We all have a vision in our minds of what a cloud-filled sky looks like, but have you ever tried to draw them? It’s a little trickier than you might think. They can’t all look alike or symmetrical. Fortunately, you have access to digital tools so you can Undo at will, adjust the opacity of your brush strokes, or even use blending modes or other techniques to add transparency or color to your clouds. You have a lot of ways to make your clouds look dreamy, but we wanted to add another arrow to your quiver for drawing clouds — a brush set made specifically for this purpose.
Download the Cloud Brush Set and try your hand at drawing the many different types of clouds. This set is a combination of cool textured brushes plus a few pre-made stamps. Here’s our advice on how to draw clouds in a few easy steps.
Start your sky with one of the pre-made cloud stamps. You have five to choose from.
These stamps are based off some of the most common real-life clouds: cumulus, cumulonimbus, cirrus, stratus, and altostratus. Turn down the opacity on the cloud layer, and use the plus button on the editor to make a new layer on top.
Adding multiple layers in different transparencies mimics the real way clouds work — as a mish-mash of water vapor. On a new layer, use one of the non-stamp Cloud Brushes like Cotton Ball or Soft Fog to build up your custom fluffy shape.
For added pop, make another layer and set the blending mode to Glow. On this layer, use the brushes to add extra pop to those sun-frosted edges. We don’t recommend using white on a glow layer. In the example below, we chose a dark purple. Use any other color for an interesting glow effect like bright green, yellow, or red. You’ll be surprised at the unexpected results.
Don’t forget to add some background accents. The Feathered Touch brush is perfect for recreating those high-flying seemingly frozen cirrus clouds.
Installing the Brush Set
Being able to share and install these weekly free brush sets in the desktop app is one of the features for SketchBook subscribers. If you’re using the latest desktop version of SketchBook, simply double click on the .skbrushes file, and it will automatically install. Check out this article for all the details about brushes and legacy versions. If you haven’t tried the subscription, you can download a free trial and unlock Pro membership for 15 days (no credit card required).