Draw a Winter Forest Sunrise in Procreate

Iva Mikles

Hey there!

In this tutorial, we’re going to create a stunning winter landscape with a beautiful sunrise. Whether you’re a beginner or have some intermediate skills, I’ll guide you step by step through the process.

You’ll be thrilled with what you make!

To start off, we’ll work on the background. Create a new layer and use the rectangle selection tool to make a selection in the top third of the canvas. Then, choose a blue color from the palette and fill in the selection. Create another selection, this time covering the white space between the two shapes, and fill it with a light peachy color. Finally, create a third selection and fill it with a different color from the palette. To give it a soft and blended look, apply a Gaussian blur.

Now, let’s add some snow. Create a new layer, make a selection in the bottom part of the canvas, and fill it with white. Apply a motion blur to give it a realistic snowy effect.

I’ve prepared some fun brushes for you, which you can find in the tutorial. Select the Pine brush and use a color from the palette to draw trees in the background. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be super precise. Feel free to play around with the size and placement of the trees.

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Now, let’s create a snow texture on top of the trees. Use the snow texture brush and the white color from the palette. Keep the brush size small, around 3 percent, and draw on top of the trees, adding a snowy cap and wavy movements to mimic the texture of snow. Remember not to lift your pencil to maintain consistency.

Feel free to add more snow and make adjustments as you go. If you want to change something, you can use the eraser tool or add more snow on top. Just be mindful of the texture you’ve created.

Next, let’s add some shadows under the snow to give it depth. Create a new layer, choose a darker color, and draw shadows under the snow shapes, focusing on the curves and branches. Vary the thickness of the shadows to make them more realistic.

To create a background with more trees, duplicate the tree layer, adjust the size and placement of the trees, and blur them slightly using Gaussian blur. You can continue duplicating and arranging the trees to fill the scene and create depth.

Now, let’s add some color variation to the snow. Create a new layer, select the snow texture brush, and choose different colors from the palette. Paint under the trees, alternating between colors and creating a variety of shades. You can also create a separate layer for each color and adjust the opacity and blur for added effect.

For the sky, create a new layer above the sky layer. Use the chalk shader brush with a blue color to create cloud-like shapes. Add some blue shapes on the left and right sides, then switch to a smaller brush size and add more shapes with different colors, such as purple and a lighter peach color. Be creative and try to balance the colors in the sky.

That’s it! You’ve successfully made a beautiful winter landscape with sunrise in Procreate.

I hope you’re feeling super happy about what you’ve created. If you share your illustration on Instagram, don’t forget to tag me in the image @art_side_of_life so I can see your amazing work. Who knows, your artwork might even be featured in one of my future videos!

By the way, if you enjoyed this tutorial, I have many more Procreate tutorials and Procreate classes available. You’ll find a variety of topics and skill levels, from drawing people to composition and more. Feel free to explore and build your art skills further.


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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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 ♡

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