Digital Drawing

Painting Portraits with an iPad: Digital Drawing Course Using Procreate

By Joshua Esmeralda

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30 lessons
Running time
7h 56m
By Creator
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1. Learn at your own pace in this 20-week online course.
2. Artistic guidance & pointers from the instructor

3. Supportive peer community exchanging feedback
4. Enroll now to start learning right away!

I'm revealing exactly how I make my art in this online course!

Learn everything you need to start painting digital portraits in Procreate

Turn who you admire into priceless works of art

I started my journey painting just like everyone else, from the beginning. I challenged myself to get better one step at a time by doing digital drawings each and every day about the subjects I love most: the people around me and characters from my favorite series.

I will show you all the techniques I use as I walk you through my own self-taught process to paint digital portraits in Procreate.

If you’re like me, who was someone that struggled with drawing faces, this course is definitely for you. Complete your own artworks by following along step by step with me and learning all my iPad tools, tips and tricks.

Whether an absolute beginner in digital drawing or used to drawing in your own style, I will help you take your artwork to the next level with this portrait painting masterclass.

Instead of a simple how-to video you watch and are done with or a one-way lecture covering basic techniques, I structured this course so you will learn the fundamentals in a fun, interactive way by practicing at your own pace, completing activities and getting direct feedback from me.

I'll cover everything from sketching the anatomy of the head and facial features to applying light, shadow and color to create natural skin tones.

By the end of the course you will be able to paint portraits of your friends, family or make your own fan art of whoever you admire.

Step 01 : Master the tools

Digital painting has never been more convenient to create than on the iPad. I will teach you how to paint portraits using the Procreate app using all the tools, tips and tricks I taught myself.

Step 02 : Practice through specific activities

I will teach you to draw anatomically and proportionally accurate heads and facial features through specific activities you will upload to get personal pointers and artistic guidance from me.

Step 03 : Learn how I do light, shadow, and coloring

Next we will move into more detailed ways of how I use light, shadow and coloring to capture the character of the subjects I paint by showing you the specific brushes and modes in Procreate.

Step 04 : Draw full portraits with me step by step

You will follow along each step of the way of doing a full portrait painting with me as I point out the most important parts of my process and try to help you cultivate your own personal style.

Step 05 : Make portraits all on your own

I will teach you everything you need from finding sources for inspiration to considering what will make a good reference photo so that you can go out into the world and make portraits all on your own!

Welcome to portrait painting

1. Meet Your Instructor: Joshua Esmeralda
2. Introduction to the course
3. Introduction to Procreate

Chapter 1: Digital Drawing

1. My way of using Procreate
2. Learn my method of digital painting
3. Fundamentals of drawing, values, color, edges, composition

Chapter 2: Drawing Heads

1. Basic structure, head proportions and placement of facial feature
2. Anatomy and structure of facial features
3. Drawing the head from a reference
4. Drawing the head from imagination

Chapter 3: Using Color, Light and Shading

1. Color theory and making a palette
2. Portrait lighting setups
3. Painting the right skin tones

Chapter 4: Practicing Values & Edges

1. Values overview
2. Light and shadow
3. Value range and local values
4. Types of edges
5. Edge control

Chapter 5: Drawing a portrait from a reference photo

1. Composition guidelines
2. Creating balance
3. Leading lines

Chapter 6: Drawing a portrait start to finish

1. Sketching
2. Color block-in
3. Adding light and shadow
4. Rendering
5. Finishing touches

Bonus: How to do portrait studies all on your own

1. Finding good references
2. Setting up and drawing portraits all on your own

Artist and Illustrator, Joshua Esmeralda


Hi, I’m Joshua, a self-taught artist based in the Philippines. Since I was a child I was fascinated with cartoon characters and drawing them. All it was back then was a hobby, but I realized it could be so much more.

In 2015, I made a new year’s resolution to draw everyday in the hopes of getting better, a habit I have kept ever since. Everyday, for the past five years I have been practicing from the fundamentals, to experimenting and finding my own style. I started from nothing and learned through online tutorials, books, and studying from other artists.

Now I work as a freelance character illustrator and have worked on illustrations for book covers, movie posters and concept art for international TV series. I have put together this class to summarise all those years of learning into one course.

This course will teach you how to use different tools likes "digital brushes," "palettes," and "blending options" in the Procreate app.
I will help you adjust your app settings to optimize your drawing experience.

*Please Note: Students will have to purchase Procreate application ($10 in App Store).


  • Anyone who wants to get better at digital drawing with an iPad
  • People who want to learn how to paint portraits and make their own artworks
  • Striving artists who want to learn the entire process and tips I use to make my art
  • Drawing heads and making portraits that capture the essence of a person can be challenging, but with the right foundation you’ll see it can actually be a fun and easy way to spend your time creatively!

Duration of the Course

You will have unlimited access to the class content for 20 weeks. Within that period, you can play the videos on as many devices as you want.

Installment Payment

Quadpay is available for installment payments. Your purchase can easily be split into 4 installments paid over 6 weeks through Quadpay.

Class Preparation (iPad)

You will need an Apple Pencil and an iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Pro to take this class as well as the Procreate app.

Class access

We will send you an email with a webpage link and a personalized code to access the videos within 24 hours of purchase. Please check your inbox or spam!


QUESTION: What brushes do you use?

I sometimes use Greg Rutkowski's brushes for textures and the default Procreate brush (Salamanca) for rendering

QUESTION: What size canvas do you use?

14x18in at 300dpi

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