This week’s free brush set is a blast from the past. The Crayons Brush Set is a twelve-piece set of classic crayon colors and textures that will come in handy when you’re coloring or doing some rough shading. You can bet we had fun making this set, and we hope you enjoy using crayons with names like Tickled Pink, Perfect Sky, Fresh Snow, and Orange Crush.
The coloring book trend
The popularity of adult coloring books keeps rolling on — and on and on and on. It’s so successful that some people point to its popularity as a reason for boosting otherwise historically lagging physical book sales. Naysayers joke that all this coloring is an adult cry for help, but there’s no denying that for many people it’s a truly calming and mindful exercise that’s great for reducing stress. To us it’s really about reconnecting to that spirit of unbridled and simplified creativity we felt as kids. Back then, everyone was an artist, and everyone pretty much had the same set of tools: a big box of crayons. (If you were really lucky, that set of crayons had a crayon sharpener built into the back of the box!)
Some art for you to color
At this back-to-school time, we thought we would jump back into our early artist selves and make some line art for coloring. If you want to join us, you can download high res TIFF versions of un-colored line art by clicking the link under each piece of our colored line art. (Yes, we couldn’t resist coloring it ourselves). After downloading, simply import the image as a layer in SketchBook for desktop and start coloring. If you want your crayons to be sharper and have a point, you can adjust the settings and even save them out as new crayons. Remember when you used to peel off all the paper from your crayon and use it to shade giant blocks of color? You can do that, too.
Download Renee’s Pegasus line art.
Download Renee’s Shiba Inu line art.
Download Kyle’s Jetta line art.
Installing the brush sets
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).