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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 (177)
  • 5547 students
Naturalist Animal Illustration with Procreate

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

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (177)
  • 5547 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 Lessons (3h 30m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

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.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Animal study
  • U3
    U3. Preliminary drawing development
  • U4
    U4. Resources for representing animal textures
  • U5
    U5. Development of the final image
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Román begins his course by sharing his passion for nature and art. He explains how he started in scientific illustration and will show you some of his most valued influences and references.

Discover how to create a mural of references with insightful tips on drawing your chosen animal with utmost precision. Get the most out of your sketches as you learn to create a composition using various photographic references in one image. See how organizing all the information you need in a single base document serves as a guide throughout the entire creation process.

Create a preliminary outline of your illustration with a series of sketches to help you convey your animal’s shape and structure. Understand the importance of anatomy in your drawings by studying both scientific and artistic technique, and learn to apply these in your drawings to obtain realistic results in your animal’s stance.

Learn how to create different texture techniques with Procreate such as hair, feathers and scales. Analyze how these textures move and use two techniques to make them: personalized paint brushes and layering of textures.

Explore different styles that you can apply to your final illustration. Learn 2 ways of working to finalize your illustration: illuminated drawing and realist illustration (Tradigital).

Lastly, Román teaches you how to get the most out of all your visual material to create an infographic of your chosen animal. Learn to create a visual hierarchy with Procreate, as well as how to place elements and add text to your creations.

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 it for?

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

What you need

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.


5547 Students
177 Reviews
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Román García Mora

A course by Román García Mora

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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Naturalist Animal Illustration with Procreate. A 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 (177)
  • 5547 students