Moody Digital Illustration with Procreate

A course by Jim Spendlove
Illustrator. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
Joined January 2022
, Illustrator

Explore composition, line work, color, and overlays to create atmospheric artwork that tells a story

  • 100% positive reviews (28)
  • 914 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore composition, line work, color, and overlays to create atmospheric artwork that tells a story

  • 100% positive reviews (28)
  • 914 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 51m)
  • 15 additional resources (4 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

Through a careful combination of digital tools and techniques, you can create captivating artwork that appears attractive at a glance, but also invites the viewer to look deeper. Illustrator Jim Spendlove specializes in creating cover art for digital streaming platforms, vinyl sleeves for labels like Chillhop Music and Lofi Records, and independent artists.

In this online course, he teaches you to tell stories through atmospheric images. Learn how to use the tools of Procreate to craft powerful illustrations through solid compositions and impactful effects. Ready to create evocative artwork on your iPad?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Learning the Basics
  • U3
    U3. Creating the Artwork
  • U4
    U4. Going One Step Further
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know freelance illustrator Jim Spendlove. Discover how he turned his childhood love of drawing into a full-time career, along with the influences that inspire him and the work he creates.

Get an introduction to Procreate and its features. Then see Jim’s process for coming up with a concept for your illustration. Create a mood board of references and use it to draw three thumbnail sketches, experimenting with composition.

Use your favorite sketch as a base to create your initial illustration before developing it into a more refined line drawing. Add color to your work, and incorporate shadow for depth. Then work on the lighting before adding the finishing touches to your drawing.

Learn how to create your own textures for digital illustration. Jim also shows you how to add movement to turn your image into a simple animation. To wrap up the course, he guides you through the process of formatting and exporting the finished project.

What is this course's project?

Illustrate a narrative digital illustration in Procreate with the option to turn it into a simple animation.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in creating atmospheric artwork on their iPad.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

In terms of materials, you will need an iPad with Procreate installed, and an Apple Pencil.


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Jim Spendlove

A course by Jim Spendlove

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Jim Spendlove is a UK-based freelance illustrator who specializes in cover art. As a child, he loved to draw, recreating artwork from his favorite comics, Beano and Dandy, and even having his work featured at the age of 11. He went on to study art at college, and later, fine art at university where he combined his experience with traditional techniques with digital tools. Inspired by his passion for hip-hop, Jim decided to focus on creating cover art, expanding his portfolio, and attracting commissions on Instagram.

Since then, he’s worked for Lofi Records, Chillpop Music, and a number of independent artists. He also creates loop animations for social media and YouTube and sells his work online.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Learning the Basics

    • Introducing Procreate
    • Concept Development
    • References and Mood Board
    • Composition and Thumbnails
  • U3

    Creating the Artwork

    • The Initial Sketch 1
    • The Initial Sketch 2
    • The Line Drawing
    • Adding Colour
    • Adding Shadow
    • The Lighting
    • The Final Touches
  • U4

    Going One Step Further

    • Creating Texture
    • Adding Slight Movement in Procreate
    • Formatting and Exporting the Image
  • FP

    Final project

    • Moody Digital Illustration with Procreate

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Moody Digital Illustration with Procreate. Illustration course by Jim Spendlove

Moody Digital Illustration with Procreate

A course by Jim Spendlove
Illustrator. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
Joined January 2022
  • 100% positive reviews (28)
  • 914 students