Best of the Best – Free Painterly Digital Photoshop Brushes

Painterly brush set

The Painterly Digital Brushes Collection:

The main quality I look for in a digital brush is a painterly responsive feel, or brushes that look like they were made with brush strokes, not a hard captured/scattered/ photo/shape.

There are certainly plenty of general texture/brush tip brushes out there. The trick is to find brushes that specialize in a certain purpose ie grass, leaves, water, clouds, stone etc. but still have a painterly feel. These painterly, purpose-specific brushes are also out there, and can significantly speed up your work-flow, but unfortunately you have to hack through miles of evil, stencil-like, scattered leaves to find them. The above screenshot is of my constantly evolving painterly brush set.

These are the best painterly brushes from the pros that I have found:

My Main Painting Brushes:

Painting:

DanLuVisiArt  / Adonhis brush pack – one of the most popular collections on the net. Amazing basic, plus, great cloud, glow, phenomenal fur/ hair, all painterly, a very good foundation to build your collection)

Mike Nash’s brushes Look on bottom of the home page for the brush download link. No imitation leaves, just bristle/texture etc. Each brush is perfectly suited for it’s purpose- a small and perfectly balanced collection- almost like a classic oil painting set)

Sketching Brushes:

http://stumpypencil.blogspot.com/2009/11/return-of-stumpy-pencil.html

http://stumpypencil.blogspot.com/2009/08/sumi-brush.html  I love this rough sketching brush exceptionally  natural and responsive.

• http://stumpypencil.blogspot.com/2009/08/watercolors-v01.html

• Textured pencil brush by Denis Zilber that he used in this incredible Leprechaun painting video (brush link from his FB page) great textured pencil look / see a sample I did with this brush here

Specialty Brushes:

• Mar-Ka Brushes / Margarita Sheshukova (bristels and texture, great painterly leaf, grass brushes)

• Imiliea Lush Grass (lush painterly grass brush)

• Fox- Orian Brushes  ( nice general shrubbery leaf shapes, great light rays)

Extras:

http://www.pandemoniumart.net/brushes/ (link to several top notch collections. You can also see their websites for examples of how they used the brushes. – warning: you can spend days on these)

http://theroundtablet.com/2011/06/27/photoshop-brushes-of-the-pros-for-free-skills-still-required/  (great collection- again pro industry artists only)

* For beginners here’s how to load brushes

Collections by Artist:

I am a little crazy over brushes. Here are some of the artists brushes that I have collected over time. I try to collect each one with some sample art that they have done so I have a better idea how they use the brush.

( I know it’s not the brush that makes the picture and.. yada, yada… trala -la… – I still love ’em and yes they make a HUGE difference in terms of speed, a.k.a. $)

Click (twice) for large version if you would like to see the names in my current collection:

master brush collection

Collections by Subject -The Ultimate Tool:

I believe that the real ultimate strategy is to organize all your digital painting assets ( brushes, photos, patterns, scripts, actions etc) by commonly used subject. Give each subject it’s own titled folder in your general art assets folder.

The only way I have found to transfer select brushes from different assorted use, “mixed” sets into a “master subject” set ( for example taking different leaf brushes from various mixed use sets into a master “leaf” set) is to:

a- Have the “master”set open.

b- Load/add the “mixed” set  to the master.

c- Use the preset manager to delete the extraneous brushes from the added “mixed” set leaving only the select brushes that you want plus the original master set. Save.

d- Repeat this process/ for every subject/ with every brush set/ one at a time   —– very/ super/  duper/ ridiculous – Adobe? Hello! (Even with the abr viewer programs)

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2 Responses to Best of the Best – Free Painterly Digital Photoshop Brushes

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  2. Thanks for posting these. I’m going to have a play with them. Thanks!

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