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Naturalist Animal Illustration with Procreate

A course by Román García Mora
Illustrator and 3D modeler. Madrid, Spain.
Joined November 2011
, Illustrator and 3D modeler

Learn how to illustrate the animal world in detail from your iPad and divulge it visually

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (355)
  • 12268 students

Learn how to illustrate the animal world in detail from your iPad and divulge it visually

Naturalist illustration emerged in times of grand explorations to register new species that were found in the new world; in contrast to scientific illustration, these drawings do not have to be realist representations but express a more personal vision. Biologist and illustrator Román García Mora specializes in these two types of illustration –scientific and naturalist– and actively shares his knowledge of both for the Botanical Gardens of Madrid and has worked with editorials such as National Geographic and White Star for over 10 years.

In this course, you will study and portray the characteristics of an animal through visually meticulous and compelling depictions with the use of Procreate software and its tools, straight from your iPad. If you wish to further your knowledge in Procreate, Román previously created a course to teach you the basics in his Introduction to Procreate course.

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What will you learn in this online course?

20 lessons & 16 downloads

Animal anatomy
16 minutes, 33 seconds
Composition of the image
10 minutes, 16 seconds
12 minutes, 26 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (355)
  • 12268 students
  • 20 lessons (3h 30m)
  • 16 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create an infographic that explains the characteristics of an animal of your choice, with a main naturalist illustration, along with a series of sketches that will lead up to your final project.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For all wildlife and illustration enthusiasts who want to share the beauty of animals through their drawings.

Requirements and materials

To complete this course, you’ll need basic drawing and Procreate knowledge. If you have knowledge of wildlife, researching about the animal you choose will come easily, and if you don’t: prepare to unravel fascinating discoveries.

An iPad that is compatible with Apple Pencil and the Procreate app are required for this course. Optional tools include a PC or laptop, a digital camera, a drawing pad and basic drawing pad.


12268 Students
355 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Román García Mora

A course by Román García Mora

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Illustrator and 3D modeler

Román García is not only an illustrator but also a biologist, and since 2008 he works on illustration projects, especially scientific and informative, and his drawings have been published in prestigious magazines such as National Geographic and Quo Magazine. He also collaborates with the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid, making illustrations for the CSIC Flora Iberica project.

His job is to create images of things that we cannot see because they belong to a past time, to the world of the imagination or simply because the human eye is not capable of perceiving them. For this, digital illustration is the basis of his work in combination with traditional techniques, 3D modeling and illustrative retouching.


  • U1


    • Presentation (Who am I)
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course
  • U2

    Animal study

    • Creation of a reference mural
    • Sketches. Meet the animal through drawing 1
    • Sketches. Meet the animal through drawing 2
    • Photocomposition of several references
  • U3

    Preliminary drawing development

    • Animal anatomy
    • Composition of the image
    • Preliminary drawing
  • U4

    Resources for representing animal textures

    • Hair
    • Feathers
    • Scaly skin
    • Tips for scales
  • U5

    Development of the final image

    • Styles gallery
    • Illuminated drawing 1
    • Illuminated drawing 2
    • Realistic illustration (tradigital) 1
    • Realistic Illustration (Tradigital) 2
    • Composition of a descriptive infographic
  • FP

    Final project

    • Naturalistic Illustration of Animals with Procreate

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Naturalist Animal Illustration with Procreate. Illustration course by Román García Mora Best seller

Naturalist Animal Illustration with Procreate

A course by Román García Mora
Illustrator and 3D modeler. Madrid, Spain.
Joined November 2011
  • 99% positive reviews (355)
  • 12268 students