How To Use Digital Brushes in Procreate 🎨✨

Iva Mikles

Hey there! I’m Iva, a digital and mixed-media artist. In this post I’ll share my experience in using digital brushes in Procreate. Let’s get started!

Understanding Brushes

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Procreate offers a plethora of brushes. For starters, let’s explore the basics:

  • Hard Brush: Offers a sharp edge, perfect for defined shapes.
  • Soft Brush: Provides a softer edge, ideal for subtler effects.

Tip: I often lean towards hard edge brushes for better shape control.

Pen Pressure and Brush Characteristics

Understanding pen pressure is crucial.

Some brushes change opacity based on how hard you press.

This feature allows you to play with light and dark shades seamlessly.

Layering Techniques

Layers are your best friend in digital art.

By stacking layers, you can experiment with color depth and dynamics.

Remember, each layer can have its own opacity, adding to the versatility of your artwork.

Blending Colors

Blending is an art in itself.

You can blend colors using various brushes, the opacity slider, or even the smudge tool.

Experiment with different pressures and strokes to see how colors interact and merge.

Adding Realism and Texture

To add a traditional feel, consider using splatters and washes.

These techniques can bring a realistic touch to your digital work.

Don’t forget about texture! The right canvas texture can transform your painting, giving it a traditional watercolor feel.

Layer Management

Managing your layers effectively can give you immense flexibility.

For instance, in a landscape painting, you can create the background on one layer, add details on another, and further refine on additional layers.

This approach allows for easy adjustments and experimentation.

Embracing Digital Advantages

One of the perks of digital art is the lack of material waste.

You can experiment endlessly without worrying about paper or paint. Plus, with features like ‘undo’, you can easily correct mistakes and try new things without any risk.

Learning Resources

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Remember, mastering digital painting and brushes in Procreate is all about practice.

Each brush has its quirks, so invest time in understanding them. If you’re looking to deepen your knowledge, check out my variety of classes for more specific tips and tricks in digital watercolor and painting techniques.

Happy painting, and I’ll see you in my next video

Iva

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 »

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Iva

Hey there!

I am Iva (rhymes with viva), and I'm the artist behind Art Side of Life. I'm all about helping you get your creative groove on with Procreate and make awesome art! So on my website, I share Procreate classes, tutorials, brushes, and guides on art tools, supplies, and resources. Ready to create and make amazing art? Then explore, join and have fun ♡

Grab your gear:

iPad Pro, Air, Mini or iPad

Apple Pencil

Procreate Brushes

Paperlike

Drawing Stand

Open Procreate and enjoy!

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