Create Soft Pastel Drawings on Your iPad in Procreate

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.  If you don’t have a Skillshare membership, you can still watch the class for free.  Just sign up for the 2 month free trial to get started.  See you there!

Combining Lettering and Illustration in Procreate

In this class you’ll learn all the steps for combining lettering and illustration to create compositions that both tell a story and are visually interesting!

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Illustrating with Layered Texture & Color

Learn how to use layered texture and color to add depth and visual interest to your illustrations.  We’ll look at how to create overall textures, how to use texture to create highlights and shading, and how to use single and multi colored texture to bring out warm and cool tones in your illustrations.

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Design a Pattern Collection on Your iPad

Learn how to design a pattern collection on your iPad from start to finish.  I’ll show you options for making your repeat elements in both Procreate and Affinity designer, so you can choose which option works best for you!

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70s Lettering

Learn how to create 70s style hand lettering and decoration from start to finish.  We’ll cover everything you need to know to add the kind of bold color, drastic variation, and playful decorations that were so popular in the 70s and are now popping up all over in the design world on stationary, clothing, home decor.

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Limited Color Palette Illustration in Procreate

Learn how to create limited color illustrations and palettes on your iPad in Procreate.  We’ll cover every step of the process from building new palettes to creating illustrations that are ideal for limited palettes.

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Ink Illustration Techniques in Procreate

In this class, you’ll learn three different ways to use ink lines and dots to add shadow, highlights, and depth to your work.  We’ll look at tons of tips and tricks for hatching, crosshatching, and stippling, and talk about how to add bold color to your linework to add variation and contrast that makes your work stand out online and in print.