In this tutorial I’ll draw a digital portrait and I’ll explain my process from the sketch to the final version!

Tools and Brushes
  • IPad Pro & apple pencil
  • Procreate app
  • Shale brush or Chalk brush (under “calligraphy”)
  • Reference photo (made by myself or from Pinterest, here I create boards with tons of inspiring pics).

Now is the time to focus on the juicy part of this post: the tutorial! I divide my process in 4 simple steps for it to be easy for you to follow along. Each part below contains an image and a list with detailed process. With further ado, let’s draw together!!

1 – Sketch

  • decide the general look of the drawing (here I used a ref pic for the pose from Pinterest)
  • place the main feature of the face and the knots, prompt of the day 4 of Inktober

2 – Refine

  • decrease the opacity of the sketch layer
  • Create another layer
  • With the Shale brush refine the artwork, adding some details
  • put your attention on the line quality: more pressure means bigger line

3 – Details

  • In another layer repeat the process of step 2 until you are satisfied with your main lineworks
  • add details with brushmarks (on hair, face, body ecc..)
  • Here I focused my attention on the knots on her hair with more and darker strands

4 – Final

To create the “silk” effect on your drawing:

  • duplicate the artwork
  • go to Adjustments, Gaussian Blur and set it around 6%
  • done!

Finally I added one more layer with a paper texture on Multiply, to give an extra touch to it 🙂

If you follow along my tutorial please take a picture of it and, post it on social media!
Remember to tag me on Instagram (do it on the photo, not in the caption! This way I won’t miss it) with and put the hashtag #chiaramazzettitutorial.
I’d love to see what you create!

Happy drawing!