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Nature Background: Episode 4

Drawing a nature scene that can be used for a background in an illustration or comic.

Today’s episode is all about nature.

I’ll be drawing a very GREEN nature scene.  It’s full of grass, leaves, a few trees and (maybe) a rock.  Of course, you’re free to add any additional elements that you’d like!

Please excuse the scuffing noises during this broadcast.  I guess I had the iPad rub against my shirt one-too-many times…or the Scuff Monster interrupted.  Anyhow, it’s not a major distraction, but it’s there.

So, grab an iPad Pro or paper and follow along with me!

If you have any questions, please comment.  I’m pretty good at getting back.


  1. Will Dudla says:

    Hey Nate,

    Just curious – does Procreate have a lock transparency/pixels option for the layers you use? If so, that would make it a lot easier for you to play around with color/shading/value/etc. without having to create a new layer and using the selection tool again to block off those areas. If you already know this then…uh…yeah how’s the weather out there in Cali ? 😉

    Also, you may want to look into Clip Studio Paint some time in the future as it supposedly has the best natural stroke feeling on the ipad pro (according to this link)

    I use it for my desktop and am very impressed with the software. Only issue though is it has a subscription model of ~$6/month on the ipad pro after your trial period of 6 months is up (desktop this does not apply).

    Anyways, thanks again for the insight into doing background work and the glimpse into Procreate. Gotta save up for an ipad pro and apple pencil one of these days.


    1. Nathanael Fakes says:

      Hi Will —

      I actually don’t know for sure if Procreate has a lock pixels/transparency option in it or not. It’s by layer (the opacity) and I just run with it. I really feel there is TONS I don’t know about Procreate — or at least the technical terms for things on it. I know there are a million (or it seems that many) things you can do with it. My work is, in the long run, very basic for cartooning, so I haven’t dove as deep as many. When I get time, there’s a lot more exploring to do.

      I’ll have to check out Clip Studio at some point also. I believe I’ve tried it before, but I’m always open to trying new things. I’ve always said not to be stuck in a certain style or software. I have a feeling the future will bring even better software than Procreate. Currently though, it’s my weapon of choice for the ease and capabilities of it. I’ve talked to a lot of professionals in the field that use it as well for most of their work.

      You might find some good deals on eBay for an iPad Pro and pencil. I typically buy all of my electronics from there and shop around.

      Thanks for the comment! I’ll keep you, and everyone else, posted on whether I try some new tech out soon.


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