GalaXafreaks: Dark Vibes is a five issue miniseries from the fevered mind of Andrew Pawley. Initially conceived as a Kickstarter campaign, the series has been rebooted for a second round. Dark Vibes is a 32-page, full-color, psychedelic, science-fiction freakout extravaganza that features characters who transcend reality and travel through and across multidimensional spacetime. It follows the adventures of Meeko the Darkling, an unsuspecting heroine who is thrust into an intergalactic stellar story that’s beyond her comprehension. What is Meeko’s connection to the origins of her planet? What is her relationship with the cosmic giant Captain Yeah!? What evil plans are Fuzz Muff and the Dark Vibe Underlords hatching? You can grab copies at GalaXafreaks.com and find out how it all unfolds. Or, sign up for Andrew’s mailing list and he’ll send you two free PDF comics.
Download the GalaXafreaks Brush Set
What really stands out about this project is how each issue has a laminated cover and is printed on high-quality paper stock. It really shows off the extremely colorful artwork and shows a commitment to quality that is all-too-rare. Like many Kickstarter-backed art campaigns, it’s clearly a labor of love. We’re fortunate to be able to share some of Andrew’s creative doodles in this GalaXafreaks Brush Set. You can use it to lay down giant iconic doodles, but you can also create interesting patterns with crazy eyeballs. Or litter the background by brushing on the neat shapes that he’s created. If you like comic art with lots of weirdness — or have always wanted to give drawing something like this a shot — download the brushes and start doodling. Pro tip: One of the tools that Andrew uses incredibly well to create this kind of art is the symmetry tool. Try that in conjunction with these brushes when making your own trippindicular creatures.
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).
More about Andrew Pawley
Andrew Pawley fell into this dimension somewhere on the south coast of England and has since disguised himself as a comics creator. A childhood and adolescent education from 2000 AD and R.Crumb informs his fantastical and anarchic approach toward his creative endeavors. He has previously drawn and written four issues of the original GalaXafreaks series. Issues #1 and #2 of this series are available to download for free as hi-res PDFs when you sign up to the GalaXafreaks mailing list. Check out this video he made using SketchBook Pro for some tips on how he uses these brushes to create mind-bending illustrations: