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Painting Portraits in Procreate

with Ginevra Grigolo
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Discover the secrets and shortcuts used by the pros to create amazing digital portraits of your own!
English, Spanish, French English, French, 1 more Spanish
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Intermediate
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Ginevra Grigolo

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Ginevra Grigolo is a freelance illustrator from Italy. She is currently studying 2D and 3D animation at the University of the Arts London (UAL) and has been working professionally as a digital artist since 2017.

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What you’ll learn

  • Use shapes to break down and understand your reference image
  • Tips for drawing a good initial sketch
  • Make your subject look 3D using shadows and highlights
  • Become confident in using the color wheel and selecting colors
  • Techniques for painting realistic skin, eyes, nose and lips
  • Paint hair and eyebrows that look natural
  • Add vibrancy to your painting, avoiding a dull look
  • Create a polished, beautiful portrait with no visible line art
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Description

Do you want to learn how to create awesome digital portraits and get better at drawing faces? Are you looking to understand how to blend skin tones, paint realistic-looking hair, make your character look three-dimensional, and draw facial features, like eyes, lips, and noses? Are you hungry for this knowledge but just don’t know where to start?

If so, then this course is 100% for you!! Welcome to ‘Painting Portraits in Procreate’! (or similar software) 😉

Professional artist, Ginevra, passes on the best advice and tips she’s gathered over the years working as a digital portrait artist, carefully explaining to you the steps involved in transforming a blank canvas into a stunning portrait.

Ginevra demystifies the whole process, showing you exactly how to construct your drawing from basic shapes, use guides to sketch out the rough line art, and build up color to create realistic-looking features with depth. Under her guidance and direction, you’ll discover how easy painting portraits can be!

By the end of the course, you’ll feel much more confident in your artistic abilities. With a brand-new skillset under your belt, you can look forward to creating gorgeous portraits that you’ll be proud to call your own!

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Who is this course for

  • Those wanting to improve their digital painting skills
  • Artists wanting to learn how to digitally paint portraits
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This course includes

  • 2+ Hours of on-demand videos
  • 5 Assignments (PDF)
  • Downloadable brushes
  • 1 Line art images
  • Layered Photoshop files
  • Layered Procreate files
  • Process and Bonus images (JPG)
  • Bonus video content
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll need

  • Digital drawing software such as Procreate or similar (see examplesAffinity Photo, ArtRage, Artweaver, Astropad, Clip Studio Paint, Corel Painter, Krita, Inkscape, IbisPaint, GIMP, Rebelle 4, Photoshop, Paintstorm Studio, Procreate, MediBang Paint, SketchPad, SketchBook, TwistedBrush, Vectr...)
  • Some drawing experience recommended
  • You'll learn more if you have a drawing tablet
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Lesson Plan

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Introduction

01:11

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Welcome to this course! Your instructor, Ginevra, will give you an overview of what you can look forward to in the coming lessons.

You’ll discover the secrets and shortcuts used by the pros to create amazing portraits of your own!

01

Getting Started

07:20

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Get a peek into the thought process of an experienced portrait artist!

A good reference image makes a HUGE difference in the final artwork. Ginevra shows you how to find them and what to look for when making your choice. She explains the most important aspects and demonstrates each one: lighting, color, and camera angle.

Additionally, you’ll get access to her brushes and learn how and when to use them.

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment

   3 Downloadable Brushes

   7 Reference Images and Guides


1.1
Find Your References
03:29
1.2
Brushes for this Course
01:29
1.3
Analyze Your Reference
02:22
02

Shape Breakdown and Line Art

11:15

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It’s incredibly helpful to think of your subject as a 3D object. How to do that?

Ginevra demonstrates her method, giving you tips to make the sketching process much easier. She then goes on to sketch out the rough line art, showing you how to adjust and resize different parts as necessary.

After that, you’ll go on to the final line art stage, where you’ll learn how to draw clean, crisp lines on top of the rough draft.

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment

  1 Line Art File

   7 Reference Images and Guides


2.1
Break Down the Reference Into Shapes
02:52
2.2
Rough Line Art
03:37
2.3
Final Line Art
04:46
03

Colors and Background

15:05

And now is the part you’ve been waiting for: ‘It’s TIME TO paint an amazing portrait of your own!How do the pros create tasteful, unique and vibrant color schemes that pop off the page? Is there some kind of hack? You bet there is!

Learn the industry secrets in this lesson and realize just how simple they are to emulate. You’ll never have a dull, muddy illustration again!

Ginevra will also teach you how to use the color wheel to its full potential and explain the difference between perceived color and how it actually appears.

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment

   11 Reference Images and Guides


3.1
Playing with Colors
02:46
3.2
How to Acheive a Vibrant Look
04:09
3.3
Apparent Colors vs. Real Colors
04:29
3.4
Why Start with the Background?
03:41
04

Painting Skin

56:09

Painting skin isn’t as daunting as you might think! Ginevra simplifies the process in this lesson, guiding you step by step.

Starting off, she blocks in the flat colors behind the line art and then proceeds to sculpt the basic forms with additional tones. You’ll learn how to create a 3D element and sense of depth to your artwork, avoiding a flat look.

Ginevra also provides a wealth of tips and methods for painting specific features, such as the eyes and lips.

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment


4.1
Base Colors
06:12
4.2
Underneath the Line Art
08:11
4.3
On Top of the Line Art - Part 1
12:15
4.4
On Top of the Line Art - Part 2
13:43
4.5
On Top of the Line Art - Part 3
07:07
4.6
On Top of the Line Art - Part 4
08:41
05

Hair and Clothing

26:13

Are you frustrated with painting hair and eyebrows, feeling unsure how to make them look natural and realistic?

In this lesson, you’ll discover simple, handy tricks to help you achieve that and avoid a drawn-out, tedious process!

Your instructor will also demonstrate how to paint clothing and authentic-looking shadows.


5.1
Painting Hair - Part 1
06:20
5.2
Painting Hair - Part 2
05:45
5.3
Clothing
04:28
5.4
Neck and Shoulders
05:21
5.5
Shadows
04:19
06

Adding Detail

09:39

Get ready to paint some fun details in your illustration!

Follow along with Ginevra, as she adds highlights, teeth, eyelashes, jewelry, fly away hairs and more.


6.1
Details - Part 1
05:00
6.2
Details - Part 2
04:39
07

Final Touches and Effects

08:38

In this final lesson, you’ll add the final touches to give your illustration a polished look with pop and sparkle!

Learn how to add depth of field with the Blur tool, a traditional painting look with the Blend tool, a warm glow effect with Blending Modes and other fun stuff, such as texture, sparkles and your own signature.

And you’re done! Congrats on completing the course!

INCLUDED:

   1 Assignment

   Layered Procreate and Photoshop Files

   2 Downloadable Brushes

   Process Images

   Discord Channel – Student Access


7.1
Depth of Field Effect
01:19
7.2
Brush Strokes
01:20
7.3
Blending Modes
01:41
7.4
Textures and Sparkles
03:15
7.5
Export Your Artwork
01:03
08

BONUS: Timelapse of Digital Painting

08:13

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Ava U.

8 months ago

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This course helped me to break down a picture into simpler shapes that are easier to understand. I really feel like I'm getting better at drawing in Procreate. I love this course :)
I recommend it for Beginner
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Ann J.

8 months ago

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I have been waiting for this course ever since I saw this in the website. I wanted to learn this art style and be able to mix it with my current style. I can't wait to try it out. Taking this course is very inspiring, easy to follow and explained clearly. I have learned another approach in terms of
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doing the sketch, lineart and most specially coloring. I'll be practicing what I've learned and apply it to what I currently do. I'm excited to see the results!
I recommend it for All levels
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Christian K.

8 months ago

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Great course, love how it is explained. Learned a lot!
I recommend it for All levels
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José B.

7 months ago

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The steps are very clear, it was easy to follow up with Ginevra using my own reference photo. The content is very good and the modules are very great partitioning it makes easy to go back and review just one of them
I recommend it for All levels
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CESAR C.

7 months ago

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all is ok
I recommend it for Beginner
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Kristýna L.

7 months ago

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It was nice course. I learned about light and shadows and how to make colours vibrant as well. Thank you!
I recommend it for Beginner
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Jana G.

7 months ago

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I loved this course and I definitely plan to watch it again. It helped me create my first portrait.
I recommend it for All levels
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Andre A.

7 months ago

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It's very easy the way she shows how she paints. thanks, I loved it. I will continue training
I recommend it for All levels
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Bryan F.

7 months ago

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Very enjoyable class with a great instructor. Clear instructions and easy to follow. Really enjoyed this course!!
I recommend it for All levels
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Bridget L.

7 months ago

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Great fundamentals that can be applied to any style of portrait, not just the style of the teacher. The brushes that come with the course are also fantastic.
I recommend it for Beginner
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About the Instructor

Ginevra Grigolo
Digital Illustrator and Portrait Artist 1 course

Ginevra Grigolo is a freelance illustrator from Italy who studied 2D and 3D animation at the University of the Arts London (UAL). She has been working professionally as a digital artist since 2017.


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