It’s Tuesday! Time for another tutorial 😉 This week, by viewer request, I have a full video on how to apply shading to florals! This can really give your illustrations an impressive feel of depth by following a few simple rules. We’re using all free brushes this week (my monoweight brush and a default charcoal brush) and the color palette is free as always. We’re using a lot of layers with this one, keeping them organized by groups as well as incorporating several clipping masks, so it’s a step above beginner for skill level. If you’ve completed this tutorial previously though, you’re in perfect shape for this one! 

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How to Apply Shading to Florals in Procreate

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Here’s a written overview of how to apply shading to florals in Procreate:
  • Start drawing in your petals, making sure to put each petal on its own layer. Add in the background petals and reduce the opacity of the background petals.
  • Draw in the stem and the bud. Draw in the leaves and apply a clipping mask to draw in the leaves.
  • Begin shading by adding a new layer above petal one. Change the blend mode to multiply and choose your 2B compressed brush. Apply a clipping mask and shade in the shadow area. Repeat the same steps on petal two, except put your shading in the middle of the petal.
  • Rearrange the petals in the layers to have them overlap correctly. If a layer automatically applies a clipping mask where it does not need to, click on clipping mask to that layer and it will turn it off.
  • Add in your shading to the back petals following the same steps.
  • Slightly reduce the opacity of the front petal for a subtle effect.
  • Apply some shading to the leaves and the bud following the exact same process as you did with the petals.
  • Done!

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