Trying Procreate for the First Time

Watch Prof Lieu fall on her face trying digital art for the first time in Procreate.

2 min. video

Will decades of experience with traditional media make any difference here??? (answer: nope, especially when it comes to deleting layers…)

Thankfully Jordan McCracken-Foster patiently held her hand through every step.

Digital Tool Recommendations

Video Walkthrough

  • There are SO many brush options on Procreate, how do you even begin to figure out which one to use?
  • Brush settings: the size, the opacity, the color are all to be considered.
  • Creating multiple layers allows for a lot more flexibility and changes.
  • Play around with many brushes to find one that suits your needs.
  • Many brushes have specific textures to them.
  • Changing the opacity on an entire layer to do tweaks.
  • Draw with the Apple Pencil to get more variety of strokes.
  • The Apple Pencil is sensitive to the physical pressure of your lines.
  • The physical pressure of your lines is often times faster and easier to adjust rather than changing the size and opacity of the brush.
  • Creating layers is a fundamental part of digital painting.
  • Merging layers is a helpful tweak.
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Reference Photos

Male Face Reference #2
Male Profile Face Reference #6
Male Profile Face Reference #1
Male Face Reference #6
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