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Female Character Portraits in Procreate

A course by Natália Dias
Freelancer illustrator. Estado de Paraná, Brazil.
Joined October 2019
, Freelancer illustrator

Explore digital illustration techniques by creating portraits filled with imagination

  • Best seller Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (874)
  • 21624 students

Explore digital illustration techniques by creating portraits filled with imagination

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (874)
  • 21624 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 49m)
  • 24 additional resources (15 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

When it comes to creating feminine portraits capable of communicating emotion, style, and fluidity, every little detail makes the difference. Illustrator Natália Dias—who has over 300k followers on Instagram—works every detail of the face, eyes, mouth, and skin tone in minute detail, but her unique style is characterized by how she gives movement to hair in her portraits, achieving spectacular expressions.

In this course, you will learn all the steps to illustrate a female character, using basic face anatomy techniques, composition of elements, and color application, to the final editing and preparation of your document.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Procreate and drafts
  • U3
    U3. Painting!
  • U4
    U4. Final details, editing and publication
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course with an overview of Natália Dias’ career so far, and how she was able to study illustration while she majored in Fashion History. She shares her artistic references, ranging from Disney characters to the artist Alphonse Mucha.

In the second unit, learn how to prepare a mood board with your references and explore Procreate’s main tools. Natalia introduces the app by showing you the brushes she uses the most, as well as going through the main techniques, such as Brush Smudge.

Learn how to apply light, shadows, color, and texture to your image through a series of exercises with spheres. Explore basic concepts of feminine anatomy, learn about proportions, as well as simple formulas do layout the face and bust in three angles: frontal, three-quarters, and profile.

Next, make a start on the first sketches of your character, giving shape and contour through line art, with the intention of transposing expression with the ideal angle. Apply flat color, shadows, and light that you learned previously to paint different skin tones and create textures and effects for hair.

Natalia teaches how the work on the final details of your illustration using the tools on Procreate and Adobe Photoshop to adjust color and do other small corrections. Finally, you’ll learn how to save your file to share online or to print, as well as some advice on how to use Instagram as your portfolio.

What is this course's project?

Create a portrait of a female character on Procreate or another illustration software of your choice.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For anyone interested in digital portrait illustration and wants to learn or improve.

Requirements and materials

You will need an iPad with Procreate or a graphics tablet and illustration software such as Adobe Photoshop, Paint Tool SAI, or other. Natália will use Procreate, but the techniques can apply to any other digital design software.


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Natália Dias

A course by Natália Dias

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Freelancer illustrator

Natália Dias is an illustrator from Rio de Janeiro who currently resides in Paraná. Her passion for drawing began at a young age and, at the age of 15, she started to share her first compositions on the internet. Without forgetting the illustration, he completed his undergraduate and master's degrees in history, specializing in fashion history.

He has always taken illustration as a hobby, but recently managed to enter the professional market, working with personal orders and for companies like Telecine. Nowadays, she works as a freelance illustrator and shares her work on social networks, mainly on Instagram, where she has almost 300 thousand fans.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Procreate and drafts

    • Preparation and Mood Board
    • Drawing Techniques with Procreate
    • Initial studies: light, shade, color and texture
    • Anatomy of the female figure and basic formulas
  • U3


    • First drawing
    • Lineart 1
    • Lineart 2
    • Applying flat colors
    • Application of shadow and light: skin
    • Application of shadow and light: hair
  • U4

    Final details, editing and publication

    • Final details
    • Final edition
    • Publication
  • FP

    Final project

    • Female Character Portraits in Procreate

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Female Character Portraits in Procreate. Illustration course by Natália Dias Best seller

Female Character Portraits in Procreate

A course by Natália Dias
Freelancer illustrator. Estado de Paraná, Brazil.
Joined October 2019
  • 97% positive reviews (874)
  • 21624 students