Hand lettering is one of the most important skills that artists and designers in the digital age can learn. While, of course, we can easily type out letters with a font, a lot of companies and buyers prefer the handmade look of hand lettering. It …
70s style is back! I’ve been seeing 70s colors, designs, and lettering all over the design world lately, so I knew it was time to dive into this style to figure out what elements make it unique and eye catching. In my newest class you’ll …
In this class, you’ll 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.
We’ll look at how to use the powerful color harmony tools in Procreate to take the guesswork out of making palettes. When you take the class you’ll get the limited color palette workbook I created that helps you build your own palettes from the ground up.
You’ll also get the illustration brush set I created with lots of textures and stamps to help you build limited palette illustrations.
First we’ll create several sets of color palettes so you have plenty of colors to work with throughout the class. Then we’ll create a simple illustration and apply one of the palettes to the drawing. You’ll see how even a monochrome color palette can create an interesting illustration that stands out online.
Next we’ll combine hands in various poses with other objects to create an illustration. I’ll share my hand sketches with you as free downloads so you don’t have to start from scratch. I’ll give you lots of ideas for objects to combine with your hands to create interesting illustrations that invite your viewers to spend more time looking at and thinking about your work.
Last, we’ll juxtapose two or more objects to create a theme or story in an illustration. We’ll apply some of our limited color palettes to the drawing to come up with a few possible color versions so you have lots of options to choose from.
If you struggle with choosing colors for your illustrations or just wish you had more palettes to choose from, this class will show you everything you need to know to start building a palette library full of beautiful color sets.
I created a limited color palette drawing challenge that you’ll learn about at the end of the class. The challenge will help you build a cohesive set of drawings to share on social media or in your portfolio. See the challenge entries here.
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. Check out the class trailer to get started:
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I get so many questions about how I create Procreate my brushes, I thought it would be a great time for a brush making post. I’ve pulled together all my brush making tips and tutorials so you have them all in one place! Why would …
I love adding playful insects to my illustrations because it’s an easy way to add a whimsical feel to an otherwise boring composition! So I created a class to show you my whole process so you can start incorporating insects into your illustrations. In this …
I absolutely love drawing and painting florals, but I have to admit I often get stuck in a rut and draw the same plant forms over and over. This month I did a complete overhaul of my plant form library and wanted to share my whole library and process with you in this new class.
In the class, you’ll learn how to paint bold and colorful wildflower arrangements like this in Procreate:
I created a gallery of over 300 vintage wildflower illustrations, so you’ll have no shortage of plant forms to use as inspiration.
When you watch this class you’ll get all of the brushes and color palettes I use in the class as free downloads, including my saturation booster brushes, which allow you to use the pressure of your stylus to create varied brushstrokes on the canvas.
First we’ll study a single plant form so you can start adding new flower and leaf forms to your drawing wheelhouse. If you’re like me, sometimes you get stuck drawing the same plant forms over and over, and you need some inspiration to start incorporating new shapes into your work. This process will help you get familiar with new flowers and leaves, so you can create varied compositions with a variety of wildflowers and plants.
Next we’ll combine multiple plant forms in a middle out composition style. We’ll look at how to choose plant forms that work well together, and how to select colors that compliment each other to create a bold and cohesive composition.
Last we’ll create a floral arrangement combining flower forms in several angles and shapes, so you can practice drawing and painting plants from the side, back, and top angles. If you tend to always draw flowers from the front, this is a great way to mix up your drawings with some interesting angles.
These bold floral compositions are perfect for print on demand sites, gifts, or just sharing online. They’re also great for printing out as art prints or turning into greeting cards.
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. Let’s get started!
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So many of you have told me that you struggle with choosing colors for your work. I hear you! I used to agonize over color combinations and wonder why my colors never seemed to look as good as everyone else’s. It wasn’t until I did …
When it’s cold and windy outside, there is nothing I like more than curling up on the couch and drawing winter plants, objects, and lettering projects. Let’s be honest. I like eating cookies more, but this is definitely #2 on my list! So I decided …
There is something so satisfying about making perfect geometric shapes. Maybe it brings out my inner math nerd? I decided to create a class for all you other math nerds out there who feel frustrated that you can’t make things PERFECT in Procreate. (Am I just projecting here?)
In the class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to create vector based geometric illustrations on your iPad in Affinity Designer + get all of the vector assets and colors I use in the class, including 33 customizable vector illustrations that you can use for personal or commercial use.
First we’ll create a vibrant geometric illustration combining simple shapes and bold color. I’ll show you how to use the tools in Affinity Designer to perfectly line up your geometric elements so they seamlessly fit together, and how to add textures to your vectors so they don’t appear flat and dull.
We’ll look at how to create interesting geometric patterns, and how to add text to your composition to create a bold and vibrant lettering design.
Next we’ll look at how to create complex geometric shapes using Affinity Designer’s precise transform tools. We’ll cover all the math you need to know to get your geometric shapes to be perfectly symmetrical. I’ll share with you a practice sheet of geometric shapes that you can use to practice all the steps for creating any shape at all.
Then we’ll create a composition using a variety of geometric shapes, outlines, and patterns. We’ll look at how to use the pen tool to create detailed line drawings to compliment your geometric shapes. I’ll show you some easy tricks for building symmetrical designs and adjusting colors as you work.
We’ll also look at how to use advanced vector editing tools to create the exact shape that you need, and how to add a smooth gradient to your backgrounds and vectors.
Last we’ll create a complex astronomy themed composition combining all the vector editing skills we cover in the class into a detailed illustration. We’ll look at how to combine pre-made vector elements and hand drawn elements to create unique illustrations that are easy to customize and use for anything from social media posts to print on demand projects.
The amazing thing about this process is you can create pixel perfect geometric shapes using Affinity Designer’s advanced editing tools. Affinity is only a few more dollars than Procreate, and it offers both the ability to work with vectors and precise transform tools that make it perfect for creating geometric illustrations!
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.
Not ready to watch it now? Hover on this image to Pin It for later.
I have loved the concept of print on demand since I first heard the term in 2013. It took me a few years to actually start my own shop, but I looked on with jealousy as so many amazing artists and designers grew their shops …