I’m a big fan of creating art on Procreate when I haven’t got the time or energy to get out all my materials and clear up my mess! It’s also great for speeding up your work flow when you’re making art to sell as you can make it print ready much more quickly! Below are my favourite Procreate brushes!
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I’ve really struggled to find realistic watercolour Procreate brushes but when I found these Aquareal Watercolour Brushes, I was amazed! They come with 3 different types of watercolour papers to get the full effect. In the image below, I’m using the Chiffon paper. It’s great that there are a mix of brushes and stamps to help you create realistic watercolour art and it’s not an overwhelming amount of brushes either. This also comes with a video tutorial.
These Effortless Gouache Brushes are also lovely to use and give a realistic gouache texture. Again – a great mix of brushes and stamps. I like using these with the paper supplied (below is the standard paper) and also just on a normal background for a more translucent texture. This also comes with a bonus Procreate document with step by step instructions on how to create a botanical bird print with a video tutorial.
The Instant Artist set is a great mix of brushes – perfect for mixed media with pencils, ink pen, shader, texturizer and pattern brushes along with some stamps.
The Character Drawing Toolkit – People Edition is a really unique product – especially great if you’re not very competent with drawing people freehand. It provides you with a brilliant range of heads, torsos, heads & torso combinations and limbs (which are stamps – created by tapping your pencil on the screen – they can be resized) for different aged and sized people, facing different angles. You can use these on a layer and then create a new layer on top to draw your own people, using the shapes as a starting point. Then just delete the layer with the character shapes, leaving your own version! Below is an example of one of the characters I created to then draw over the top of. This set also comes with PDF print outs of the heads, torsos, heads & torso combinations and limbs if you want to use them for a starting point for actual drawing with a pencil, along with Procreate worksheets to help you develop expressions, eyes, noses, mouths and hands.
The Easy Peasy Animal Drawing Kit is very similar but this time focuses on animals. You are able to choose the base animal by opening the Animal Procreate document as a new canvas within Procreate – then you just tick the head and body you would like to use (there are a great choice of animals and bodies – sitting, riding a bike, standing, floating etc). You then use the Procreate brushes provided within the set to add your clothes and accessories to the animal (again there are a range of clothes suited to the different body positions offered so they work well with the animal shapes). Just as with the people edition, you can use these on a layer and then create a new layer on top to draw your own animal, using the shapes as a starting point. Then just delete the layer with the animal shapes, leaving your own version! Below is an example of one of the animals I created to then draw over the top of. The grey is the head and body and the green items are the accessories I chose and added to the image, dragging them to where I wanted them to go and resizing them as needed. This comes with step but step instructions and an inspiration guide.
The Character Drawing Toolkit I would recommend if you are slightly more competent with drawing and need a little help and inspiration but don’t need a full person or animal as a starting point. This is a great set for drawing both animals and people and comes with a range of organic and dynamic shapes to use as a starting point for a torso (or a head & torso combo shape), a range of head shapes, ears, eyes and noses. You then build on these shapes, adding your own limbs etc. Again, you can use these shapes on a layer and then create a new layer on top to draw your own character, using the shapes as a starting point. Then just delete the layer with the original shapes, leaving your own version! Below is an example of one of the characters I created to then draw over the top of. This set also comes with PDF print outs of the shapes, heads, eyes, noses and ears if you want to use them for a starting point for actual drawing with a pencil, along with a resource guide, which gives you lots of inspiration in creating your own characters.
Lisa Glanz provides a great range of tutorials on using her brushes in the Design Cuts Hub – Click here to view the hub – if you type Lisa Glanz into the hub search, you’ll be able to see all her amazing tutorials and follow along to learn how to use the brushes and kits to the best effect.
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