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Developing Creativity and Drawing Skills: Creating Quick Sketch Photo Mashups in Procreate

Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Do you remember looking at clouds and seeing shapes of dragons or elephants parade through the sky? We will harness your natural creative ability by learning to develop your creative eye by identifying the basic shapes of everyday objects in your environment, taking photos of them, and turning them into something new through simple, quick sketches using Procreate.

These skills will help you identify the basic shapes needed to draw and to find inspiration in your everyday life. The fact that the sketches are quick, means we wont get lost in detail or perfection, and your projects will be clean, quick and simple.

This class is is perfect for beginners to advanced artists who are new to the Procreate app. Your lessons will be kept at an introductory level but I will be throwing in more advanced tips and tricks as well.

By the end of this class, you will know:

  • The basics of the creative process

  • How to source reference images

  • Basic drawing techniques

  • How to identify, draw and put together basic shapes to form simple illustrations

  • How to find inspiration in your everyday surroundings

  • How to push through creative block

  • Basic features of Procreate so you can continue your creativity, independently.

This class will help you develop the building blocks for drawing by learning how to identify and arrange basic shapes together such as triangles, circles and rectangles, to form complete illustrations.

By analyzing one object and turning it into something new through photo mash-ups, you will flex your creative perspective and push your skills to a new level. A large part of being an artist is seeing the world and the objects in it, with a different perspective, and these quick sketches will help you develop this skill.

The reason why I love using photos for a canvas is because part of your artwork is already there, which provides you with a clear creative direction. Your illustration is like a puzzle piece that you integrate into the scene. All you have to do is add the missing pieces and the photo is already telling you where to put them.

Creative block can happen when you stare at a blank canvas and its difficult to just get started, and these photo mashups, give you a creative jump start, with clear direction.

By the end of this class, you will develop your drawing skills, hone your creative perspective, and you'll leave with a new strategy to add to your creative tool kit to create independently and to push through creative block.

We will be using a smart phone to take photos and the Procreate app and apple pencil to draw. But you can also follow along by printing your own photos and drawing on them with pencil and markers. You can be a beginner in drawing and a beginner user in Procreate.

I use these exercises to get creativity flowing instead of staring at a blank screen. Its also my go to warm up exercise, before I begin creating coloring book pages. Once you learn this skill you will never un-see the creative possibilities around you!

If you'd like to learn more, I'm waiting for you in class, and you can begin anytime and learn at your own pace with bite sized lessons. You can follow me on SKILLSHARE we will explore basic tools on Procreate and I'll be sure to introduce you to more advanced shortcuts as well. We will be using photo adjustments, layers, pen tool, selection tool, photo adjustments, color selecioin and more. After this class you will know your way around the basic features of the Procreate app so you can continue your creativity independently. These quick sketches with help you identify the basic shapes that form complex objects and shapes, and then draw them. This is the foundation for finding the inspiration in the everyday and turning the ordinary into extraordinary.

If you'd like to learn more, I'm waiting for you in class that will launch in June 2021! You can begin at anytime, and learn at your own pace with bite sized lessons and milestones to mark your progress, get supportive feedback and connect with other creatives in the class . You can follow me on SKILLSHARE here so you can be kept up to date with all the new classes I have planned for this year.

You can also join my creative community HERE so you'll be kept up to date with my classes, creative tips, and more!

See you there.


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