How To Draw Pumpkins In Procreate Tutorial
Hi guys, I’m Kris. Welcome to this week’s tutorial. Let’s draw together. In this week’s tutorial, we’re gonna be drawing a pumpkin in Procreate or two pumpkins rather, and I’m sure you can create this too if you follow along with the video all the way to the end. If you feel rushed, be sure to hit that pause button or just rewind to catch up, and save this video to your library so you can rewatch if you need extra practice. So today, I will be using all three brushes found in Procreate. And don’t forget, once you finish this entire video, share it on Instagram, tag me in the image as well as the description, so I can find your artwork and feature it here in the next Draw Together video. For this video, I’ve made you a free color palette just in case you’d like to use the exact same colors I’ve been using during this tutorial. And you can just tap on the link in the video description below where you can download and install it into Procreate. Also below, you can find the link to the goodie bag where you can grab some free design goodies and also support me by visiting my shop there. So, okay, so grab your pen and let’s get to it.
Create this Canvas
I’m gonna create this canvas. It’s gonna be 4000 x 4000 pixels, 300 dpi and RGB. So first, I’m gonna start with getting my pen. I’m just gonna use my 6B pencil ’cause we’re just gonna do our sketch first and then we’re going to paint it in. So I’m gonna do two pumpkins today and add just, yeah, just a little regular circle. You guessed it. Something like that. Just gonna do this really rough sketch. I’m just gonna make him kind of on an angle here like this, and the stem is gonna come out like that. I want it to have a little personality. And then the other one is gonna be a little bit taller and narrower, and he’s gonna come behind like this. Something like that. And I’m just gonna move this down a little bit by using my arrow and just watching it, moving it a little touch here so I can get a different sort of a little stalk in here. Something like that. This guy is just gonna be straight out here. Alright. Already we have something going. We can kinda tell it’s pumpkin-esque. I’m gonna just… I think I’m gonna make that more like that. Actually, I’m gonna use my little squiggly line, a little S curve here. Grab this, it’s on freehand and add, and then I’m gonna push my little arrow and just with the… By using the green toggle, just sort of tilt him this way.
There, I think that’s a little bit more interesting. Okay. So we can bring that down there. I think maybe we’ll just do some leaves around here. Something like that. Maybe we’ll have, I don’t know, some vines, something like this. This part you can play with. You can do whatever you want. I put some leaves in here, maybe some maple leaves and other things too. I don’t know, just dress it up. Have a little fun with it. Just some autumn leaves. Something like that. That gives us sort of an idea of what we are going to create here. Alright. So now that I have a really rough sketch, I’m gonna come in and just make a few more changes like defining our pumpkin a little bit more. So the stem is gonna be sort of on the inside. We’re gonna see just slightly a little bit up the top of this and, as you know, pumpkins have all these lovely ridges, so that’s gonna come down there and around. I love organic things because we can make it up, and it’s not all perfect, and it’s a little bit irregular, and that’s kinda fun. And you’re just gonna have some bumps in the back there. Bringing these around. Something like that. This needs some more thickness here. Something like that, I think. Okay. So this guy, gonna give him, let’s see, lines here, making sure you go up and around here to show that volume.
That Looks Kinda Funny.
I want him to be more square here, kind of sitting on that edge. Okay. Looks good. Maybe we will do some little berry type things. A few more curls on here. Just be really free with it. Have fun. Just doing some little berry businesses here. Full circles. Just trying to keep a… Make some sort of an even composition here.
Alright. I think that’s pretty decent for our first sketch here. That will give us a good base to draw from here, so… Alright. I’m gonna just click on the end, bump back that opacity way down to maybe like, I don’t know, 15%? Then, add another layer on top. And I’m gonna go into my brushes and go onto the painting section and use that Tamar brush. I just started using it and I kind of like it. So I’m gonna grab the orange here, the lighter orange, and I’m gonna paint this front pumpkin here, so… That’s far too big. Let’s just bump it back to 15% and it’s a 100% opacity, and we’re just gonna fill this in.
Keeping it fairly loose right now, just going over it, filling that in. Alright. Good. Now I’m gonna bring it way back to let’s see if 3% does the trick, and I’m gonna start going in those lines we made and just sort of bringing those… Just darkening them up a bit. I don’t like how I did this here. This is not gonna work. Actually, you know what? I’m gonna use my sponge tool, and I’m gonna use it on the… Let’s see. I actually might use it the same, the Tamar brush. My smudge tool will be on the Tamar brush. So I’m just gonna come in here, make it way smaller than I just had it, to 10% and about 80% opacity and just smudge that out. I don’t really like it, and then go back to my pen, my paint brush here and just fix that up a little bit. Okay, that’s better. Alright. Oops. Bringing it in. Okay. So once I have that, I can go and take my smudge tool again. I’m gonna bring it way back to 4% and just… You know what? Maybe five and bring the opacity down to 30. Okay, that’s better. I wanted it a little bit more subtle. I’m just gonna use a circle-y type soft motion just to smooth those out a little bit. Just creating that shadow.
Let’s See What That Looks Like!
Alright. Let’s see what that looks like without that layer. Okay, good stuff. Alright. So I’m gonna go and get the darker purple, no, that’s good, the darker orange and continue with my Tamar and bring this up to about 8%, let’s say, just really lightly start bringing in some shadow. So of course it’s gonna be a little bit darker at the bottom. I’m just doing little circle-ies and just creating a little shadow down here.
I want this to look a little bit painted, so I like having some of the edges. I’m gonna take my smudgy… This smudger and just blend in a little bit here. It is your blending tool but why not call it a smudger? What it feels like right now. Okay, and then I’m gonna go back to my brush, make it a little bit smaller, let’s say around three, just emphasizing those lines a little bit, bringing them partially up.
And just carrying on here, making it a little bit darker at the bottom, a bit more darker in the creases, and blend that out. Okay. It’s starting to take a shape a little bit. I’m just going around the edges. I’m just pushing it up a little bit so it’s not quite so messy on the edges. Okay. I’m gonna go back to my brush, and then starting at the top a little bit. Actually, I need this to be a little bit smaller, so I’m gonna go all the way down to… Well, let’s see two. Yeah, two. Two works. Making it even smaller in here. I’ll come in so you can see a little bit. Even smaller, blending that out, trying to kinda go in the center here, blending, blending. Just alternating between my brush and my blender.
Alright. Just getting some of these guys in the back here. This is gonna… Oops. Good stuff, okay. So then we can go and do the stem. And I think, actually, yeah, I’m gonna use this beige color here and bump up my brush to maybe four and come in and… Oops, not do that, but get in here and color that guy in. Just go back and grab that orange and just make sure that this edge is more defined here on top. I think that’s alright. Go back and get the dark brown, back to my Tamar brush, gonna keep it at four, and just give… Actually no. I’m gonna bring it down to two, just bring in those lines, just that mix of that kind of stalk-like handle here. Okay, then I’m gonna blend it out. Actually, I’m gonna tune out that background layer just so I can see a little bit better.
Back and Forth
Just back and forth. I’m actually gonna bring this down to one so I can get some smaller lines in here. On that a little bit. Not too much. I still want them somewhat line-y. Okay, that’s good for now. I’m actually gonna throw some highlights on this guy, and so I’m going to actually… Let me see if this works. It might not be. Yeah. I think that’ll work. Okay. So the light beige color, bring this back up to four and let’s throw some highlights on him. Just kind of thinking where the light might hit if it were coming from this side. Oops, just went over the line a little bit, didn’t wanna do that. So I’m gonna blend that out, not completely, try and leave the inside of that somewhat still sharp to see edges. Okay. And I’m gonna go and grab my white and just do a little bit more… Actually, bring this back to two. A little bit more of a sharper highlights, just to really make that pop a bit.
And blend that just a touch. Still want it a little bit nose, more vibrant there. Okay, maybe I’ll throw a couple on the stem too. It’s not gonna show up quite as much, but it’s okay. Alright. So now I have one pumpkin looking alright. I’m doing okay. Actually, still gonna go back and take the darker brown, still with my Tamar brush, maybe at about three, and actually, I’m going to have to just darken this up even more here while we’re here.
Alright. I’m gonna blend that in.
Alright. I’m gonna come in with this orange again, darker orange, and just see if I can just merge this a little bit. I’m going to bring it up to five and just warm that up, just a touch. It’s all about the layers.
Okay. And blend that. Let me bring my blender up to about 7%. Good. That’s better. So I’m gonna turn back on our sketch layer and create a layer on top of that, so it’s below this front pumpkin here. And I’m gonna just grab our orange again and grab the Tamar brush, bump it up to maybe 12, 14, 14, and just bring that in here. Just start colouring this up. Just getting that washed down. Okay. And I’m gonna do another layer, so as you pick your pen up, it’ll do a darker layer over top.
Okay. Then I’m gonna bring my brush down to about a four and start bringing in these lines, creating no shadows.
I don’t like the lines I drew underneath before, so I’ll fix them now. It should be a little bit more straight down sort of. It’s still curved.
Come on you. Okay. I’m just gonna blend that out a little bit, slightly. And I’m gonna go and turn off that layer behind ’cause I find that I can see a little bit easier with my line work here. So I’m gonna go and take the darker orange. Yeah, this time I’m gonna do a three and just start making it a little darker. Need a little bit lighter on top, a little bit heavier-handed on the bottom. And then I’m gonna bring my brush up a little bit more to maybe 10 and just start getting some shadowing in the bottom here, just like we did the other one and behind too ’cause there might be a little bit of a shadow there. We also want the two to… ‘Cause they’re the same color, we wanna make sure that we can tell each one apart. Having a little contrast will help.
Bring On The Smudger!
Bringing my smudger down to a four so I can be a little bit easier on these lines here. And bringing it back up maybe to a 10, just blending this a little bit. I still want to have the texture that the brush gives whenever I can, so sometimes you just gotta blend out the edges a touch. Going back to my brush. Going in for another round. Bringing it a little bit smaller, maybe about a six.
Getting in there. Let’s work a little bit on here.
Good. Blending anything out that’s a little bit too hard. Cleaning and getting that nice dark brown and going down to a 2% brush, getting in the middle of those lines there, so we can really get that crease.
Getting my blender, and that’s too big so I wanna go back down to a four, and just gently blending that out.
Just kind of going on one side of it really helps. You can see that little heart. Okay. And let’s see. Let’s bring in… I’m thinking, I actually might try something. If this doesn’t work, I might erase it. So I’m gonna put a layer over top to a clipping mask and click on the end and I’m going to do… Maybe a color burn might work. Let’s see. Let’s see what happens. This is a fun experiment. I’m gonna put my brush up to about 15. That’s not doing anything. Let’s try this color, the darker orange.
Okay. So that’s maybe quite red. Let’s try that, okay. Maybe we’ll do the lighter orange. Bring my brush up to 20%. Do you see how that’s kind of making it red? I’m gonna bring the opacity down to, let’s try 50 and make my brush about 25, just really lightly, just paint over some and see how it’s kinda warming it up. I just want it to be fairly subtle, bringing that back down to about 10, warming it up a little bit in here.
Not Too Red!
Alright. Don’t want it too, too red. Just create a little bit of interest here. Okay. So you can see before, after, before and after. I’m actually going to knock it back just a touch maybe to 70%. That might just give us a little bit more interesting colors there. Okay. So I’m actually gonna merge that now. But just by pinching them together, they will merge. I’ll put my sketch layer back on, and let’s go and actually do the little stem here. I’m gonna grab that beige color. I am back at 5%, and get that in here. Gonna go over it a couple of times just because this brush is a little bit transparent. So I wanted to cover behind there and just gonna go and get that orange again and just make sure that it’s the dominant color over top here. Okay. Grabbing the dark brown, going to 2%, and I wanna turn off this layer again so I can see, and starting to define this stalk. So some scratchy lines.
And smudging those. Oops way too much. Back down to 4%, just blending those lightly. And then I’m gonna grab this again and go down to 1%, and really getting so much more sharp edges here.
Blending some of them a little bit.
Back up to 2%.
Right. That should be good for now. Let’s give them some highlights, and I’m gonna go grab that light beige again on my Tamar brush. I think two might be okay. Let’s see now. I want a 4% and just giving them some light here. And I’m gonna blend that. I’ll try to keep this center but it’s still the way it is but just the edges. Grabbing the white, going to 2%, giving it some more hot spots, I like to think of it.
Something like that. Oops. And then giving those a little smudge, still wanna keep them really noticeable. Okay. So we’re looking all right. Let’s put in some of this extra greenery business going on here. So on a separate layer, I’ll just do it below. Let’s do some leaves and fun stuff. So I’m gonna take my dark green. Actually, I’ll take the lighter green and back to the Tamar brush. I do believe we are at 2%. Let’s go to 4%, and just start painting some leaves.
I’m actually holding down my pen the entire time. So, otherwise, if you see if you do this, and then you hold up your pen and then you go back in, it’s gonna look like that. So if you hold down your brush the entire time, it’s gonna be nice and smooth like that.
Let’s make this actually more of a make-believe look.
I probably should have a few of those. Let’s see. We’ll make one here. Actually, just thinking, I might want this to go over top, so I’m gonna put it to the top, just so I can go over top of this guy here.
Alright. I’m gonna see if this pen would look nice with my favorite as you know, the dry ink brush. I’m gonna use that for these lines here. I’m gonna use the darker green and go and do that. Let’s see. I’m gonna make it at maybe about 8%. And just do these vines here.
Just Use YourImagination
This is the fun part. Keep it loose. Okay. Let’s see what that looks like without our layer. Good. I think that’s alright. Okay. So now let’s make these leaves… Actually, you know what, I’m gonna want to do these little berry things and I’m thinking, let’s see what colors I have. That might be okay. I might as well keep within the color palette. Let’s see, experiment time. Yeah, maybe that’s alright. Okay. So I’m gonna bump up my brush to about 20%. I’m just gonna push… Actually, I’m gonna do them this way, push and then down, push down, make little hopefully little teardrop shapes, something like that. Yeah, I think that’ll work.
Do them in the middle so they overlap so then it looks slightly more realistic kinda.
Alright. Now I’m going to do some more work on these leaves. I think I’m gonna bring this brown or sort of browned, I don’t know, green? Chartreuse color and just sort of, let’s see, shall we outline them? Let’s see what happens if we smudge that. Kind of play with, maybe not. Let’s do the Tamar brush with this. Back to painting, back to Tamar. What do we have? We have a four, maybe just give them a little interest here. And I’m gonna blend it a little bit. Yeah, just to have a bit more of a painted effect, sort of. This is sort of a hybrid of looking a little painted, being a little bit more illustrative, obviously.
This kind of needed to be a little more filled in to cover up that, which is good. Let’s just blend where you need to.
So, I mean, you could leave it like this a little bit, but I’m actually going to go in and make my pumpkin slightly more illustrative, just… Why not? Let’s bump it up a little bit more. So I’m gonna go in with the dark brown, grab my… Go into inking, grab my dry ink again, still with the same size. What am I at here? 28. And maybe just bump up these lines a little bit. Actually, no. I’m gonna go in and we’re actually gonna be quite a bit smaller than that. Sorry, 15%? Nope. Maybe eight, all the way down. Yeah, that’s better. Alright. Just… I’m gonna outline them exactly just bringing in a few parts just to bump up that… Those edges, giving them a little bit more… A little bit more Christmas.
Trying to stay within the lines is always good. Just gonna erase that guy.
I think that’s good, just giving him a little bit more pop.
Ah… Let’s stick on here.
There. And of course, we’re gonna soften them just a touch if we wanted, a few places where that… It could look good.
Nice. Okay. So we can probably go back to the dark green, back with our dry brush still and do a little bit more detail on these leaves, giving them a little bit more of that.
Just a bit more interest. Let’s see if this is all getting done here. Alright, a few final touches. I’m just gonna do a few highlights on these little berry things, whatever they are. Just gonna take my light orange and I’m gonna go on that later and just give them a little highlight here. They’re looking a little flat.
So That’s It, Guys!
I think that’s good for our little holiday pumpkin. So I hope you 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 one in the future. I post every Tuesday. It’s Tutorial Tuesday. So I hope you guys have a wonderful week. Thank you so much for watching. I love you and I’ll see you in the next one.