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How to Draw a Space Dinosaur in Procreate

design team - theresa procreate Jul 20, 2021
How to draw a dinosaur in space using Procreate

Alright my friend, it is Theresa here from the Design Team, I am here with a tutorial that has been on my mind and heart for a very long time now...I am going to show you how to make your very own space dinosaur! 

Now, I can’t take all the credit for this masterpiece. The idea does come from Peggy herself. I don’t know exactly how the topic was brought up but in a live class one day Peggy mentioned making a space dinosaur and I haven’t been able to get one out of my mind since.

But you see I had a problem, my iPad was OLD. Like so old, the most amount of layers that I could have was 9….do you know what you can do with 9 layers!?!?! Well, a lot, but an unlimited amount of layers make space dinosaur making a more pleasurable experience for everyone involved.

After months of waiting I decided to make the investment in myself and my business, scary huh?, and upgrade to an iPad Pro which means it is time for you to come along and explore while we make some space dinosaurs together.

Follow along using your iPad or own supplies in this step-by-step blog post or watch the video below!

 

 

Supplies: 

 


  

Grab yourself some nice new Procreate brushes and explore the wonders of texture.


 

Step 1: Outline the Moon

You can get as detailed as you would like with this step. I pulled up a reference photo from Unsplash to get some inspiration on detail, but feel free to use your imagination. 

 

 

 

Step 2: Sketch the Dinosaur 

On a new layer, sketch your dinosaur. Every time I have an animal that I need to draw, I alway reference Peggy’s Animal Line Drawing book first. She breaks down the steps so they are so easy to follow along; here is what my dinosaur sketch looked like:

 

 

 

Step 3: Position the Dinosaur and the Moon

One of the great things about working in Procreate is your ability to move things around on the page with ease. I experimented with my dinosaur placement by duplicating my sketch layer and then flipping it horizontally. I then used the distort selection tool to play with more playful positioning of my space dinosaur.

I decided that I liked my dinosaur on the top left of my page with the moon on the bottom right. 

 

 

  

Step 4: Trace Sketch Layers

Now that everything is positioned, trace your sketch layers. I’m using TPL Ink Bleed Brush from TPL Ink Pack for the moon.

For the Dinosaur, I’m using the Watery Ink Brush from the same pack.

 

 

Step 5: Add Color!

It’s time to add some fun colors! This is where having a lot of layers available to you on your iPad comes in handy.

First we are going to be adding our background color. This can be any color of your choosing and because I am going for a night sky but not totally black, I am opting for a dark blue.

Turning on the moon as a reference layer allowed me to isolate its pink color and build texture and contrast by using clipping masks.

Repeat for adding color to the dinosaur.

 

 

 

Step 6: Add Shadows and Highlights

If you really want your dinosaur to look like it is popping out of space, make sure to add in some shadows.vIt’s super easy to do!

Get a color that is slightly darker than the original (for example, grab a slightly darker orange if you are going to be shadowing the dinosaur). Then, while thinking of your light source, draw a line where the sun would cast a shadow. Here, the light source is coming from the upper left corner so items on the bottom and to the right will need to be shaded. Adding a white highlight on the upper left side of the dinosaur’s helmet will help emphasize the light source.

 

 

Step 7: Add Background

There is no greater background for a space dinosaur than TPL Stardust Brush. Add a new layer above your background color but below the moon layers and play with various sizes and positionings and you will be thrilled with the adorable background you create!

 

 

 

Step 8: Admire Your Work

Make sure you share your space dinosaur with @thepigeonletters and @theresahaddow on Instagram!

 

 

Step 9: Homework!

This little guy is begging to wave, so I am going to revisit Kelley’s animation tutorial and put my dinosaur in motion and I think you should too!!

 

Check out more of Theresa's tutorials over here, you won't regret it.

 


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