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Some Pretty Boss Brushes

04/30/14  |  Posted by Jordan Charlton  |  Posted in Digital Creativity

Last year I showed you how to make your own brushes with rubbings and making your own textures. It's nice to have your own brushes that you made, but at the same time it's nice to have other brushes you like that you can immediately grab and use. You can even combine your own brushes with ones made by others. You can personalize a brush by editing the brush presets.

Professionally Made Brushes

First, I want to take a look at some brushes by Kyle T. Webster. Webster is an Illustrator for the New York Times as well as a graphic designer and an iPhone app designer. Webster also creates custom brush packs that he sells online, and he even has a few brush packs that are available for free. I downloaded the pastel brush set from him a while ago and I love the feel of these brushes. I make use of them whenever I can and even layer them on top of some of my own textures. I also spent the $4 dollars (His most expensive set as of typing this is $13) for his brush sampler pack, which grabs various brushes from his other sets in a cheaper pack. It gives a feel for some of his other brush packs before you buy them.

Concept Art Brushes

Next, I want to talk about some brushes that can be found on Concept Cookie. Concept cookie is a site with a ton of concept art references, resources, and articles and interviews with artists currently in the field. The brushes that are available for free are just some standard brushes. There is a nice chain brush set, but if you want the really great brushes that they have to offer you're going to have to subscribe. Subscribing allows access to all the other resources that they have to offer on the site too. If you're like me, you could pay for a month, go on a downloading spree, and then end your subscription and make off with some sweet resources.

More Free Brushes

Another site with a ton of resources is Plaintextures. Plaintextures is a website I mentioned in a previous post. Plaintextures has textures, but they also offer free brushes as well. The brushes are organized according to what they're supposed to be used for. For example, tree bark brushes, fabric brushes, grass brushes, leaf brushes, etc. In all honesty, I feel that the brushes here are better for things other than using them for what their name implies. A wood texture brush would be cool to layer and make a grimy texture. With all of these website references you should be able to start growing a vast brush collection. I think having a wide variety of brushes is important so that you have a wide variety to choose from.

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