This is a fun and easy technique to create realistic looking dyed Easter eggs in Procreate.
What You’ll Need
- iPad (I’m using a 12.9 inch iPad Pro)
- Procreate app (I’m using version 4.2.5)
- Apple Pencil (recommended)
Let’s get started! You can either watch the video below or continue to scroll to read the written instructions.
Create a New Canvas
Open Procreate and press the plus sign (+). Choose the preset Square.
Choose a Brush and a Color
Tap on the paintbrush icon.
Under the Calligraphy brushes choose the Monoline brush.
Tap on the color icon and choose a color. This will be the base color of the egg, so I like to choose a light color. I chose light blue for this egg. If you want to use the same color, tap on Value at the bottom of the Colors menu and input the Hexadecimal #5fe2f4.
Draw the Egg
Draw a circle to create the bottom of the egg. When you’re done, hold your pencil down and then tap one finger on the screen to create a perfect circle. Or you can tap Edit Shape at the top of the screen and choose Circle. If circle isn’t an option, you might have to tap two fingers on the screen to undo and redraw your circle.
Tap on the arrow and move the circle down so you have room to draw the top of the egg. Leave some space beneath the circle for a shadow. If you need to resize the circle, tap on Uniform at the bottom of the screen and drag the nodes to resize.
While the egg is still selected, tap Warp at the bottom of the screen. Drag from the top of the circle upwards to create the top of the egg.
To even out the sides, drag and pull on the lines that should be rounded out a bit.
Keep moving the lines around until you get an egg shape that you like. When you’re done, tap on the arrow to deselect.
Drag the color from the color icon into the egg to fill it.
Paint on the Egg
Tap on the layers button. Tap on the egg layer and in the pop-out menu press Select.
Now tap on the plus sign (+) to create a new layer.
Choose a brush to paint on the egg with. You can use any brush. I’m going to use the Clouds brush located in the Elements set.
Choose a different color and paint on the egg. The paint will stay within the egg. Choose more colors and add them to the egg until you’re happy with how it looks. You can change the size of the Clouds brush or the opacity using the sliders on the side. The opacity will also change depending on the pressure of your Apple Pencil.
Great! Now that the egg is “dyed,” let’s add some shading.
Add Shading and Highlights to the Egg
Add some shading
Create a new layer.
Tap on the paintbrush icon. In the Airbrushing set choose the Soft Airbrush.
Tap on the eyedropper tool and choose one of the main colors from your egg by dragging the eyedropper over it. I’m going to drag it over the light blue that I used to create the egg.
Tap on the color icon and drag down in the color disc from the color you selected to get a much darker shade.
Paint some dark shading on the lower right of the egg. You can control how dark the airbrush is based on the pressure of your Apple Pencil. You can also use the opacity slider on the side of the screen or change the opacity of the brush. Don’t worry if the shading is too dark right now.
Press the Adjustments button. Tap Gaussian Blur.
Slide your finger or Apple Pencil across the screen from left to right to increase the blur.
Now press the Adjustments icon again and choose Motion Blur.
Drag from the shadow towards the light source until you like how the shadow looks.
If the shading is still too dark, tap on the layers button to open the layers menu. Tap on the N on the shading layer and reduce the opacity.
Add some more shading
Create a new layer.
Reduce the opacity of the brush and create some light shading for the top left of the egg. Don’t worry about it being too dark.
Tap on the Adjustments button and tap Gaussian Blur. Drag to the right to add the blur until the shading becomes very subtle. If you want you can also add a Motion Blur. I dragged from the darker part of the shadow towards the lighter area of the egg.
Then open the layers menu. Tap on the N and reduce the opacity of the layer if needed.
Add a highlight
Create a new layer for the highlight.
Tap on the color icon. Double tap in the white area of the color disc to choose white for the highlight
Draw a highlight on the egg. Increase the opacity of your brush to 100% for a brighter highlight.
Add a Gaussian Blur to the highlight.
Tap on the selection button to deselect the egg.
If you’re happy with how the egg looks so far, tap on the layers button and pinch all of the layers together to merge them. Or you can tap on each layer and press Merge Down.
Add a shadow under the egg
After you add the shadow underneath the egg it will be more difficult to move the egg. Make sure the egg is where you want it and that it’s the size that you want. To move or resize the egg, press the arrow and make sure to select Uniform at the bottom of the screen when resizing the egg.
Now let’s add a shadow under the egg.
Create a new layer. Tap and hold on the layer until you can drag it underneath the egg layer.
Double tap in the black area of the color disc to choose black for the color of the shadow.
Draw a shadow underneath the egg. Don’t worry about the shadow being too dark right now.
Tap on the Adjustments button and add a Gaussian Blur.
Then tap on the Adjustments button again and add a Motion Blur. Drag from the dark part of the shadow away from the egg.
When you’re done, open the layers menu. Tap on the top layer and in the pop-out menu press Merge Down so that all of the layers are merged.
You can use this process to make all sorts of Easter eggs. Use different colors and brushes to paint designs on the egg or even bring in an outside watercolor texture to dye the egg.
Have fun and Happy Easter!
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