Draw Red Poppies in ProcreateAug 09, 2020
Hey guys! Today I'm going to be showing you this super cute envelope with flowers! You are free to create this beauty in ANY way, ANY color, ANY place, ANYhow, and well, you catch my drift! In celebration of all the texture that can be produced digitally, I'm doing a little tutorial with some of my favorite brushes in a new brush pack that I discovered to show you what you're all missing. Haha, but you can absolutely use any brushes of your choosing. BUT hopefully, I can convince you that you need these in your life so I don't feel alone in my love for these.
I'm really really really, excited to share with you some Procreate brush packs that I'm obsessing over right now. Lately, I've been doing a lot of watercolor, gouache, and everything else under that crafty umbrella, BUT these new brush packs have me in a very committed, and passionate, relationship with Procreate right now. What is this mystery brush pack you ask? None other than... the Storybook Studio Brush pack!
So grab your Storybook Studio Brush pack, fire up Procreate and let's get crackin'. Oh yeah, and if you're more of a moving visuals person, I've attached a matching video version of this tutorial at the bottom! Woo, everyone wins!
- Stylus (Apple Pencil)
- In case you're wondering, my iPad case is here (and the older model is here)
- Storybook Studio Brush pack
Step 1: Draft Your Envelope
Begin by drawing a basic rectangle, to get the general shape down. Then, draw a triangle at the bottom of your rectangle so you can start envisioning your envelope! Some details to notice: I decided to round the edges of my soon-to-be envelope because I don't love the look of a sharp edge. If you're like me and love some rounded edges, definitely follow suit!
Next for your envelope sketch, include two lines, both coming from the top corner edges of your rectangle, and ALMOST connect it to the very tip of the triangle. Then to finish it off, draw your flap, which is pretty much a rounded triangle on the very top of your rectangle.
If you're following along with me today, definitely grab these Storybook Studio brushes before we get into all the textural goodness!
Step 2: Create a New Layer and Drop-in Color
I turned the opacity down on my draft by selecting my first layer and bumping the opacity down to about 18%. This part is really up to you! Using the "Ink" brush from the Storybook Studio Brush pack, select a color for your envelope, which you don't have to necessarily be married to, but just something for right now. These colors can't tie me down... okay, okay I'm done.
Draw each shape on its own so that all of the surface areas are covered with this color. After that, fill it by dropping your color within the lines of the shapes. Don't worry about it looking flat, the texture will be added later on! Promise!
Pro tip: If your heart desires a perfect square, draw a square, without lifting your stylus, hold the square in place, then tap one finger (with your other hand) on it, and it'll create the perfect square. All up to you! Again, I'm not doing my lines straight because I like the imperfect look that the hand brings.
Step 3: Drag the Second Layer Below the First Layer and Create ANOTHER Layer to Create the Lines of the Envelope
Drag the second layer below the first so that the draft lives on top of the color, and you have a better visual of where you're drawing.
If you're like me and dislike having a bulky line outside of the colored rectangle, simply attach a clipping mask to the layer. Clipping masks allow you to work on only the layer beneath it without it affecting other areas of your piece. To do that, tap the new layer and select clipping mask. Magic!
Start outlining the envelope's lines, but be sure to connect the lines back to each other - this is important because it allows you to drag and drop color in the completed triangle shape without filling the entire page. I'm also choosing to use a dark tone of my periwinkle to outline the shapes on the envelope. This purple shade is going to look so good once we jump into texture and shading with the Storybook Studio brush set.
Step 4: Create a Fourth Layer and Outline Envelope Flap to Drop Color In
The FIRST thing to do with the envelope flap is to create a new layer, add a clipping mask and begin drawing the lines of the flap (don't forget to connect back to complete the triangle!).
Working on this as a separate layer will make your life easier in the future when you start filling in the texture and shading. Because the envelope flap will technically be the inside of the envelope, make it that same periwinkle purpley goodness. Grab and drop all that color!
Step 5: Return to the Third Layer and Add a New Clipping Mask Layer Above It
Okay so, now go back to the clipped layer and add a new layer on top of it, and THEN clip that new layer. So much clipping, but it's so so worth it. This won't clip to the layer beneath it because that layer is already clipped to the rectangle, so its effect will apply exactly where we want it to. SO convenient!
Drag your fourth layer down to the bottom so it doesn't interfere with other areas of the piece. This is also a great time to turn your draft off if you don't really feel like you need it anymore!
Step 6: Line the Side Triangle Flaps and Drop Color In
Now just line the side triangles, always connecting them back so you can easily drop that color in there super quick! Drag the 5th layer under the 3rd because you want your side flaps to be under the bottom flap. Envelopes are weird like that.
Side note: The reason why my envelope flap on the top is a different piece from the others, is because there's going to be a crease on there. I want to be able to work on each of these, individually from each other.
Step 7: Create a Layer on Top of Layer 4, Apply Clipping Mask and Create a Crease at the Bottom of the Flap with Holy Fill Brush
I have quite a few brushes that I'm loving in the Storybook Studio Brush set for Procreate and again, if you're following along you definitely NEED to grab these brushes right now. They make adding texture so fun, and honestly the brushes have the best names, I mean, Holy fill!
The first one we're using is called Holy Fill and it looks like a speckle effect, which I'm all about. Because the top flap is on a separate layer from the others, you're able to add texture using Holy fill, on the crease line. Using the clipping mask on Procreate makes it so so easy! If you take the color even lighter with that texture brush, it can create a highlight on the crease, which I love so that's the direction I'm going with mine.
Pro tip: If you want your crease to be sharper, go to the initial layer, grab your eraser and erase at the top of the line crease. This will help you get a sharper look!
Step 8: Go Into the Layers and Add Texture All Around the Piece
Here comes the fun part guys... get ready for the texture craze. With your 7th layer, just begin by adding different shaded textures all around the envelope flaps. Putting it all over your clipped rectangle will help create a ton of depth! Continue to shade in other areas of the envelope using just a shade darker than the original color with the amazing Holy fill brush from the Storybook Studio brush pack.
You should play around with the colors, again, you don't have to be married to one color! You can use the recolor tool OR play with the hue and saturation. These tools can change a lot on the piece, so definitely play around with those.
Also notice that once you start adding texture around the piece, the flat spots without texture will start to stand out. To fix this, I would add other textures around the piece, this way you can really mix it up. Try another textured brush to add a little somethin somethin in there!
I'm using the Little Prince brush from the amazing Storybook Studio brush set.
Step 9: Create a New Layer for Stems
Create another new layer to begin your stems! Grab the "Ink" brush and do however many stems you find appropriate, four sounded like a joyful number so that's what I went with!
Step 10: Create a New Layer to Draw Leaves
Start your leaves by creating small lines off the sides of your stems. Using the "S" and "C" method of drawing leaves, draw the first side of the leaf in the shape of an "S" while the other side a "C". This is my favorite way to draw leaves, it's just simple AND easy to remember!
Fill your leaves using the drag and drop color fill method. If you're running into the issue of the green filling your entire screen, this could be a couple of issues. Sometimes when you're using texture brushes, there could be a break in the line. To avoid this, go to fill the color as you usually would, when it fills the entire screen, keep holding down your pencil then drag it to the left to localize the fill. This should solve the problem! Technology, am I right?!
Feel free to clean up the lines at the bottom of the envelope! You can do this by taking your eraser and just cutting off any excess stem that needs to get the heck out of there.
On a more serious note, the Ink brush from Storybook Studio Brushes is amazing with all that texture, am I right?! Grab these ASAP! Back to the tutorial in 5... 4... 3.... 2... 1...!
Step 11: Create a New Layer for Flowers
New layer ALERT! This time let's move onto the flowers. Ugh, I seriously love drawing flowers. Start your flowers by drawing little blob-looking things that will eventually be beautiful. Fill them in with color, and then go on your way!
Step 12: Create a New Layer, Add Clipping Mask
Create another layer and clip it to your other flower layer. Doing adds more depth and texture to your flowers without affecting the rest of the piece. Start yourself off by drawing (in a darker shade of your flower color) lines to designate where the shadow will live. Fill with the dark color and repeat to all of your other flowers! Make them look semi different on each flower, as the light will hit in different spots.
Step 13: Create a New Layer to Add Even MORE Depth to Flowers
Create another layer and apply a clipping mask so we can add yet ANOTHER level of depth to our flowers! You don't have to do this texturing to every flower, as each flower is facing a different direction and you may not be able to see the inside of every flower in real life.
Step 14: Go Back to Leaf Layer, Darken the Green and Add More Shading
Hurry on back to your leaf layer, grab that same color, and slightly darken it. I highly recommend grabbing the Hansel brush from the Storybook Studio brush pack and getting into your leaves with a few flicks of texture. I seriously cannot stress enough how much I love these brushes, definitely check this pack out and see if it's something that could work for your style! I'm just a sucker for texture, so catch me using these forever.
Step 15: Add More Texture to Flowers
How magical is the "Diamond Queen" brush?! Grab it and try to contain yourself while you go to town on some extra texture inside of the flowers. Adding this texture on the innards adds another layer to your flowers. If you're following along with me, definitely snag this brush pack to get into the nitty-gritty of creating texture!
Step 16: Finishing Touches
Finish your beauty up by adjusting the position of your flowers, or wherever you deem necessary. I chose to drag my flowers down further into the envelope, but it's all personal preference!
This tutorial was definitely a hefty one, but worth it! Hopefully, you guys had the time of your lives, but no pressure. I had enough fun for all of us, and I mean ALL. OF. US. Sharing art within this community brings me a lot of joy so I'm just so thankful for you guys. Never stop creating! Bye for now!
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