Believe it or not, I don’t consider myself an ‘artist’ in the truest sense of the word. Yes, I can make things in Illustrator–combining shapes and moving points and pulling for curves, tweaking things until I get it where I want. I can sketch a little in outline form. But I can’t sit down and paint something in layers of a cornucopia of color or sketch an image in shadows and light.

I’m very much a 2D kind of gal.

When I got my 10.5″ iPad Pro almost a couple years ago, my intent was to learn how to paint and sketch in true artist fashion–albeit digitally. I have this thing about saving trees and needing an Undo button. Oh, and Layers are pretty cool too.

Alas, all I have done so far is hand lettering. Which is still good and the other reason I got an iPad Pro (+Apple Pencil), but I wanted to really dive into Procreate and start working on being an ‘artist’.

A few days ago I finally took the plunge to really get serious about learning.

I went in search of videos that would teach me well. I have really wanted to learn to watercolor and sketch to begin with, so that’s what I searched for.

I found Liz Kohler Brown on SkillShare and have very much enjoyed what and how she teaches to get the watercolor look. I think doing actual watercolors might be quicker in the long run, but this way is just fine for me. :)

And that brings us to today’s freebie–Lavender.

 

A little lavender simplicity. It’s my very first do-it-myself ‘piece’. And because of that, this will always be free. :)

I’ve had the song Lavenders Blue Dilly Dilly by Burl Ives (from my first record) in my head for the past few days and Sunday, I wore lavender (haha). Purple isn’t generally my go-to color in fashion or design, but I am stepping out of my comfort zone all around here.

My grandma used to paint, so I think I might have it in me somewhere. I did paint with her and watched more Bob Ross with her than you can imagine. ;) I can’t wait to paint my own happy little trees.

I’m excited to learn how to be more of an artist and expand those horizons. I just have to keep reminding myself that it’s okay to take the time to learn. I’ve been good at taking the time to live, but learning how to paint and draw on my iPad is like coming home from building houses all day and working on building your own house. You get me, right? ;) I need to make it part of my morning routine or something.

If any of you have suggestions for beginner drawing/sketching/painting classes in Procreate, please, let me know. I’m always on the lookout.