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Today, I will be showing you how I create easy fall Illustrations in Procreate. This technique is beginner-friendly, extremely easy and even if you are a beginner in Procreate I’m sure you’ll be able to follow these simple steps. So, let’s get started!
Simple Fall Leaf
Our first project is to create a classic fall leaf. I already created a color palette, and since it’s fall, I’m using the classic fall colors, but you can certainly use any color that you want
For the brush, I’m using the Studio Pen from the Inking Set and I’m just making sure that the streamline is on maximum.
Now that we’re ready let’s start drawing!
I created my first stroke which is the stem of the leaf and added a new layer for the base of the leaf.
I’m not going for a realistic look, I just want to create a simple illustration. So, I’m using the same brush to create the leaf outline.
As you can see here, separating the elements into different layers makes it so much easier to make some changes.
Now for the fun part. Add one layer on top of the leaf base, tap it and this menu should pop up, then choose clipping mask
By using a clipping mask I can add texture, highlights, and shadows to the base layer without affecting the outside.
For this layer, I want to add some texture and for that, I’m going to the painting brush set. There are so many brushes to choose from but my current favorite is the Salamanca brush. I think this texture is perfect for fall!
To make the texture pop, choose a darker color from the background. For this illustration, I’m going with orange.
As you can see, because I used a clipping mask, the color only stays within the leaf base and it doesn’t affect the background or the stem that I created earlier.
Adding the Details
To add more pizzazz to this leaf illustration I added one more clipping mask layer. This time, I used a dark maroon color for a shadow effect. Please remember to always check that you are in the correct layer because if you mix the layers together it will be difficult to make some changes in the future.
Now in the same layer, I’m using the smudging tool and I’m just blending the harsh outlines. What I like about this is you don’t have to be precise, you can literally just go for it and I promise it will still look amazing.
Here is the first fall leaf illustration!
Fall Leaf Illustration
For the second illustration, I’m creating a basic leaf design. To make it look more interesting I used two different colors.
If you want to adjust your drawing, simply select the arrow button on the upper left and now you can change it to your liking.
With the same technique, I added a clipping mask layer, created a bold outline, and used the smudge tool.
I also used the same technique on the second leaf. Since the background is light yellow, I used a darker shade of orange for the outline.
This is optional but you can also add some veins on the leaves for tiny details.
And here is the final look!
Two-Colored Leaf Illustration
For the third leaf illustration, I’m creating a leafy branch. Unfortunately, my camera died while I drew this but I used the same process as the previous illustrations.
In here I’m just showing the different layers that I used, As you can see, I love having a lot of clipping mask layers. Each layer adds a different color and effect that will certainly transform the basic illustration.
This is how it turned out!
Leafy Branch Illustration
Pumpkin Spice Latte
The next illustration is a pumpkin spice latte and our first step is to create the base.
To add some texture, I used the Salamanca brush and a dark orange color.
For the cover, I created a classic ” coffee cup” design and used a dark brown shade.
Now it’s time to create some shadows.
I added a dark border on the base and blended all the colors together with the smudge tool.
I also added some details on the cover to achieve the same effect.
Now, it’s time to add the label. For this, I chose a light yellow background and a darker brown for the outline. As always, the secret to a beautiful fall illustration is just to blend, blend, and blend.
For the label, I wrote “ latte” using the calligraphy brush pen. I would have written pumpkin spice latte but I think that would be too lengthy to write. (haha)
It’s pretty much done, but at the last minute I decided to change the background of the label and for that I’m choosing this cream color.
Here is our freshly brewed latte!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Illustration
The next illustration is a fall candle. I want to make it look bold so I chose this deep red color.
In another layer, I want to add some texture and since the base color is already dark, I chose a lighter color.
To finish the candle base, I created this oval shape and with that, I’m just making sure that everything looks seamless.
Now for the border, I used an ash grey color and blended it together with the smudge tool.
Since I’m using a lot of dark colors I decided to add a pop of orange for contrast.
For the candle wax, I created another oval shape and filled it in with yellow.
Once it’s done, it’s time to burn this candle! So, I added the wick and the flame.
To make it a little realistic, I added a darker shade at the bottom of the flame to mimic the melted wax.
Now for the fun part, It’s time to decorate our candle. Because I used a lot of bold colors, I decided to create a simple design. Finally, I came up with this pattern of stripes with alternating colors.
I actually think this is more of a Christmas Candle but I’m still happy with how it turned out.
Fall Candle Illustration
For the final project, I’m combining all the cozy fall illustrations. I already exported the previous illustrations to PNG and added it to a new document to make the process easier.
Let’s start with the candle.
Since this has a lot of red tones in it, I chose the red leafy branch illustration with the two-colored leaf. I added it on both sides to complete the look.
The second design is very simple. I combined the first two leaves to create a minimalist piece. I’m playing around with the size and my goal is to make it look dainty. (haha)
For the last combination. I’m using the coffee illustration as the center and added both leaves from the second design.
In doing something like this just make sure to make both sides even to create a balanced look.
Final Look: Fall Illustrations in Procreate
Here is how all the illustrations turned out! Let me know which one is your favorite.
Cozy Fall Illustrations
These are my simple techniques to create fall illustrations in Procreate. I hope I was able to inspire you in creating your own illustrations. If you follow these tips, please don’t forget to tag me on Instagram or Pinterest. Till next time!
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