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How to Draw Toadstools and Mushrooms

By October 9, 2021procreate
how to draw toadstools and mushrooms

How to Draw Toadstools and Mushrooms – 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’ll be drawing some cute little toad stools on Procreate and I’m sure you can create this too if you follow along all the way to the end of the video. 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 re-watch if you need some extra practice. Today we’ll be using all free brushes found in Procreate. And don’t forget, once you’ve finished this entire video, share it on Instagram and tag me in the image, as well as the description, so I can find your artwork and feature you here in the next Draw Together video. And I’ve made you a free color palette as usual, just in case you’d like to use the exact same colors I’ll be using during this video, and you can just tap on the link in the description below where you can download and install it into Procreate. Also, below you can find a link to the goodie bag where you can grab some free goodies I’d love to give to you and support me by visiting my shop.


Let’s jump in by setting up our canvas at 4,000 x 4,000 pixels, 300 DPI and SRGB. I’m gonna start by describing my 6B pencil. It’s in your sketching section, 100 opacity, and let’s see, that’s probably good, it’s at about 40. And let’s just start by getting some shapes, as usual. So, our first little guy is gonna be sort of wide and squat.  So, we’re gonna start with sort of a shape like that. And then there’s going to be sort of a triangle type shape here and then another triangle below. So already we have something that looks a little bit vaguely familiar like a mushroom. So, we’re gonna want to see a little bit under the cap, so I’m gonna start creating that there. And this is gonna be a little irregular, not exactly, just completely round at the top. And maybe this is gonna be like that. Okay, and so then, the underneath part we know will be here. And then, this is, of course, gonna be coming across this line, so we can erase this if we wanna see. And this would be coming like this. I’m gonna make this a little bit shorter, actually. Something like that. And then, the stalk will be about like that.


I think that’s pretty good. Maybe we’ll make this even a little bit more unusual here. I like to scribble a bit. Just make it not so quite… The depth, not perfectly in the center, maybe. Alright, something like that. Okay, so that’s pretty good. Pretty good idea of we want. Maybe this wants to be a little bit rounder. I think that’s good. Okay. So, that’s our first little guy. And then, our second one, actually, I’m just gonna use my arrow just to move him over a touch and we’ll just maybe shrink him down a little bit. And then, I’m just gonna draw the next one, just so we have everything on one sketch layer. So next, I’m gonna draw my other little one and he’s gonna be, I don’t know, kind of the ones with those sort of funny shaped hats like this.  Like this, little scoop, and he’ll have quite a curved stalk or stem or whatever they are.  I’m gonna just grab my little selector tool and highlight this and just move this guy over a little bit.


Actually, while I’m doing that, gonna grab my selector again and just grab this top here, use my arrow and just, I’m gonna make him a little bit more on an angle. A little bit more attitude. Alright. And then, the other guy is gonna come like that, quite curved. Now we’re gonna see the underside of the mushroom here. So, it’s gonna be like a circle, so just sorta loosely draw an oval and then you’ll see kinda the top of the cap there. So, that’s gonna be the underside. You kinda get the idea there. Okay, and then we’ll just do some grasses there, and some grasses there. Okay. So, that’s just our sketch. I’m gonna move them around a little bit. Why don’t we do that now, actually. So, we’re gonna just select this guy and we’ll just size him down a little bit, move him over here. And then, grab our selector tool again, grab this, the arrow, size him down, maybe so we can fit, fit them on the same plane.


Okay. Good, that should be fine. Okay. So, next, why don’t we turn down that sketch layer to about 23%, 25%, somewhere there, and create a new layer by hitting the plus sign. Then I’m gonna go and grab just this darker brown color at the end. And then, one of my favorites, as you know, go into inking and grab that dry ink brush. So, we’re gonna have this at, let’s say about 5% and go in and make our final line work. So, I’m also gonna add some little bumps to this guy. So, I’m gonna do that while I do my good lines here. So, I’m just gonna go in and do my line work and then I’m gonna go over top and add some details in a bit. So, we’re just gonna go and keep it fairly sketchy looking, as usual. Just sorta the look we’re going for, the handmade sort of rough paper look. Just keep it squiggly, just different pressures with your pen. I didn’t like how I did that. Okay, not drawing them up very nicely. That’s better.


Okay, and the underside is gonna be quite a bit wigglier, so you can get in there, get some little nubbley bits. Okay. Okay. Okay. Making sure these lines match up. Actually, before I do this lower part, I’m gonna just do some grass, so just so it has something sort of to sit-in. So just some, you know, little wiggly bits and then some actual bigger grass, and you can just come over here and maybe they cross like that. Yeah. Whatever, it’s up to you with this part, you can have fun with it. Maybe some little rocks in there or something like that, you never know, little bits. Okay. So now we can draw a line over here, so it’s growing into the grass, I don’t want those lines to cross like that. Alright. Good. So you can see, turn off our sketch layer. We’ve got a funny little mushroom and next, we’ll go… Might as well keep this on our line layer, we’ll do this guy.


And I’m just gonna bring this lip up a little bit, kinda give it a little thickness. Okay. So again, I’ll do the grass, same thing, little bits. Perfect. Okay, so that helps us bring this line in here. Good. Alright. So for this guy, we wanna round that out. Okay. And then he’s gonna have kinda two layers, so let’s… Here I’ll show you. So you come around the top, just gonna be lighter around there. Just kinda the illusion of that lip there. And then on the inside, there’s gonna be sort of this, I don’t know, the fleshier bit of the mushroom. Okay. And then the cap will be like that. Okay. So, we can turn off our layer now, our sketching layer. So let’s go into a few details and while we’re here looking at this guy, some details will be making this fleshy bit kind of make sense. ‘Cause right now this looks like it’s floating and that’s not very good. So we’re gonna kinda scoop, kinda like eyelashes actually, kind of a line like that.


And they don’t have to be perfect, you want like a few little ones, you know? Keep it sketchy. A few can come in from the top, just keep it light, push harder in a few areas. Just kind of give it that texturey sort of look. And it makes sense of how the folds of the meat part of the mushroom go. It’s kinda skim your pencil along a little bit. Okay, so that makes a bit more sense, right? Okay, good. And with this color, we can do the little spots that are gonna be on here. They’ll have their little… Oops. I made those a little bit too symmetrical for my taste. Little sets, maybe he’ll have one down here. And of course, they don’t have to be perfect circles, just make them kind of a regular. Okay. I’m just gonna draw sort of a little bit of an extra line here, giving it a little bit more of that look. Okay, like that, sort of giving a few shadow lines sort of here, ’cause our shadow’s gonna be on our right side. Maybe just a few. Okay, so that’s good for those guys. This guy, I’m gonna work with this color on the inside and then I’m gonna do some detail with a different color on the top.


So, let’s just… Let me pull a few lines in there and do the same thing on the bottom stuff. And I’m gonna do a little inner line again in here. Not a perfect line, kinda spaced out, dotty, sketchy. Okay. And then doing some of these lines just like we did in the other one. Create that look and just slowly sort of bring it out, rounding it out. Sometimes I like to make them further, you know, the whole thing and then go back and fill it in, just so I have them all sorted from the right, shape and curve. So again, I’m just kind of mapping out just how it would… Wooden should go. Okay, so that’s probably alright for that guy. Okay, and then I’m gonna go and grab… Actually, I’m gonna do a new layer and just grab this orange color and I’m gonna make these funny little nubbley bits all over the top here, just… They’re not gonna be flat to it, they’re gonna have a little raised effect, so that’s why I’m gonna go over top, so they’re gonna come up and over the line, they’re gonna be sitting above it. So these are just gonna be totally regular and just all over the place.


Okay. That’s probably enough. Maybe do a couple more. All right. Okay, so let’s, next, color those dots and just while we’re here, I’m gonna go to the layer below and select a new layer and grab that sort of yellowy beigey color right beside that orange, and I’m gonna go and grab the studio pen ’cause it’s solid and fill those in right now.




Okay. I think I got them all. Okay. Then next we’re gonna go underneath again… Actually, click on your old sketched layer and add a new layer there. What I’m gonna do is actually fill on all my shapes with a solid fill so that then I can now go over with clipping masks and paint it without worrying about going over the edges, ’cause when you’re making clipart, you want everything to be nice and tidy and not… Well, unless it’s a specific look, but not have messy edges. I’m gonna do that next, and I’m going to just select this sort of pinky color and grab the studio pen still. Oh, and the studio pen was just on 18, sorry, I probably didn’t mention that and just fill this top cap in.




Okay. Next, I’m going to go below that, so again hit on layer one, add a new layer. I’m gonna use this light beige color. Actually, you know what I’m gonna do, is turn off my background layer, so you can see this, otherwise, it be might be a little bit light. Let’s go ahead and we’ll just get this, the lower part of the mushroom done. Okay. I’m just gonna… Actually, I’m just gonna drag it across and fill it, that’s fine. And then I’m gonna just put a layer on top of that and fill it in as well so that each piece is on a separate layer. That way it’ll make it easier for my clipping masks to work and just stay in these areas that we need them to. All this, we can just go straight across ’cause we’ll put our grass over top. Okay, and then while we’re here, we might as well do the grass, so I’ll add a new layer and grab this green and we can just fill this in.




Okay. So, with that let’s just grab the dry ink and pop that up to, I don’t know, 28%, kinda come in here and just to fade it out, just ’cause this has a nice scratchy edge, we can kinda do that, and that just allows us not to have that hard, hard edge. Maybe we will go around our little rocks and color those in a bit. Okay, actually I’ll just do that. There you can have a kind of a regular. Perfect. Okay, and while we’re here, let’s just go back to the studio pen and fill in this grass.




Most of the time while I’m doing clipart, I would have these two separate mushrooms on as two separate projects, but for these purposes just for showing you different types of little toadstools or just having it around one. Okay, so then I’m gonna just go grab that drawing ink again and just get that in there, perfect. Okay. So we can go to the layer below layer seven, the one that has the stalk on that side and back to studio pen and… Let’s see. We all make these… I’m gonna stick with a lighter beige for now, and I’m gonna… I’ll warm them up later. So again, we are at 20%, 100% opacity, and let’s just fill these guys in. You can do the whole thing on one layer.




Okay, this one, I’m not gonna do the fleshy part, that one I’m gonna do on a separate layer, so I’m just gonna do the edge here.




Okay. And then back to this layer, this part, the underneath part, layer six and let’s just fill this guy in here. Okay. So now I’m just gonna turn back on my background color, have a look, see what’s going on. Great, okay. So what I’m gonna do next is create a clipping mask and we’re gonna do that on here. Okay, so I’m gonna select the number five, the red top, and I’m gonna hit the plus sign, click on it and hit clipping mask. Okay, so this way our paint won’t go outside of this shape, alright. So let’s go and pick this darker red here, and I’m gonna go and pick a different brush, I’m going to go to artistic and select the hearts and it’s gonna be at about 55%, at about 30% precise. We’re just gonna lightly just sort of get some little gritty, some shadows here, so darker on this side. Again, most of our shadows are gonna be on the right and a little underneath, just kind of not too much over there. Just trying to give it a little bit of texture, you can maybe tap your pen a little bit, see what happens you get a little flaky bits, dry bits of paint kind of. Okay, that’s good. And then I’m gonna go to this sort of warmer browny color, kind of same thing. Actually, let’s pop this up to about 65 and lower the opacity to about 30. Just give it a little light, light bit here. Just sort of gringy.


Okay. And then I’m going to add another layer and also add that as a clipping mask and bring in this light pink here. So I’m gonna go and grab my gouache, it’s gonna be in painting right above. Let’s just find it here. Here we are. Good old gouache. Let’s bring it down to about, I don’t know. Hang on, it’s not gonna show there, 15%, maybe 6%. That’ll probably be better. I just wanna make sure that I have a little bit of a light. You know what, this needs to be lighter, so I’m gonna give you that, gonna make it a touch warmer too. Okay, let’s try that. Just give it a little highlight somewhere in there. Okay, let me add that color for you. Okay. And then let’s finish off this guy before we move on to the next one. Again, I’m going to go to this layer, the layer with the underneath part, the plus sign, click on it, hit clipping mask and then I’m going to get this warmy brown color. Actually, let’s start with this one, the one beside it, the little bit darker beige, and we can stay on gouache, we can bring it up to about 30% just… Okay, that’s a little hard. Just slightly, get in there. Do you see how wonderful that is we can paint and you don’t have to worry about anything. Okay. And then grab that warmer brown, go back to artistic, click on hearts.


We’ll just keep our settings the same, so that’s that… Actually no, let’s bring it up to 30%. We can stay at around 40% opacity, and just more in the center, I’m gonna concentrate on just kind of warming up, texturizing that a little bit near the center. Okay, so that’s probably good for that part. And then here, the stalk, the stem, whatever you wanna call it, we’re gonna add another layer, you guessed it, clipping mask. Yeah, let’s stay on this, warm brown, back to gouache. Gouache will be at about 28%, and just start to give this a little, little layers, little color, a little love. Okay, that looks good. Alright, and then let’s get the grass while we’re here too. I’m gonna click on the grass, hit the plus to clipping mask. I kind of like this hearts brush, so let’s grab the darker green, go back to the hearts and just kinda give it a little… Let’s see. We’re gonna give it some texture here. There we go. Beauty. Let’s do this here while we’re at it. Great. Okay, I think that’s good. So let’s move on to these guys, and we’ll go back to this layer, layer seven, and we can remain on this clipping mask we already created and I’m going to use this, oh gosh, medium beige, warmer medium beige, back to painting, back to gouache, carry on with the… What are we at? 30%, give it a little bit of that.


Maybe bring it down to 10 just to get underneath here. Okay, that’s good. And then back to layer six or the underneath parts, we can hit on that clipping mask, stick with this color and this brush color the same quite a bit darker. Grab that, yeah, the… This one, the one beside the darker beige and to artistic hearts, especially throughout the center where we are at, let’s bring it down to 20% and about 50% opacity. Just kinda get in there. Give it a few dabs. There. Good stuff. Okay, and then we need to do our little dots. So lets just go up to layer 10, so I’m behind my line layer, adding another layer there, so let’s grab this light color here and add a new layer, I’m gonna be on top of layer 10 right below our line layer and just fill these. You know what? That’s not light enough, so let’s just change that. Let’s test it out. I think so, maybe even as the hair type, lighter. Okay, I’m gonna add this for you too. So the lightest light, that’s better. We want it to show up. Alright, and there we have a couple of cute toadstools.


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