In my pursuit of inspiration for a new Procreate class, I delved into the archives of my former students' favorite techniques. Among these, Printmaking emerged as a top choice, particularly the gratifying process of block printing. The act of carving into a fresh linocut block and producing multiple art pieces evoked a special sense of fulfillment. While I have ventured into various carving methods, my fondness for line block remains unwavering. However, as I navigate the demands of art licensing, I am compelled to seek more efficient approaches without compromising quality.
After extensive experimentation, I have unearthed several iPad techniques to replicate the essence of block printing digitally, which I am excited to share in the Procreate: Master the Art of Block Print Illustrations class. This digital alternative not only addresses my challenges but also provides unparalleled flexibility in manipulating designs and aesthetics.
In this class, you will master the creation of block print-style illustrations on your iPad using Procreate. I will comprehensively guide you through my process, from conception to finalization, and demonstrate the seamless integration of resident Procreate brushes and purchased assets. Additionally, I am pleased to offer a set of 20+ block print brushes as complimentary downloads, enabling you to delve into the process without financial constraints. Furthermore, I will provide a selection of backgrounds to facilitate immediate exploration.
Irrespective of your intended use for the art, this course will equip you with efficient and professional techniques. By the conclusion, you will have crafted a striking piece of art suitable for gifting or commercial purposes.
Introduction and Illustrations
Within this initial lesson, I aim to elucidate our objectives for the mock line-block print endeavor. Commencing with showcasing exemplary block printing instances, I will proceed to expound on the reduction method. Subsequently, I will present a technique, reminiscent of Procreate, that offers a textural sensation not typically attainable in conventional block printing.
Explaining the Reduction Method
In this lesson, I will illustrate my process for utilizing the reduction method in Procreate. This detailed demonstration serves as an ideal initial project for you to follow along with in Procreate.
Planning and Set Up Strategies
In this lesson, I demonstrate how to progress from the previous lesson and draw all the motifs. I explain the process of filling in the drawing and share strategies regarding the arrangement of the motifs.
Carving Motifs with Texture in Mind
In this lesson, I continue to guide you on adding detail and texture to the artwork. I explain the purpose behind filling in the drawing and discuss the use of authentic details from purchased sets and the assets provided in the course materials.
Alternate Color Ideas and Adding More Texture
In this lesson, I delve into the use of color and experiment with various approaches. I work with blending modes and layering textures, demonstrating the use of alpha lock to simplify the process.
Finessing and Finishing the Final Layout
Here, we explore different color options and experimental strategies to achieve design unity. I showcase the use of some of the course assets and the importation of backgrounds.
In this final segment, I present my completed artwork, summarizing all the discussed concepts and providing encouragement for you to begin your own project.
Concepts and Benefits
The concepts addressed encompass techniques for Procreate filters, the block-printing reduction method, utilizing purchased assets, importing images, Procreate brushes, color balance filters, hue and saturation adjustment layers, working with adjustment layers, alpha lock, creating alternate backgrounds, color theory, importing and organizing brushes in Procreate, best practices for production workflow, and more.
In addition, you will receive:
- Approximately 50 minutes of guidance from an instructor with over 40 years of experience in graphic design and education
- Understanding multiple approaches to tackle each design challenge
Crucial Information for Emerging Designers
Establishing a Distinctive Style
Constructing a portfolio with a consistent, signature style is crucial for gaining recognition in the industry.
Persistence and Progress
Progress might not occur rapidly, but it's important to continue advancing your skills.
It's essential to be open to building a versatile portfolio and actively participating in your professional journey.
Overcoming the Myth of Overnight Success
"Overnight" success is a misconception; even renowned graphic designers had to start from somewhere. Research and take inspiration from their stories and advice.
Exploring Diverse Techniques
Experiment with various techniques until you discover the one that suits you best.
Investing Time in Education
Most artists take years to establish a thriving business. Dedicate time each week to educate yourself, and enroll in relevant courses.
Diversifying Publication Venues
Aim to publish your work in multiple platforms to generate passive income streams. Consider establishing online stores on platforms like Creative Market, Zazzle, Red Bubble, Society 6, Art of Where, etc., and consistently update your products.
Continuously experiment until you find what aligns with your unique artistic style.
Patience and Perseverance
Patience is key to success. Stay committed, make progress, and keep an open mind and heart.
Best wishes on your journey!
What you'll learn
Thanks so much for checking out my course here. I always appreciate artists who are committed to learning their craft more thoroughly. Please join me in the countless other on-line classes I offer. I teach and speak from experience – over 40 year’s worth! I love my craft and thoroughly enjoy sharing what I know.
Good luck and be sure to let me know how it's going! Please leave a review if you have the time. I sincerely congratulate you! You have added a number of new of skills to your graphic design skillset. You should continue on your journey to learn all there is to know about the business. Check out all the courses I offer. Let's add to your successes together!