Creative Portrait Illustration with Procreate

A course by Samuel Rodriguez , Artist and Illustrator

Artist and Illustrator. San José, United States.
Joined December 2019

Learn how to combine lettering and abstract elements in your digital portraits

  • 96% positive reviews (172)
  • 5109 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to combine lettering and abstract elements in your digital portraits

Procreate has changed the game for artists today, gone are the days when you had to wait for paint to dry before adding on a new layer, now it’s all in your hands. Samuel Rodriguez, renowned artist in the California art community, has leveraged this app’s full capacity, creating stunning digital portraits. He depicts the diverse mix of cultures around him with creative flair, balance and style.

Delve into his world, where he combines his graffiti background and studies in Fine Arts, to seamlessly infuse abstract art into digital portraits. In this course, you’ll harness the power of Procreate to give your portrait illustrations a creative, abstract twist by using color, lettering, and shapes. Learn through his own methodology to compose your creative digital portraits from start to finish.

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What will you learn in this online course?

28 lessons & 19 downloads

  • 96% positive reviews (172)
  • 5109 students
  • 28 lessons (6h 44m)
  • 19 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Learn how to create a digital portrait on Procreate from scratch with abstract elements, using typography and color, ready for publication in print or web.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for professionals or students in digital art, illustration, and design, interested in creating portraits that seamlessly combine abstract elements and lettering for Fine or Commercial Art. Those who have many influences and want to learn how to incorporate them in their illustrations will especially benefit from this course.

Requirements and materials

You will need some drawing skills, including some understanding of facial anatomy.

About the materials, you will need an iPad (with iOS 11.1 or a more recent version), an Apple Pencil, the Procreate App, and Adobe Photoshop.


5109 Students
172 Reviews
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Samuel Rodriguez

A course by Samuel Rodriguez

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Artist and Illustrator

Samuel Rodriguez started off his artistic journey as a self-taught graffiti artist in California, which led him to study Fine Arts at California College of the Arts. Now he is an artist with over 25 years’ experience, in many artistic professions, and on numerous types of projects ranging from murals for public art spaces to illustrating for clothing apparel, editorials, and more.

His colorful, abstract portraits reflect the cultural hybridity he observes all around him, looking at society, history, and all aspects of culture as his main source of inspiration. Samuel is a referent artist in the Bay Area art scene, and is a full-time self-employed artist, exhibiting for galleries such as Thinkspace, and working for major brands such as Puma, Samsung, Hero, and more.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do on the Course
  • U2

    Preparation and Research

    • Procreate Basics
    • References of portraits and faces
    • References of Typography, Shapes and Color
  • U3

    Thumbnails to Refine Sketch

    • Combining Lettering, Portraiture, and Abstract Shapes
    • Final Thumbnail Sketch
    • Color
    • Narrowing Color Choice
  • U4

    Finalizing the Illustration

    • Portrait 1
    • Portrait 2
    • Portrait 3
    • Adding Color to the Portrait 1
    • Adding Color to the Portrait 2
    • Adding Color to the Portrait 3
    • Adding Typography and Shapes 1
    • Adding Typography and Shapes 2
    • Adding Typography and Shapes 3
    • Adding Typography and Shapes 4
    • Merging Everything 1
    • Merging Everything 2
    • Merging Everything 3
    • Merging Everything 4
    • Merging Everything 5
    • Merging Everything 6
  • U5


    • File Usage and Timelapse Recording
    • File Export, Final Touches, File Preparation and Saving Files
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creative Digital Portrait Drawing 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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Creative Portrait Illustration with Procreate. Illustration course by Samuel Rodriguez

Creative Portrait Illustration with Procreate

A course by Samuel Rodriguez
Artist and Illustrator. San José, United States.
Joined December 2019
  • 96% positive reviews (172)
  • 5109 students