This is one of my favourite classes.
I know this technique involves some tricky selections, but I have found that the more I practice, the easier it gets. In this class I endeavour to explain it very thoroughly, and you will discover that it opens many new possibilities for your design work. Negative painting techniques can be applied to so many different mediums! They create such depth that you must try them!
I will teach you my layered illustration methodology, tied into the use of brushes to create a layout efficiently. I will even produce a little fox and a deer as a brush! Brush stamps speed up the process, but this can be done without any brush stamps at all, so don’t worry if you hate brush making.
Here's the Project
Start by installing the Procreate brushes provided and download the master document. To install the brushes, download the zip file to your iPad, decompress it and double tap the set. It will automatically be installed. Import the document with the texture layers once you have decompressed it. Work through each of the lessons, applying the concepts as I teach them. Use my brushes for your first design to make it simple. That way, making the selections remains your focus. Try to create at least one brush, and experiment with adding a texture fill on it. Now, have fun and create a layered forest scene with overlapping elements using the reverse or negative-space painting techniques.
Once complete, try using it on a mock-up and navigate to the community by hitting the community icon at lower right to post your project to share with your classmates.
- Intro Serene Forest Watercolour Negative Space in Procreate (2:19)
- Lesson 1 Inspiration and Overview (5:29)
- Lesson 2 Setting Up Templates for Layering (7:18)
- Lesson 3 Laying Down First Washes of Color (7:17)
- Lesson 4 Setting Up Realistic Edge Pooling (10:49)
- Lesson 5 Experiments in Adding Texture (7:29)
- Lesson 6 Adding Varied Finishes for Interest (2:53)
- Lesson 7 Reviewing My Altered Scene Options (17:38)
- Lesson 8 Produce a Simple Whimsical Animal (5:18)
- Lesson 9 Wrap Up and Closing Thoughts (3:56)
Here are a few other classes I would suggest to round out your knowledge of negative space painting: