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Free Brush Set: Shaun Mullen’s Environmental Textures

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Free brush set of the week

We’ve been giving away free brushes every week in the past month, and we’re going to keep on doing it. Don’t even think about trying to stop us. This time around, we wanted to showcase a custom brush set by one of our favorite artists, Shaun Mullen.

Shaun creates a lot of art on his iPad, and he’s a master at imagining massive landscapes on planets that look like they’re either crumbling into destruction or just emerging into creation. With strong color chops and a real painterly style, Shaun creates luscious environments with lone wanderers who seem like they’re just as enraptured by their surroundings as the viewer. It’s beautiful work, and we’re lucky to have him share a set of custom brushes that he uses to create artwork like this:

Shaun Mullen illustration
A collection of some our favorite epic environments from Shaun’s DeviantArt page.

Download the free set

These brushes are geared toward creating the details of these epic environments. Try the tufts of grass. You can scatter them around in different colors and shades. Build rock formations with brushes that change their orientation each time you click. Use other brushes to quickly draw mountains and the misty cloud formations that surround them. Add some painterly effects to your drawing with included smudge brushes. Or customize these brushes to fit your own style. Download the Mullen Environmental Textures Brush Set and install it by double clicking on the .skbrushes file.

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 from Shaun

As you can see, Shaun is good at creating hazy, misty skies. He’s just as good at creating smoke. Awhile back, we asked him to create a tutorial around his smoke skills. Check out his SketchBook Pro Smoke Tutorial if you need a primer on making dreamy smoke curls.