Learning Digital Art with Procreate

Last December I treated myself to a brand new 13 inch iPad Pro with a stylus. I immediately downloaded Procreate and started learning this app via YouTube tutorials and Skillshare classes. I am not going to to lie, I loved all of it at first, but find all the choices incredibly overwhelming. I enjoy working in this format, but not nearly as much as my pens, brushes, and watercolors.

I do think learning in digital art is a great way to help you learn how to create. It is very forgiving when you make a mistake. It helps to build confidence, save money on art supplies, and it’s a great way to keep making art while traveling.

There are so many art teachers online and I love learning from each of them. Many thanks to to all the wonderful digital artists I follow so far. They are all listed below.

Here are a few of the pieces I created on my iPad. I started with a tutorial on how to draw a cat from Bardot Brush on YouTube. Then I focused on drawing a few animals.

Then I took a class from Cat Coquillette on pattern design. It made me want to draw very colorful flowers.

I have long admired the work of Yellena James. I now have her book Star, Branch, Spiral, Fan: learn to Draw from Nature’s Perfect Design Structures. I also love the work of Ernst Haekel, a naturalist who discovered, named and drew thousands of new species.

My last adventure in Procreate is all about drawing cities. I took a few tutorials from Flo, the last one is from a Skillshare class called Fun and Easy Illustrations in Procreate – Colorful Houses by Floortje Visser.

Posting these pieces does make me want to try again. I haven’t made much art lately – for many reasons – but this does motivate me.

A poco a poco.

Author: Sonia Chapman

I am an art teacher, living in the Middle East, following my passion for art, teaching little children about the finer things in life, and loving every bit of it.

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