Interested in making art with Procreate? When used with iPad and iPad Pencil, the creative app brings the familiar experience of sketching, drawing, and painting on paper into the digital realm for unlimited power and flexibility. Versatility may be the program’s greatest asset: if you can imagine it, you can you can bring it to life using Procreate. Want proof? We’ve collected ten new Skillshare student projects that will provide all the inspiration you need — and a little glimpse into what Skillshare’s wide range of Procreate-focused classes offer, too.
1. Kitchen Comforts
Created for Brooke Glaser’s Intro to Procreate: Illustrating on the iPad Pro, Skillshare student Bee Joy E.’s Baking Day provides a shining example of how digitally crafted art can retain authentically homespun, handcrafted appeal. Espana used just few brushes native to Procreate to draw this joyful portrait of a mother and daughter. Decorative detail brings the kitchen setting into the real world while the subtle use of shadow helps give the entire piece a strong sense of time and place.
2. Block Party
Inspired by Liz Kohler Brown’s Block Print Style Illustrations on Your iPad, this illustration by Skillshare student Angela R. makes imaginative use of original block stamps created by the artist in Procreate. The artist keeps the image simple and effective with a balanced arrangement of flora and fauna, and by emphasizing textures unique to the block print style.
3. Art in Bloom
Leaves by Skillshare student Heather R. makes use of soft colors and textures to bring the natural world home in another piece inspired by Brooke Glaser’s Intro to Procreate: Illustrating on the iPad Pro. Rosas arranges familiar forms from nature in a relaxed, uncluttered style that would be at home on fabric or wallpaper. And as a first-time user of Procreate, Rosas here shows how easy it can be to craft beautiful work right out of the gate.
4. Tattoo You
The great variety of Skillshare classes on making art in Procreate can take you places you may never have considered previously. Jeremy Hazel’s Procreate for Tattoo Artists combines lessons on the basics of using Procreate with a unique set of tattoo brushes and techniques by instructor and tattoo artist Jesper Bram. Student Mary H.’s atmospheric Boricua offers a prime example of unmistakably tattoo-inspired art.
5. Wreath For the Stars
Going against type can bring out the best of an artist’s work. Despite its title,Pretty Gold Shimmer Wreath by Karin P. — created for Liz Kohler Brown’s Botanical Illustrations On Your iPad in Procreate — is hardly the delicate bouquet of flowers one might expect. The black background is a surprise, but the contrast it generates serves the intricate artwork beautifully. The effective use of varying line-weights should be an inspiration to anyone starting out with Procreate.
6. Space is the Place
Lila B.’s gorgeous Pink Nebula fulfills all the promise of Rich Armstrong’s Digital Marbling: Creating Stunning Abstract Art in Procreate. The use of color is harmonious yet striking, and helps pushes the piece from abstract to otherworldly. The fun built into Armstrong’s class can be found in the student piece: even those with limited experience making art or using Procreate can easily learn the techniques on display here.
7. Color My World
Anyone who needs convincing about the special powers of digital art applications need look no further than Brooke Glaser’s Procreate and Real Watercolors: Combining Hand Painting With Digital. Glaser teaches the varying yet complementary strengths of watercolor and digital, and the result is beautiful work like Watercolor to Procreate Koi Fish by Skillshare student Stephanie Bs. Before-and-after images reveal that using Procreate only made her finished artwork more sophisticated and painterly. And the techniques taught Glaser’s class are applicable to any traditional art medium — not just watercolor.
8. Urban Renewal
Liz Kohler Brown’s Urban Watercolor Sketching On Your iPad teaches students how to turn a photograph into an ink-and-watercolor sketch that looks like real pigment on paper, and Mansion Ink and Wash by Skillshare student Judy B. fits the bill perfectly. The artist uses Procreate’s tools for lightening and darkening to give her watercolors a natural look, and her black lines retain a similarly hand-drawn feel.
9. Animated Art
In Animation for Illustration: Adding Movement with Procreate and Photoshop, Libby VanderPloeg’s shares her own process for adding a bit of motion to original illustrations. Carole B’s What will you create in 2019 ;) reveals how even limited movement can make an illustration spring to life. The subtle animations for the steam coming off the cup of coffee, the beating heart, and the character’s eye movement add interest and intrigue to the original static image, making us wonder who and what the character is thinking about.
10. The Monsters Within
Sometimes the best way to learn a set of new skills is through a light-hearted, un-intimidating project. Nic Squirrell’s iPad Art: Create a Monster — An introduction to Procreate suggests we create a “cute and cuddly” monster to learn the basics of Procreate, including designing, sketching, painting, adding texture, and exporting finished work. My Monsters by Skillshare student Ariel N. presents an octet of colorful, personality-filled creatures that deftly demonstrate the power of digital art-making.
Want to learn more about making art with Procreate? Check out Procreate 101: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started or try your hand at one Skillshare’s dozens of classes to get started.