Digital Drawing
Starts on Apr 23rd

Designing Detailed Backgrounds in Procreate

By.Deborah Lee

$155.00 $185.00
45 lessons
Running time
By Creator
List: $185
(16% Off)

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1. Go at your own pace in this 32-week online course
2. Artistic g
uidance & pointers from the instructor
3. Supportive peer community exchanging feedback
4. Class is in production. Start learning after April 23rd, 2021

Designing Detailed Backgrounds in Procreate

Storytelling Background Design Class with
Artist, Deborah Lee


How do you draw not only convincing, but also familiar backgrounds that look like you can just walk into? Or rooms that have life and character? I will teach you how to use basic perspective, rendering techniques, and shortcuts on Procreate to make a convincing and eye-catching world!



If you are illustrating comics, or just want to make a intricate illustration on Procreate, you will want to know the basics of drawing backgrounds. You will be meticulous, intrigued by detail, and (organized) clutter.


You will understand how to create a convincing and intriguing background by taking advantage of basic perspective, rendering, and some quick lasso tool tricks! By the end, you will have a scene that is well thought-out and executed.

Step 1: Introduction to Perspective

Step 2: Basics of Shading

Step 3: Easy Rendering

Step 4: Combining the three into a unique background


  1. Meet Your Instructor
  2. Introduction to the course

Chapter 1: How I use Procreate

  1. Getting to know your workspace
  2. My main brushes, how I use them
  3. Using the lasso tool for absolutely everything
  4. A demo-walkthrough
  5. Patience is your best friend

Chapter 2: Basic Perspective

  1. One-point perspective
  2. Two-point perspective
  3. Three-point perspective and beyond
  4. Basic troubleshooting
  5. Using photo references

Chapter 3: Using perspective for storytelling

  1. Telling stories with a top-down view
  2. Telling stories with a bottom-up view
  3. Fake it till you make it
  4. Perspective is neat, BUT-

Chapter 4: Shading and rendering

  1. Shading: the basics - shading a sphere, reflective light
  2. Shading that tells a story
  3. Shading to inform your art style
  4. Let’s render (1): wood
  5. Let’s render (2): metal
  6. Let’s render (3): plants
  7. Let’s render (4): glass
  8. Let’s render (5): water
  9. Let’s render (6): fabric
  10. Rendering the small, smaller, and smallest

Chapter 5: Sketching the barebones of your background

  1. Laying out your perspective
  2. Time-traveling in your background (1): What did it look like before move-in?
  3. Time-traveling in your background (2): The walls, the ceiling, the floor, windows. Outlets. Lights.
  4. Blocking in the basics/ necessities
  5. Using composition
  6. Furniture websites are your other best friends

Chapter 6: Adding personality to your background

  1. The history of space in three questions
  2. What is the space used for? And/Or who lives here?
  3. How is it maintained?
  4. What’s happening outside of this space?
  5. How much detail is too much detail: Grouping your details

Chapter 7: Shading and/or rendering your background

  1. One wall at a time
  2. Using values to your advantage
  3. Time-saver hacks
  4. Finishing touches

Chapter 8: Nature backgrounds

  1. Let’s draw: a forest
  2. Let’s draw: the sky
  3. Let’s draw: the ocean

Bonus Chapter

  1. : Backgrounds for graphic novels


1. Congratulations on completing the course, what's next?

Meet Your Creator

My name is Deborah Lee and I'm a freelance illustrator based in Oakland, California. While my career began relatively recently a few years ago, I am lucky to have been given a few graphic novel deals to publish in the next few years. Currently, I'm working on my first book, a memoir titles "IN LIMBO", which has been my full-time job this year!
Every day I draw and render at least 2-3 backgrounds on Procreate, which has taught me on how to save time while making meticulous and effective settings. I can't wait to share what I've learned with everyone!

This course will teach and guide you on how to effectively utilize different tools such as "digital brushes," "palettes," and "blending options" in Procreate app.
We will help you adjust app settings to optimize your drawing experience.

*Please Note: Students will have to purchase Procreate application ($10 in Apple Store). It is not included in the course package.

  • Who want to have better understanding of different views and perspectives
  • Who want to add personality and details with background designs
  • Who want to design realistic and relatable backgrounds for the story
  • Who want to add original background behind their characters

Duration of the course

You can access the class videos for 32 weeks. Within that period, you can replay the videos in as many devices as you want.

Super Early Bird Offer

Once we pass the release date, we will no longer offered the class at "Super Early Bird". The rate will be raised after the date, right now is the cheapest deal you can get.

Installment Payment

Quadpay is available for the payment! Your order will be split into 4 installments paid over 6 weeks! To find out more, please visit Quadpay.

Class Preparation

Also, you need an Apple Pencil to take the class. iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini, and iPad Pro that supports Apple Pencil, all works! Do not forget about downloading the 'Procreate' app as well.

Class access

Class videos will be available by April 23rd. We will notify you via email regarding how to access to the class videos on the release date.

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