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Glitch: A Free Brush Set Inspired by 8-Bit Art

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If you love concept art and are looking to quickly illustrate detailed landscapes or cityscapes for video game backgrounds, the Glitch Brush Set will make your life much easier. You can rough out the main masses and forms you need to construct visual concepts in a matter of seconds.

Each individual brush pays homage to retro 8-bit video games and takes its name from various types of infamous screen glitches.

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The Glitch Brush Set is a collection of intentionally malformed textures that are extremely playful. They are especially good for drawing landscapes that have an artificial or mirage-like look to them, like this image of a ruined, apocalyptic landscape:

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Pixels, glitches, flickers, and freezes

Each individual brush pays homage to retro 8-bit video games and takes its name from various types of infamous screen glitches. Glitch features a mix of misplaced buggy squares and static textures that allow you to capture radical rhythmic repetition by adding pixels, glitches, flickers, and freezes to your brush strokes.

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Blend them for a more streamlined look

Despite the choppy origin of this glitchy brush set’s inspiration, the blendable brush options for each unique buggy brush makes it possible to create not only flat two-dimentional illustrations, but also realistic realms using free-flowing brushstrokes.

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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). Happy Glitching!

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