Paper Cutout Desert

In this cozy corner of the digital art world, we dive into the fun and easy technique of creating a paper cutout desert scene in Procreate. It’s an easy, fun-filled tutorial where I walk you through every step, ensuring you end up with a piece of art that pops right off your canvas. Using only Procreate’s native brushes, we’ll play with colors, textures, and shadows to bring our desert to life. And guess what? You don’t need anything fancy to start—just your iPad, Procreate, and a sprinkle of creativity.

Brushes used:

  • Script Brush
  • Soft Brush
  • Corrugated Iron
  • Monoline Brush
  • Fine Tip

Canvas Size:

  • 2300 x 3000 pixels

Skills Learned:

  • Creating Wavy Lines: The initial steps involve using the Script Brush to create wavy lines across the canvas, simulating layers of paper cutouts for the desert landscape
  • Adding Color and Texture: Through the tutorial, you learn to add color to your layers and how to enhance them with textures using different brushes, including the use of Alpha Lock to apply gradients and the Corrugated Iron brush for a cardboard effect on cacti
  • Creating a Paper Cutout Effect: A significant skill taught is giving each layer a realistic paper cutout look by duplicating layers, adjusting their colors to lighter tones, and shifting them slightly to create a layered paper effect

Watch more