Creating watercolor illustrations in Procreate has become increasingly effortless, thanks to the myriad of custom brushes readily available in the market today. However, the challenge lies in determining how to utilize them effectively to achieve the desired natural media effect.
Are you a traditional watercolor artist with a penchant for floral designs, or do you lean towards a more contemporary aesthetic? Perhaps you're a digital artist who prefers not to delve into the intricacies of traditional mediums but desires to replicate a classic watercolor appearance. Regardless of your preference, I am excited to share that I have developed visually captivating watercolor flowers with a distinctive abstracted allure. I cordially extend an invitation to join me in honing our digital illustration skills and collaborating on a Procreate project together.
In this "Watercolor Floral Art" tutorial, I guide you through creating a vibrant design suitable for large wall art, tapestries, phone cases, and even shower curtains. I provide custom brushes for you to use and demonstrate how to achieve an impressive final look. These abstract floral pieces are versatile and look great on various items.
What's more, this art piece is genuinely original, made with "hand-made" watercolors, and I walk you through creating your own brushes. You'll have no trouble achieving the varied saturation inherent in watercolor work, and we'll even create authentic watercolor blooms together.
Now, what exactly are "blooms," you may wonder? They are flow marks formed when liquid is applied to a drying wash. These unpredictable textures are also referred to as blossoms, backruns, or florets, all describing the same phenomenon. They occur due to the natural tendency of water to seek equilibrium, where wet paint flows towards drier areas. Although replicating this digitally requires practice, I provide you with my original DeloresArt brush called "blenderrific" as part of the set of 25 brushes for you to experiment with.
These Procreate lessons are an ideal environment to develop watercolor painting skills in an instinctive and intuitive manner. I offer guidance on file management, ensuring you can save and revisit previous versions as needed. Whether you're a professional artist/illustrator or simply enjoy creating art for leisure, this class is designed for you. Take a look at my Watercolor Inspirations Pinterest board for inspiration, and envision the artwork you'll be capable of producing after completing this course.
You don't need prior drawing or watercolor experience, just an open mind, a willingness to learn and take risks, and the desire to have a great time!
In this upcoming course, I plan to cover the following key concepts:
- Evaluation of my painting methods and the crafting of floral elements
- Examination of Procreate brushes and their unique characteristics
- Crafting customized Procreate brushes
- Exploring and venturing into the development of a new artistic style
- Different methods you can employ in your creative endeavors
This course is highly recommended for individuals regardless of the purpose behind their artistic creations. Approach this course with an open mind, and I am confident that you will produce something truly stunning!
Class Overview and Objectives
In this first lesson, I will present the objectives for the class and discuss the benefits of this technique. I will guide you through the initial stages of planning.
Crafting Watercolor Floral Brushes
In this lesson, I will deconstruct the entire process of creating personalized brushes. I will cover everything from generating the source file to importing it into Procreate and adjusting the settings.
In this session, I will demonstrate the methods I employ to produce captivating watercolor backgrounds in Procreate. I will elucidate the brush settings and sizes, showcasing key techniques and explaining each step thoroughly. By the end of the lesson, you will have a captivating background and a comprehensive understanding of utilizing the accompanying brush set.
Applying and Modifying Sampler Brushes
In this lesson, you will observe my painting progression as I explain the steps involved in adding depth and interest to the artwork. I will demonstrate various techniques and settings for the brushes throughout the process.
Exploring Detail and Texture
In this session, we delve into the intricacies of finalizing artwork. You'll witness the application of various techniques to infuse intrigue and intricacy. I demonstrate the utilization of custom texture brushes and elucidate the scale settings. This process offers comprehensive insights into brush utilization.
Textural Elements and Artistic Accents
Here, we consolidate our layout and introduce abundant subtle details to enrich the textural appeal. I will inspire your exploration by showcasing methods such as blending modes and incorporating layers created from diverse brushes.
Presentation and Conclusion
During this final phase, I conclude by presenting the mock-ups I've created and guide you through the steps of uploading to Society 6. This showcases the versatility of the art. We'll wrap up with a discussion about the next steps.
You'll benefit from:
- An hour of guidance from an instructor with over 40 years of experience in graphic design and education.
- Exposure to multiple solutions for each design challenge, fostering a comprehensive understanding of problem-solving in design.
Essential Information for Emerging Designers
Developing a Distinctive Style
Establishing a cohesive body of work with a distinctive and consistent style is crucial for gaining recognition in the design industry.
Persistence and Progress
Progress may not be immediate, but it's important to persevere and continually advance your skills.
It's essential to be proactive in expanding your portfolio and to be adaptable and engaged in your creative journey.
Dispelling the Myth of Instant Success
Overnight success is a fallacy; even renowned graphic designers had to commence their careers from the ground up. Seek out and learn from the experiences of established artists for inspiration. Experiment with various techniques until you find the one that resonates with your style.
Most artists require several years to establish a thriving business. Dedicate yourself to the necessary steps, including pursuing relevant courses and setting aside time each week for self-education.
Exposure and Diversification
Aim to showcase your work in diverse platforms and start generating passive income streams through outlets like Creative Market, Zazzle, Red Bubble, Society 6, and Art of Where. Maintain a consistent flow of fresh art on your online stores and continually test new approaches.
Experiment persistently to identify techniques that align with your unique artistic style.
Patience and Perseverance
Patience and unwavering dedication are essential. Keep pushing forward, maintaining an open mind and heart.
Wishing you the best of luck in your artistic endeavors!
What you'll learn
- Review of my painting techniques and the production of floral abstracts
- A look at Procreate brushes and their various idiosyncrasies
- The creation of custom Procreate brushes
- Discovery and adventure of developing a new style
- Approaches you can take in your creative work
Some Procreate brush knowledge is an asset.