It All Started With A Donut…

digital drawing of a pink frosted donut on a bluish background

A few months ago, Nick sent me a link to the YouTube channel “Art with Flo.” A blog he was reading mentioned her “You Can Draw This” series that teaches you how to draw in Procreate on the iPad. Since I’ve had Procreate for a few years and have never really gotten beyond the basics, I thought I’d check it out.

I started with the donut tutorial above, and I was quickly hooked! I spent my next few weekends and evenings going through almost everything she had available on YouTube. I learned a lot, but wanted more! So I ended up backing her on Patreon. I’ve never backed a Patreon before, so I had no idea what to expect. But I’ve been really pleased! She puts out at least one tutorial every week. They come with a variety of things: you almost always get the swatches that she uses, in case you want to match what she’s doing exactly, sometimes there are new brushes (I’m pretty sure my brush library has doubled since I started her tutorials.), sometimes there are reference photos, sometimes study sheets, and sometimes she adds her Procreate file so that you can study what she’s done. It’s great!

My favorite tutorial so far has been the eye with rainbow makeup (I don’t remember the actual name of it, but you can see my version below). This is the best eye I’ve ever drawn in my entire life! I never thought I was capable of drawing things that are more photo-realistic, so it was nice to see that I can…well, when I follow the tutorial and match what Flo is doing, step by step. After this tutorial, I was inspired to do a self portrait, and the results were not what I was hoping for. But I did see an improvement over past self portraits, so that’s good!

I’m excited to follow along with the next tutorial, but also to practice more and get more familiar with the brushes and drawing on an iPad! I can only get better!