Animate a Portrait in Procreate Dreams

Iva Mikles
100% positive ratings
Beginners level

“I was genuinely impressed by Iva’s newest class. I am a beginner and her step-by-step approach made the animation techniques approachable, even for a beginner like me. It’s rare to find a class that so effectively balances practical skills with creative expression. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to dive into animation in Procreate Dreams!!”

– Jeanne C.

Hey 👋 welcome to my newest class!

Let’s dive into what makes this class special and how it can enhance your animation and digital art skills.

Introduction to Procreate Dreams

Procreate has been a game-changer in the digital art world, and now, with Procreate Dreams, it’s taking animation to a whole new level.

As a full-time illustrator with experience in animation for various client projects, I can confidently say that this tool opens up incredible opportunities for artists.

What You’ll Learn in the Class

💡 In this Procreate Dreams class, I am using the symmetrical portrait I teach about in this class: Draw Stylized Portrait in Procreate with Symmetry

You’ll have the flexibility to choose: either animate this portrait from my previous class or infuse life into a portrait of your own creation. This is designed to give you the freedom to express your unique style while learning various animation techniques.

Start with Simple Shapes

In this class, we’ll embark on a journey starting with the basics and gradually moving towards more complex techniques.

First up, we’ll prepare simple shapes and different parts of an illustration for animation. This foundational step is crucial for understanding the nuances of bringing static images to life.

Procreate Dreams Features and Tools

Of course, no animation class would be complete without a deep dive into the tools and features that make it all possible.

Procreate Dreams comes packed with functionalities like timeline controls and layer management, all designed to streamline your animation process.

We’ll explore these features in pratical way, ensuring you know exactly how to utilize them to enhance your creative workflow.

Add Dynamic Movements to Your Portrait Animation

What really makes an animation stand out is its ability to mimic real-life movements.

This is where keyframes and easing come into play.

You’ll learn to add dynamic movements to your animations, making them not just visually appealing but also emotionally resonant.

Imagine creating animations that not only look good but also feel alive.

Hands-on Animation Techniques: Keyframing and Onion Skin

Finally, we’ll focus on hands-on animation techniques.

You’ll get familiar keyframing and the onion skin feature to create animations that are both smooth and seamless. This part of the class is all about getting practical, real-world animation tasks, refining your skills to produce natural animations

Throughout this journey, you’ll not only learn how to animate but also understand the why behind each technique, enabling you to make informed creative decisions in your future projects.

Why This Class?

Share Your Work

One of the most rewarding aspects of this class is sharing your animations.

When you post your project on Instagram, tag me in the image (not just in the description). This way, I can see your amazing work, and you might even get featured in my next video.

More to Explore

If you’re interested in learning more, I’ve got a bunch of Procreate classes ranging from beginner to advanced levels across various topics. So there’s always something new to learn!

And if you’d like to get the Procreate brushes and Procreate papers I am using, don’t forget to visit my Procreate brushes shop, too.

So, without further ado, let’s jump into the class.

I can’t wait to see your animated portraits!

Meet Your Instructor


Hi, I am Iva (rhymes with “viva”). I am a full-time self-taught artist behind Art Side of Life® and a Top Teacher on Skillshare. I have 15 years of experience in the creative field as a concept designer, illustrator, art director, and now freelance artist, content creator, and art instructor. My goal is to help you get your creative groove on with Procreate and make awesome art through practical classes, tutorials, Procreate brushes, and guides on art tools, supplies and resources. About me »