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Drawing Comics in Procreate from Start to Finish

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In this video I walk through all the steps I take to make a comic from beginning to end in Procreate using the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. I walk through how to make panels and how I like to do lettering all the way to the pencils, inks and colors. ----------------------------------------------------- GET MY PROCREATE COARSE FOR $10 https://www.udemy.com/drawing-and-painting-on-the-ipad-with-procreate/?couponCode=COMICCOLORING ----------------------------------------------------- The brushes I use are the Fude pen: http://procreate.si/forums/index.php?topic=4223.0 and for the textured color wash I used the Gwosh brush in this set https://creativemarket.com/ben.lew/850502-Procreate-Paint-Box My Patrion is here: https://www.patreon.com/bradcolbow And if you want to know what tool I use to make my art or videos you can check that out here: http://bradcolbow.com/mygear/
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The Pshycho Path (8 hours ago)
''Procreate the artist race'' - Michelangelo
benedict goh (5 days ago)
What kind of brush are you using at @7:55
George Otero (10 days ago)
What font is that?
Electro Duck (13 days ago)
6:17 what's a feud pen?
Sheldon Lacsina (1 month ago)
Great tutorial. I watch it every now and then to get inspired. Is there a way to get the fude pen?
antinbath (1 month ago)
Really helpful insight. Thank you for sharing. I know this video is a few years old now. For the panel layout Canvas > Drawing Guide with Drawing Assist is likely a quicker method for the panels with the current version. Should mean less time drawing the panel lines and erasing as it can be done with the 2D grid as a guide and drawing assist will snap your line automatically.
Daniel Madsen (2 months ago)
the fude pen i no where to find :( but keep up the good work :D !
Final Fantasy (2 months ago)
Don't don't they add shapes to procreate? Like drawing circles, triangles, squares....etc. MS Paint has it and it's an old program.
Mario Galardo (2 months ago)
Perhaps you can use this, once you're done inking the panels (frame), go to your layer and choose select, it will make the selection based on your outlines. Use the selection to create a new mask for when you're painting. That way there's less cleanup to be done. My 2cents. Cheers!
imogenbegins (3 months ago)
I like how I zoned out because I was reading the comic. Good comic.
eXtremeFX2010 (3 months ago)
Hi, Great Video! I'm a cartoonist making the transition from paper to digital. It's been a learning experience. The toughest obstacle is getting my characters on paper to look exactly same in procreate pen and ink. I found the underlying cause was drawing on the ipad was like drawing on GLASS. The pen just doesn't grip as it would on real paper. I am still practicing. QUESTION: What do you recommend so that my ipad pen point isn't so slippery but reacts properly with my pencil and ink digital strokes?
Brad Colbow (3 months ago)
I put an inexpensive matte screen protector on my iPad, it has more texture to it and definitely gives me more control. The down side is that the screen isn't as clear, looks a little grainy. I'm OK with that tradeoff.
Terrell 101 (4 months ago)
I’m thinking about getting an iPad Pro just for this
Gaurav Vikalp (6 months ago)
The brush link is broken :(
Madchen Craig (6 months ago)
Thank you so much for this video! I needed something like this and Ive always wanted to make comics, this helps so much!
Joseph Holliday (7 months ago)
When you mention filling in your ink lines as a destructive process, did you realize you could make the ink layer a reference layer and color drop a layer above it and still retain lines and color separately?
Melissa Christel (7 months ago)
So helpful!! Thank you
Julia Leslie (9 months ago)
Thank you so much. I've just recently started drawing on my iPad using Procreate and was unsure how to create comic panels. This was a great guide and I highly enjoyed the video :)
Matadorstudio (10 months ago)
Procreate is awesome, so is Clip studio and I tried Photoshop and LOVED the perspective tool in it. Recently I also tried comic draw http://plasq.com/apps/comicdraw/ios/ for Ipad pro and it is great for laying out your comics. Anyways, I need to stop procrastinating by trying all these apps, choose one and start drawing. Thanks for your this and all your videos very informative.
Jose Rosado (11 months ago)
What size of the fude brush do you use?
Brad Colbow (11 months ago)
I'm always adjusting it based on the line size I need.
Theatlasartblog (11 months ago)
Insightful 💪🏾
ValBros Studios (1 year ago)
Thank you I got my iPad Pro then started doing this
Troll Bağımlıları (1 year ago)
i watch this in ipad air 1!
Nathan Dreggors (1 year ago)
Brad how do I download the pen-fude pen from the forum link to my iPad Pro to use?
Stellar Mapping (1 year ago)
Your tone and attitude in your videos, especially when you're talking in front of the camera, reminds me of JJ McCullough.
Jacob David (1 year ago)
I had a question on drawing the comics. When drawing the panel, can't you draw one square large to fit the whole screen, draw your character in and pencil in the dialogue and then resize it to fit the rest of the other panel squares? Can't that be done? That means, one panel square per layer, drawn really large, then shrunk to the normal size. Please let me know if that can be done and proportionately reduced?
Jacob David (1 year ago)
Good tutorial. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
Juan Stamos (1 year ago)
Are these videos that are on your Udemy course?
Juan Stamos (1 year ago)
Brad Colbow thanks for the quick reply! I'll sign up today. 😊
Brad Colbow (1 year ago)
The Udemy course is different. It goes over all the features and has different projects in it.
BellaB Builes (1 year ago)
Cool ._.
Kristina Bengtsson (1 year ago)
Great video! What program do you use to record your screen? :-)
Brad Colbow (1 year ago)
For this video I used a cool feature in Procreate that automatically makes a speed drawing. When I need to record all the layer pallets and stuff I use Quicktime on the Mac to record the screen.
Sönke Windhausen (1 year ago)
Mate, what brush did you use for the grey scale colouring? Love you content
Elroy Lee (1 year ago)
Procreate is 9$ :(
Sebastian Melendez (1 year ago)
What app is that?
amrinder singh (1 year ago)
Why didn't you use the perspective grid to snap lines ?
Great Wall of Norman (1 year ago)
Some channel called Garmendia Vines is posting your vids.
Thuan Nguyen (1 year ago)
Thanks so much for this video! Very helpful!
Music of Sound (1 year ago)
Nice video but you tend to make paneling seem laborious when it it could be shown to be a lot simpler using copy paste and section tool
AwarenessRazor87 (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for teaching and sharing, your helping me realize one of my dreams
Thara Dantanarayana (1 year ago)
Thanks for being committed to one program in this video! The tips and advice were great.
Iris Menjji (1 year ago)
How do u reside on I pad and upload
Michael McCarthy (1 year ago)
Great video. Thanks. But, I work as an editor and can't help myself: "GET MY PROCREATE COARSE FOR $10." Should read: "COURSE."  Cheers!
espadana (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video, Brad, this was awesome and very informative. May I ask which brush you are using to colour in the panels? It looks beautifully like a real marker pen and I was curious to know a bit more about it - is it a stock Procreate brush? Thanks a lot!
Lavender Mint Rose (1 year ago)
"Fude" is not pronounced like "feud". It's "Food-deh". It's Japanese for "brush".
ajw204 (1 year ago)
can't find that pen, is it under inking?
Jcl Auditor (1 year ago)
is this an iPad pro 12 or 9?
Brad Colbow (1 year ago)
This is the larger one, the 12.9
Elijah Bartlett (1 year ago)
Oh my god! This is so helpful! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
Son-of-1 (1 year ago)
When I look up Procreate, I get more than one. Is it JUST Procreate, because the one I get that has only procreate is "Procreate-Sketch, paint, create", is that it? Thank you.
Son-of-1 (1 year ago)
On IPad.
Son-of-1 (1 year ago)
I'm thinking about making a web comic, how would I post them online? Or would it be better to put them on Deviant art, and or Tumblr? Please, and thank you.
Son-of-1 (1 year ago)
On IPad.
Christian Sanhueza (1 year ago)
Great work, Brad!!
Chad Myers (1 year ago)
This is fantastic. Thank you!
What app do you use
I like it
Legit Playz (1 year ago)
Oh my god its alex clark
Marty SLAYzas (1 year ago)
hey can I have advice? I need a tablet that's 250$ or lower, and a stylus that is under 50$ to go with it.
Marty SLAYzas (1 year ago)
+Helena okay tyvm
Helena (1 year ago)
Marlo The Trap try samsung galaxy tab a 10.01 2016 with Spen
Dissonantia Cognitiva (1 year ago)
excellent videos, it even gives me a non artist the notion I could do art ;-)
Abc 123 (1 year ago)
You can use a lasso tool so when you colour, the brush won't go outside the selected area :)
Jiraya 5757 (1 year ago)
what app is that??
Brad Colbow (1 year ago)
+Jiraya 5757 it's called Procreate
fantastic, very useful! Also big thanks for the links!
Boom Puff (1 year ago)
Hi
makarone (1 year ago)
Good way to draw panels on the ipad is the vector app called iDraw, ( or Inkpad), or Autodesk vector drawing app. You can export pdf, or copy and paste group from there to the procreate. But it can take time to find a right size of the frames.
dick castle (1 year ago)
oh this looks dope. i have ideas for cartoons. problem is im not very good at drawing and dont know what im doingm anything that simplifies the process is perfect for a noob like me...
Camp Kawaii (1 year ago)
I plan on converting to digital drawing to draw my comic. Paper, ink, import, redraw, etc etc is too long of a process to continue my series I'm working on
Farid Arsitek (1 year ago)
Brad.. I can't draw straight line using that way, is that a bug on my Procreate app?
Dedd Zedd (1 year ago)
Hey do you post your comics online?
Brad Colbow (1 year ago)
I do. http://bradcolbow.com/archive/ I don't do as many as I used to.
Tobias (1 year ago)
muy buena explicación, gracias, espero algún día tener mi iPad pro y poder hacer mi propio cómic, congratulations good job.
_ gastly _ (1 year ago)
nooooo medibang is for iPad Air...i have an iPad mini...😰
Andy Klyen (2 years ago)
Very useful demo thanks Brad - I want to create lots of rectangles and your method of drawing and resizing your panels was helpful. Thanks!
J Punterminse (2 years ago)
love this video very much! new to procreate and this was really usefull. I'm also having trouble making my comics look clean and finished. Would love a video on that!
Atul Jagtap (2 years ago)
which is best bezel colour of ipad pro fro art work, black or white ?
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
I don't think it matters, go with the one you think looks best :)
PolyPlane.com (2 years ago)
Re: Painting over ink layer. Is it not advantageous to use the reference layer option?
SuperPicasso05 (2 years ago)
hi, is it possible to draw high resolution comics for printing on book, magazine, news paper etc.. can I rest my hand on screen while drawing? (it will be a big issue if I can't) thanks for your share
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
Yep, you can make a pretty high res canvas on this and you can size it to whatever you want. And if you get the iPad pro and Apple pencil there is palm rejection, it works great so you can rest your hand on it. With older iPads and styluses the palm rejection is pretty bad.
_ gastly _ (2 years ago)
what brush did you use for the sketch before you inked the panels? i hope its not too much trouble to answer this
_ gastly _ (2 years ago)
Brad Colbow oh thank you so much! i already use it though but i didnt know you turned the opacity down. this is the first time a youtuber answered my comment
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
+Morgan Perkins it's the basic technical pencil that comes with the app. I did turn down the transparency.
_ gastly _ (2 years ago)
the name of it
Crazy Will Tech Show (2 years ago)
Man really like your channel. Your the reason I bought an iPad Pro. Love it thanks. It's the tool I bin looking for.
Matt Halpain (2 years ago)
super cool process ! I love and enjoy art videos on youtube.
Niladri Sarkar (2 years ago)
This is just awesome!!
David Wagelmans (2 years ago)
awesome videos man. really love your channel. not a creator myself but really entertaining :)
hansendesigns (2 years ago)
The bucket fill in procreate might speed ur process :)
DOJO DONUTS (2 years ago)
Brad Colbow how do i download the fude pen?! Can you explain or make a video on it
_ gastly _ (1 year ago)
skrikoo minecraft go to the description, find the link. it'll take u to a website scroll down and you'll see it (i downloaded it)
MechanicOrga (2 years ago)
I heard that when you export a piece of artwork it'll automatically reduce the DPI size. Is that true?
Tom Wey (2 years ago)
DUDE! If you want to use color drop on a new layer, create the new layer then drag the reference layer to the right with two fingers and you'll be able to fill in things on another layer
Tim McGee (1 year ago)
DUDE!
unpolarize (2 years ago)
This is too awesome! I can't wait until I get my iPad Pro to start doing stuff like this. My only fear is that they will release the iPad Pro 2 soon after I buy one lol
Kiki (7 months ago)
I have that same fear lol
Julian Rain (1 year ago)
but how is your accuracy? i mean, could you draw a comic like the guy in the video? or do you just use it for scribbling?
Julian Rain (1 year ago)
but how do you draw? with your fingers?
eenntteenn (1 year ago)
I'm still using a 5 year old iPad4 and procreate works without any complaints :P
Brett Garner (2 years ago)
Very helpful, thank you sir. God bless:-)
Paul May aka buddha72 (2 years ago)
Brett Garner is
DoctorSiggy (2 years ago)
It may be just my nitpicking, since I started out with the PC/Mac version of Fire Alpaca (Medibang's predecessor) and then Medibang before all the mobile versions of the programme came out, I much prefer the layout on the PC version of the app. I'm not really a Surface/iPad artist, even though I work with an on-screen tablet, but this app seems like a lot of fun. If I were to ever look into using the iPad for art, i'll probably look into this app to use along side medibang. This really is a great video!
Utonium Ph. D. (2 years ago)
fuck me Brad Colbow
3polygons (2 years ago)
Absolutely amazing to see any actual production work (I agree, I'd have just done the panel margins + lettering in whatever design app in the ipad, but it is indeed an interesting exercise) done with iPad Pro, The Pencil and ProCreate. I would have given 10 likes if that'd ever be possible in Youtube (am also a comic maker). One very strange question I have for you, if you are so kind to answer it : Apart from being insanely jealous of your hardware, I am very curious about how do you feel (physically, not emotionally, lol) after some serious hours of work. I mean, the screen is small, after all, probably the body position not the ideal, and if you have tired eyes (I quite do), it might be more punishing. I don't know, there's few professionals (maybe as most illustrators might be not past the 40s, lol) commenting about this specific matter and the iPad Pro + Pencil while illustrating. Indeed, little to none either with the cintiqs, while is a bit too like that compared to drawing in an intuos Pro with a large (24 - 27") screen at +40cm distance. Am at the point of having the ok-to-throw budget for a Yiynova/Huion/XP pen or whatever similar, OR just grab this beast-beauty, provided its great autonomy, portability, pencil feel and being such a compact solution...
3polygons (2 years ago)
And you alternate as well with the UX job, that's I guess a big change in posture, hand usage, etc, I doubt you would ever have severe back/neck/hands problems (or I hope so ;) )
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
+3polygons I also have a standing desk, I don't draw at it much, but I do a lot of my writing there. I change positions a lot during the day.
3polygons (2 years ago)
Amazing answer, thank's a lot. :) . More or less what I thought, now more confirmed. Not the ideal setup for my +12 hours a day... (with pauses). I guess I'll go non portable wiith a huion GT 220 V2, yiynova or XP tablet. thanks! The grip thing sounds a bit like the Carpian tunnel (however is the English term) type of issues. In my experience: no carpian or real issue, but needed to train (be conscious all the time, or every chunk of time) the FULLY relax pose of the wrist, neck, shoulders-back, and fingers thing. Despite the long work day hours, have no physical issues (apart from tired eyesight, probably doing mostly with the age, tho).. and after watching/helping with some dramatic issues observed in a friend, is about a habit of letting your hand like dumb-dead, if you can say so. You don't need body tension in any part of your body while working digitally, as that's what brings a world of pain...Stretching the palm (from pulling the fingers backwards, also in the other direction, and stretching/relaxing in general) is very helpful, indeed, the usual carpian tunnel advices to alleviate or fully eliminate the issues and pain, IMO are quite usable for the issue you mention (relax and stretch the fingers every now and then, and avoid tense grip). But mostly grab the pen loosely, it does not affect the stroke or expression, kindda more of a psychological thing, really, after training the hand fully relaxed, it works the same or better. :) IMO, a larger tablet (ie, a cintiq or Large Intuos) always allows the back to be more extended/relaxed, so less tension in back, arms and shoulders, and I can imagine a longer distance from the screen can also be a good thing. But is key to know directly from a person actually working with a 13" tablet. :)
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
Yes, my eyes do get tired from time to time. I spent most of Wednesday drawing. I'm usually not drawing all day, maybe 2 or 3 hours max at a time so I don't have the extended wear and tear some illustrators get. I switch positions a bit when working, sometimes it's on my desk, sometimes on my lap (I'll put my feet up and recline while watching something). The one part of me that is starting to wear and tear are my hands. I've had to loosen my grip on styluses in the last year because I grip to hard and it hurts my index finger over time.
Shwetha Shet (2 years ago)
+Brad Colbow How can I send u Images of My Artwork?
Eugenio Torres (2 years ago)
I have a question, if I want to start doing graphic design what should I buy first, a drawing tablet or a computer?
Eugenio Torres (2 years ago)
Brad Colbow thank you
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
For design definitely a computer.
Daniel Luque (2 years ago)
You can use the ink layer as a reference layer (drag the layer to the right with 2 fingers) and use color drop on another layer, you don't need to duplicate your ink layer in order to use color drop.
Daniel Luque (2 years ago)
Yeah most of procreate's features are hard to find, I know of that one because I'm a huge nerd and read the manual XD
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
Someone else mentioned that. i totally need to try that out. I had no idea.
R Rivera (2 years ago)
Great step-by-step. Thanks, Brad!
sean o'haimheirgin (2 years ago)
Check out Autodesk Graphic for doing the frames - just copy and paste into Procreate. Works great for any hard shapes such as circles etc that you need as well.
sean o'haimheirgin (2 years ago)
What I do is copy my image out of Procreate and paste it into Graphic as a greyed out template. I can then create the shapes over that for scale.
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
I have done that and you're right it works. It is a little awkward to get it the right size because once it's pulled in you can't resize it up without it looking blurry.
Lola Brown (2 years ago)
Lol at the "coloring like some kind of peasant" comment.
shinigamiryuk (2 years ago)
is there not a rectangle tool?
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
no, but someone mentioned that I can get brushes that are rectangles.
saramations (2 years ago)
nope. procreate doesn't have a shape tool.
Lola Brown (2 years ago)
I was SO excited to see this on my feed! I love the drawing process videos. Thanks Brad. ^_^
Max and Maury (2 years ago)
I have recently converted to using Procreate to create my comic strip (instead of pencils, inks, and Copics) and yeah, lettering is one of the hardest parts for me. Especially creating the word balloons. Thanks for the great video, I'll check out the brush and MediBang.
3polygons (2 years ago)
I think the video is a really interesting and creative solution/exercise, but in my work, I always keep the k.i.s.s rule. There's the power of the iPad (well, and even more in a Windows or Apple machine), you have available apps for everything. Doing it painful in stages where it shouldn't be (is just a matter of the relative youth of the iOS and the app, and due to it being just a tablet) might cut too much time and remove too much fun out of it. After all, also time is money (even if don't charge by the hour.) . In 2D/3D, am too used to switch all time between many applications to know that the typical disadvantages are small (exchange formats, bit of a loosing focus at he beginning, etc) compared to what is gained in time and ease of work. He indeed kind of says he does so, typically. When an app , in my desktop, doesn't do all what I want, I don't loose time with a complex workaround, a mixed workflow is best, as otherwise frustration might show up, and mountains of hours lost, when trying to do all with the same tool, unless is sth like Photoshop. Anyway, when working at companies, you are forced to do so (work even with very crude alpha apps apart from your fav tool) often, due to external reasons, and the habit make the matter of swapping totally natural. That besides iPad is not yet, (unless am missing some important info) yet fully independent in a professional workflow, so, anyway the mix is needed. Still, I give a lot of value to this video, as at some point you might be forced to work all inside Procreate, for whatever the situation or circumstances. IMO wouldn't be usually the case.
baloes brush would not be a viable alternative?
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
Yeah, I end up pulling it over to the desktop most of the time to do the lettering and balloons, just much faster.
Charles McKeever (2 years ago)
Excellent end-to-end walk through. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. I love that you did everything in one app. Even with the challenges to create panels, it was a good show of what can be done in Procreate. After watching the video, it inspired me to draw for the rest of the evening. Btw, have you considered creating panels on individual layers so you can move them around and resize them? It might be worth having a collection of 'common' sizes to work with. You might even create a stock project that you could duplicate each time you start a new comic. Just something I was thinking as you were sharing the panel creation challenges. Thanks again.
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
That's a good idea. Someone else mentioned using a brush that makes squares. I had never thought of that before, but that could be a huge time saver too.
Huaqas (2 years ago)
Thanks alot Brad! Excellent video.
indecisionskevlar (2 years ago)
this helped a lot since procreate is my only drawing program *thank you !!!*
Vladu11 (2 years ago)
I think procreate is the BEST tool for drawing on an Apple Device. But I also found a REALLY NICE software on windows that supports pressure, lets you customize shortcuts, selection and all that stuff, that has a really good WATERCOLOR BRUSH that mixes color directly on the canvas in a very simple, yet good looking way. The software is called "Paint Tool SAI" == Please review it, Brad! ==
Mexus (2 years ago)
He already reviewed Paint Tool Sai.
Owen Robinson (2 years ago)
Vladu11 Almost every drawing program supports what you just said. Furthermore, everybody knows about the program you just mentioned; nothing new.
Seifer[FPSB] (2 years ago)
Hi Brad, great video ! Someone created a square brush for procreate, it's not perfect but it's definitely easier than draw the panels manually :)
Nikesh Murali (2 years ago)
Awesome
Suvrojit Mondal (2 years ago)
Hello Brad, I really like your videos. Since I'm new to drawing and doing comics and on Windows, will you be able to make a video on an alternative comics software for windows, or maybe MediBang Paint. I guess there are lots of users like me who will benefit from it. Thank You!
Kaientist (2 years ago)
Good video! I swear I'm always learning more things on the different selection tool options that Procreate has. Also, you mentioned not wanting to risk ruining an ink layer with dumping colors into it. Can't you use the ability to set a layer as a reference layer to let you dump colors in the correct spots on an empty layer? Keep up the good work!
Johnny Larocque (1 year ago)
BEST! Thank you SO much.
Giancarlo Di Massa (2 years ago)
If you want to fill to a different layer than the one your line work is on, open the LAYERS menu and swipe your LINEWORK layer RIGHT with TWO fingers. The layer will turn PURPLE to indicate that it's now your Reference Layer. You can now ColorDrop to ANOTHER layer using the bounds from your Reference Layer.
Brad Colbow (2 years ago)
WHAT!?! I need to try this!
Giancarlo Di Massa (2 years ago)
I was just reporting the same thing as @Kaientist - use the ref layer function, it is made just for that. Keep up the good work, your videos are amazing!

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