Get ready to welcome Addie Hanson from Wooly Pronto in what was yet another unforgettable live session! Addie is not only an inspired illustrator and Procreate brush maker, but also an incredible teacher whose goal is to "help you develop a passion for the process of creating, and to help you love your end results, too"! In this session, Addie covered creating realistic lighting in Procreate.
Set the Canvas
Pick a canvas from the Magic Canvas Set by Lisa Glanz. Choose the Dramatic Painterly Canvas and pick the smaller canvas. Once you import it, it comes with a Group Canvas Effect Layer stack. Add one on the canvas and draw everything underneath the Stacked Canvas Texture.
Add a Background
Add a bunch of layers and start with a dark background. Pick the light teal blue color and add it to the layer. The color will automatically be darker and lighter in some places.
On the base layer, draw a selection. Use the rectangular Selection Tool and zoom out to see the full canvas. Select little less than half of the upper half of the canvas to have more space on the bottom to draw the iceberg. Save this selection by tapping on the heart and then the plus sign.
Pull out the March Color Palette and choose the cream color. Pick the Big Fat Pencil. Press and hold the Selection Tool to draw on the horizon line.
Pro tip: In order to avoid switching between different brush packs, club all the brushes you wish to use together and form a set.
Draw little bumpy hills as shown in the picture. Select a darker teal and using the Big Fat Pencil, decrease the opacity. Increase the size, and layer it on the shoreline right below. The key to creating depth in the landscape is the sharp horizon line. The sky will be above and the sea below.
Use the Selection Tool to get a crisp line. Release the selection and duplicate the layer. Tap the transform arrow and tap flip vertical, which will mirror it. Put Snapping and Magnetics turned on so that it can stay directly aligned in the middle of the canvas. Drag it down until it snaps right below what you just drew and that'll create the reflection.
Decrease the layer to 50% opacity and put the original layer to 100% so the shoreline is at 100% and the reflection is at 50%. Add a new layer above and get the selection back.
With the top part selected, draw some stars. Use the cream color again, and the Build-Up Spray Brush to draw stars. Add a beautiful sparse texture and stamp the stars on the composition. Add a new layer above that, and press and hold the Selection Tool to get back into the Selection Tool Bar.
Draw the Reflected Light Rays
Tap invert to select the bottom half of the canvas. This will switch the selection. Draw the refracted light rays using the Delicate Dust and Scratches Brush. To work faster, increase the overall size of the brush. Increase its size to 7% and the spacing to 13%. To reset the brush at any point, just hit reset.
With the Delicate Dust Brush, use the mint color to stamp in a few times. This will build up into a slightly denser color. By having the brush size really big, tap a couple of times and get the full coverage of the canvas.
Tap into the Adjustments and tap on Perspective Blur. Below the tapping layer, zoom out to position the blur point here into the lower corner. With your finger, drag across the screen to increase the blur amount. Add the blur effect on the screen.
Create the Iceberg
Move up to the fifth layer and draw a selection to create the background of the iceberg. Tap the Selection Tool and switch to freehand. Trace and follow the stroke.
Pro tip: Each time you lift up your pencil, it counts as an action. So to undo, it'll undo the entire stroke.
Draw a hexagon shape with the ridge on top. Draw the underneath, angle it back inwards down and towards the bottom so the widest point of the iceberg is level with the surface of the water. Pick a dark purple for the background to act as a mask.
On a new layer above that, make it into a clipping mask. Switch to the same cream color that was used before, use the Big Fat Pencil brush to increase the size all the way. Use this to completely fill with texture and add sharp contrast. Back down on the lower base layer, with the purple and the Big Fat Pencil, decrease the brush size and just release the selection.
With that done, go up to the empty layer above and make that into a clipping mask. With the Big Fat Pencil and the cream color increase the brush size and just scribble all over to fill.
On the same layer, tap again, bring up the side menu and tap mask. This will allow you to erase in a non-destructive way. Use the Soft Canvas Builder from The Instant Artist Pack and set the brush size to about 60% and on the upper portion add 20%.
Use this on the layer mask to erase the planes, which will help give the iceberg some depth. If you want to keep that more angular look, you must keep your pencil touching the screen and hold. You'll see a little notification. This forms the line and creates a perfectly straight line.
Make sure the iceberg is on the layer mask. Tap the Selection Tool and switch back into the rectangle selection. Starting from the lower portion, draw a rectangle to select the bottom half of the iceberg. With the Eraser on the Soft Canvas Builder, increase the brush size and remove a fair amount of the pigment using light pressure.
Draw Northern Lights
On a new layer, use the Greasy Sponge Brush from the Delicious Texture Pack. Select a bright blue-green color and set the brush size to about 30%. Draw some squiggles and use the brush to make some parts thicker.
Switch back into the Adjustments Panel and into perspective, blur and layer. Zoom out again to position and use your finger to slide and adjust. Put the Perspective Blur at 100% for this and then drag down.
Duplicate the layer and then decrease the duplicate layer’s opacity to about 30%. This helps to brighten it up a bit. Pinch to merge those two layers together. To create the reflection of the duplicate layer, tap the Transform Tool and flip vertical. Put the Snapping and Magnetics turned on for it to stay aligned. Move it a little further down past the horizon line.
Decrease the opacity a bit and move it up so that they're right under the Canvas Effect Layer. Grab the refracted light layer down below and move that up as well so that everything sits above these three layers and the lighting effect stays on top.
Add the Narwhal
Beneath the lighting effect layers and above the iceberg layer, add an empty layer set to normal. Grab the Big Fat Pencil Brush and the mint green color. Set the brush size to about 30%. Draw the narwhal.
Switch to the cream color for the horn and decrease the brush size. Draw a straight line and wait until it snaps into place. Choose a dark purple color and decrease the brush size down to 2%. Rotate the canvas to draw the eye.
Back into the Selection Tool, tap on the layer and tap mask to create the layer mask. Make sure that you're on the Layer Mask Selection. In the Selection Tool and on the Rectangular Selection Tool, create a selection of whatever you want to put under the water. Switch to the eraser on the Soft Canvas Builder from the Instant Artist Pack to erase so that it's under the water.
Blur both the bottom of the iceberg and the bottom of the creature using a Sponge Tool. Use the Greasy Sponge as a sponger. Set the brush opacity to 50% and smudge inward and horizontally.
Back on the base, pull inward and stay below the crisp horizontal line. Create a clipping mask above the iceberg and tap clipping mask. Set the layer Blend Mode to Multiply. Decrease the opacity to about 60%.
Use the Powder Brush from the Delicious Texture Pack and with the same dark purple, decrease the brush opacity to build up the shadow.
Above the narwhal, do the same thing. Add a clipping mask and set the layer Blend Mode to Multiply. Decrease the layer opacity down to about 65%. Paint a bit of darkness from where the light is emerging from the water with the Powder Brush.
Decrease the brush size and add final touches above the clipping mask but below the lighting layers. Add one empty layer and set this one to multiply too, using the same brush, texture and color. Add a little bit of shadow from both the narwhal and the iceberg on the water itself. This helps make it feel like they are actually part of the scene and not just drawn on top. Finally, decrease the layer’s opacity.
Voila, you have successfully created realistic lighting in Procreate using some amazing tips and tricks.