Get more from cus­tom brushes

Re­veals how he’s able to cre­ate cus­tom brushes on the fly, which in turn stream­lines his work­flow and boosts his cre­ativ­ity

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he things that can be done with your brushes inside Pho­to­shop’s Nat­u­ral Brush Me­dia win­dow are almost end­less! I dis­cover new pos­si­bil­i­ties almost ev­ery day, both at home and in the work­place. It’s amaz­ing how you can ma­nip­u­late your brush to cre­ate pat­terns, tex­tures, hair, skin, that painterly feel, happy ac­ci­dents and so on.

If my work as­sign­ment re­quires a re­al­is­tic fin­ish, I try to avoid us­ing photo

TMarch 2015 ref­er­ences. I’m aware that photographs can help you be­come fa­mil­iar with a sub­ject, but I pre­fer to ap­proach my sub­ject afresh. I’m then free to cre­ate and use suit­able brushes on the fly.

I must ad­mit that it’s eas­ier to take this ap­proach with character de­sign, com­pared to a com­plex com­po­si­tion fea­tur­ing per­spec­tive, at­mo­spheric depth and so on. But it’s good prac­tice to work with­out be­ing de­pen­dent on a par­tic­u­lar set of ref­er­ences.

My in­ter­est in brushes started when do­ing my first speed­paints. I soon learned how the right brush can make the dif­fer­ence, when I had to cre­ate a pre­cise and read­able visual in a short amount of time with­out the use of pho­tos. Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties they of­fer and to­day they’re a key part of my work­flow. And of course, it’s fun us­ing new cus­tom brushes! I’ve sup­plied 65 of my own with this work­shop, for you to try out.

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