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How to use Procreate like a Pro

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JUNE, 2019

Procreate is transforming the way many illustrators work.  For me, I use it to sketch my roughs for most of my projects.  I also create a lot of my final artwork in Procreate before completed it with some advanced editing in Photoshop.  

In this article, I’m going to introduce you to a few of my favourite classes to help you on your own journey using Procreate so you too, can create artwork like a pro.

Image by Jarom Vogel

Jarom Vogel is an illustrator, designer and Skillshare teacher based in Portland. His Procreate class “Digital Illustration: Learn to Use Procreate” was my first introduction to Procreate and essentially gave me the building blocks of how I use Procreate.  I highly recommend this class for anyone wanting to learn Procreate.

Jarom covers the following areas in his class:

  • Setting up your first canvas
  • Using the select tool, brushes, and erasers
  • Creating and organizing your layers
  • Adding colour, texture, and effects

He also shares his favourite shortcuts as well as tips and tricks throughout the class.  You’ll gain all the skills you need to get started in Procreate and create work like never before.

“Communicated with an art form means being vulnerable. Being imperfect. And most of the time this is much more interesting.” - Mikhail Baryshnikov

I’ve been following the work of Steph Fizer Coleman for years. Her use of textures and custom brushes make her work really stand out. Her series of birds is really magical. Steph is also a Skillshare teacher and shares her knowledge of both Procreate and Photoshop. In her class “Procreate Practice: Creating and Illustrating With Texture Overlays” Steph with show you how to create texture overlays in Procreate as well as how to import hand painted textures into Procreate.

Chickadee - Image by Steph Fizer Coleman

In Steph’s class you will learn:

  • how to make texture overlays,
  • how to import them into Procreate,
  • how to use them on individual bits of illustrations,
  • how to layer them,
  • how to use them on your backgrounds,
  • and how to unify an illustration with a texture overlay. 

By the end of the class, you’ll know how to create and apply your own texture overlays and with that knowledge, you’ll be on your way to creating wonderfully unique illustrations. 

Steph has also just recently launched a “Learn with Steph” website where she shares tips and tricks for working as an illustrator.  I highly recommend signing up to her Friday Five to get a weekly dose of inspiration and tips.

Image by Heather Seidel

Do you want to create quirky, colourful GIFs that make people stop and think? Learn how to easily animate your illustrations with Procreate and After Effects!

If you’re an illustrator learning to animate your designs, will take your work up to another level. My agent is hounding me for animations, and this class by Heather really helped me to introduce it to my work.

In Heather’s class “Animation for Illustration: Creating GIFs with Procreate & After Effects“, you’ll learn how to grow an idea and turn it into a ready-to-share gif. I love the way Heather guides you through every step of her process, especially in regards to using After Effects, which can be a little scary at first.

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I’m super excited to announce that my first children’s picture book, A home for Luna, will be launched in Australia/New Zealand in August, then the UK in September.   Written by Stef Gimmell, A home for Luna is a gorgeous story of a Cat lost, but finds a home amongst unlikely friends.  It’s a really sweet story and I’m excited to see it hit the bookshelves soon.  It recently made its way to the Bologna Book Fair in Italy with its publishers New Frontier Publishing.

AuthorStef Gimmel
Illustrator: Mel Armstrong
Publisher: New Frontier Publishing

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Wow!  Can you believe it’s December already. Where did that year go?  Due to a very busy schedule, this will be my last free calendar download as I’m going to take a break next year.  I will be offering free desktops throughout the year, but not monthly Calendar backgrounds.

To download, just click on the size you’d like.  If you can’t find the size you need for your computer or device, let me know and I’ll add it next month.

The post December 2018 Free desktop Calendar download appeared first on Mel Armstrong Design.

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Create Repeat Patterns with Adobe Photoshop’s Project Paras® Extension - YouTube

I’m super excited to announce my new class which revolutionises pattern creation in Photoshop.

In this class I’m going to walk you through how to create seamless patterns in Adobe Photoshop using the brand new Pattern Paras® extension.  I’ve been lucky to try out this extension before it was available to the public and I’m excited to show you how to use it. It really will simplify the way you make patterns in Photoshop.

Throughout this class, i’ll teach how to

  1. download & Install the plugin extension
  2. create a simple grid repeat using the extension
  3. create a half-drop repeat using the extension

By the end of the class you’ll have the confidence to create seamless patterns quickly in photoshop without using any calculations.

This class is ideal for

  • surface pattern designers who are use traditional media and would like to create a pattern with them
  • beginner Surface pattern designers who are looking for a simple method of creating patterns in Photoshop
  • seasoned surface pattern designers who are looking to simplify the way they create patterns in photoshop

This class requires you to have Adobe Photoshop CC - 2017 or later.  This tool is not available in earlier versions. If you don’t have the latest version, you can still create patterns in photoshop.  You can take my class “How to create a half-drop repeat in Photoshop” if you’d like to know how to create patterns traditionally/manually in Photoshop.  Or you could download a free 7 day trial if you do want to give Photoshop a try.

This extension really is a game changer for surface pattern designers, especially those artists who create art using traditional media such as watercolour or gouache.  Photoshop has always been the best way to retain the gorgeous quality of traditional media, but it’s always been tricky to create patterns when you have to use calculations to perfect the seamless repeat. This will make life a whole lot easier for artists who don’t want to be spending endless hours working out calculations to get a repeat to work.

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I’m super excited to announce that I have been personally invited by Skillshare to host a group just for you!  I feel very grateful to be running this group along side some incredibly talented teachers such as Dylan MierzwinskiNic Squirrell, & Peggy Dean, just to name a few.

The Surface Design Hangout is a safe place to share resources, personal design projects, your current work-in-progress, as well as have some lively discussions about our shared passion. It’s also a forum for you to show us what you’re working on, struggling with, inspired by and proud of.

Along the way, I’ll provide you with weekly pattern prompts to keep you inspired or to get you out of a design rut, as well as introduce topics of conversation about art licensing, technology, software, finding inspiration, colour palettes and more.

Think of this as a fun, safe place of like-minded individuals who share your passion for surface design.  It’s a place to give and receive helpful critique, be inspired, learn new skills and find your way in the surface design industry.

Reading to join?  You can join the group by clicking on the button below.  I look forward to seeing you there!

Not a Skillshare member?  Don’t panic, you can still join.  All you need to do is click on this link to get a couple of free months, which means you can also do my classes and take part in all the other amazing classes as well.

The boring stuff…the rules! To keep the group a safe, friendly place, I am restricting the topics to surface design only.  You are most welcome to share your classes in the group (if you’re a Skillshare teacher), but they must relate to Surface Design.  Shameless self-promoters will get the boot.

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Into the Jungle with this one for November!

To download, just click on the size you’d like.  If you can’t find the size you need for your computer or device, let me know and I’ll add it next month.

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NOTE: All images, patterns and designs are © Mel Armstrong.  Feel free to download for your own personal use, but you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way.  I’d be grateful and delighted If you share on your own blog, but please direct your readers to this post to download the file.  I receive a small commission from sales from my products, which allows me to continue bringing you these free downloads.

The post NOVEMBER 2019 FREE DESKTOP CALENDAR DOWNLOAD appeared first on Mel Armstrong Design.

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Besides teaching on Skillshare, I also love taking classes. I’m a big fan of Nina Rycroft’s work and she’s just published a new Skillshare class on creating a character in @Procreate. So I thought I’d give it a go and share the process with you. I did this little Christmas fox using some of the skills and techniques she taught!

If you want to learn more, click on the button below to signup with 2 free months.

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The post Learn to Use Procreate: Design and Illustrate a Bear (Fox) Character appeared first on Mel Armstrong Design.

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I little late this month, but better late than never.  I’m swamped with project work at the moment.  Some very exciting projects, which I can’t wait to share with you.  In the mean time here is my peaking cats design, which is also available as a tea-towel calendar at Spoonflower/Roostery and was voted in the top 25 in their calendar tea-towel challenge.

To download, just click on the size you’d like.  If you can’t find the size you need for your computer or device, let me know and I’ll add it next month.

Available Products

NOTE: All images, patterns and designs are © Mel Armstrong.  Feel free to download for your own personal use, but you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way.  I’d be grateful and delighted If you share on your own blog, but please direct your readers to this post to download the file.  I receive a small commission from sales from my products, which allows me to continue bringing you these free downloads.

The post OCTOBER 2018 FREE DESKTOP CALENDAR DOWNLOAD appeared first on Mel Armstrong Design.

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Some flowers for the 1st day of Spring (in the Southern Hemisphere).

To download, just click on the size you’d like.  If you can’t find the size you need for your computer or device, let me know and I’ll add it next month.

The post SEPTEMBER 2018 FREE DESKTOP CALENDAR DOWNLOAD appeared first on Mel Armstrong Design.

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