PROCREATE Tutorial

Free 3D Painting Lesson for Procreate

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Hello! In today's tutorial we will be working on a lesson from my 3D Painting Course for Procreate! It's a sample of what the rest of the course looks like. Please download the tutorial files first before we begin. You'll find the 3D models, swatch file, reference photo, and brushes in the link above.


Step 1: Download the 3D Model. iPad Pros 2017 above, the latest iPad mini, iPad Air 5, and newer models should be able to download the full version. Generally, iPads with motion co-processors should be able to handle 3D Painting functionalities in Procreate. As a buffer, we have prepared two sets of course downloads to accommodate different iPad models. Use the lite version if you can't open the full version.


Step 2: Once you've opened the model, set the palette swatch as default so that it'll be easier to pick out the colors as we draw.


Step 3: Now we'll add the base color for the model. Starting with the petals, tap a petal, go to the layers panel and add a layer, and then choose a color from the palette and slide it to your chosen layer on the canvas. Do this for all the petals, leaves, and the vase handle.


Step 4: Tap to choose the vase, add a layer. Using the Freya Oil Wet 14, choose a light color from the palette and start abstract painting on the vase. You can change the colors and play around with this.


Step 5: Now we want to make this a little glossy because the brush we used was oil based. So now go to the layer you painted on, then go to adjustments tool, go to hue and saturation, and then adjust the brightness to the left.


Step 6: Now let's paint the gold color. Tap on the vase, then add a layer on top of the oil paint layer we just did. Choose the Mirror Spray Brush and the yellow color. Then start painting in a circular motion.


Step 7: When you reach the part that's under the handle, simply go to layers and untick the handle layer. The handle layer will disappear from the canvas and you can continue painting. The same goes with mouth of the vase. You can close the stem layer by unticking the stem layer in layer's panel, and it will disappear temporarily from the canvas.


Step 8: Now bring back the handle layer. To paint the handle to be gold and shiny, tap on the handle layer, click on materials layer, choose roughness. For maximum shine, choose the color black and fill the color in. Then to add reflective feature, go to materials, choose metallic, pick white color and fill the layer in.


Step 9: If you want to add more texture to the gold layer, go back to the layer's panel and choose the gold layer. Then switch to the Frosty Brush. With the same yellow color add a bit of texture, but not to much.

Step 10: Now it's time to the details on the flower. Tap a petal and go to the layers panel. Add a layer. It would be easier to paint the petals in 2D mode. So go to Actions, go to 3D and turn on "Show 2D" option. Then go to Actions. then tap Canvas and then turn on Reference.


Step 11: Now you can start painting the inside of the petal. Using Freya Soft Copic brush, gently brush up and down to paint the folds of the petals. Paint both sides of the petals this way. Continue doing this until you've painted all the petals in soft gradients of different shades of pink as shown in the video.


Step 12: Now we'll work on the leaves. Let's make it a little glossy since plants naturally look a little glossy. Go to the leaves layer, go to the materials icon and go to roughness. Fill it in with a grey color. Repeat the same process with the stem layer.

Step: 13: Now let's come back to the leaves. Rotate the model upside down so we can see under the leaves. Tap on it, choose a light green color and go to the layer panel. Choose the color window and then fill the color. We should have a dark green color on top of the leaves and a light green color on the bottom.


Step 14: For the top layer, add a layer and choose the Freya Soft Copic Brush. Choose a dark green color and create streaky strokes similar to the petals. Repeat for all the leaves including the bottom side of the layers.


Step 15: After you're done with leaves, add a layer again. Using the Freya Copic Fine Tip with the light green color similar to the stem, begin coloring the base of the leaves so that it blends out with the stem color. Do this for all the leaves.


Step 16:
 Next draw the midrib of the leaves by following the convex lines of the leaves. Try to blend it near the base of the leaf so that it looks more natural.


Then add the veins by drawing from the midrib and slowly fading outward. Paint lightly. You can also add smaller veins too.

Step 17: Now let's make the vein pattern glossy. Go to the layer, click on the material icon, then roughness. Then go to the adjustments panel and go to brightness. Lower the brightness. You should start seeing the light reflecting on the veins.


Step 18: Let's move on to the stem. It's already glossy but I want to add some texture. Go to the stem layer, and using the Freya Soft Copic Brush choose a dark green color to paint some parts of the stem. To make it easier, paint using the 2D view instead. Go to Actions, then 3D. Turn on "Show 2D Texture". After that go to Canvas and enable the reference as well.


Step 19: Start painting the stem like you did with the leaves, paint in strokes. Do this with all the branches as well.


Step 20: You'll notice a circle on the top right corner of the 2D view. This is base of that connects the stem with the petals. Fill it in with a dark red color.


Step 21: Now go back to the add a bit of red strokes to the flared ends of the stems so that it connects but blends well.


Step 22: 
Now to paint the soil. Tap on the soil layer. Choose the Dirty Concreate Brush and a dark brown color. Paint the soil layer.


Step 23:
 At this point, I've decided to add a bit of dark brown color to the stem using the Freya Soft Copic Brush. Painting lightly, and only on some parts, I add a bit of texture to the stem.


Step 24: You can also play with the 3D environment lighting. Go to Actions, choose 3D, then choose edit lighting and environment.


Step 25: Once you're happy with your choice you can export the file as an animated mp4. The exported file can be shared on social media!

I hope you enjoyed this super in-depth 3D lesson! I've prepared 4 more exercises like this in my latest 3D Painting Course! Come check it out!

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