Drawing and Painting on the iPad with Procreate
From the moment Steve Jobs walked on stage and unveiled the iPad I’ve wanted to draw on one. It took a couple years for the hardware and software to catch up but now the iPad a fantastic little art studio you can easily take anywhere.
- I believe it’s best to learn through examples. here is what we will be doing in this course:
- We will be going over the tools
- After going over the tools we will be using them to draw to reinforce how they work
- The drawing sessions are simple and easy to follow, anyone can do them
- We will go through how simple comic strips are made step by stem from drawing panels to pencils to inks to colors and backgrounds
- We will be learning all the shortcuts and options associated with each and every tool.
- The final project will take all the skills we’ve learned and combining them into one final painting
Why Procreate? The best drawing app for he iPad is Procreate. procreate has been listed in the iPad’s top selling apps month after month and for good reason. It rivals many desktops apps for power and features. In this class we tackle Procreate to start drawing on the iPad.
Who is this for:
- People who want to learn to draw but don’t know where to start
- Illustrators looking to learn everything about Procreate
- People who love drawing and sketching and want to start doing it digitally
Now updated for Procreate 4.
Introduction to Procreate
Welcome to the course where we are going to be drawing in Procreate on the iPad. in this lecture I'm going over the course and what you can expect and what you will need to take this class.
Procreate's gallery is pretty simple but there are a lot of hidden features here like the ability to create folders, exporting and bulk actions.
The canvas is where you draw in Procreate. By default it's the size of your screen but there is a lot of flexibility in the sizes, unites of measurement and DPI that you can use.
Get to Know the Tools
Where are the brushes? How do I erase? How do I change brushes sizes? We go over the basics and where you can find everything in Procreate.
The brush tool is one of the most powerful features in Procreate. In this section we go over some of the brush presets that can be pencils, pens, paint brushes, air brushes, special effects and much much more.
In this section we take some of the brushes and use them in a practical application, shading a sphere. This is a common digital painting technique and this is how you do it in Procreate.
This is the first activity. I want you to take what we learned about brushes and use them to shade some spheres or share to get a feel for the different brushes available in Procreate.
Making a layer is easy, but how do the pros use layers? That's what we're going over in this section. And to do it we're going to be sketching and painting a strawberry.
Now that we have the sketch and basic colors in place we are going to add shadows and shadings.
There is a lot more to layers beyond just opacity. There are a lot of blending modes. In this section I go over the blending modes and talk about how we can use them in our work.
There are a lot of cool features tucked into the color picker as well. There are color pallet options. You can create, share and delete color pallets.
There is a lot more you can do with the brush tool. I'm changing things up in this video and showing my hands because this is an iPad program there are a lot of hand gestures we can use to speed up our drawing process.
Drawing A Comic
The selection tool? that doesn't sound very exciting, but it is. This addition to procreate really speeds up your drawing. We go into detail in this section on how to use it.
Now that we have a general idea what can be done with the selection tool we put it to work. We are going to start drawing a comic strip starting with the panels and how the selection tool speeds that up.
Lets keep drawing our comic. In this section were going to reinforce a lot of the things we've learned in the last couple sections of this tutorial.
In this section we go over coloring. Specifically we dive into something called a reference layer that allows us to quickly color while keeping our colors on a separate layer.
In this section we're coloring the backgrounds. We're also going to be learning about blurring and color adjustments.
This is the second activity. The goal is to take what you have learned so far and apply it to your own comic strip.
More Cool Features
There are a lot of features in Procreate that aren't immediately noticeable. Importing and exporting is one of them. You can export in many formats you can even bring in you Photoshop files and edit them and export them back to Photoshop.
One of the coolest features in Procreate is the ability to export a speed drawing of your artwork you can share on social media. But there is even more in here like the ability to record your voice or stream online live as you draw.
There is also a smudge tool. In this lesson I go over the basics of how it works and how to apply textures to your smudges.
More hand gestures. These go more in depth.
We've already learned all about using brushes, but how do you organize them? can I put all my favorites in one place? (spoiler alert: Yes!)
Now that our brushes are organized lets make some new ones from scratch. Do you have a great texture or just want to recreate a brush that you loved from another app, you can do that here.
If you don't want to make your own brushes no worries, there are thousands of brushes you can grab online, some of them really amazing too. In this section we go over where you can find them and how to import them.
There is a lot more in Procreate. In this section I go over all the little options where you can customize this app to your liking.
The Final Project
This is the final project. Where we take everything we've learned up to this point and put it into one composition.
In part two we start creating the background and layer textures on top of each other to create some cool effects.
This is it, we wrap up our final project and add more textures to the leaves.
Several folks have asked me to go into more details about masks and how those can be used in their artwork. In this section I use some newspaper textures and apply them to my illustration using masks.
Procreate 4.1 Updates
There have been some new features added in the latest version of Procreate, in this section I'll be reviewing these new features from a high level.
The perspective guide has been around for a little while but Procreate has really fleshed out their drawing guides by adding, standard grids, isometric grids and symmetry tools.
I love drawing on isometric grids, it's similar to 3d drawing but more limited. This makes it a great place to start if you're diving into 3d illustration.
In this section we dive deeper into drawing on the perspective grid
Procreate has added some pretty cool new warping effects in 4.1. Here we go over what you can do with some of those new effects and how they work.