Everyone who is attracted to digital drawing has to find their own way in. Each person has their own reasons — convenience (no scanning!), unlimited undo, ability to scale any element you draw, etc. — but for some people simply being able to create “mobile art” on the go is a compelling part of the reason. Jeff Hebert fits in this category. Traditionally trained as an artist and hailing from a small town in Massachusetts, he has taken strongly to the idea of producing art on mobile phones and tablets. In fact, he joined our SketchBook beta team a few years back and always has great perspectives about how to improve our apps. Of course, Jeff isn’t all digital — not many artists are *only* analog or *only* digital. He uses a traditional approach along with digital techniques on his iPad and Android tablets (e.g., Scan Sketch) to create painting of wildlife and caricatures, two of his favorite subjects. We asked him to make a brush set for us that works well for the kind of art he creates.
What you’ll find
Download Jeff’s Rough Canvas Brush Set, and you’ll find a combination of dry brushes, as well as a few cool pencils he uses for details and texture to give his digital paintings a more traditional rough, textured feel. Even better, he’s included his “Grain” brush that you can use to paint on a “noise” overlay to give your paintings an interesting rough canvas look. Jeff says nothing he paints feels done until he runs this Grain brush over his paintings — which he does by setting the size as large as possible and painting over the entire canvas. Another way to do something like this is to upload an image of texture (e.g., an actual image of a canvas) and use it as a layer with blending modes, but the brush is very handy to have, and of course you have more control over a brush.
More about Jeff
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).