How to Draw Pansies – A Floral Step by Step Procreate Tutorial
Hi guys, I’m Kris. Welcome to this week’s tutorial. Let’s draw together.
In this week’s tutorial, we’re drawing a cute bunch of pansies in Procreate and I’m sure you can create this too, if you follow along all the way to the end. If you feel rushed, just be sure to hit that pause button and rewind to catch up and save this video to your library so you can re-watch if you need some extra practice.
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Let’s Jump In
So let’s create our canvas at 4000 x 4000 pixels, 300 DPI and sRGB. I’m just gonna grab my… Just a black here, and we’re gonna start with a sketch, so I’m gonna go to sketching and 6B pencil. I’m gonna have my pencil at about… Oh, I don’t know, 45%, just so you can see it, and I’m just gonna start by getting some shapes going and just getting an idea of where I want these flowers to be.
So I’m just gonna start with a circle and bring my centre point here. And the way pansies go, they have a few layers of petals. So I’m gonna bring one out here, it’s gonna be like that. Another one’s gonna be maybe like this, gonna have two behind here.
Oops, maybe not quite like that. Two behind here, they’ll overlap, kinda come out here. Maybe a bit more up there, like so, and then there’s gonna be this petal here, the one that kind of… I don’t know, goes around like this. So that should be a good… This is gonna be five petals total, so that’s fine for that one, I’m just gonna shrink that down just a touch.
Get That Circle
Bring them over there, maybe in the centre. The next one I’m gonna have over here, maybe they will be touching, just gonna get that circle, gonna have that… It’s gonna be… Have this one out in front, this lower guy, something like that. Sort of these three are always kind of in that design, and then two in the back can vary.
This one, maybe it will come over more, and this one will be… Maybe that’s a little bit too much, hold on. Over like that, and this guy, the fifth one will pop in at the back there. And then we’ll have one over here, that’ll be the centre of this guy, this front one, coming in here. Okay, and then he’s gonna be over here, back one… Okay, so that’s sort of where we want those guys to be.
Great, so then we’re gonna get the stems, and they will start from where the base is, so you can get an idea. It’s a little bit on the thicker side, and this guy is gonna kind of… Maybe he’ll curve a little bit more like that, will be about there. This guy will be coming in like that. Okay, and then some leaves. Sort of like so. I’m bringing him in like that. I’m trying to decide. Actually, maybe we’re gonna have a little bud that’s coming up here to fill in this little area here.
The bud will be just a bunch of wiggly, here, little wiggly leaves like that, and it’ll have the greenery on top. We’ll see later. So that’s just a little bud that’s coming up. And we’ll have some more leaves, will just be overlapping and falling behind. This guy, let’s have him come over here, like so.
Maybe there’ll be one back here and kind of, yeah, I want them all to be overlapping and stuff, like that. This guy in the back doesn’t actually have any, so what are we gonna do there? I’m running out of room. Maybe in there.
Knock Down The Opacity
Okay, let’s see how that goes when I do my better copy for my line work. So I’m just gonna take this and knock down the opacity to about 25%, create a new layer by hitting that plus sign, and then actually I’m gonna stick with my 6B pencil today for my line work.
I think that will work nicely for what we’re trying to do here, so just stay on that and I’m gonna stay at 45%. I think that was working just fine. So then I’m gonna go and just make some nicer line work. I’m gonna do these little details, so these little… Oops, I’m on the wrong way.
These little details, I am just gonna do a little scoop, a little scoop like that, and then they’re gonna have a circle like that. So that’s how the little centres of these guys go. And then I’m just gonna play with the pressure of my pen a little bit just to create these wiggly lines, and that will make a nice petally look.
So you can play with this. Again, I love nature because of it’s, you get not perfectly straight lines, it can be wiggly and be a little bit interpretive which is always nice.
Okay, good, and then we’re gonna do this guy, so these two little bean shapes, a little smile. This guy is gonna come underneath this one. Like that. Okay, this guy lastly for this part like so… Just make them all lazy and do a little overlap here by drawing that line, it looks like it’s folding over.
You can make those little fun details if you want… Okay, let’s get this guy here, this is gonna be the leaf part over top of our bud, and then these will be… Oops these will be the petals here. Okay. And the stem. Okay. Great. And you just continue on and line your work, adding all the little touches that you want.
So actually with the leaves, I’m gonna do… I’m gonna do this, so on the middle, I’m gonna go, just do these little lines here for the veining, so I’m pushing a little bit more at the beginning and easing up as I lift my pen at the end.
Let’s See What We’ve Got
Okay. So I think that’s good. We can turn off our sketch layer here. So let’s see what we’ve got. Okay. That looks good for now. And then I’m gonna add a couple more line details to this.
So when we come in here, you can see this would be nice just to add a little line and then maybe… I hope you can see this. So if when it goes like this, you might see it behind. So that creates a more realistic effect of how they’d actually be in real life, not so flat. So I like adding those little details, too, when they come up and they’re just not really planned, they just happen as I do those little squiggly lines and stuff.
So just bring in these little bits where you can find them. So from the centre and also from the top. A few little ones more in the centre, sometimes, just to bring that in there. It looks good. Okay. I’ll just keep going. So there again, this little scoop, if you put that line there, it’ll look better, like it’s folding. There’s another one where you can make it look like that fold.
Okay so I think that’s pretty good for that part, I’ll start coloring it in. So I’m gonna just do some solid fills and go over with some painting techniques. So I’m just gonna go below my sketch layer and add new layer by hitting the plus sign. And let’s go find some new colours. And let’s start with the light pink colour and go into inking, and I’m gonna grab that studio pen.
I’m just gonna use that for my solid fill. I’m gonna turn off my background layer so you can see ’cause it’s quite a light colour. So let’s just go in and I’m going to just fill this in, just colour within the lines.
And then I’m just gonna drag my colour into there and fill that. Next, I’m gonna create a new layer. I’m gonna use this darker pink colour and fill in this one.
I think I’m gonna be dragging my colour in and fill, and then we’re gonna do another layer and grab this light yellow colour and fill in this one. Okay, and then I’m gonna just do this little guy too, I’ll make him yellow. Alright. And then lastly, we’ll just do our green, so create a new layer and get that light green colour and we’ll fill in all our greenery.
Solid Fills Done
Okay, so now we have all our solid fills done and we’re ready to do a little bit of painting and shadows and stuff like that. So I’m going to just create a new layer. Actually, I’m gonna… Yeah, I’m gonna do a new layer and I’m gonna use this dark orange colour and with this solid we still have our studio pen, I’m just gonna do these little bits here, all the way around.
And then I’m gonna grab that medium yellowy orangey colour and do the top two thingies. Okay, so then we have that done.
Great. Okay, and then I’m gonna do a clipping mask on a bunch of these guys. So first, I’m gonna go back to our pink and a new layer, hit the plus sign, hit that layer and say clipping mask, so that will mean that we can only draw within this shape, which will be nice, then we don’t have to do a bunch of clean up.
I’m gonna grab that medium pink colour, and then go to my painting. Where are you painting? And grab my gouache, I’m just gonna use that for now. Let’s see, I’m going to be at about, let’s say 5% and just bring in some shadows here, so quite close to the beginning. I’m gonna make that a shadow and just have it so all the tips of the flowers are gonna be lighter.
And you can just have some lines up there if you want, just sort of get in these grooves. And you can build that up by just doing layers too, and just get under here, in all these little folds.
Get in and come behind here. I’m creating that shadow there. Okay. So hopefully you can see that. That’s working. Okay. So then I’m gonna do the same thing to this darker layer here, so I’m gonna add new layer, hit clipping mask and grab… Oh, I didn’t do a darker colour, so I’m gonna make this for you, grab this darker colour, kind of a reddy-pink and do the same thing.
And if you make a mistake like I just did, you just get your eraser, take that out, ’cause I like to have this, just to make sure that you’re creating that depth, having the dark behind and then the light tips of the flowers, I think that looks good.
Okay, and then same with the yellow one, create new layer, clipping mask, and then get that medium yellow, and we’ll do the same thing. And then we’re gonna come in here with this bud too. Okay, perfect. And then same thing with our green, so create new layer, clipping mask, grab that darker green and just start bringing in some shadows here.
Oops, I forgot to fill one of those in. Okay, so I’m just gonna go and fix that, grab my green and drag and drop in there, there we go, fixed.
Grab the dark green again and just finish up with my shadows here. Okay, so we have a little bit of depth going on. I’m gonna turn my background layer back on, I prefer it that way. Okay, so now let’s just go and do the details for the… That make pansies actually look like pansies. So I’m just gonna continue on with my clipping or the layers that I did for my clipping mask.
You can make new ones if you want to by all means, that would be less destructive, but today, I’m just gonna do it over top, so we don’t have a ton of layers. So I’m gonna start with this medium yellowy colour, so I’m on my pink one, so on that clipping mask above it.
I’m gonna just go and make that… I don’t know, little face that they have just with the yellow, and I’m gonna be layering it. I’m gonna start with this. So here it kinda goes, it’s almost like a butterfly shape. I’m just gonna fill that in. Okay, and then I’m gonna go and grab this quite dark, eggplant purpley colour, and then go over top.
So I want to have an outline of the yellow, and this is gonna be quite dark. It’s kinda gonna have the edges a little painty but quite heavy in the centre.
So the same thing to the dark pink one, so I’m gonna just go to that clipping mask layer, grab that medium yellow, same thing. Grab that eggplant colour. Okay, and lastly on our yellow one. So the yellow part won’t show quite up as much, but we’ll still put it in here. Again, grab that eggplant. I don’t know why I’m calling it eggplant, it’s purple. Whatever. Sounds fancy.
So It’s Looking all Right
Okay, at least they look like pansies, right? But I’m gonna make a few changes ’cause for this picture I don’t actually want my lines to be black. So what we can do, ’cause I didn’t feel like doing each line a different colour, we can just do this after the fact.
So this is a little thing that I do sometimes. Again, I’m gonna create a clipping mask on top of my lined layer and then yeah, hit clipping mask, and I’m gonna go in and just grab the colours that I want to make the outlines. So I’m gonna go back to my inking and grab that studio pen.
You can do this a number of ways, you can do this with studio pen or you could just to color it with a marker or anything like that, but I’m just gonna use studio pen today. I’m gonna grab this darker pink here, and I’m gonna make the lines this colour, so because it’s a clipping mask, I can just go over like that, and it’s gonna just make my lines pink, so I can just really do a swoop, do a circle, careful around here, and just make a circle around and then fill that circle in and then just that part is that pink colour.
So I like that better, that look better for this particular thing. So I’m gonna go and change everything here. So I’m gonna grab this darker one and then do the lines for this flower.
So I’m just going all the way around holding down my pen, making sure the line up again, and there we go, just a little bit more subtle. Grabbing this dark orange, going here.
Hopefully I got that in there. Yeah, got that. And then, don’t forget about this while we’re here. Little guy, and then I’m gonna go and grab this dark green and do the same to my greenery, and you can just do it in the sections, I’m just trying to make sure that I get it all covered here. And you can just go and color over top too.
You don’t have to do the drag and drop, it’s just a little bit quicker sometimes, but when you’re doing picky things like all these little details and it’s a little bit harder to get in, you might wanna do it all by hand. Okay. Let’s see if this works. Oops.
Looking A Lot Better!
Perfect. Okay, so that’s a better look, I think for this particular thing. And we can add another little touch here by going into the wrench. And I’m gonna give you a free watercolour paper texture that is in the downloads as well, so go and grab that if you want, just to add another little layer to it.
So I’m gonna go to my wrench and to add insert file. I’m gonna go into my Dropbox and go and find that. Wherever you downloaded yours will probably be on your iPad if you downloaded this watercolour texture. I’m gonna find that, import that, and I’m just gonna use the little toggles to expand it all the way out and make sure that it is at the top of our layer.
And then I’m gonna click the end and go to multiply, so that will give us a watercolour texture, which is a little bit nicer than just having it plain for this particular project.
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