Procreate: Portraits for People who can't Paint!

Create natural looking art from photos using the power of Procreate

4.42 (16 reviews)
Graphic Design
2 hours
Mar 2022
last update
regular price

What you will learn

How to create works of art from photos inside Procreate

How to use Layer Masks effectively

How to use Layer Blend Modes creatively

How to harness Adjustments to get the effects you want


So, you'd love to create beautiful portraits but you've never had a drawing lesson in your life.

Can you scribble? Yes? Good! I've got a treat here waiting for you. Using the power of Procreate, I'll show you how to create some great portraits by levering the power of modern digital art techniques.

On this course you will use photographs of regular people to create:

  • A Pencil Drawing

  • A Pastel and Chalk Drawing

  • A Pointillistic Painting

  • A Classic Pop Art Painting

  • A High Key photographic effect that studios charge a small fortune for

  • A beautiful soft photo effect

These are all photos taken with a half-decent camera, but nothing very professional, and that's part of the point. My aim is for you to take photos of people who are special to you, then transform them into works of art they will love, and you can be proud of.

Along the way you will have plenty of practice with some of the lesser understood but hugely powerful tools within Procreate - Layer Masks, Layer Blend Modes and Adjustments. Use them the right way and you can end up with a workflow that is practically self-working. If you can scribble with an Apple pencil on an iPad, you can do this. But at the same time, the end result is determined by the choices you make along the way, so there's plenty of room for you to create beautiful artwork your way.

Sometimes it's not about the countless hours you spend practicing a skill. It's about know-how. Enroll today, and I'll show you how.

See you on the course!


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Create a Pencil Effect, Part 1, Setting things up
Create a Pencil Effect, Part 2, refining
Create a Pencil Effect, Part 3, Finishing
What a Layer Mask is and how to use it
The Pastel and Chalk Effect, Part 1
The Pastel and Chalk Effect, Part 2 - Add Chalk and Choose your Colors
Create an Easy High Key Effect
Create a Soft Effect
Pointillism, Part 1 - Create the Brush
Pointillism, Part 2 - Create the Dots
Pop Art!
Thanks for Watching!


May 12, 2022
Nice set of interesting techniques, clearly presented. Instructor invites to play along and try the techniques on one's own pictures. Not only for people who can't draw, more a way to enhance one's toolkit in Procreate.
May 9, 2022
Excellent teacher who explains every detail in a very understandable pace and level of detail. Best teacher so far.
April 18, 2022
Simply Brilliant. I enjoyed the course, I created some very interesting art creations ready to print. The instructor is very easy to understand and follow and that is very important because I returned courses for the difficult to follow instructions. Thank YOU !
March 28, 2022
I really enjoyed learning the skills that the course content gave me.and the instructor Simon is very knowledgeable and has a pleasant voice that is easy to listen to. However, I have so far found it difficult to translate the skills that I learnt into techniques that I can use with my own photos.



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