bird house, inktober2020, gouache illustration, procreate, art licensing
Inktober 2020

DAY2: Inktober2020 – Bird House

I’m learning procreate and experimenting with a variety of brushes. The prompt comes from @theydrawandgarden and as you know I adore birds which feature heavily in my work. This time I used gouache brushes and went for a folk art theme. I painted this completely from scratch. I’m absolutely loving procreate and the brushes.

Below you can see my work process. I was amazed at the realism I was able to create using the gouache brushes for building up the shading and form. For the folk art design I used a much more opaque gouache brush and applying the decorative patterns was fun.

What I love about Procreate so far in my learning:

  • being able to rotate the canvas (use this all the time)
  • dragging the colour dot over to a shape to fill the entire shape (saves so much time)
  • alpha lock and the clipping mask facility
  • using the apple pencil is a dream – it’s pressure sensitivity is the best I’ve ever experienced
  • being able to look at a reference photo by dragging it onto the screen to refer to. This involves using a split screen.
  • being able to trace over line art or photos
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Lesley Smitheringale
Surface Pattern Designer, Illustrator and Educator
I'm an Australian artist who emigrated from Scotland where I studied printed textiles. I'm providing a range of surface pattern designs and illustrations which are available for licensing.
Want to work with me or license my art? Please get in touch with me. I'd love to collaborate with you. You can send me an e-mail by clicking the @ sign above.

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