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Can I Use Procreate If I Can’t Draw?

Procreate is one of the best digital drawing programs out there. Of course, this then begs the question – “can I use Procreate if I can’t draw?!” It’s a digital drawing program; being able to draw is a basic prereq, right? Well, sort of.

If you can’t draw, you can still use Procreate. In fact, Procreate is a great platform for learning how to improve your drawing skills. Procreate is well suited for artists of all levels, from beginners to expert users. If you’re a beginner, the program will grow with you.

Procreate is incredibly freakin’ worth it for beginners!!

Despite being extremely clear about how great Procreate is for those who are just starting out with art, I get a ton of comments asking this very same question. Time and again, people are wondering if Procreate is worth their time and money if they can’t draw.

Disclaimer: this article is talking about people who “can’t draw.” Honestly, I don’t think these people exist. Everyone can draw; even if it’s just a lopsided square. 

It’s also silly to think that there are people who can’t learn to draw and improve their drawing skills. Everyone has potential to improve their skills if they’re willing to work on it a little bit. Don’t worry, we’ll talk about ways to improve your drawing skills later in this post.

I hear the phrase, “I can’t draw,” ALL OF THE TIME. Even though I’m sick of hearing it and don’t even believe that it’s true, it’s something that a lot of people feel. Honestly, I feel it all of the time myself and need to think myself out of it.

Unfortunately, it leads a lot of people to quit drawing altogether which is the BIGGEST shame!

So, if you’re in that place of thinking you can’t draw, that’s ok. That said, I hope this article shows to you that CAN draw, especially with Procreate! No matter your art skills, Procreate is a great program to use while you grow your skills.

Phew! Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about why I love Procreate so dang much, especially for beginners.

Firstly, we’re going to talk about why Procreate is so user friendly. Then, we’re going to dive into some Procreate projects that look INCREDIBLE without requiring any drawing skills at all.

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Procreate Works “Out of the Box”

As soon as you download Procreate, you can grab your stylus and start creating art with it. Unlike other drawing programs, there aren’t any settings and control panels you need to spend time understanding before you can start making amazing art with Procreate.

I spend a lot of time on this site and my YouTube channel talking about all of the complicated details of Procreate’s settings and features. Here are some that could be of the most help, if you’re interested:

Procreate’s Transform Tool: The Ultimate Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Shading on Procreate

How to Liquify in Procreate: Everything You Need to Know

How to Color Inside the Lines with Procreate

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That said, you don’t NEED to know all of these intricate details in order to use Procreate. When I first got Procreate, I actually spent a few months using Procreate without ever even touching all of the program’s settings. 

It was only when I became more comfortable with Procreate and my art skills that I started getting interested in learning more about everything that Procreate could do.

So, if you’re one of those people who believe that you can’t draw, don’t stress yourself out about learning everything that Procreate has to offer. Right now, you don’t need to. Just wait until you’ve played around with it enough and gotten your feet wet.

Easy Procreate Projects for People Who “Can’t Draw”

Marble paintings and mandalas are my favorite, easy, Procreate projects that don’t require any drawing skills. Not only are these projects easy, but they also can be completed in less than 5 minutes.

There are some AMAZING things you can do with Procreate without ever needing any drawing skills at all. 

Digital Marble Painting

Firstly, let’s talk about marble art. As long as you can make blotches of color, you’ll be able to make marble art. 

There’s a great class you can take about marbling for FREE! I’ve taken this class from start to finish and was amazed by how easy it was to create art that looked really complicated. 

To access this class for free, all you need to do is sign up for a free trial of Skillshare. This will give you unlimited access to this marbling class, as well as all of the other great Procreate classes that Skillshare has to offer. 

If you want to impress your friends and family with your beautiful Procreate art without ever having to draw, this class is for you. You can access it here: Digital Marbling: Create Stunning Abstract Art in Procreate

Mandalas and Kaleidoscopes

Procreates’s symmetry tool makes it so quick and easy to make complicated-looking patterns, mandalas, and kaleidoscopes. With just a few simple lines, you can have an intricate piece of art that gives the appearance that you spent hours and hours working on.

I have an entire guide on making beautiful mandalas and kaleidoscopes with Procreate. And, you don’t need a lot of time. Honestly, the mandala below I made in about 10 minutes. Pretty legit, right?

procreate neon pattern design with apple pencil

Procreate’s symmetry tool is such an amazing feature of the program that you should definitely take advantage of.

I highly suggest reading my guide about creating these patterns in order to get started.

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Alright, so those are two awesome projects with Procreate that will keep you occupied for quite awhile. 

But, what if you want to grow your confidence with your drawing skills? What if you want to drop the “can’t draw” phrase for good and gain some confidence in your art abilities?

How to Ditch the “Can’t Draw Attitude and Gain Confidence in Drawing

Every single person is able to improve their drawing skills and ditch the “can’t draw” attitude. With consistent practice and the right training, it’s easy to build your abilities and confidence overtime. Before you know it, you’ll be calling yourself a skilled artist.

There are SO many places where you can learn how to draw. To make things even better, there are a TON of places where you can learn how to draw with Procreate specifically. That way, you’ll improve your drawing skills and knowledge of Procreate at the same time.

Of course, I think that my blog and YouTube channel is a great place to start. Scroll through the articles and videos and see what catches your interest.

And, as I’ve already mentioned, I’m a huge fan of Skillshare. With a free trial, you can get unlimited access to all of the amazing drawing and Procreate classes they have to offer. 

These classes are taught by professional artists who happen to be amazing teachers to boot! Honestly, I don’t know how they do it. These classes are so well done and will improve your drawing skills really quickly.

Grab a free trial to Skillshare and use it as an excuse to binge their content. I dare you to NOT see improvement in your drawing skills.

I wish that I could remove the phrase “can’t draw” from society. But, since I can’t do that, I hope that I can at least help people improve their skills and confidence with Procreate and drawing.

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