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Fantastical Illustrations with Procreate

A course by Michael Relth
Freelance Animator, Illustrator, and Concept Artist. Los Angeles, United States.
Joined April 2021
, Freelance Animator, Illustrator, and Concept Artist

Learn the essentials of storytelling, composition, and color to create your own fictional worlds

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  • 99% positive reviews (347)
  • 11688 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn the essentials of storytelling, composition, and color to create your own fictional worlds



  • 99% positive reviews (347)
  • 11688 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 50m)
  • 31 additional resources (16 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Digital illustration is all about connecting. Once you find your inspiration, you can pour your heart into lines and forms, colors and textures, movement and gestures. Michael Relth uses illustration to draw fantastical worlds in Procreate. He’s worked with a number of motion graphics studios for clients such as Netflix and Riot Games, and has worked directly for clients including Warner Animation and Procreate. He also shares his work with over 50k followers on Instagram

In this course, Michael teaches you how to bring your ideas to life in Procreate by learning the essentials of storytelling, composition, and color. Learn to build magical imaginary worlds using just your iPad and an Apple Pencil. Are you ready to start creating illustrations that tell stories?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Ideas and Reference
  • U4
    U4. Drawing and Painting
  • U5
    U5. Finishing Touches
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know more about animator, illustrator, and concept artist Michael Relth. He takes you through his journey to becoming a full-time freelancer, along with the influences which have inspired his creative career.

Dive into the essentials of Procreate and its tools before learning how to use simple values and compositions to create compelling images. Explore color theory and see how experimenting with contrast, hue, value, saturation, and more can help bring harmony to your work.

Time to get started on your illustration! Begin by coming up with an idea for your artwork, drawing on your personal experiences. Michael shares his sources of inspiration when illustrating, and guides you through creating a reference board of your own images. Sketch your ideas on paper using a pencil before importing them into Procreate.

Refine your rough sketch and develop your character using digital brushes. Then learn how to use value composition to illuminate your scene and create a color thumbnail to use as a reference. Michael demonstrates the process behind adding light to your illustration and how to paint it. Then set up your layers and begin painting, starting with the background before moving on to the finer details.

Put the finishing touches to your painting by playing around with things like curves, color balance, and dust particles. To finish the course, Michael guides you through how to export your images and download a time-lapse recording of your creative process to share online.

What is this course's project?

Imagine and design a fantasy illustration in Procreate that combines storytelling, composition, and color.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is aimed at beginner to intermediate artists who are interested in using Procreate to improve their illustration skills and design fantasy worlds.

Requirements and materials

Previous knowledge of drawing, composition, and painting will be helpful but are not necessary.

You will need a pencil and paper, an iPad with Procreate installed, and an Apple Pencil.


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Michael Relth

A course by Michael Relth

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Freelance Animator, Illustrator, and Concept Artist

Michael Relth is a freelance animator, illustrator, and concept artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He’s been drawing since he was a child and, after graduating from ArtCenter College of Design with a BFA in Illustration, he turned his passion for art into a full-time career.

Throughout his career as a freelancer, Michael has worked in character animation, illustration, and visual development for a number of motion graphics studios as well as for clients including Procreate and Warner Animation. He also illustrated and published a book, Picture Book by Dog. As well as selling his sketches, paintings, and illustrations online, he shares them with over 50K followers on Instagram.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparation

    • Overall Idea and Procreate Essentials
    • Composition and Value Fundamentals
    • Color Theory
  • U3

    Ideas and Reference

    • Storytelling, Writing and Character Ideas
    • Finding Inspiration
    • Sketching Ideas on Paper
  • U4

    Drawing and Painting

    • Final Sketch, Drawing With Line and Shape
    • Value Composition and Color Thumbnails
    • Painting Process Demo
    • Creating Layers and Painting Gradients
    • Painting Smaller Shapes Within Layers
  • U5

    Finishing Touches

    • Adding Final Details
    • Last Compositing Touches
    • Exporting Your Finished Artwork!
  • FP

    Final project

    • Fantastical Illustrations with Procreate

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Fantastical Illustrations with Procreate. Illustration course by Michael Relth Best seller

Fantastical Illustrations with Procreate

A course by Michael Relth
Freelance Animator, Illustrator, and Concept Artist. Los Angeles, United States.
Joined April 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (347)
  • 11688 students