Not too long ago, a SketchBook Pro user shouted out to us on Twitter. She was looking for a particular type of brush that wasn’t in the app: chalk. SketchBook has a lot of different brushes that mimic real-world tools, but @BryannaDraws was spot on. We didn’t have it. We needed some chalk brushes in there — and pronto.
Our community manager, Renée set to work immediately, adjusting the details of a few different types of brushes to create a brand-new set of Chalks. This pack has a range of different types of chalk: Brand New Chalk, Sideways Chalk, Build Up Chalk, Grainy Chalk (two kinds), Streaky Chalk, Melted Chalk, and Waxy Chalk. While we were making those, our team of brush-making brainstormers decided that a chalks set needed something to be considered truly complete: an eraser. We all fondly remembered pounding chalky erasers together in grade school to produce clouds of white smoke. We also remember smearing the chalk by using the face or the edge of those dirty erasers. Thinking about that reminded us that chalk erasers weren’t always smudgy and dirty. Sometimes — rarely — the eraser was brand new or newly cleaned. Those squeaky clean erasers added a totally different type of look. You could lay down tons of sideways chalk on a chalkboard as a big spot of color and then use the clean eraser to add negative space. So, we made sure to include both types of erasers in the set. You’ll find both a Clean Eraser and Dirty Eraser to round out it.
Ready to take your own trip down memory lane? Download the Chalks Brush Set and start getting your proverbial fingers dirty. Once you’ve downloaded it, double click the .skbrushes file to install it in the desktop app.
Pro tip: an even chalkier look
For some inspiration, check out the cappuccino drawing video Renée made as part of the process of creating this pack. Notice how at the end of the video she adds a textured image as a separate layer. That’s a real pro tip right there. It will make your chalk drawing even chalkier. It’s a great technique if you want to make a chalk drawing look like it’s not drawn on a chalkboard but instead drawn on asphalt. Look for a special tutorial all about adding texture with layers and blending modes tomorrow right here on the blog.
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).