Painting portraits in Procreate

I started painting portraits in Procreate last month and it’s been very interesting. I used the last stimulus check from the 2020-2021 Covid-19 pandemic to pickup an iPad Pro. People have been telling me to do this for a few years now but I always shrugged it off as unnecessary. Now that I’ve spent some time with it, I can say that this is the best purchase I’ve made in a few years!

My favorite thing about creating through the iPad is having the ability to create in casual spaces. When I draw in my sketchbook I need to setup everything just right so that my book is angled properly, I can see my reference image properly lit, and all my materials are laid out in front of me. With the iPad I can be on the couch or outside on the front steps, it really doesn’t matter.

Here are three portraits that I really like from the first few weeks of creating portraits on procreate: Ian McKellen, Tommy Flanagan & a reference I took from unsplash: