David Bentley makes amazing things. An illustrator, modeler, animator, and 3-D visualization artist, he’s an Autodesk alumni who’s especially proficient with Sketchbook Pro, Mudbox, Alias Studio, and Maya. Since leaving Autodesk, he’s gone on to do even more important work — like teaching students how to make great art. He’s currently assistant professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan but also does freelance work from time to time. We’ve had a lot of requests for his 50 Brush Samples, a four-volume set of brushes he made back in 2010. With Dave’s permission, we’ve recompiled the brushes into four brush sets (actually, now a total of 72 brushes) that can be directly imported into SketchBook Pro 2011 (version 5.0 and above) on Mac & Windows.
Download Dave Bentley’s sets
You don’t need to unzip the files after downloading them. Choose Import Brush Set from the Marking Menu at the top of the Brush Palette and select the .zip file you downloaded. Look for this icon:
Import Brush Set – Load an exported zipped brush set file into the Brush Library.
You can follow along with what Dave makes on his blog, where he often shares content created as part of his teaching curriculum.
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).