. So let's do that. Okay, I think this works great. And now let's create more depth in our illustration. And to create more depth in our composition and the illustration. Sense of a sky and even like a universe with the stars, will add more objects into the illustration. So easy way to create more depth in this case, is to add more clouds in the darker color behind the clouds, in the lighter color. To speed up the process, you can just duplicate the clouds that they already have, because the secondary clouds will be less visible, that they are duplicated because they will be in another color, plus, we will not see the full silhouette of them. In addition to this, you can always flip the shapes. They appear different to the viewer's eye. Then try to find the right placement for these secondary clouds. Maybe I can put them here. Okay, I think that works. To double-check. If you created the shape that you want, you can disable and enable the clipping mask by clicking on the layer thumbnail and select the clipping mask. Then try to find the right placement for these secondary clouds. Maybe I can put them here. Okay, I think that works. When you are happy with the shape and color of these first Cloud, we are ready to move to the next part where we will add more depth to our illustration to improve our composition. So see you in the next video. 8. Adding Depth: So now let's add more depth in our composition and let's balance it as well. We will also create a sense of sky and even maybe the universe with the stars. And you can imagine planets are Milky Way or whatever sparkle you would like to add to the sky. But first, let's talk about adding the depth will do, will help us to do so. These adding more objects further away from us, we will use the objects that we already have to make our life easier, the clouds. Now let's try some blending modes to find interesting, darker look for these clouds. E.g. this one, I think this blending mode creates quiet interesting look. Although maybe now the clouds are not visible enough compared to the background. I want them to be more subtle than the lighter clouds, but still visible. So I can try a different blending mode. Maybe this one. It adds a color variety to my overall color palette in the illustration. When you are happy, you can duplicate the layer again. And as you can see now the blending modes are on top of each other. So it intensifies the loop and these objects are now very vibrant. I don't want to have this type of Luke in this illustration. So to avoid that, I can just move the Cloud to another position. They are in the look, I want them to be. And again, to create the visual variety in the composition, I will flip the Cloud again. To balance the composition. Again, try to avoid the same placement of the clouds below each other. I mean, so they are not in the same distance from the edge of the jar. And you can also scale it down to create more variety in shapes. And when you have two clouds on the same layer and you want to move just one. Use the selection tool, draw around the object using the free hand option, and then you can easily move just one object from that layer. Okay? When you're happy with the position, you can test out the blending modes of your layers and tried to find the right look. Okay, I think this works quite nicely together with the other colors. You can adjust the opacity of your layers. Then to balance the composition. Again, I will duplicate this layer because I think I will use this cloud here on the top just to fill the space. To match the load with the other clouds. I will select the same blending mode, which is divide. I think I like the look now, but if you want, you can experiment with more blending modes to find the right look for you. Now, as I'm happy with these, and if you are happy as well, you can merge these two cloud layers to limit the amount of layers in your illustration. But before doing that, I don't recommend merging layers with lowered opacity in case you want to adjust these layers and then look later. Because when merging layers like this, the opacity stays lower on these merged layers. So before merging these two layers, I will remember, I want to keep 35% layer opacity and mount. And now I will put them to full opacity, then merge them like that. And then lower the amount to 35% again. And again to create the visual variety in the composition, I can just move the Cloud to another position. They're in the loop, I want them to be. Now, there is an interesting overlap of these two clouds, maybe like in screen printing. But I don't want this look for this illustration. So I will just erase this part. There are different methods how you can remove this part. But to keep this process simple, I will just erase the part that I don't want anymore. Plus, I can always copy another cloud to be spliced if I want to get the same silhouette. So anyway, I think I'm pretty happy with the clouds and their placement in the composition, and also the color variety that he created by using the blending modes. And I hope you are happy with your progress so far as well. Now, let's move on to the next lesson, where we will draw the greenery and the flowers to make our illustration more lush. So see you in the next video. 9. Adding Greenery: Okay, in addition to adding greenery and making our composition more lush, let's also find more color hues to add to our illustration. I want to show you another fun way to discover a new colors. And that is by using the blending modes with the colors that you already have on your canvas. So what I will do now is that I will take one of the colors that we used for the clouds. I will use this lighter blue. Then on a separate layer, I will test how it interacts with the purple background while using the blending mode. So let's open the blending mode selection and test a few to see what color combination we can find. Let's test out some of the lighter versions. E.g. I. Can see that the lightened screen and the color dodge blending mode doesn't give me much of a different color in this case. So let's test some of the other ones to see if that makes it more interesting and we can come up with some new color. Let's try this one, e.g. I think the outcome is quite interesting. I like this lighter purple and darker purple look and feel. But it might be too similar to the cloud colors that we already have. So maybe that's not the best choice for this illustration. If we want to create more variety while still keeping a coherent color palette, then we have a hard light blending mode. Maybe not vivid Light doesn't work either. But it's always nice to scroll through most of them. You might find something that you like. E.g. these darker green color outcome can be very interesting choice for our plants in the jar color at night because the color is less saturated than the bright green you would see during the day, but it might still be too bright for this night scene. So I will skip over this blending mode for now. Then. This one creates a nice lighter version of the green for our color palette. So maybe this one can work, especially for adding highlights to the plants if you decide to build it. Okay, I quite like this lighter purple, especially for the flowers in the foreground. Maybe in a slightly less saturated version, again, because we have a night scene illustration, so I want everything less saturated. So I will sample these purple color with the color picker and save it to my color palette for the later use. I will go to this layer and slide through the options again. Then next new idea for the color, for our color palette can be these subtle green look, okay, maybe it's more blue-green color, but I think it can still work nicely for some of the plants. So I assemble and save this green blue collar as well in the color palette. Even though it looks very similar to blue color tones, we can adjust the hue slightly so it will be a little bit more suitable for the leaves. Now that I'm saying you can create blue leaves, but we already have blue clouds. So the leaves would be nicer in a little bit different color tone, but still work together with the color of the cloud. So this is another huge colored topic. What colors work together with which color palette and so on. Because colors appear differently in relation to other colors, they are next to them. So we need to test the color in the illustration, not only as we see it in the color palette preview, I talk more about this topic in my color and light cores, which you can find in my teachers profile. If you want to dive in more into color and light theory, I find it fascinating. So going back to our project now, let's look at the color blending mode, and I will sample this color with the color picker, save it to my color palette for the later use. So now it's slightly closer to the green hues rather than blue. So I will keep these newer version and I will delete the previous color hue from the color palette. Now, after just a few tests with the blending modes, we have two additional fan color hues, new purple and new green, to create very coherent look in our illustration. So in addition to the other blue purple tones for the sky, now, I can delete this testing layer and bring my plant sketches so we can start drawing the leaves. After importing these new sketch, I'm considering where I can place some of the plants within the composition. I want to add some plants on the top of the composition and the flowers and some other leaves at the bottom of the composition. So they look like they're growing, lagging the variance in the jar reference photos that we looked at. By the way, if you want to learn more about compositions, word my popular class about conversations, which you can also find in my teachers profile. Before drawing the leaves in color on a separate layer, I will set the sketch layer to multiply blending mode and reduce the opacity. And I will create a layer for the leaves to draw on. Then I will move the layer here so it creates the clipping mask automatically. As the other layers, I need to zoom in to see the shapes better now. And I will reduce the sketch layer opacity even more. Now, I can taste the green blue color tone that we just saved recently. So let's see how it looks compared to the cloud color. As you can see, the color is pretty similar to the cloud color. So what I will do now is to adjust the saturation and I can make it slightly darker and less saturated. Let's also hide the sketch to see if the colors work well together with the rest of the composition. Okay, I think this works quite nicely. It is less saturated as I mentioned. So it works well for the night team setting. Now, I will uncover the sketch layer again and I will draw the rest of the leaves here. I will make this leaf slightly longer to fill the bigger part of the composition to balance the other elements. And here is another tip, how to get another bonus color that works with the rest of your color palette. Simply sample darker color down from the multiply sketch layer on top. You can use it as a color for the details on the leaves. Now, I can just draw the details with smaller brush tip size with this color. E.g. this darker green on top of the leaf works super nice as a detail color. To double-check if you like the color, hide the sketch layer for a moment and zoom in. Because the multiplies sketch layer on top is making our colors to look slightly different than they will be in the final illustration. Okay, I think this works quite nicely. So I can add few of these line details on the other leaves too. Oh, I can see that I forgot some color here. Okay. I can fix that pretty easily. And after doing that, I have all the leaves ready in the top part of the jar. Yeah. Okay, so I can move on. I will keep these two layers with a normal blending mode because I'm pretty happy with the color. And I don t think we need to add blending color modes effect for this part of the illustration. And as a quick reminder, before going to the next part, don't forget to save the new color tones you created in your color palette. Now, I will add few more leaves at the bottom of the jar and the composition on the same layer using the same color and the similar shapes. Before going to the next lesson where we will be adding flowers. I will speed up this process a little bit. So see you in the next video. 10. Adding Flowers: And now let's draw some flowers to add nice floral decoration in color to the bottom part of our jar composition and illustration. We will be using the sketches for this part of the process as well. You can always go back to your references if you need to. And we will, there's the one of the colors that we edit in the previous lesson to see how the saturation fits within the illustration. So let's do that. Now. I will turn on the opacity of the sketch layer. Then I will rotate the sketch so I can position it where I think the flowers would work best for the composition. In addition to rotating the sketch, I will scale it down. And after doing that, Let's see how it fits. Always keeping in mind the references that we looked at previously. Okay, I think it all looks fine. Or maybe I can place them more here. Plus make it a little bit smaller. As you can see, you can always, there's different placements of your sketches to find the right composition before you start drawing the elements. Okay, now, I think this works even better. Now, I will start with this flower and I will test the purple that we saved in the previous lesson. To do that, create a new layer for the flowers and select the purple color or the other color you decided to go for. Then test if you like, the saturation and the brightness of this color compared to the rest of the composition. Again, to compare the colors easily, draw a small square next to your other colors to see how they work together. For the look and feel I want to achieve with this illustration, the selected color is still too saturated for my taste. I want the flowers to be less saturated, if you remember. So I will reduce the brightness and saturation. To do that easily, I will just drag the slider down here. Maybe something like this. Now, I can test the color on the flower to see how it works next to the other colors and on the bigger shape. Okay, I think it works pretty nicely in terms of brightness and saturation. So I will color in the full flower shape. It is good to see how the colors work also without the sketch layer and multiply, as I mentioned before, because that influences how the colors look through. Because we, the sketch layer and the multiply option on, it's still kind of skews our perception. Okay, now, looking at the bigger shape with this color, I think I will still slightly reduce the saturation. And it's very easy to do because the shape is on a separate layer. If you have more complicated illustration, you can also play with adjustment menu in the settings. But in this case, I will adjust the color with the color wheel and the drag and drop function into the shape. As simple as this. Okay, I think this works better. And now I will sketch the silhouettes for the other flowers. And you can do the same based on the flower shapes that you chose for your illustration. Okay, I like how nicely the purple flowers feel the bottom of the composition. So now it's time to add a few details to them, similar to how we edit details to the leaves. E.g. I. Can add few darker lines to keep the illustration style here consistent. And as we did before, the great thing about blending modes is that to find slightly darker tone, further details, I can just sample the darker purple tone. Created from the multiply blending mode of the sketch layer on the above our flower layer. To finalize the other flowers based on our sketches, you can just rotate and move the sketch layer more times to match the position of the flowers that you want. But as a quick reminder, try to avoid rotating and scaling up the finished flower shapes because it might get pixelated. So only rotate the sketch, which I don't mind to get pixelated. Now, I will continue adding details to the rest of the flowers on a separate layer about the main shape flower layer. Okay, I think the flowers look nice, but I still need to add some greenery to make them look like they're growing from somewhere. So I can draw the leaves and stems of the flowers on the same layer as the other leaves. So I don't mess up the purple shapes and the silhouette of the flowers. Just make sure that the layer with leaves is under the layer with the flowers. So you are more flexible and drawing. And because this flower, this leaves overlap and cover these other leaves, I will create another layer just below the flowers layer. For these extra leaves, I will use the same green shade as I used for the leaves before on the top of the jar. And the other leaves to keep consistency in colors and the greenery. And I will draw the rest of the greenery based on my sketch. To move the leaves and its details, select both layers by swiping to the right on each layer. Take the selection tool, draw the selection around the leaves you want to move, and then you can move them easily, fit the current composition. You can also make them smaller. You can move the elements if you want to adjust the composition without making your drawing pixelated, moving, without rotating doesn't pixelate the moment. Because sometimes in my experience, when I rotate some elements, they get slightly pixelate it depending on the resolution of your canvas. So I tried avoiding rotation. What works for me? I can flip the objects and that doesn't seem to pixelate the elements. Afterwards, I can continue drawing more leaves and greenery the same way. And you can do the same now. And I will talk to you again in a moment. If you want to add more colors and details to your flowers, you can create another layer for the flower highlights. E.g. you can add a brighter color tone with some of the lightening blending modes with the same purple on the edges of the petals. As you can see, I added few more leaves with details. Again, thinking back to our reference images. Okay, let's summarize what we have so far. I have the original sketch layer with our reference sketches for the flowers in multiply blending mode. Then I have the layer for the silhouette base, for the flowers, layer for the details, and the layer for the other leaks. In case you want to adjust something, you are always more flexible if you have more layers. On the other hand, if you are limited with the amount of layers because of the type of the iPad you have, you can merge some layers if the shapes are not overlapping because that will limit your flexibility of moving the object separately. And just a quick reminder, always try to copy your artwork canvas in a gallery before merging if you are not sure about your changes. Also notice that these layers are in normal blending mode. You can get a different result and merging layers in different blending modes on top of each other based on the bottom layer. So I can merge these two layers to save space. So always think about which layers you can merge to save space. And always try to avoid objects which overlap when merging layers. Okay, and now let's move to the next lesson where we will add the stars, star constellations because they are always fun. And the moon as final elements to our illustration composition and some of the details. So see you in the next video. 11. Stars, Moon and the Glow: So let's create the magical atmosphere by adding glowing stars and the moon to our illustration. First, we will add the cute stars into our composition. And then I will show you two techniques on how you can achieve the glowing look quiet quickly and easily. Now, I'll organize my layers of it. I will delete the layer with the leaf sketch because I don't need it anymore. Then I will import the sketch with the stars, star constellations, and the moon. First, I want to draw the star constellation because it's one of the bigger and more important elements in the composition, together with the moon. And later, I will fill in the space with the smaller stars. I want to position the sketch higher so I can trace the star constellation in the right place. But before that, I will duplicate the sketch layer. After duplicating the layer, I will hide one of them for later use. Then I can move the sketch layer here without being worried that part of it will be cut off. Because as I mentioned before, it will be cut off when you move it too far outside of your canvas. When releasing the move tool. Then I will make the sketch layer slightly smaller. And I will set the layer to multiply blending mode. And I will draw on the layer under the sketch layer. Then I will choose the white color for the stars. I will use this brush because I don't want too much texture on the stars because they are quite small compared to the other objects in the illustration. And I want more defined shapes. As we sketched before, I will draw a few circles to indicate stars. To draw a perfect circle, I will touch and hold with my other hand on the screen. Because it's pretty tricky to draw perfect circles. The color them in. I will make sure that the shape is closed and I will just fill in the shape with a drag and drop function. By using the quick gesture, sliding down with three fingers, I will duplicate the shape, and I will just move the same star to another position based on the sketch. When you want to duplicate this star and it is on the separate layer, you can just duplicate the layer by sliding to the left on the layer and selecting duplicate. But if you have more stars or other objects on one layer, like we did with the leaves, you need a different approach. Now to reduce the amount of layers, again, I can merge few layers. If you remember, we use the selection tool when we want it to move the leaves. And this is the same principle. What I usually do is to use the selection tool, draw around the star or other object I want to duplicate and then I can duplicate it when the object is selected. So I use these two options to duplicate the object, either duplicating the layer or selecting the object on the layer with selection tool and then duplicating it. Then I will add the lines that create the constellation. If you want to make the line straight, just hold after creating the line. Okay, I quite like this outcome. It's pretty cute. Now to create more visual there, ideally like we did with the sketching, I will add few more stars in different style and shape. I want to draw two of these shapes. So I will move this sketch so I can draw based on the sketch. Actually now, looking at these different shape of the star, I can change one of the stars in the constellation to be in a different style and make the constellation little bit more interesting. I will rotate the sketch and redraw the shape on top of the previous star shape. Okay, this is quite nice to have a slightly different shapes in the stars. In this case, I will not duplicate the star. So I will draw one more star similar in shape, but not the same in a different place. Maybe here, overlapping the Cloud slightly. I think this is pretty nice. And then I can draw a few of these extra small stars somewhere around the canvas to feel the composition. So let's move and reduce the sketch size again. Okay, now I can use another color for the stars, maybe yellow for a change to bring more color to this part of the illustration. Because bottom part of the illustration has already some extra color, because we already have the flowers. The stars in yellow color will help bring more color to the top part of the illustration as well. I think this is pretty cubed. And now I can go ahead and hide the sketch and duplicate the stars, which I already have to feel the composition even more. If you remember with the Cloud, we flip them to avoid the copy paste look throughout the illustration. So here I will use the same trick. Just flip the stars horizontally and vertically because we already have some variety of the shapes. This simple thing helps me to create more visual variety and speed up the process a lot while still having a lot of details in the illustration. Now, I can merge these layers because I can always move and copy part by using the selection tool. If you remember, then I will copy this yellow star, so we have more of them. Another tip to avoid the copy paste look is to change the size and the composition. So I can make this star smaller using the uniform selection tool when resizing. Now, it's not the same as this one and this one here. Okay, I think this is a nice progress. So I can merge the layers again. And now I can use the original sketch layer that we duplicate it. I will flip it around because I think the moon will look nicer facing the other direction. And I will set the layer to multiply blending mode. I will reduce the opacity to see better what I'm drawing on the layer below. But before drawing, I will delete the other sketch layer, which I don't need anymore. And then I can start sketching the moon. When drawing the moon, it can be tricky to get the exact shape that you want. To create more geometric shape, how the line after drawing the initial shape. And then click, edit the shape here on the top. Then you can drag and position the line into the area you want. This tool is super-helpful and convenient for some parts of the illustration. For the whole utilization if you want to. I will address the edges slightly so they are less sharp because I liked the more cuter look. And now I will use the brush to color in the shape instead of dropping the color because I want to keep some texture from the brush we are using on the moon shape. Okay, I think the moon looks pretty nice because I want to balance out a little bit of this part of the composition with more details. I will add even more stars. I will hide the sketch so we can see better. And I will copy some of these stars again. Okay, I duplicated the stars within our composition and it already looks pretty great. And now I will show you two techniques so you can make the stars glow and create even more magical feeling. This is super cool part. So before doing that, I will do two things. I will merge all the stars into one layer, and I will delete the sketch layer because I don't need it anymore. Let's look at the first technique. We will use a soft brush. I will select this brush. And first select one of the stars you want to add the glow to. And I will softly pain the glow with this soft brush on the layer below the stars. So it already starts to look like it's glowing, which is super awesome. By just using one brush below the star layer, you can create the soft glow. How quick and cool is that? Now, let's use the blending modes that will help us to change this to something even cooler. E.g. we can use screen blending mode, which already helps the glow to be slightly lighter and looks like it's actually glowing. Also, the blending mode with the interaction with the cloud is quite nice. We can try a different blending mode. And actually I quite like this one. Or you can try hard light blending mode, which is quite nice. So you can compare them and choose the one you like. Then I can reduce the opacity slightly as well. Then I can also change this layer to the screen mode, blending mode. And you can see it's changing the colors of the stars slightly. And you can play with these effects even more and try more versions, which is quite fun. After tasting few of these, choose one of them, the one which is your favorite. Obviously, I chose the ED blending mode in this case. So this is one of the methods using the soft brush and the blending mode. And now let's look at the second option. The second technique you can use, which is even quicker and more convenient for more complex artworks. And the artworks with more details. To save time, maybe you don't always want to draw with a soft brush behind every star. So I will hide this layer for now so I can show you this other technique. To use. This other technique, I will duplicate the whole layer here and put it under the layer with all the stars. Then I will change the blending mode to the one we just looked at, which was this one. Then I will change this layer back to normal. Afterwards. On this layer, I will use the blur tool. And I will slide little bit until we start seeing the glow around the stars. Which is super quick and fun way to actually create the glow. And you will see the amount changing in real time while you slide your finger on the screen. So you can easily decide how much of the glow you actually want around the stars. E.g. this might be too much as you almost don't see them anymore as it blurred out a lot. But something around this spectrum can work quite nicely. Okay, it already looks super nice because the stars look like they're glowing. Let me show you how you can enhance it even more. To do that uncovered this layer, especially if you want to add more globe to some of the stars. Okay, How cool is that? If you want to add even more glow, you can just duplicate the layer again. And it will intensify the look, which is super cool. When you are happy, you can merge these layers. Okay, that's it. I hope you love your magical look in your Saturday night illustration is I love this one because the globe makes it look so spatial. And I think the mood is so cool with all the glow in the sky and all the details. 12. Tips for Uploading Your Project: So big. Congratulations again on finishing your magical illustrations in Procreate. I can't wait to see what you created with this class. So please, please upload your project to the project gallery section. A quick tip here. If you have a trouble uploading the big project file, I found that the easiest way is to take a screenshot of your artwork by pressing the top inside button on your tablet and then upload that one. You can find it just under the Project and Resources tab. If you are short on time, feel free to upload a work in progress and your sketches. You can always re-watch the class and work on the project when you can and upload the final illustration. When you are finished, you get the options to upload a cover image, edit, title, and description. The cover image should be 690 by 388 pixels, which is aspect ratio of 169, which is like a widescreen or wide rectangle. In the description, you can include both texts and images. So you can upload the same image as the cover image or add work in progress. Here, it can also be a square, not only a rectangle. By the way, I love seeing your art work in progress too. So please feel free to share your sketches, color explorations, or whatever you created along the way. Once you are finished, click Publish on the top right. And your project will appear in the student's project gallery. And I will get notified by email. You can see all the other projects here to eat. It's always nice if you guys support each other and like and comment on each other's work too. And I regularly scheduled time to check all your awesome illustrations. Share some of my comments and tips so we can connect better. Any of you like me to also share your illustrations on Instagram. Go ahead and tag me at art side of life, in the post image and in the description of the past or in the stories. So I get notified and I can help you and your art to be discovered by more people. Speaking of sharing and discovery, I will be sharing your projects from time-to-time, also in my newsletter. So you can be discovered by more people too. I hope you had a lot of fun with your illustration and learn a thing or two about blending modes and using procreate. By the way, if you want to take your knowledge and skills to the next level, also check out my other classes about composition, color palettes and color and light. Colored palette class will help you to get more confident while choosing your own color palettes that you love while creating firm illustrations. To take your understanding of color to the next level, watch my color and light masterclass, where we deep dive into a variety of aspects which influence color. So you will be like, Aha, that's why when trying to figure out why some artworks look so vibrant or have a certain mood. And in the composition class, we will dive into variety of concepts which you can apply to your illustrations to make them even more amazing. Please visit my teacher profile to find them. And don't forget to follow me here on Skillshare to get notified as soon as I release a new class around giveaways where you can get a chance to win Skillshare membership. And if you like the class, please leave a review, even a super short one, because first of all, I appreciate it so much. And second, you will also help other students who discovered the class. So thank you so much for joining me in this class. And I just want to say, Stay creative, stay you and see you in the next class.