iPad Art, Design, Tutorials, & Inspiration

Author: Liz Kohler Brown

Should You Get a Paperlike iPad Screen Protector?

Should You Get a Paperlike iPad Screen Protector?

I finally broke down and bought a Paperlike iPad screen protector, partly because people kept asking me if I’d tried it, and partly because I was tired of my hand slipping when I tried to do fine linework or smooth lettering! I want to give […]

Limited Color Palettes and Illustrations in Procreate

Limited Color Palettes and Illustrations in Procreate

In this class, you’ll learn how to create limited color illustrations and palettes on your iPad in Procreate.  We’ll cover every step of the process from building new palettes to creating illustrations that are ideal for limited palettes. We’ll look at how to use the […]

Free Creative Goals Workbook

Free Creative Goals Workbook

As you start creating art and designs, and getting excited about the possibility of a creative career (or hobby!), you may ask yourself, “What’s next?”. Should I open an Etsy shop? Should I start selling my work on print on demand sites? Should I start trying to get an Instagram following?

The problem is, no one can answer that for you, because it all depends on what your creative goals are.  Once you define your creative goals though, it’s easy to find resources to help you work on each aspect of your creative path.

I created a workbook that is designed to help you define your creative goals and create a plan for achieving them.  If you struggle with choosing goals, don’t worry!  I give you lots of prompts and ideas throughout the workbook so you can brainstorm and get all of your ideas down.

In the workbook, we’ll go through all the aspects of setting creative goals:

  • your strengths and weaknesses as a creative
  • your creative blocks (mental and physical)
  • your creative role models
  • ways to build your creative skills
  • your creative habits
  • your goals for 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, and big lifetime goals!

Here is an example of one of the pages that will help get you in the goal setting mindset:

Setting goals and making a timeline has been crucial to my creative career, so I wanted to share my goal setting process with you!  

How do you use the workbook?

You can use a free iPad app like Adobe Acrobat to see and take notes in the workbook.  You can also use paid apps like Goodnotes and Notability.  If you’re a paper person, feel free to print the workbook out onto paper and fill it out with pen or pencil!

I created a short video tutorial to show you all the steps here:

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Ink Illustration Techniques in Procreate

Ink Illustration Techniques in Procreate

In this class, you’ll learn three different ways to use ink lines and dots to add shadow, highlights, and depth to your work.  We’ll look at tons of tips and tricks for hatching, crosshatching, and stippling, and talk about how to add bold color to […]

How To Create Any Brush in Procreate

How To Create Any Brush in Procreate

I get so many questions about how I create Procreate my brushes, I thought it would be a great time for a brush making post. I’ve pulled together all my brush making tips and tutorials so you have them all in one place! Why would […]

Insect Illustrations and Animations on Your iPad in Procreate

Insect Illustrations and Animations on Your iPad in Procreate

I love adding playful insects to my illustrations because it’s an easy way to add a whimsical feel to an otherwise boring composition! So I created a class to show you my whole process so you can start incorporating insects into your illustrations. In this class you’ll learn how to create unique insect illustrations and animations on your iPad in Procreate.

When you watch the class you’ll get all of the color palettes and Procreate brushes I use in my insect illustrations including 14 drawing and texture brushes that will help you add tons of depth, texture, and grit like this to your illustrations:

I also created an inspiration board of over 400 vintage insect illustrations so you will have no shortage of reference material for your compositions.

First we’ll look at how to create a single insect illustration and turn it into several different compositions, so you can play around with the colors, and layouts that work for your personal style.

Next we’ll turn one of our illustrations into animation. Creating animations is a great way to get your viewers to spend more time looking at your work.  I’ll show you some tricks and tips for quickly creating an animation so you can easily add eye catching movement to your work.

Last we’ll look at how to create an interaction in your illustrations by combining an insect and an object with tons of layering and texture.  I’ll give you lots of ideas for objects and insects to combine, and we’ll look at ways to create interesting interactions that draw your viewers into the canvas.

This process is super quick and fun and will give you the confidence to start adding insects into your illustrations.  You can use the projects you create in this class for your website, social media accounts, gifts, or print on demand projects!

All you need to take this class is your iPad and a stylus.  I’ll be using the Apple Pencil, but you could use any stylus, or even your finger.  Let’s get started! 

Not ready to watch it now? Hover on the image below to pin it for later.

From Procreate to Print: How to Print Your Procreate Drawings and Illustrations

From Procreate to Print: How to Print Your Procreate Drawings and Illustrations

So many people have asked me how to print work made in Procreate, so I thought it would be helpful to look at some of the most common questions and problems when it comes to printing. We’ll look at questions like “Why do my prints […]

Wildflowers in Procreate + Free Color Palettes and Gouache Brushes

Wildflowers in Procreate + Free Color Palettes and Gouache Brushes

I absolutely love drawing and painting florals, but I have to admit I often get stuck in a rut and draw the same plant forms over and over. This month I did a complete overhaul of my plant form library and wanted to share my […]

How to Make Gorgeous Color Palettes + 9 Free Palettes for Procreate

How to Make Gorgeous Color Palettes + 9 Free Palettes for Procreate

So many of you have told me that you struggle with choosing colors for your work. I hear you! I used to agonize over color combinations and wonder why my colors never seemed to look as good as everyone else’s. It wasn’t until I did a deep dive into building color palettes that I finally understood how to create beautiful palettes, without fail.

Below I’ll show you some tips and examples + share some palettes I created using the principles in the post. Not sure how to sample colors and create palettes in Procreate? I show the super-easy steps in video 2 of this tutorial, so check it out if you need some help with the technical side of building palettes!

So what is the secret to creating beautiful color palettes? Here are a few rules I always follow. Although in art, all rules are meant to be broken, so don’t feel like you have to follow ALL of these rules every time!

1) Use photographs as a starting point. Find some photos with beautiful colors and contrast and pull colors from there. I never try to pull colors out of my head, because colors are perceived with your EYES not your brain, so stop trying to make your brain do things your eyes are supposed to do. Your brain can choose colors, but it needs to see them first, so give yourself a starting point to take the pressure off.

Use your own photos if you have them, or use a site like Unsplash or Pixabay which has free photos for personal and commercial use.

Photo by Diego PH on Unsplash

2) Get a wide range of colors. Think about both dark to light contrast and color contrast (yellows vs. blues). An eye catching color palette will have colors that contrast against each other, so if you choose some dark blue shades, get some bright pinks to contrast against them.

Photo by Sapan Patel on Unsplash

3) Start with a lot of colors, then pare down. I find it’s a lot easier to edit out colors I don’t like than it is to add new ones. So don’t be afraid to load up your palette with colors that may not work together, because you may end up only using two or three colors anyway!

Photo by Pietro De Grandi on Unsplash

4) When in doubt, look to nature. Why do bouquets seem to look beautiful no matter what flowers you put in them? Why do sunsets ALWAYS look gorgeous no matter what colors are in the sky? Nature has already created a never ending source of beautiful color palettes for us to use, all with perfectly contrasting colors. All you have to do is capture them in a photograph and pull them into Procreate. So start snapping pictures of those gorgeous sunsets, bouquets, and gardens that catch your eye!

Photo by Willian Justen de Vasconcellos on Unsplash

5) Make palettes now, make art later. If you make yourself a library of color palettes that fit your style, you’ll never have another “WHAT COLOR SHOULD I USE???” freakout. So take a few hours to build yourself a library of colors, and you’ll be thanking yourself for months to come.

Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

There are a few go-to “nature photos” that I always keep an eye out for because they seem to create gorgeous color palettes, every single time. Here are a few of my favorites:

-Landscapes with water

-Sunsets

-Jungle scenes

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

-Coral

-Colorful animals

Photo by Milos Prelevic on Unsplash

And one of my personal favorites, bouquets.

Photo by Christie Kim on Unsplash

You can download all of these palettes using the links below. If you create some beautiful palettes, I’d love to see them! You can tag me on Instagram and Facebook @LizKohlerbrown Happy coloring!

Photo by Carrie Beth Williams on Unsplash

Download the Bouquet Palettes*

Download the Coral Palettes*

Download the Landscape Palettes*

Download the Sunset Palettes*

These are all Procreate files, so they may not work in other apps. To use them, download the file, then choose Procreate as the app.

Acrylic Landscapes in Procreate + 32 Free Acrylic Procreate Brushes and Stamps

Acrylic Landscapes in Procreate + 32 Free Acrylic Procreate Brushes and Stamps

Landscape painting is my go-to process when I get stuck in a creative rut. There are days when I just don’t feel like drawing anything, but somehow seeing a beautiful landscape can get me in the mood to start creating! I decided to turn my […]