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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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Lake by Moonlight Painting

More fun with PS brushes. Quick painting. I’m getting into the “Boy with Ballon” in different settings theme. Maybe an idea for a childrens book – a boy’s travels with his friend ballon.

Lake by moonlight paintingOf course you can also see why a monotone painting makes a great contrasting background for a clean shaped, brightly colored character ( ie Disney movies etc)

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Chinese Fantasy Tree Drawing

Only fifteen left book coverThis popular book by Matt Fing Shui features a fantasy chinese tree drawing on the cover.

Aside from the fact that the book doesn’t exist, and never will, it is well worth reading. Curl up with a nice imaginary  cup of steaming hot ginsing tea. Stare mindlessly through the imaginary steam at the imaginary snow outside your imaginary window, and enjoy.

I particularly liked the part with the  stuff, and so on such.

Here is the drawing by itself click for detail:

Chinese Fantasy Tree Drawing

 

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Man in the middle illustration

man in the middle book cover illustrationThis is another (fake) book cover. This time by the infamous Franz Czekler. Created mostly with sharpie marker.

I think I am going to make a book of fake book covers with a fake book review based on each cover.

I have also gotten quit a bit of wonderful random word spam recently. The spammers use algorithms to create comments with words vaguely related and often not at all related to the posts. See this inspiring example from one of my previous posts composed by the honorable poet; Beats for Dr Dre. The results are often very amusing, almost like modern free association poetry.

I think I will start saving some to intersperse with the book reviews.

I hope you have found the man in the middle by now – just stare at the center, he’s staring back.

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