Any tips on how to draw realistic characters on Procreate?

So, I’m trying to learn to draw so I’m able to make realistic covers for my stories and stuff and I was wondering if anyone had any tips for me on how to get started, outlines, characters, tools, anything is appriciated! :face_holding_back_tears: :sparkles:

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@Vampira might be able to help you? :blob_hearts:

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I usually draw from the reference photo and take all the shades from the picture
First I just sketch the shades from dark to light and blur them together with a soft brush
Sometimes I initially edit the reference and add brightness and saturation of colors, such as in the photo
Oh, and if you want maximum similarity with the reference, I draw a line sketch along the contour of the reference


hi! :blob_hearts: vampira’s tips are brilliant, i just want to add some more (:


  • You already have Procreate, so that’s a good start!
  • You can get brushes on gumroad, nadiaxel and jingsketch have free ones popular YouTubers use
  • If you don’t already, I recommend a tablet pen (if you’re using an iPad) as it really does help you get more control

beginner tips

  • USE REFERENCES: Please don’t buy into the idea you don’t need references for good art, you DO. At least when you’re just starting. Use references for everything - hair, skin, lighting, colours etc
    – There’s lots I could say, but if you want to improve fast I recommend: Sinix Design, Kooleen, SamDoesArts, Marc Brunet, Ergo Josh for tutorials
  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN COLOURS: I do recommend that, if working from a reference, you pick your own colours from the colour wheel. It helps train your eye as to what colours look good on your artwork

basic process

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my process is kinda basic still as i do semi-realism, not full realism (:

  • I start with a reference, like always and I draw a basic sketch underneath (eyes, nose, mouth, basic shape for hair etc)
  • Then I put down some base colours; skin, hair, clothes
  • Add basic shade and lighting according to the reference
  • Then I blend everything out: for this, I recommend SinixDesign on YouTube, his beginner digital art tutorial is A+

If you have any questions just message me, I’m always happy to help :blob_hearts: