Painting a fish with my Photoshop watercolour brush ‘Creamsicle’ You can watch a 15 second video of me painting this below. Unfortunately I paused the recording towards the end so I sadly missed the last 5 minutes of painting which were in a sense my breakthrough moments on this one. I changed the uppermost layer to Normal from multiply which has the effect of muddying the watercolour effect giving me a look I was happy to end the painting on.
Update: The first oil impasto Photoshop brush is now available here in the store
You can now see hand drawn brush strokes representative of every single Photoshop brush by downloading the brush stroke reference guide from the new ‘resources‘ section on GrutBrushes.com It’s available to download as either a JPG or PDF (It’s a tall image, so be sure to zoom in!) Or view the online version where you can hover over a brush stroke and see it up close with a magnifier window.
There are more guides on the way, including a detailed brush stroke sampler for each brush that shows a standard variety of brush stroke drills. Inspired by the excellent real media brush reviews by Teoh Yi Chie of Parka Blogs who turns reviewing art supplies into an art form of it’s own.
Of course, the best way to preview the brushes is still to click the play icon on each brush in the shop and watch it drawing ‘live’ in front of your eyes. But I hope the one page catalogs will be a useful visual references when you are looking through your list of GrutBrushes or just need some inspiration.
GrutBrushes Brush Stroke Guides:
GrutBrushes Online Brush Stroke Reference
You can now browse all GrutBrushes Photoshop brushes in a sortable ajax grid with the newest listed first. It’s now faster (no more loading next page) It’s also responsive now, so it’s viewable on more devices and screen sizes. Click the red play button on any brush and see a video brush stroke preview of what it’s like to draw with it in real time! In the top right you can see which sets that brush is a part of and if you want to see and read more about that brush just click on the button in the top left and a new tab opens with more detailed previews and if available, example paintings and drawings done with that brush!
Visit the shop and have a look!
Coming very soon (this weekend?) – Downloadable PDF catalog!
If you’ve ever used a palette knife to spread printer’s ink on a palette or a plate of glass this brush may feel familiar to you. Flux Ebber is a tremendously wet, heavily loaded ink brush that quickly covers with opaque ink but can be wiped off and ‘squeegied’ around as long as you don’t lift your stylus which effectively dries the stroke. The brush is lightly weighted to one edge to give it slight directional characteristics.
As always, you can download this brush for free until the end of this week (June 15th) when there will be yet another new free brush.
Painting with the Brief Reprieve Photoshop digital paintbrush
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.
What is it that gives a brush it’s personality? It’s a combination of your style, how your fingers move and the brush itself. Just as you have a unique way of moving your wrist to create lines, each brush has it’s own unique stylistic signatures. Whether it’s a few stray bristles, the way it holds or releases water, oil, paint and pigment, or simply how slowly or quickly it tapers from a point to a blob, if at all. All these quirks and characteristics add up to give a brush it’s personality.
The same holds true for a good digtal artists’s brush. In this visual dissection I’ve attempted to draw attention to some of the the characteristics unique to the ‘Paste Up’ Photoshop watercolour brush, some of the most prominent features that add up to create the signature look of it’s strokes.
This is just one of 63 (and growing) brushes in the growing collection of pressure responsive Photoshop brushes for digital artists from Grutbrushes.com