Nope, it’s not real paper!
A couple of days ago I was on the Procreate Discussions board searching for free calligraphy brushes because I’m a nerd and I needed them to practice the Elvish alphabet. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find anything that were free to download. The thought of paying for brushes that could potentially suck turned me away. I went a different route which was to search for cool textured paper and I found something super badass!
While I was sifting through the articles, I stumbled upon a thread posted by a user named Aaaronorg, “Aaaronorg procreate watercolor workflow.” Inside I found several fantastic watercolor brushes, documents with textured paper and setting tips to simulate traditional tools. I live for threads like this because I learn so much and I greatly appreciate the work Aaaronorg did to create the watercolor paper and brushes! Check out all those layers!
I started sketching with the P4 pencil tool and noticed that the appearance drastically changed because of the paper. It took me awhile to get the desired look but I settled on creating thicker lines with the pencil and then softened the edges with a colour mixer.
My second step was shading the image. I used the Light Start and Heavy Start brushes that I downloaded from Aaaronorg. Then I softened the image with the Colour Mixer and Bubbly Water tool.
I added a lighter blue color for added dimension.
Then a light yellow color for highlights. I like how the colors actually mix together.
The last thing I did was to add a pop of orange to make the body pop.