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Create Soft Pastel Drawings on Your iPad in Procreate

I absolutely love working with the textures and blending effects you can create with pastels, but I hate getting them all over my hands and table (am I the only one??)   I finally created some pastel brushes for Procreate, so I can get the textures and colors I love without getting dry chalky hands.  I still love working with real pastels, but seriously get tired of wearing surgical gloves while I draw (yes I hate the chalky feeling that much).

I just published a new tutorial showing how to use the brushes to get rough pastel textures like the image above.  In the class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to create soft pastel drawings on your iPad in Procreate.  When you watch the class, you’ll get all of the pastel brushes I created plus a blending brush, paper texture brushes, and some drawing templates.

First we’ll create a colorful feather drawing on dark charcoal paper.  I’ll show you how to create textured backgrounds, and how to control the amount of texture, vibrancy, and color in your background. Then we’ll look at how to create wispy feathers using the pastel brushes, and how to apply blended colors to the shape.  I’ll show you how use the feathers as a single image, how to turn them into a pattern, and how to weave them in and out of a quote.

Next we’ll create a portrait on a roughly textured brown paper.  I’ll show you some easy ways to work from a photograph, plus some tips for getting a good portrait photo of yourself or someone else.  Then we’ll use some bold colors to give the portrait personality and visual interest.

Next we’ll take a picture of an animal and turn it into a colorful pastel drawing.  I’ll show you how to use light and color to make the image stand out on the page, and how to use blending to bring a real pastel look to your digital drawing.  In this class, you’ll see how working with digital pastels allows you to turn any sketch or photograph into a beautifully textured and layered drawing.

All you need to take this class is your iPad and a stylus.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus, or even your finger!

Ready to take this class? Go to the class page to get started. See you there!