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Digital Pet Portraits in Procreate : Tutorials To Draw Your Fur-ever Friends

Think back to your childhood, did you have a family dog or a family cat that you loved so much? Maybe you’re an adult now with your very own furry best friend that always seems to brighten up whatever sullen mood you’re in. That’s the power of pets!

Pets have and always have been a significant part of our lives and I think it’s safe to say that for most of us, we consider them as part of our family with an unbreakable bond developed over the years. This is especially true as a result of the recent pandemic when people had no choice but to stay indoors isolated from everyone else. With these trying times, pets have been our saving grace. For some, it was a chance to discover the unconditional love of a pet while for others who already had their very own fur buddy, it was a chance to bond (or be disturbed in meetings as they walk on our workstations- an experience we all might well be aware of).

Couple this with the steady rising popularity of digital art, no wonder one of the favorite muse of emerging artists are these beloved buddies! Capturing the cuteness, or let’s be honest, sometimes their derpy faces, is the essence of creating digital pet portraits. With this blog, while we won’t be covering derpy faces (you can definitely ace that on your own!), we will be giving you step by step tutorials on how you can draw your buddy! Whether it’s a personal piece of a thoughtful gift, you definitely won’t want to miss out on these gems!

Digital Pet Portraits

Stylized Cat Portrait Tutorial

For all the cat lovers out there, this one’s for you! In this tutorial, you will be guided with drawing this beautiful Maine Coon inspired by our very own, Coconut! From the base sketch to step by step guidance on coloring and which brushes to use and where, you’re sure to have a majestic feline masterpiece on your collection in no time!

Stylized Cat Portrait Tutorial
Stylized Cat Portrait Tutorial

Maine Coon Procreate Oil Paint Tutorial

What can we say, Maine Coons are just too beautiful to not put into art! Here’s another one for you but in a different style, different brushes and an interesting process! This one might take some practice but it’s well worth it in the end. Once you finish this tutorial and the previous one, feel free to apply all that you learned into making a digital pet portrait of your lovely fur friend!

Maine Coon Procreate Oil Paint Tutorial
Maine Coon Procreate Oil Paint Tutorial

Bunny Illustration Tutorial

We’re moving past the usual house pets but don’t be mad! Be Hoppy! (ha get it?) Yes, we’re on to our jumpy little friends, bunnies! This tutorial will guide you through make a digital pet portrait of your carrot loving fur buddy with only 4 steps— from the sketch to colors and textures. You might have a hard time capturing these speedy hoppers in real life but you will definitely capture their cuteness in canvas!

Bunny Illustration Tutorial
Bunny Illustration Tutorial

Jewel Beetle Gouache Procreate Tutorial

We all know pets come in all shapes and sizes— some of them don’t even have fur and we love them all the same! For those with unique preferences and love exploring nature and capturing these awesome little critters as pets, here’s one for you because your buddy deserves their very own digital pet portrait too!

Jewel Beetle Gouache Procreate Tutorial
Jewel Beetle Gouache Procreate Tutorial

Now there are soooo many pets out there and there’s no way to specifically teach you how to draw every single unique pet but what we CAN give you is the tools and techniques that you can use to create your own masterpiece from scratch! These tutorials pave the way and hone your skills to eventually work up to making your original art work and there’s absolutely no rush! Feel free to experiment all you want along the way, with your very best friend on your side! When you’re ready, gather up TONS of reference photos in every angle (although your gallery might already be full of them) and create away! When you do, be sure to let us see your adorable pets!

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