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Drawing with Multiple Photoshop Brushes

I do so many doodles and demos demonstrating one particular brush but the real fun comes when you use multiple brushes, each with it’s own strengths and personalities. This sketch uses 3 different brushes, Gulf Stream, a broad ranged responsive ink brush, Linoleum Roll, a wide grungy textured brush and  Lazy Fair, a whispy ink brush with visible bristle marks.

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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #10 “Mid Yewer” Charcoal Brush

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"Mid Yewer" Charcoal Brush for Photoshop
Mid Yewer” Charcoal Brush for Photoshop
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Brush strokes of a digital drawing done using the Oil Brush toolset 'Mid Yewer' for digital artists
Brush strokes done using the Charcoal Brush toolset ‘Mid Yewer’ for digital artists
A sharp fine grained charcoal brush with a fairly wide range of coverage fom light to dark. This round-tipped charcoal brush starts with a fine grain at low texture and though it’s width is fairly fixed it has a darker slightly thicker grain at full stylus pressure.[/twocol_one_last]
As always, you can download it from the brush shop or the member’s free Photoshop brush page for free until the end of this week (May 24) when there will be a new free brush.

Drawing done with the Mid Yewer Photoshop Charcoal Brush. A realistic, responsive, charcoal Brush for digital artists.
Drawn with the “Mid Yewer” Photoshop Charcoal Brush.

*Requires Photoshop cs5.5 or higher and a pressure sensitive graphics tablet. Free registration required to download.

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Free GrutBrush of the Week #09 “Gathers Chaff” Natural Media Brush

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Gathers Chaff Photoshop Ink Brush.
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drawn with the Gathers Chaff Photoshop Ink Brush
drawn with the Gathers Chaff Photoshop Ink Brush
A very crunchy dry ink brush with a rough speckled edge texture and a sparse dry-bush cover at low pressure. With a fairly wide breadth this brush makes a good sketching brush.[/twocol_one_last]

As always, you can download it from the shop or the member’s free Photoshop brush page for free until the end of this week (May 17) when there will be a new free brush.

Photoshop digital artists ink brush

Painted Wth Gathers Chaff Photoshop Brush
Painted with Gathers Chaff Photoshop specialist brush

 

*Requires Photoshop cs5.5 or higher and a pressure sensitive graphics tablet. Free registration required to download.

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Looking for Brush plugin Beta Testers

GutBrushes panel label

Want to test an exciting new plugin/extension for digital artists? I’m looking for digital artists to be beta testers for a GrutBrushes extension. If you have Photoshop CC 2014 or later (PC or MAC) and a graphics tablet (wacom, huion, monoprice, etc) and would like to try out this plugin just send me an email with the subject “GB Beta test” and I will be selecting about a dozen beta testers over the next few days at random. If you are selected I will send you the plugin and a bunch of brushes and all I ask in return is for you to let me know what you think of the plugin and give me some feedback on how you would improve it. I will let you know by email if you have been selected .

Nicolai
info@grutbrushes.com

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A Peek into the Workshop

drawing with the Rooster Suit Photoshop paint brush
Getting the textures right can make make a digital brush ‘feel’ nice.

Here’s a sketch using a brush Im working on. I’m enjoying this one a lot, but I’m just trying to get the medium texture right before I release it to the shop. The brush behaves like an oil paint or pastel, but the low end range acts more like a watercolour. Although it’s all digital and real world rules can be ignored, if a brush has relatively close equivalents in real natural media it’s a bit jarring when it veers off into other media too quickly.

detail of brush strokes
detail

It can be a bit too dissonant, like awkward notes or unusual timing in music. When it’s off enough though, and the look you are going for bears little to no resemblance to anything in the real world there is a lot of room for digital brushes to be as quirky as you want them to be.

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Free GrutBrush of the Week #08 “Soggy Tail” Natural Media Brush

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'Soggy Tail' Photoshop Natural Media Brush for digital artists
‘Soggy Tail’ Photoshop Natural Media Brush for digital artists
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Brush strokes of a digital painting done using the Natural Media Brush toolset 'Soggy Tail' for digital artists
Brush strokes of the Natural Media Brush toolset ‘Soggy Tail’ for digital artists
A cloudy-textured brush which starts out as a soft shader with light stylus pressure but ends up very opaque at the highest pressure. The Soggy Tail natural media brush has the look of a watercolour and even bleeds a bit into the paper at its edges if you hold it almost steady in a spot, but has the opacity of an oil pastel.[/twocol_one_last]

As always, you can download it from the shop or the member’s free Photoshop brush page for free until the end of this week (May 11) when there will be a new free brush.

*Requires Photoshop cs5.5 or higher and a pressure sensitive graphics tablet. Free registration required to download.