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5 Tips To Improve Drawing In Procreate
As excited as I was to start learning Procreate, actually using it felt overwhelming. There were so many options and whenever I tried to draw anything it felt as though I had no control and, to me, everything looked bad. It was as though I was learning to draw all over again. I had learned the ins and outs of the app but actually creating something on it was a different story.

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  • Step 1

    Here are a few things I found helped getting use to using Procreate a little easier:

    1. Limit brushes
    Procreate comes loaded with 130 brushes plus the ability to make your own brushes. It sounds so cool, until it isn’t because of too many choices!

    I remember I didn’t learn to draw with a ton of pens and pencils. I learned by using just one or two. So why not try that same approach in procreate! Personally, I chose the technical pencil for sketching and the fine tip pen to outline with.

    Once I felt more comfortable I tried other brushes here and there. For me it was really helpful to get to know a few brushes at a time. And really, we usually tend to stick to our favorite pens and pencils anyway!

  • Step 2

    2. Draw simple shapes and repeat
    This is the drawing approach I learned from Alisa Burke and it is applicable to any new medium. Draw a simple shape - circle, square, triangle, whatever you like. Repeat it again and again. Fill up your page and you have a pattern!

  • Step 3

    3. Use simple subjects
    Once you become comfortable with simple shapes, find an object you love. It can be anything. This time for me on procreate, I chose cupcakes. Practice your choice multiple times. Add a new detail or a new brush each time.

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    4. Streamline brushes
    One thing that was most frustrating, and still can be, is when with some brushes my lines would come out squiggly or jagged. I had no idea why. My hand isn’t perfectly steady but with pen and paper it is not that noticeable. I tried changing line sizes yet some pens remained squiggly. Thankfully, I took a Skillshare class where the teacher gave me a tip. She said to go into the brush settings and turn up the streamline feature. This change makes the brush more receptive and was very helpful.

  • Step 5

    5. Just go for it
    Practice all you can and enjoy it! Digital drawing is something new. It can be a lot of fun when you just relax and know that with time and practice things will improve!

    What are your secrets for learning Procreate or digital mediums?!

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