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How To Paint Procreate Textures

By October 15, 2019December 11th, 2019illustration, procreate
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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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