This is part 1 – this page starts in December 2020 and covers until August of 2020 (click here for part 2)
I have always liked to draw – from childhood. I guess not just drawing, but all art in general. Over the years, I’ve dabbled in pencil and ink drawing, animation, water-color, and oil painting.
In late 2019 I purchased an iPad – interestingly enough, not for art – but for taking notes at work. I had recently attended a class on User Interface Design (because I’m also an IT nerd) and noticed a few of the attendees taking their notes on iPads. When I asked what software they were using – they said a product called Good Notes. I was intrigued – and have been wanting to move to digital note-taking instead of the clunky note-book based note-taking I did at the time.
So, I purchased the iPad and Good Notes and the Apple Pencil – and started using it to take my daily notes – although Good Notes is an awesome program, because I’m a PC person – I struggled with converting my notes from the iPad to my PC. So while experimenting with note conversions, I came across another thing people were doing with Good Notes – bullet journals. I started playing around with bullet journals and templates and artistic flare to add to journals to make them fun – and stumbled upon some blog posts about a program called Procreate for digital drawing. The more I looked, the more I was interested in trying it out for myself – so I purchased Procreate – and after watching some videos on how to use the program, started playing around with it.
I don’t recall which tutorial this was – it was when I was still trying to find cute ways to add art to bullet-journals – and it was an example someone used – very obvious that I had no clue what I was doing! (12/26/2019)
I started researching more about digital drawing – I had not ever considered this as an art-form for me. I thought of more tangible mediums like canvas and maybe rocks or clay, or walls, etc. The more I looked into digital art, the more interested I became – even thinking about creating art for things like t-shirts or stickers. Before I could consider anything like that though, I’d need to improve my skills!
As I started to see the potential in digital drawing/illustration – and decided to look for some real tutorials. I found “Art with Flo” on youtube. She’s such a great teacher! I watched a couple of her videos and I really liked her style so I decided to give one of her drawings a try…
My first digital drawing that turned out like it was supposed to! 01/11/2020
I enjoyed this so much, that I tried a more complicated one…
Building on the ‘banana’ theme – here’s a more realistic looking one! (01/12/2020)
While making this drawing, I learned a LOT about different brushes and color pallets. I didn’t use the brush she recommended – I used standard brushes that came with Procreate, and I don’t recall if I used her color swatch or not, I don’t think I did. I was pretty happy with the outcome – which inspired me to keep doing these tutorials!
I started to understand the value (and fun) in new brushes and I learned how to use her pallets for these. Procreate brushes are a new addiction for me, I’m afraid – I keep collecting them! This is one of my only complaints of Procreate – I wish that there were more easy ways to organize brushes and swatches – but maybe there are, and I just haven’t discovered them yet!
So here are my next three “Art with Flo” tutorials:
Mountains “sticker” – 01/13/2020
Chili-pepper – January 12, 2020 Yikes, this is much more ‘wobbly’ than I wanted it to be – so it taught me about ‘streamline’ in brushes – that make for more smooth lines.
Oh and here’s one more from January 12th – that I was not very happy with. I was trying to multi-task between doing the tutorial and listening to something on TV – lesson learned!
Potion bottle – January 12, 2020
I think it’s pretty safe to say that I was ‘hooked’ at this point and very much enjoying doing tutorials and learning more about digital art, and layers, and masks, and brushes and pallets. I had some familiarity with those things with my limited experience with Photoshop – but found them very intimidating. Now I think I might be ready to try Photoshop at some point – but for now I’m having a lot of fun with Procreate!
Here are the next drawings I created:
Pizza slice – January 17, 2020
Fried Egg – January 17, 2020
I was starting to see that it was possible to make things look fairly realistic (with a lot more practice!) which is a style that interests me.
Water effects – January 19, 2020 – this was an exercise in learning more about the brushes
Specialized brushes tutorial from “Art with Flo” – January 19, 2020
The palm tree in the above drawing is actually a ‘brush” that Flo provided to her students. Just a click of the pencil – and poof – tree! Brushes can be nice – but sometimes they feel like cheating – I want to be careful how/when I use them.
My first attempt at a landscape – Art with Flo tutorial – January 19, 2020. I want to try it again, now that I understand more about the brushes and the layers – I’m not happy with how the trees look.
As you can probably tell – I really enjoy doing “Art with Flo” tutorials – I learn a great deal from her. I also like her personality and teaching style – so I decided to ‘sponsor’ her on an application called Patreon. For a small fee – you can support your favorite artist(s) and get early and exclusive access to their art. In Flo’s case, she has some Patreon-only art, and she provides free brushes to her sponsors every month. You don’t have to sponsor her to learn from her though – she publishes a lot of free tutorials on Youtube as well. I also sponsor James Julier – he has a slightly different structure for his sponsors. I recommend this platform for artists, and those who want to learn art – it’s been worthwhile for me.
I’ve found quite a few artists that I enjoy following online – and at the moment I find myself closely following these folks – I’m sure I’ll find more, and try other ones as I expand my knowledge:
Art with Flo
Let’s Draw with BeeJayDel
“Art with Flo” tutorial – Boat at Sunset – another attempt at a landscape. January 21, 2020
I’m a little happier with this tutorial over previous landscape attempts…. still want to work more on these…
Beach and water experimentation – January 21, 2020
More experimenting with beaches and waves – wanted to try without a tutorial – meh…
Water droplet – I learned how to use the ‘liquify’ tool to create this look – January 23, 2020
A new and fun way to use brushes! Another great tutorial from Art with Flo – and she provided the brushes – I like this concept! – January 25, 2020
I really liked this tutorial from Flo – it taught me about making mirrored images for reflections – and motion blur. – January 26, 2020
A more advanced tutorial from Art with Flo – and I’m not very happy with how it turned out. A co-worker asked me to make the fish look happy – so I made him smile! January 27, 2020
Another tutorial to learn how to draw a flame – Art with Flo – January 31, 2020
I don’t really like how the candle turned out – but I like the shimmery effect in the background.
I really loved doing this tutorial with Flo – I learned how to make realistic looking fur and eyes – and I love tigers – so it was great fun to do! February 1, 2020
More learning about the on-board tools of Procreate. – February 1, 2020 (still experimenting with a signature style)
I had fun making this one – Another Art with Flo tutorial – but I used my words instead of hers. – February 1, 2020
This was a cute tutorial by Flo – to teach about making feathers. – February 5, 2020
Not really happy with the Owl – but it was fun to experiment with the textures.
I am not happy with how this turned out – I must have erased and re-drawn the lines in the bottle about a dozen times. This is where I learned that the brush you use (or how you use it) is more important than I originally thought. I did get a little creative with the string holding on the label – but this is just a progress piece – February 8, 2020
Teapot – Art with Flo tutorial – I really like how this turned out! The shiny effects were fun!- February 15, 2020
Experimenting with some brushes I found online and some techniques I picked up from tutorials. – February 16, 2020
A fun and interesting technique – from an “Art with Flo” tutorial – February 18, 2020
Endangered – I enjoyed learning this technique and wanted to try it out on a different photo. Couldn’t really find a reference photo for what I had in mind – so I modified this one – adding more to the rock. – February 18, 2020
Another fun tutorial – Art with Flo – February 24, 2020
My first attempt at creating a drawing from a photograph without a tutorial! I think it turned out pretty good – then I learned a bit more about Procreate and how easy it is to accidentally delete your art! ( when looking at your gallery – and deleting – make sure you have ONLY the art you want to delete ‘selected!!’)
February 24, 2020
An “Art with Flo” You can Draw this – tutorial – I like the ‘luminous’ effect! – February 29, 2020
I liked the jellyfish from Flo’s tutorial – so I decided to try to make another one – maybe a little more realistic – February 29, 2020
I had so much fun doing the jelly-fish, that I combined two ‘styles’ into a new ‘happy’ cartoonish jellyfish – March 1, 2020
A fun “Kawaii” style leaf tutorial by “Let’s Draw with BeeJayDeL” – March 8, 2020
BeeJayDel is another artist I like to follow – I learn a LOT from him on shadows and layers. His style is more cartoon-ish – and I usually lean toward more realistic pictures – I think I will benefit from doing cartoon illustrations and other types as well – so I like to do his tutorials.
Butterfly tutorial – using the symmetry tool in Procreate – Art with Flo – March 8, 2020
Two kinds of trees – I like them both! Art with Flo – March 9, 2020
Another cool feature of Procreate is that you can make animations! This was a very fun tutorial by Flo. March 10, 2020
A fun donut tutorial from Art with Flo – learned how to do the cute three-dimensional look here – March 14, 2020
Another “Art with Flo” tutorial – Stars at night – I like doing landscapes – this was fun! – March 15, 2020
“Every Tuesday” tutorial – simple but pretty flowers – March 17, 2020
Skillshare project – Art with Flo – March 18, 2020
Flo started offering her classes on Skillshare as well as Patreon and Youtube – she lets her Patreons attend for no extra charge – it’s a nice gift from her. This was her first class – the apple is too wobbly – but I learned some more about brushes.
Ham – March 19, 2020
I made this in response to an internet challenge from our friend Tom Cornwell – the Covid-19 ‘shelter in place’ order was just put in place and people were getting creative online – making up drawing prompts. I had fun trying to mimic the look of the meat – no tutorial used.
Art with Flo tutorial – March 20, 2020
This one was fun to do – and lots of folks gave me really positive feedback on it. I think it’s because we are all under ‘stay at home’ orders – and everyone is craving the outdoors!
A fun matchstick tutorial from Art with Flo – March 22, 2020
This was fairly complex and I think I got a little lost in the layers – but it turned out cool.
A fun lettering tutorial from Art with Flo – March 28, 2020
Inspired by Flo’s tutorial – a little something cheery for everyone who has to stay at home. – March 28, 2020
Tom Nook from “Animal Crossing” game – tutorial by Art with Flo – April 4, 2020
A quick, fun good-luck clover from “Art with Flo.” – April 4, 2020
Sunset through the Trees – A landscape tutorial by James Julier – His style is different but I like his landscapes – somewhat impressionistic – James tends to use just 2 or 3 brushes (sometimes only one!) and works with opacity to achieve dimension. I struggle a bit with the impressionism style but I’m getting more comfortable with it. April 5, 2020
Another cute Kawaii style drawing – cookie by “Let’s Draw with BeeJayDeL” – April 5, 2020
Another “Every Tuesday” tutorial – that I changed just a little – April 12, 2020
Bardot-Brush “Stay home and Draw” tutorial – so bright and colorful! – April 12, 2020
Lighthouse “you can draw this” tutorial from Art with Flo – I love when she does these simple but fun tutorials – I learn from each one of them! – April 17, 2020
Cute cactus – two styles – Art with Flo tutorial – April 17, 2020
Sunflowers – another “Every Tuesday” tutorial by Teela Cunningham – April 17, 2020
I don’t generally like water-color art – but I think it’s a good skill to understand and incorporate – and I really enjoyed doing this one.
A fun lettering tutorial from “Let’s Draw with BeeJayDeL” – April 19, 2020
This was really fun to do!
An interesting tutorial by James Julier – I am not real happy how it turned out – but I learned some interesting techniques from it. – April 19, 2020
Misty Lake – James Julier tutorial – I like the foggy effects – I will probably try to do this one again with more realistic looking trees – but I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on this one – April 19, 2020
A fun ‘you can draw this’ tutorial by Art with Flo – April 24, 2020
A slight variation on the Tucan – inspired by a mural in my office – April 24, 2020
A fun tutorial from “Every Tuesday” – Teela Cunningham. Eucalyptus leaves – April 24, 2020
Another landscape tutorial from James Julier – he creates impressionistic landscapes – and just a few scribbles give the impressions of trees and bushes – April 25, 2020
I changed up the landscape from James Julier a bit – added trees that were a bit more realistic – with different brushes and techniques I have picked up – also added a little deer and a bird – I am learning I prefer more realistic over impressionistic – April 25, 2020
A Bardot-Brush “Stay home and draw” creation – Scandinavian “Folk art” inspired – May 1, 2020
A more advanced landscape tutorial attempt – Art with Flo. – May 2, 2020
This was a fun tutorial from Bardot Brush – – Done on May 11, 2020.
Procreate has a fun feature where you can view a time-lapse of your drawing – here’s the time-lapse of my “breezy girl!”
Here are some additional pieces from May of 2020 – we are still under ‘safer at home’ quarantine orders because of Covid-19 – and it’s affecting my creativity – but even though I’m not feeling very creative- I still want to work on my art as frequently as possible – because I think each drawing improves my skills and knowledge.
May 24, 2020 – This was another “Art with Flo” tutorial. A quick and fun desert scene. I have a few more complex drawings from her that I want to work on – just need to get out of my current funk and do them – I always enjoy them, and am glad I did them afterwards!
May 22, 2020 – This was a tutorial from Teela @ “Every Tuesday.” She has a fun light and easy style that I like – and want to keep working on. Hers had the name of the plant (monstera?) but I like it without the lettering.
Another ‘sticker style’ tutorial from Art with Flo – simple but satisfying! – May 22, 2020
This is just an experiment – I’ve been seeing folks creating ‘paper cut’ or 3-d drawing styles – and wanted to play around with it – I like the technique – I’ll have to try experimenting with it more.
Did this on May 24th – another James Julier tutorial – I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I struggle with the trees though – They are impressionistic – which is fine – but I want them to be more realistic. I like how he showed me how to create dimension in the snow with shadows and lighter colors.
Another fun ‘sticker’ type drawing from “Art with Flo.” I did the trees a bit different than hers – but used her tree brushes from one of her other tutorials! – May 30, 2020
A quick fun drawing from “Every Tuesday” – May 30, 2020
Just a quote I found that spoke to me – missing my Teaka kitty – and other kitties we’ve loved and lost over the years. This one isn’t really qualified as a drawing – I used cat silhouette brushes. – May 30, 2020
This was based on another James Julier tutorial. It turned out okay – but I was distracted while making it – by the terrible news on TV about riots in Los Angeles. The riots are actually in several cities throughout the country – due to the death of George Floyd – who died during an arrest. I don’t want to get political on this page – but I’m heartbroken about the senseless violence. – May 30, 2020
Found a quick fun tutorial – just a doodle- sunset – June 3, 2020
Our niece and her husband (Allison and Loy) got a new little puppy, Piper who is adorable – and I wanted to try my hand at drawing her- turned out pretty cute! – June 4, 2020
June 6, 2020 – this was another Art With Flo tutorial – I like the colors. Reminds me of other tutorials I’ve done of landscapes.
Based on a James Julier tutorial – but I decided to add the little jelly fish I made before – it was fun to do – June 7, 2020.
This is from a “Making Art Everyday” prompt – from Bardot Brush. The prompt was ‘seashell’ and I picked this nautilus shell. This was fun and challenging – the bubbles in the foam were a bit time-consuming but I like the effect! I was also pretty pleased with the ‘washed out’ area just behind the shell – where the little shells and rocks show. I enjoyed this one quite a bit – and it was not from a tutorial! Original content! June 9, 2020
Another prompt from “Making art everyday” by Bardot Brush. This prompt was ‘coral.’ I just took a look at lots of photos of coral online and jumbled some of them together in imaginary ways – and I thought it would be fun to have them in a port-hole. Another non-tutorial! June 10, 2020
This was from a “You can Draw this” tutorial from Art with Flo – it was quick and easy, and I love how it turned out! June 12, 2020
Making Art Every day
I’ve talked about these challenges a little before – There are several folks online that do daily or weekly, or even monthly challenges or prompts – the cause/purpose is the same – to encourage artists to create art frequently – sometimes in subject matter they would not normally do. My current favorite for this is by Lisa Bardot at Bardot Brush. She has daily prompts. She even takes it a little bit further by encouraging artists to add an additional wrinkle of difficulty – things like drawing with their non-dominant hand, or only using a limited pallet – or only one brush – that kind of thing. I’m still trying to get into the spirit of creating something every day – so I haven’t gotten to the point of adding the extra degree of difficulty yet. My current goal is to try to do at least 5 of these a week – this will be a challenge for me because while I am still working – it’s often a challenge for me to get out of my ‘work brain’ and into my art-brain – enough to create art – and I mostly draw on the weekends. So – since I’ve been on vacation this past week – I started out with the daily prompts.
Above – are my more ‘serious’ attempts at meeting the prompt with a drawing – (Coral through the port hole and the shell on the beach) but here are a couple of my less serious prompt responses – because I am still struggling with the daily thing…. I hope that for the daily prompt – it will make me do more simple or ‘breezy’ creations – things that are more fun, and less detailed – and another hope is that eventually the more detailed things like highlights/shading, etc. will come more naturally and I can do them somewhat quickly too.
This is actually two prompts – “Lotus and Lily Pad” and “Cattails.” Neither of them are what I would call ‘complete’ – which is why I didn’t even sign it – but they count as meeting the prompt! (June 8/9)
The prompt was “Seaweed” and I had such big plans – I was going to do a little mound of sand on the bottom of the ocean – and I was even going to animate the little snail to go across the screen while the seaweed fronds waived in the water current. I just couldn’t get my drawing brain to engage – so here’s the best I could do – I am on vacation and I want to go outside and enjoy the world a bit. The quarantine from Covid-19 is starting to be lifted – and businesses are starting to open – so here it is…
Today’s Prompt (June 14 2020) is “Waterfall” so I sort of cheated and did a “You can Draw This” tutorial from Art with Flo. It still meets the requirement!
June 15th prompt is “Sprout.” I sort of cheated – and did it on the 14th, because the 15th is my first day back at work after a week’s vacation. I’m not really looking forward to going back to work – but I have a really great job and I need to focus on how fortunate I am… Here’s my little happy sprout!
June 16, 2020 – Today’s prompt was “Bamboo” so here is my little ‘lucky bamboo.’ I tried to do Lisa’s challenge to add a degree of difficulty – so I kept it less detailed than I normally would and tried to limit my time.
June 17, 2020 – today’s prompt was “Dandelion” and as I was looking through reference photos – Adam suggested that I add Mary Poppins hanging from one of the little seeds – so I did! I think it turned out cute. The added degree of difficulty for this drawing is I only used one brush, one layer and one color (besides coloring the background). I think I may have switched brushes on the lettering too, I don’t remember.
June 18th. This was this week’s “Every Tuesday” tutorial – and it looked like something fun to do, in lieu of the ‘making art every day’ prompt which was “Seeds and Pods.” I might go back and do the seeds and pods another day – it just didn’t sound fun tonight.
June 18, 2020 – another “You can Draw This” From “Art with Flo.” I needed something like this – I can always count on her tutorials to be clear to follow and I can usually get the results I’m hoping for.
June 19th – the prompt for the day was “Berries.” and I wanted to do some water-color type berries but am not at all happy with how they went – I didn’t finish it – but still want to have it as a reference to show hopefully at some future date – how far I’ve come?
June 21 – the prompt was ‘your favorite flower’ but since I have lots of favorites – I thought tulips might be nice. I tried a couple of different styles – and don’t like either one of them – this was attempt #2
This was my first attempt at a tulip – and I don’t like it at all. I probably didn’t do myself any favors choosing a dark colored one – but I couldn’t figure out how to do it light and water-color like – and still get the texture and color changing in the petals… oh well.
June 22, 2020 – Today’s prompt was “snail.’ Here’s my cute little snail – I played around with some of the texture brushes that come with procreate – but overall – I think you can tell he’s a snail.
June 23rd prompt was beetle. I remembered that Ladybugs are sometimes called ‘ladybird beetles’ so I figured it would count – so here’s my little guy. After I posted it I noticed that “Ladybug” is actually a prompt later this week – OOPS!
Today’s drawing prompt was “Butterfly” (06/24/2020) so I decided to combine the results of three different tutorials I’ve taken online – to show the diversity and creativity of folks out there! The top left is from “Every Tuesday,” the bottom left is “Art with Flo,” and the one on the right was from Brooke Glaser – who was recommended by Lisa Bardot.
Thursday’s (06/25/2020) prompt was Spider – and I’m not a big fan of spiders – so I decided to make a cute one… he turned out okay.
Another great “You can draw this” tutorial from “Art with Flo.” Pretty happy with how it turned out. (06/26/2020)
Today’s prompt was “Bee” for “Making art everyday.” Here’s my cute little bee girl – I found a cute drawing I liked online and tried to recreate it. 06-26-2020
The prompt for 06/27/2020 was “Firefly” and I couldn’t resist making this drawing of my favorite ship from my favorite TV series: Firefly! Now the theme song keeps going through my mind! (Posted a little early) 06/26/2020
Loved this tutorial from James Julier – the beach is my happy place! (06/27/2020).
Followed a tutorial from “The Lazy Illustrator” on youtube. She makes beautiful art – I’m just not quite used to her tutorial style – got a little lost, but got mostly to the finished product. 06/27/2020
Another fun tutorial from Lisa Bardot at Bardot Brush. This was her first live tutorial back from having a baby – it was nice to hear her voice again! I like her tutorial style and learn quite a bit from her. 06/28/2020
June 29th 2020 – this was a “You can Draw this” tutorial from Art with Flo. It was a fun and cute drawing.
July 1st – Character Camp – This was a working file (one of several) from Character Camp – Lisa held daily classes and we worked on all of the parts of the body, and then the accessories – I really enjoyed this process.
July 3rd, 2020 – Another “Art with Flow” drawing – I believe it was a “You can Draw this” tutorial. I learned more fun techniques with this one.
July 5th, 2020 – A tutorial from James Julier – I love the ocean and waves – and he created this wave tutorial – and says he will make more – I’m looking forward to them! He also recommended another artist online to follow who does murals of the ocean – I hope to pick up some more techniques from him as well.
This is “Kimmerlee” and she’s the character I created in “Character Camp” from Bardot Brush. I learned a lot of interesting techniques during Character Camp – but they took longer than I wanted – so my finished picture isn’t as detailed as I planned – and it doesn’t include a lot of the items I intended to include with her – but it was fun, and I learned a lot about drawing people!
(Edited note, July 12, 2020) I’m not really happy with how she turned out – she was so different in my mind. I thought maybe just changing her background a bit might help – but I’m not sure it helped much – what do you think?
July 7th, 2020 – A fun watercolor tutorial from Teela from “Every Tuesday.” Just a few simple brush strokes and a few shading techniques – I was surprised how simple the illustration was – and yet it actually looks like cookies! An interesting illusion!
July 10th, 2020 – This was a fun tutorial from Art with Flo – did this on a Friday evening – wanted to get some drawing in, but tired from a long week so I wanted something simple and fun – this filled the bill! I added the snake and the birds and wolf – just to make it more interesting.
July 11, 2020 – Another fun tutorial from James Julier – creating the illusion of water droplets. I liked doing this one a lot! I didn’t create the wood-grain – but I did all of the water droplets on it. I learned some cool techniques with this one!
Worked on this on July 12th and 13th – based on a tutorial from Flo. I think it is a Patreon only tutorial, but I’m not sure. I had trouble with the shape if his head – but overall I think he turned out okay.
July 14, 2020 – this was an “Every Tuesday” quick water-color. I am not happy with how it turned out – but wanted to post it anyhow.. I may go back and clean it up at some point.
Okay – I fell off the ‘making art every day’ train – it was a bit much to keep up with while working the last couple of weeks – I’ll try to do more… but work my way up to it.
Now that I’ve been posting a lot of my pictures on instagram – and following other procreate artists – I have quite an amazing array of talented folks to follow and be inspired by… today (July 18th, 2020) I came across a post about another interesting artist who does tutorials on youtube – he’s Dave Reed-aka- @drugfreedave. His art is really nice! He is another cartoonist – but clearly can do some amazing realistic work too – I tried the first tutorial that I found originally.
Cute kitten based on a tutorial from @drugfreedave – I learned a lot from this and am looking forward to doing more of his tutorials. When I posed it on instragram – he replied with some very kind words of praise and encouragement!
And here’s one more for today (July 18th) – in honor of my husband who isn’t a big fan of summer and is dreaming of cooler days ahead (well not THIS cool in SoCal).
Another great tutorial from Art with Flo – love her tutorials! -July 18, 2020
July 21, 2020 – Followed a tutorial from “Every Tuesday.” The tutorial was on the floral frame – and she had a different quote – I added my own. This used the drawing assist with quadrants – I enjoyed it.
July 24, 2020 – Another “You can draw this” tutorial from Art with Flo. This was fun to do and was surprisingly quick to make! Just want I needed for a Friday night where I wanted to create but was tired.
July 25, 2020. This was inspired by a tutorial by James Julier – where he explained how to create the look of raindrops on a window. I decided to get a little creative and used a photo I took in Bora Bora a few years ago and added a window frame. The effect works better with more colors – but overall it was fun to do.
This was an “Every Tuesday” tutorial – pretty hanging plants. 07/28/2020
That’s it for part 1 – click here if you’d like to go to Part 2!