iPad Art Course: Creature Design with Nikolai Lockertsen

Nikolai Lockertsen, Lead Art Director and Concept Artist, teaches you the secrets of fantastic creature design using Procreate on the iPad. From thumbnails to a final concept, surface, colour, lighting and scale techniques are explained. Unleash your creativity today!

Level: Length: Language:
Intermediate 0:47:32 English

Nikko takes you on an amazing, creative journey with your iPad as your new sketchbook. He guides you step-by-step, revealing how to get the most out of this inspiring new method of creating art.

Note: This course is structured for students with an intermediate knowledge of Procreate. A basic understanding of the interface and tools is necessary.

Building on from the basics, Nikko takes you through the course step-by-step in an easily accessible and understandable way.

Highlights from the course include:

  • Thumbnail sketches of different creatures being created
  • Selecting a final design from the Thumbnail process
  • Surface, Colour, and Lighting adjustments to give different styles
  • Details, Look and Surrounding additions to give a sense of realism and scale

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01. Introduction. 01:00
02. Sketching thumbnail variations of some creatures. 16:34 (Log in to watch this chapter for free.)
03. Taking 1 thumbnail and developing it further in 4 directions. 12:55
04. Selecting one colour study and adding finer detail. 09:16
05. Environment additions to add scale, grounding and depth. 02:59
06. Adding the final details and adjusting colours and contrast. 06:15

Total course time: 0:47:32 minutes

Once the course is purchased, you will be able to download the original, full-size, finished artwork here.


This course is held by one of the world’s leading Art Directors – Nikolai Lockertsen.

Nikolai works as an Art director, Concept Artist and Matte Painter in the movie and TV industry. He has an impressive career behind him, having worked on such movies as “Troll Hunter”, Oscar-nominated “Kon Tiki”, “Max Manus” and “The Mortal Instruments”, to name but a few.

He regularly works with Hollywood Director Harald Zwart and continues to develop his art to stunning new levels. He is often travelling between movie locations and international film studios, and his iPad always travels with him.

In this video from Savage Interactive (the makers of Procreate), he talks about why he enjoys using Procreate for iPad so much:

Here is the list of items you will need:

Once the course is purchased, you will be able to download the original, full-size, finished artwork here.


Images from the course:

iPad Art Course: Creature Design

With Nikolai Lockertsen


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