In this tutorial, we’re going to learn how to create a modern nature composition that has a vintage vibe in Procreate. We will draw inspiration from old European and Asian matchbooks, as well as modern botanical illustrations, and the plants around your yard!
In order to follow along, make sure you have the following:
- iPad and Apple Pencil
- Procreate (available in the App Store)
- The Mid-Century Brush Pack for Procreate
Step 1: Choose a subject and gather inspiration from wherever you can
Before we move into Procreate, you’ll need to choose the subject of your illustration. Since we’re focusing on plants in this tutorial, pick a plant that has interesting shapes and negative space (the space around your shapes.)
Go outside and pick some leaves (make sure they’re not poisonous!) and study the overall shapes and negative space.
Once you've chosen your plant, it's time to find inspiration for the rest of the illustration. We’re focusing on a specific style here that draws inspiration from old matchbooks, so check out Pinterest or Instagram to get some ideas. (Unless, of course, you happen to have a collection of vintage matchbooks from Asia or Europe, in which case, I am endlessly envious!)
I’m a huge proponent of pulling inspiration from real-life experiences (sights, sounds, books, conversations, etc.) but – I think the internet can be an incredible tool, especially if you’re looking for something specific like we are here.
Pinterest and Instagram are great resources for this because you have digital access to the physical things people find around the world.
Pinterest Hot Tip: Rather than searching for Pins with your keyword, try searching for Boards. This way, you can find existing collections rather than individual images which may or may not be related to what you’re searching for.
Below you can find my inspiration for this piece — a combo of things found in real life and online.