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Illustrated Portraits with Procreate

A course by Elena Garnu
Illustrator and graphic designer. Murcia, Spain.
Joined June 2013
, Illustrator and graphic designer

Learn how to create and compose a portrait adding elements, textures, and expressiveness starting from a photo

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (1K)
  • 22213 students

Learn how to create and compose a portrait adding elements, textures, and expressiveness starting from a photo

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (1K)
  • 22213 students
  • 16 lessons (1h 59m)
  • 32 additional resources (20 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Applying natural elements to a digital portrait by including hand-drawn splashes of color and texture has the ability to give a more human touch to the final illustration. When you add a personal style, filled with skilled technique such as the work of illustrator Elena Garnu, the results are illustrations full of emotion that transform into visual poetry.

In this course, Elena teaches how to create and compose portraits using a photo and a powerful tool to create spectacular illustrations on an iPad: Procreate. Discover how to add elements and textures that you create by hand to incorporate them into your digital illustrations. Improvise and let your curiosity take the reins to convey your message.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Looking for references and creating resources
  • U3
    U3. Introduction to Procreate
  • U4
    U4. We start drawing in Procreate
  • U5
    U5. Finishing the project
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know Elena Garnu, her career so far, as well as the main artistic references that inspire her when illustrating.

See the best way to search for inspiration by creating a mood board for your portrait. Select the colors for your palette, creating a separate document for colors and textures using different tools, to digitize and use them in your portrait.

Get started with Procreate, going through the interface and its tools. See how to speed up the pace by using actions and shortcuts, as well as how to create a color palette and save it for future projects.

Learn how to import your reference images and use them with a split screen to base your illustration on the image. Place the elements, trace their position so they fit into your illustration, and start drawing. Elena guides you through the illustration process and shows you how to adjust your strokes to the curves of your portrait.

Apply color and add details such as textures, stains, and natural decorative elements. Elena shares techniques to ensure your composition has a smooth and professional feel.

Complete your portrait by adding the finishing touches, unifying the aspect of your portrait, and adding a more hand-drawn feel. Lastly, see the options on Procreate to export your work.

What is this course's project?

Create an illustrated portrait with Procreate, using a photo and applying analogical textures to create lush detail.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For artists, illustrators, and anyone who wants to immerse themselves into the powerful world of Procreate and its infinite creative possibilities for portraits.

Requirements and materials

It’s best to have basic illustration skills for this course but they aren’t compulsory. You only require the will to learn and experiment with the multitude of tools that Procreate has to offer.

As for materials, you need an Apple Pencil, a compatible iPad, watercolors, paintbrushes, charcoal pencils, an old toothbrush, and a scanner or camera. You also need access to a computer with Adobe Photoshop.


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Elena Garnu

A course by Elena Garnu

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Illustrator and graphic designer

Elena Garnu is a Spanish illustrator who has been working on both professional and personal illustration projects, since graduating from her studies in Fine Arts.

Her contemporary style involves a strong feminine feel, merging portraits with natural elements that give an abstract feel to her work. Her muses, simultaneously strong and vulnerable, are always connected to everyday life. She has collaborated with editorials such as Simon & Schuster, Norma Editorial, and Mueve tu lengua.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Looking for references and creating resources

    • Collection of reference images
    • Stains and textures
    • Digitization
  • U3

    Introduction to Procreate

    • Interface and tools
    • Gestures
    • Color palettes in Procreate
  • U4

    We start drawing in Procreate

    • Lace and composition
    • To draw
    • To draw 2
    • Color application and ornamental elements
    • Color application and ornamental elements 2
  • U5

    Finishing the project

    • Color adjustments, textures and filters
    • Export
  • FP

    Final project

    • Illustrated portrait 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.

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    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.

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  • 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'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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Illustrated Portraits with Procreate. Illustration course by Elena Garnu Best seller

Illustrated Portraits with Procreate

A course by Elena Garnu
Illustrator and graphic designer. Murcia, Spain.
Joined June 2013
  • 98% positive reviews (1K)
  • 22213 students