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Drawing Water the Easy Way: Jason Heeley Water Brush Set

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If you’ve ever tried to draw a lake or an ocean or a river, you know there are some tricks to it. If you’re drawing digitally, you should definitely take advantage of your layers and draw contour lines to help you visualize your water’s currents, ripples, and eddies. But the most important details will come from your brush choices. Today, we’re giving away a brush set from a master of drawing landscapes that is going to make drawing water a whole lot easier. It’s the Jason Heeley Water Brush Set.

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The spray where water crashes into itself (or rocks) is one of the most important details of drawing realistic looking water.

What’s in This Brush Set

These brushes are designed to help you create components of water, which is always captured in movement. You’ll find brushes with names like Basic Waves, Big Directional Wave, Breezy Lake, Sea, River Flow, and Distant Ripples. You’ll also find brushes for making some of the details of water in movement like Sea Spray brushes and brushes for adding Foam, Glint, and Sparkle to your water. These brushes do a lot of the work for you and will save you a ton of time. They’re part of a massive collection of 286 brushes gathered together in 15 sets that Jason uses to create the details of landscape — everything from foliage, trees, rock, grasses, ground surfaces, clouds, to snow. The entire set is a very affordable $12 on Creative Market, but we’re giving away one part of it to our users.

Jason Heeley draws painterly landscapes with lots of water details.
Jason Heeley draws painterly landscapes with lots of water details.

If you like this brush set, you should also grab Jason Heeley’s Art Brushes. That is a set we put together awhile back that can be used whether or not you are a fan of landscapes or concept art. It’s just a great all-purpose brush set, and it’s free for SketchBook Pro members. If you like his work and want to see more of the kinds of art he makes, check out Jason on DeviantArt.

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).