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How To Draw A Unicorn Step By Step In Procreate

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How To Draw A Unicorn Step By Step In Procreate

Bonus FREE Texture And Color Palette Download

Hi guys I’m Kris, welcome to this week’s tutorial.


Let’s draw together.


In this week’s tutorial we’ll be drawing a unicorn in Procreate and I’m sure you can create this too if you follow along with the video to the end or at the very least you’ll have a lot of fun doing it. If you feel rushed, be sure to hit pause or rewind just to catch up and save this video to a playlist so you can re-watch if you need extra practice.


Today we’ll be using all free brushes found in Procreate and don’t forget, once you’ve finished this entire video and you’ve completed your whole unicorn, to share it on Instagram and tag me in the image as well as the description so I can find your artwork and this hopefully will mean that you get featured here in the next draw together video.


So for this tutorial, I’ve made you a free color palette in case you’d like to use the exact colors I’ll be using for this drawing, you can just tap on the link below in the video description where you can just download it and install it. So alright, let’s jump in by grabbing our pencil and setting up our canvas. So I’ll be creating this one at 4000 x 4000 pixels, 300 DPI and sRGB. So let’s get to it.

First, I’m going to start by setting up my brushes, I’m going to pick the 6B pencil and I’m going to use this for my sketching layer so I’m just gonna have it on black. That’s fine. Let’s see. I’m gonna put it at… The brush size will be at about 50 and the opacity will be at 100 so this doesn’t really matter so much about the size it’s just because this is our sketch layer.


I’m gonna start by drawing some shapes. So first with the unicorn, we’re gonna start with a circle for her head. Let’s just sort of get one going there. Whoops so very messy [chuckle] just a rough circle there and then this is going… Her little nose is gonna have a little scoop and it’s gonna come out here roughly and then I’m gonna draw what… It’s kind of like, I don’t know, sort of a kidney… Kidney shape, kidney bean shape for her body.


So there’s really like… You can start with two circles here. Really doing a lot of circles today. [chuckle] You can draw two circles and then you sort of connect them with the swoop and then of course under here her belly is going to be more rounded. So that’s sort of the kidney bean shape there and her little rump can be a little bit more like that and then I’m going to sort of get my general placement of where my ear is going to be and it’s gonna be a kind of a soft sort of A shape roughly there and her eye is gonna be right around here.


Something like that and of course her… Actually what makes her a unicorn her horn here will be… Actually, I’m not gonna make it so rounded there, let’s just undo it. So to undo of course, two finger tap and I’m going to just sort of roughly guesstimate where that’s going to be and then I’m gonna start to connect the two shapes just with a curved line. I will kinda want an S shape to develop here and same with here sort of a reverse S kind of there so you get these nice curvy lines.


Let me see, you can start developing your lines a bit here just… That’s why it’s good to be messy, you don’t have to be perfect. It looks like little scribbles at the moment but it’ll all come together. That’s why I love layers and I love going over things and I really… You can see the shapes develop.


Okay so let’s get her legs going a little bit. This little unicorn is going to be in motion so she’s not gonna be standing still. So these are just gonna be… I’m just gonna try to kinda get my motion here. One is gonna go this way and one is gonna go this way and you’ll have the other like underneath… Probably be about there and this one is gonna be kind of like that. Just trying to get… Sort of the general idea of where I want these legs to go and so then I’m going to start to make the shapes over so these are gonna be… We’re not doing realistic horse shapes so these are gonna be a little bit more tube like, I guess.


And her little hoof is gonna be there and it’ll go roughly like that and then of course the little leg comes from here, horses have the circle there, rump area where their leg attaches and the hoof, want that to be down… Just feel comfort… Don’t feel afraid to be really sketchy and loose and just go over things. It’s totally fine. I never draw perfectly, lines and just have it all created and mapped out  I kind of am thinking and sort of making decisions as I go so it’s good to be really loose at the beginning and then we can define it as we go along.


So don’t be afraid to get messy.


Alright so this guy is gonna come out here and it’ll be… You’ll see here, you don’t want this to go too far out ’cause that would be crazy [chuckle] a really long leg could be a very awkward horse. So if you kinda think, make this sort of line here, it’d be coming down, that’s probably about where this leg would stop because of course it’s coming from here so if you can kind of imagine where the limbs are starting from, the starting points, you can kinda get an idea of how long they should be.


Okay and this will probably curve in a little bit more like that. Right. Now, I’m just gonna decide where her mouth is gonna probably be about here. Alright, let me give her more of a chin and really define that. Okay so this lovely lady is gonna have some hair. I’m gonna give her a forelock here. Let’s just kind of make some decisions where that’s gonna be and it’s gonna come in front of the horn here and behind it as well maybe and I think her hair will come here and it’ll scoop around, maybe get a nice line going there, something like that and then of course, she’s got a tail and it would be… And so there’s gonna be a little scoop here. Again, we’re not going too realistic but… Let’s get some nice S-curves going here.


Alright. Ss and Cs for hair, that’s a big shape to keep in mind and actually, I think I want a little bit more room so I’m gonna go to my little pointer tool here and I’m going to shrink it down a little bit and move it to the side just so I’ll have a little bit more room for this tail ’cause who doesn’t love a big tail? Oh no, no, that’s weird. Okay something like that. I think she’s looking pretty good. I actually might move this eye lower because often times, if you’re trying to draw something cute, big eyes and that are kind of small, that it’s slightly out of proportion, just there, lower and closer to the nose areas makes things cute.


And so that’s maybe more like that. Okay, okay. This is my sketch so far, looking fabulous, I know. Anyways, let’s go to the next step. I’m gonna take my sketchy layer and I’m gonna click on the N and I’m going to lower the transparent… Sorry, I’m gonna click on the N and lower the opacity down to about 30% just so I can still see it. Hopefully, you can too and I can go over it with some better line work here. Yeah, okay, with the… I’m gonna start with this pink color, this darker pink and I’m going to use my, let’s see, where are you brush? I’m gonna use my Dry Ink brush and let’s see. Let’s test it out what we like. It might be a little bit thick. Let’s try at 10%, 8%. That’s… You know what? I think 10% is gonna be perfect. Okay, 10%, the dry ink brush at 10%, 100% opacity and I’m gonna start doing the line work of the body. Let’s start with it. Again, we wanna just go in with the ear. Actually, I’ll zoom in nice for you. I’m gonna go and just sort of make some better choices. I’m gonna just really define this out and bring that in.


For ears, you just do one line like that and another little line like that. Easy way to do ears and then, just get this nice shape here and like that. Give her a nice little smile. I’m sure she’s a very happy unicorn. Oops, I don’t like that coming in there like so and a scoop, a nice scoop for the jawline and what I’m going to do here too is just finish my line like that. Instead of just being hard, I’m gonna just push and then slowly just ease up on the pressure so it gives you a nice tapered edge and again, I’m gonna push a little firmly when these lines meet just so they’re a little bit thicker and then ease off. It’s fun to play with the pressure of the pens. I love that about these pens in Procreate. It’s… It really makes your drawing have some more interest and the line work a little bit, well, it does give it a more professional feeling so do practice with that and it’s kind of fun. I think her leg is gonna be… Actually, finish up here, overlap the lines a bit of the body and the leg. Now, it’s gonna come up and again, I’m gonna let light pressure and then push a little harder to get that nice taper. I think I may have gone a little bit too narrow on this leg so let’s try that again. That’s probably better. Alright.


Yeah, okay. So that’s the lines for the body and then I’m going to outline the hair and for that, I’m going to use the purple and again, with the dry brush, all my line work is going to be in the same size. Just try to be nice and free with these curves. Alright. Okay, also this is another little trick I should show you, of course if you go into your pens and you look and you tap on it, you get this so you have spacing and streamlines. So streamlines is going to give you a softer curves. So if you wanna increase that, do you see how that changes? So it just smooths it out more so you can make curvy lines even easier. So if you’re having trouble getting a nice curve, this is kind of a nice way to adjust it and have a little help there. So I’m just gonna leave it as it was but give that a try. Don’t feel afraid to adjust your pens, you can always reset them to their default if you don’t like it. Actually, I kinda wanted that to come in here.


Okay. So next I’m going to just draw this… Sorry, I’m going to draw the horn here. I’m actually just gonna use this colour because… I’ll show you something special that I’m going to do with it after, which is going to be fun. So we’ll just put that in there and then I’m going to use the dark because I’m going to do her eyelashes. This pony is actually going to have some gorgeous lashes. So you can see where I drew her eye so I’m gonna just use this as a guide because that’s her eye socket and I’m gonna again… Actually, I’m gonna shut this off for you so you can see how it’s nice and tapered and then I… Light pressure… Oops and sweep, like that. Put some little ones in here. Lovely. Okay, I see that I need to erase this and also go back to this colour and put in her little nose here.

Okay so I think this is looking good. My next step is going to be… I’m actually going to fill in the colour. So I’m going to go below my line work layer, add another layer by pushing that plus sign, going to my lighter pink, going to my brushes and selecting the studio pen, if I can find it. Oh it’s right above. Easy. Okay so for the sizing, that’s fine. It’s going to be at 12 and 100% opacity. Make sure that is the case and then I’m going to fill it in. So what I’m doing is… Because I like a scratchy sort of rough line on the outside but I do want a solid fill in the inside. So one way to do it would be just going along the line overlapping a little bit and so that will give you a nice solid fill.


So I’m gonna show you a special extra step at the end so stay tuned for that.


It’ll be very sparkly and give this unicorn extra, extra bling.


Okay, to fill, you just take your pink here, drag it over, fill it in. That’s easy. I’m gonna do another layer. You don’t necessarily have to. It’s just how I work a lot of time just so that I have the freedom to change colors if I want to so that’s an easy way to just change your mind without any negative repercussions. This is on a separate layer and I’m gonna fill this in with this purple color. That’s the base and I’m actually going to color this some more. We’ll just get a one solid color and then we’ll go and make it multi-colored. I like my drawings usually to be a little bit more painterly but not too solid, just have some elements of just making it look a little bit more artsy.

Okay. Just erasing that a little bit. I made a little mistake. It’s alright. Oops. I’d love to hear from you what other things you’d like to draw. I know I’ve been asked for this but yeah, if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear it in the comments below. That would be really helpful for me if you’re dying to know how to draw something particular. Okay, I think I actually am going back to my line layer and go grab that darker purple. Go back and do the dry ink again and just… I see that I have not completed this.


And you can always go back and add more stuff, right? I want it more filled in there at the bottom. That’s better. Okay, go back, grab that lighter purple and get the studio pen again just to fill this in. You don’t want a sparse looking tail. Okay, that’s better. Alright and then let’s just fill this horn in. Again, I’m gonna do another layer and just fill that in with the yellow and the studio pen. Right. Okay, I think she’s looking good.


Next, I’m going to do some painting on her body. Again, I’m gonna go above, go to that fill, body layer, select that and hit the plus sign for another layer. Then I’m going to go click it again and select from the menu here and click Clipping Mask and that will make a little down arrow to the layer below so that means whatever happens on this layer will stay contained within the layer below. Let me show you what I mean.


I’m going to go and use this darker pink. I’m going to go to my brushes and I’m going to go to Painting and find Gouache and then, I’m going to go… Let’s see how big this is. Okay, that’s too big. That’s probably about good. Let’s say size, brush size would be like 12% and the opacity, I’m gonna bring it down to 50%. No, I lied. It’s gonna be more like 70%. Okay, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna put in the shadows and make her have a little bit more dimensions.


Again, with the Gouache brush, you can push and you’re gonna have really dark and then lighter so you can play with this. This is what I like about it. It’s more like painting a little bit and you can go over it again, just be really light and gentle with it, just to give her a little bit of dimension and under here and then I’m gonna bring my brush down just a little bit. I hope you can see this just to maybe about six and do some of the details around her head so under her chin and then get into this ear here and again, this is not like being absolutely perfection on this. This is a little bit more of you’re painting. You’re having a little fun with it, maybe just a little bit under her mouth and then, the eye actually, I’m going to go back to…


I’m gonna maybe six or eight and just do just really light circles here, kind of giving her eyeshadow, which is kind of funny for a horse. I’m gonna bring it back down a little bit, just maybe to three, ’cause I’m gonna actually darken up as it’s closer to the eyelid and just sort of have a gradient there and actually, let’s up the opacity a little bit to about 85% just so I can get this little darker. I’m just doing little circles. It was a little too much on the front in there. Yeah so that’s good and then while I have this, I’m just actually gonna go back, put a little bit more definition on these ears for the shadow, there. Of course, she’s gonna have…


Actually, I’m gonna go back to 70%, go back up to, what did I say? 12% and bring that in here a little bit but you see, I’m sure you’ve obviously figured this out with the clipping mask, I can… It’s not gonna paint outside of what we connected it to so that’s what I love about this.


It gives you a lot more freedom just to play around and not worry so much. Actually, okay, we’re gonna go back and do this a bit smaller, maybe about five and just bring these… Okay and then add maybe just a little depth there even though the shadow really wouldn’t be on that side but give it a little bit dimension.


Okay so I’m gonna do the same thing for the hair and actually, with the hair, I am gonna add some… You know what? I’m gonna add some more colors first. I’m still gonna do a clipping mask and so I’m gonna click it, Clipping Mask, go back, maybe let’s get some blue and see what happens. Yeah, I think I’m gonna up the opacity to 100% this time. We’ll put our brush at 8% and have a little fun. I want this to be multi-colored so I’m just gonna play a little bit, bringing it in. You can do whatever you want here. There’s no wrong way to do it, just have fun. Okay and then I’m gonna just do… If you wanna put another layer on top, I’m gonna do that, another clipping mask and I’m going to use the darker purple and I’m actually gonna make this brush down to a 3%. Let’s get some shadow hues in there. Okay and then I’m going to do another layer and you can condense all these layers afterwards.


This, again, is just how I like to work, especially with the kind of work I do. Sometimes, I need to be able to change any of the colors so that’s why that’s happening but you don’t… You can do them all on one layer if you prefer. I’m gonna choose the darker pink and I’m going to make it a little bit smaller, this brush to about 2% and just… Oops. Get a little bit more definition going on in here. That was not a good idea to do that. Let’s do… There. Okay. She’s looking pretty good. I think we need a little pink cheek on her.


So I’m gonna go back to this layer and I’m still on my pink so that’s good and I’m still on my gouache and I’m going to just put this down to maybe a 65% and let’s see how big this brush is. It’s not very big. We need it probably 6%. Let’s try that. That should be good. Actually, you know what? This pink I feel is a little bit too dark. I’m going to make it a little bit brighter, a little bit pinker, a little bit more red and see how that goes. Yeah, a little bit warmer color. Actually, I want it a little bit more, there. I’ll add that to the palette as well. I’m gonna give her a little cheek.


Here we go. So how about some highlights? I’m just gonna do a few of those. I’m gonna do another clipping mask. Take my light pink and actually make it white. Still using the gouache, I’m going to bump up the opacity to 100% and make my brush about a four. Give her a few little highlights. Okay so that looks good. Now, I am going to show you something that is fun. It’s an optional part but I think it’s the best part. [chuckle] So what you wanna do is, I’m going to go to the top of my layer set here and then I’m gonna go to my wrench and I’m going to click, add and I’m going to say, insert file. So I have a glitter here and I’m gonna have to get you one… [chuckle] In the description below… And add it there so you can add some glitter. So you import that. Check… I’m gonna zoom out and then I’m gonna click on my arrow there to make this bigger. So covers my whole unicorn. So now we’re gonna actually draw with the glitter.

So if you go to the layer below the inserted image that you have, the texture. Add a layer, click on the glitter layer and then we’ll do a clipping mask on that. So I know it’s disappeared but if you click on that layer below. You can use any color. For this, let’s just use the turkle… And go back to… I’m gonna do the inking and I’m going to do the studio brush actually… Or studio pen, rather. So that’s right. Watch this. Woo-hoo, we can draw with glitter. Isn’t that the best? Okay so now we will actually make this lovely horn here look more like a horn. [chuckle] So I’m gonna just use some swoops and there you go and then I’m going to just kind of have fun. Let’s make her little hooves. Oh, cute here. Like that. Sort of like that shape and then I’m going to actually draw a few little stars on her rump. Cute. Alright and then why not some in her hair? [chuckle] That’s good. Make that more defined. I think that’ll really make the hair pop a bit more and you can color outside the lines, ’cause hair… [chuckle] Right? Just get in there.

Alright, you know what, as an artist we’re allowed to change our minds and we’ll… Or can add a… I’m noticing that this mane is a little on the modest side so maybe we should go and add some more. So I’m gonna go back to my line layer and it would be really cool if I actually name my layers ’cause then I would know exactly where it is. So… But we will go to this one here and go back to the dark purple and the dry ink. So I’m just gonna add in more here. Let’s just have her mane going behind like originally should have been.

Well that just looks a little bit more impressive, really. More of an impressive mane she’s got. Alright, let’s fill that in. So go back to my fill layer, get the lighter purple, get the studio pen and fill that in. I need to clean up these lines a little bit too. I can do that.

Yeah, I think that’ll be better. Okay, I’m gonna go to the blue layer. Go get my gouache, little painting gouache. Go back to 70 and that’s fine size for that.

Add some more detail here. Okay so I’m gonna go back here, go grab my studio pen wherever it is. There it is.

Not that it matters what color this is because we are making it sparkly.

Okay, I think she looks a little bit more fabulous with more hair. [chuckle] You can also go and maybe make some little dots and I think I’m gonna spruce up this. I’m gonna give her a little sparkle shadow and so… Just get a little loose with that hair. Oh, I think that’s a lot of sparkle. [chuckle] It’s fun. I might get a little carried away but I think, unicorn, you can never have too much sparkle probably.  Alright. So with that, I think we are done our sparkly, cute unicorn.


So great job, guys.


Way to go sticking with it all the way to the end. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and if you did, please hit that like button. Subscribe and don’t forget to hit the bell icon so you can be notified of new tutorials, just like this in the future. So I love you guys and I’ll see you in the next one. Thanks so much for watching.

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Drawing Fashion Character Portraits In Procreate

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Drawing Fashion Character Portraits in Procreate

Hey Guys!

Who doesn’t love watching someone drawing fashion?

Check out this awesome video of Kris drawing a fashion portrait for her 90 day challenge!

And don’t forget to check out her newest watercolor flower collection called Rosé All Day.

As for the 90 day challenge, basically Kris has been meaning to do this for two years!  What she is trying to do is to draw a new fashion portrait everyday for 90 days.

Sounds hard right?

Anyhow, if you want to see all her fashion portraits as they come out you can do so by following her over on Instagram

This is kind of an experiment for Kris where she really niches down and to see if people like it.  So if you do follow her on Instagram be sure to leave a comment!

You will enjoy Kris’s candidness in this video as she shares some of the things she feels vulnerable about her drawings.

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Drawing Bunnies in Procreate

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Vlog 002 – Snowy Days and Drawing Bunnies in Procreate

For those of you that liked the first vlog here is the 2nd vlog from Kris.   This one will give you a behind the scenes look as Kris draws some very cute bunnies that you can find in the Love Somebunny clipart collection.

If you haven’t already don’t forget to sign up for the goodie bag to get some free illustrated treats by Kris.

Oh, and of course, don’t forget to like and subscribe! 😉

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Drawing in Procreate

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Drawing in Procreate – My First Vlog

Hey everyone!  I know some of you have been wondering what all goes into Kris’s creative process and how she comes up with her whimsical artwork.

Well, if that is you, you are in for a treat!  Kris is going to be doing a weekly vlog documenting her creative process and other things.

In her first vlog she is drawing in procreate and creating some of the art that is featured in clipart collections.

So you can now see how some of that lovely art you purchased was made.  Pretty neat!

So sit back, relax and enjoy the show!  Oh and don’t forget to subscribe, hit the bell and leave a thumbs up! 😉  It really helps!

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How To Make Textured Illustrations In Procreate

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Hey Guys! So glad you made it! Kris here and today is another tutorial on how to make textured illustrations in procreate.

I’m going to start by sketching out a very cute little bear and then add some textures by using different paint effects, digital and scanned texture overlays and some patterns.  I hope you enjoy!

Starting off in Procreate

I am starting off in Procreate with my 6b pencils.  It’s one of my favorites!  I am sketching a circle and sort of establishing a little character here.  He’s going to be a bear and I am going to draw him at a ¾ angle.  I am doing a little body, a little feet and legs to just get an idea of the proportions that I would like to start with.

I don’t know if you can see but I am curled up in my blanket while I draw because it is cold here.

Here I am going to get his ears going and snout.  Obviously I can’t put his face there because that is a mistake.  I will have his nose protruding so that will give his head a bit more of a bear shape.  That looks better and I’ll just make sure the ears look right too.

Define the Lines of the Sketch

I will just define the lines a bit more to really solidify the shapes and I want him to look quite juevenile so that is why I have oversized the proportions especially the head because usually a big head makes things look cute.

It’s not a hard and fast rule.  Nothing is really when you are drawing.  To me his body seems just a bit small so I am going to see if that looks better.  I think so and I will give him some little boots too!  Why not?  It’s a rainy day so I am feeling like yeah, let’s just make this a rainy day bear!

I’ll give him a little umbrella but I am just going from my brain here so this umbrella isn’t really working very well but that is okay because this is all part of the working it out stage.  I will try to play with the angle of the umbrella a little bit and even if I don’t get it quite right I can come back to it.

Adding Details To Your Drawing

Now we are just going to add some details.  Let’s make him hold a butterfly…maybe not…that doesn’t quite work for me.  Let’s make him hold a little bird.  That will be way cuter!  I am just playing with shapes establishing the size of the bear to the size of the bird.

That helps to make the drawing a little more interesting.

I like to zoom in and out a lot while I am drawing.  It may look weird on the video but I find it helps when I need to see something closeup.

I’ll go back and fix the umbrella.  I’ll actually look at a reference image of an umbrella, which is always a good idea.  This helps to give your umbrella a better shape for it to look realistic.  Before it was looking like one of those umbrella’s that you would stick in your cocktail!  There that is looking so much better.

References are always handy when you are drawing things that are real, like an umbrella.  That is so much better and I will resize it too and then put in a little pocket and maybe put a little froggy in there.

Again, you want to pay attention to detail and size.

Drawing The Background

After I have the main character sketch I like to add some background to make the image more interesting.  And I will still go back and get the lines of the coat how I like them.  This really is still a rough sketch and I want to get everything right with my rough sketch because it just makes everything easier after.

I do a lot of erasing and that is why I love drawing in Procreate because it is just so simple to edit and erase what you are doing.  You don’t have to redraw everything.  It doesn’t get too messy because you can keep cleaning it up while you go.  I am so enjoying the freedoms you have with that.

I will actually use my pencil and then also erase as I am trying to perfect the shapes of things.  You can see that I do that a lot!

Let’s move these boots up higher because that will look cute.  That’s better!  Not having that break in between just makes it simpler.  Sometimes simpler is better!  Even though I do love detail sometimes just keeping it simple and really clear lines and clear shapes really works better.

I turned on the opacity on my sketch layer and now I am going to go over and do my good copy.

Final Copy of the Sketch

Still trying to keep it sketchy because it is all about texture so I don’t want it to be too smooth or too clean.  Again I am using my 6b pencil and still having a sketchy line just not quite as messy as the rough.  I am just going over and tracing my work.

And there is the cleaned up version.

Adding Texture Through Coloring

I am going to go in now and color like a kindergartner basically.  Again, with my 6b pencil.  It really is my favorite.  I am literally going to go in and color in. I know you are thinking why not just fill it?  I know it would be simpler and far less time consuming but I find that this, and you can see, coloring it just gives it a way different texture.

Really it’s just a preference on the look that I am going for today.

I’ll use the dry brush to go in and give a couple more details on the coat and to start to create that fabric look.

Back to my 6b pencil I am going to give some stripes to the coat.  Actually, I am going to do it more like a plaid.  This just gives more detail which in turn adds more texture to the sketch.

I will pick another color and create another layer.  I love to use lots of layers so this gives me as much options as possible.  Again, that is what I love about Procreate is that I can change my mind a lot without having to redraw or color the whole thing.  I know I change my mind a lot!  Woman’s prerogative right!

It’s nice to explore and make decisions while drawing and not regret it. 

I’ll go in and define certain features that I want.  I like to keep everything having that really sketchy look to it.  The boots I am going to do a different technique.  I am going to outline them just by coloring in the edges of them.  Then I am going to use the free hand selection tool to go about in the middle of that line and then I am going to fill.

That way the outside line is more sketchy but the center is filled.  You are not going to get the background white showing through but it still looks good and gives a nice contrast in textures.  You can always add some texture overtop if you like also.

Shadowing to Add Texture

I will use some shadowing here and I will use my favorite for shadows which is the gouache paint brush.  I always like using the gouache brush for shadows.

Then I will change back over to my 6b pencil to do some more shadowing.  As you can see doing this really gives the image a lot of texture!

The Medium Nozzle Spray Paint

I do like using this in Procreate too especially when you are doing something that is furry and just giving little highlights.  On to the frog, I almost forgot to color him in.  He looks a little nervous.  We’ll give him a little highlights and shadow to really bring him to life.

I will also get bird colored in and give him some detail and some shadows.  And of course we will add some more furry details to our bear.

Digital Textures in Procreate

I am going to open a new document now and I’ll show you how to do some digital textures.  I’ll start by selecting the dry brush and in grayscale I am just going to put a bunch of lines on the page.  Basically I am going to repeat this process on different layers and use a different brush each time to give a different effect.

Next what I do is to select one layer at time and copy it.  Then I will go back into my project and paste that layer.  I will rotate it and shrink it down to cover only the portion of the sketch that I want it on.  Then I will clip it by using a clipping mask.  That will attach the layer to the layer below and give it a really cool texture.

It’s kind of the quick and dirty way of doing it!

You can play with the opacity to adjust how light or dark you want the layer to be.  And you can do this with as many of the texture layers that you created in the new document as you like.

I hope you enjoyed that and found some tips along the way!

PS if you are interested in watercolor flower clipart than watch this video on how to paint watercolor flower anemones.

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How To Paint Procreate Textures

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Procreate Textures – How to Create Paint Textures in Procreate

Create texture and paint effects in Procreate

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Hey Guys!  Kris here.  Welcome back! So glad you made it.

Today I am going to do a tutorial on how to create texture and paint effects in Procreate.  I am going to cover how to use paint brushes, patterns, digital and scanned overlays to create a really cool texture in an illustration.

It’s all about wedding dresses!  How fun could that be!  I hope you enjoy.

Getting Started

I start by pasting in a pattern that I had already drawn awhile ago.  It is a seamless pattern so I know that all the edges will repeat perfectly so that way I can scale my pattern in my lace pattern nicely.

So I am actually go in and create a new layer and then start tracing overtop to create a lace pattern.  So I will just quickly go through this.  I don’t have to worry tracing exactly because really this is just kind of a shortcut that I am making for myself.  Since I have already created it I can just go in and get the idea.

It’s a quick and easy way to make some lace.

Then I am going to take that pattern and make a fill layer and then create a clipping mask so that I have a nice white lace cause I had traced it in black.  Then I am going to copy that and past it into my new document with my lady here.  And I will just hide that layer for later use.

The Right Brush For The Right Texture

Next with the 6 speed pencil brush I am just going to sketch out the base design of the dress.  I am just making some decisions here…I am going to give it more of a racerback style with a high neck.  Why not!  And I want to get sort of a basic outline of the shape of the skirt.

And then I am going to pick a watercolor brush from the 50 Procreate watercolor brushes by Kate.  I really like this pack.  It’s an awesome collection of watercolor brushes and I am going to use the watercolor wet edge PC4.

I’m going to use a neutral beige color.  This way it really helps with that translucent look and it also helps cover up what is happening underneath like her legs and everything.  This way I am just going to build layer by layer sort of a translucent effect with these watercolor brushes to create a white tulle look.

Colors Help Create Texture

Next I am going to use the blue and white and then I am also going to add a warm pink as well.  This way you get kind of a…it’s just better than having a stark white.  You get a bit more dimension.  I am going to adjust the opacity layer so I can get that translucent look and get this skirt to really look and feel like tulle.

Then I am going to start to define the dress by erasing the edges and to just sort of create the shape I want.  I am going to have to go layer by layer because I have all of these on separate layers.  I do this just so that when I am painting initially I have that really free flowing motion instead of being really confined to a shape.  This way I can make some decisions on the fly as well.

So now I have the basic shape of the skirt that I want.  Then I am going to go in with the same watercolor brush but just a smaller size and make sure that the opacity on my brush is all the way up and I am going to start to design the bodice detail.

I just like to make decisions on the fly when I am drawing.

Then I am going to bring in my lace layer and I am going to duplicate the layer and then put it together like a grid.  Again, because it is seamless the edges will match up perfectly and create a consistent seamless pattern.  And you can see I am duplicating again and merging as I go so I can make a bigger piece of fabric.

So I have put the lace layer up.  I am not going to make the skirt quite yet.  The reason why I wanted this lace layer on while I was doing the back of the dress was so that I could coordinate it and make it look cohesive.

Then I am going to draw in some details just making it up as I go.

After that I am going to fill in the bodice.  I would like a sheer sort of look with a lace overlay so I am going to use opacity on the layers to change that.

Use Erase To Create Dimension

Next I am going to go in and erase each layer of the tulle at the bottom of the skirt.  This is going to be really handy because it will end up looking like different layers of tulle in real life.  It is a little bit tedious.  It’d be nice if you could do it all at once but it doesn’t give you that look.  Just go in and make it all irregular.  You don’t want it to be uniform, you want it to be all varied and that will give it a sort of volume to it.

Now I will turn my lace layer back on and start to create the shape of the lace overlay and make some decisions here on how wide I want it and how stiff I want it to look.  I will do this by erasing what I don’t need.

Bring It All Together

With the very same watercolor brush I have been using in a very small size I am going to go and line all the edges.  That will give it a more realistic look of a stiffer lace overlay.

Moving back to the bodice again.  I really like to bounce back and forth between different parts of the dress, obviously, because I am not using a photo I am just making it up as I go.  It sort of evolves and I don’t like to commit too much to one part until the other part is ready.  It all kind of comes together naturally so it’s nice just to fluidly see where it goes.  That is why I don’t finish one part first and then move on.  It’s just a back and forth conversation between the top and the bottom.

Then I am going to bring in another piece of lace.  I’ve decided I would like that to match and blend in from the bottom so I am going to take that and erase a bunch of it and use some pieces of it to fill in the bottom bodice part.

Of course, we will add some more detail to the edges where the skirt meets the bodice.  This is how it would naturally make sense for the fabrics to join there.  You will want to fill it in where the bottom meets the top because the fabric would naturally be thicker there.

Procreate Textures Finished

And there we go! All finished!  A lovely finished wedding dress with tulle underlay and lace overlay all very uniquely designed.

Hope you enjoyed and found today’s tutorial useful.  That girl is actually part of a larger pack that I made.  It’s called The Stunning Wedding and Celebration Creator.

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How I Draw With Procreate

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How I Draw With Procreate On The Ipad Pro

Some of you have been asking how Kris Lauren draws with Procreate on the Ipad Pro.  Well awhile ago she put together a video that gives you a bit of a behind the scenes look as to how she creates a lot of her art.

As you can see, and we think it’s funny, that she draws while sitting on her bed! 🙂  However, we have seen from her instagram feed that she has since moved into an office.  But hey, wherever the creative juices flow, that’s where you go! (That just sounds wrong!)

Draw With Procreate

It’s kind of neat to get a glimpse of how Kris comes up with her ideas for drawing.  We especially liked seeing some of the finishing details that are done in Illustrator after the drawing part is finished.

Check out the video below or watch it here.

Hey Guys It’s Kris Here

Welcome to the channel.  Hope you are having a great day so far!

Today I’m going to be working on my next project which is sort of a spring theme with a little girl and some bunnies, birds and a picnic.  Today’s project though is specifically working on some bunnies.

For this project I am going to be working in Procreate on my Ipad Pro with my Apple pencil.  Actually normally when I am working on my Ipad I like to work on my bed so let’s hop on over there and get started.

Illustrate With Procreate

Getting Inspiration

I need some inspiration so I am off to Pinterest.  I need to get some shapes and sort of body positions and I am trying to think of what I would like my bunnies to do!  Usually searching for kids is a good plan or kids at play.

Use A Previous Drawing For Reference

I am actually going to start with a reference that I have already drawn.  I have already drawn a bunny and I kind of want all the bunnies to look similar.  So I am going to just copy my canvas of the bunny I already drew and put it into my new canvas so I can have similar proportions, look and line weight.

It will help me keep it more consistent throughout the whole project.

If At First You Don’t Succeed Try Again!

Okay, so I wasn’t really loving my initial attempt.  It wasn’t really working at all so I am going to start again and try to make the body a little different position.

From Procreate to Illustrator

Now what I am going to do to achieve the look I want is I am going to transfer my illustration to dropbox and send it to my computer.  This way I can put it into illustrator so I can make the lines into a vector so I can do an image trace.

Having vector lines is going to make it just a little rougher, just a certain look that I want.  So I am going to transfer it and I will see you at the computer.

Okay so I am just going to select the little bunny and I am going to ignore…I guess I should show you how to bring up the image trace.  You go to your window and go to image trace it will bring up the panel.  And you just want to click on it and I am going to say ignore white cause I just want the lines.

And then I am going to play with my threshold and the pad.  So I am just going to up the threshold a little bit.  I just know roughly where my settings are going to be.  It kind of looks like that…just a little diagonal line.  I am going to preview it and it’s going to say it’s going to be a big file but yes we know!

Okay, so that is what I have so far and then I am just going to see where I want it.  I want it kind of rough like that, not too perfect at all.  And I think I can probably go a bit more pads.  You know that is probably pretty good!

So then I am going to expand it and then I am going to send it as a PNG back to Procreate.

From Illustrator Back To Drawing With Procreate

Now I am going to add my file that I just made in illustrator, bring it in and overlay what I already have.  It doesn’t really need to be perfect.  Now we are ready to color!

Adding Details

Now I am going to go and do some more details so I am going to select the bunny, the solid shape that I created so that I don’t color outside the lines.  You just do automatic and select quickly and there it goes.  And then I will go on a different layer so if I mess up I can come back and fix it.

That’s it!  Thanks so much for watching.  That’s bunny number two done in the series and I’ll have lots more so stay tuned.  Make sure to check back to see the progress of the whole package that I am doing.

If You Want To See The Finished Collection…

Click below to see the Spring Illustration Collection!

Happy creating!