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Digital Design and Illustration of Tattoos with Procreate

A course by Tania Maia
Tattoo Artist. Lima District, Peru.
Joined May 2016
, Tattoo Artist

Learn to create blackwork designs ready to be transferred to the skin

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 94% positive reviews (404)
  • 15226 students

Learn to create blackwork designs ready to be transferred to the skin

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 94% positive reviews (404)
  • 15226 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 37m)
  • 8 additional resources (0 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

In almost no time at all, Procreate has become the essential tool for digital illustration on the iPad due to its intuitive interface and the variety of resources and artistic styles for which it can be used.
One of the disciplines that has been revolutionized by the emergence of Procreate, is tattoo design. Tania Maia, a Brazilian tattoo artist based in Peru and three-time participant in the NY Empire State Tattoo Expo, incorporates Procreate into her creative process, which has hugely simplified her work and allows her to obtain more precision and flexibility in her designs.
In this Domestika course, she teaches you her process for creating digital illustrations ready to be transferred to the skin or framed as illustrations.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Point
  • U3
    U3. Creative process
  • U4
    U4. Final art
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start off by getting to know Tania as well as her career and influences within the tattoo world.

Learn to design and illustrate your tattoos in three phases: preproduction, production, and postproduction.

In preproduction, discover how to put together a brief, find references, and create a collage to give you an idea of what the final tattoo will look like.

Next, in the production phase, work on the outline, or "skeleton" of your design. Then explore how to create variations of the same design in order to have different options to present according to the client's requests. The last part of the production process is adding shadows, volume, and texture with simple tricks that Tania teaches you.

Now it's time for the postproduction phase, in which you learn to design the final artwork with the necessary finishing touches before seeing how to export it.

To wrap up the course, Tania gives you some tips for creating the final version of your piece, both for tattooing and printing as an illustration.

What is this course's project?

Compose a visually coherent totem-style illustration that can be used for a tattoo or a print.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in digital illustration.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Procreate is necessary for this course.

For materials, all you need is an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil.


15226 Students
404 Reviews
94% Positive ratings

Tania Maia

A course by Tania Maia

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Tattoo Artist

Tania Maia is a Brazilian tattoo artist based in Lima, Peru, who specializes in the blackwork technique. Despite graduating in fashion design from the Santa Marcelina University of São Paulo in Brazil, in 2013, she left the profession to become a full-time tattoo artist. The influence of the fashion world is evident in the details of her tattoo artworks.

She has participated in three editions of the NY Empire State Tattoo Expo, one of the most renowned tattoo artist conventions in the United States. Outside the tattoo world, she has produced illustrations for various collaborations including the German cooking and surfing book Reisen Surfen Kochen in 2015, as well as projects for the BarBarian brewery and Marriott hotels, to name just a few.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2


    • Briefing
    • Investigation of reference images
    • Design montage on the canvas
  • U3

    Creative process

    • Outline design (part 1)
    • Outline design (part 2)
    • Design variations (part 1)
    • Design variations (part 2)
    • Shadows, textures and volume
  • U4

    Final art

    • Final art for tattoo (part 1)
    • Final art for tattoo (part 2)
    • Final art for print
  • FP

    Final project

    • Design and digital illustration of tattoos with Procreate

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

    If you're a Plus or PRO member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.


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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Digital Design and Illustration of Tattoos with Procreate. Illustration course by Tania Maia Best seller

Digital Design and Illustration of Tattoos with Procreate

A course by Tania Maia
Tattoo Artist. Lima District, Peru.
Joined May 2016
  • 94% positive reviews (404)
  • 15226 students