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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.

And don’t forget to sign up for my free Goodie Bag!

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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!