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Free Brush Set: Drawing Leaves and Filling in Foliage

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If you live under a rock and weren’t made aware, we’ve been giving out free brushes for the SketchBook Pro desktop app every Monday of every single week. This week, you’ll be getting the wonderful Leaves Brush Set. It’s a sixteen-piece set that includes various leaf stamps and some amazing brushes for drawing foliage (or any job that requires some texture). It can sometimes be tedious to paint nature, especially trees. We wanted to save you time and energy by providing you with these brushes accompanied by some helpful tips and tricks below. If you want to read more about how these brushes can be of use to you, keep on scrolling down. Don’t forget to download the brushes through the provided link above. Simply double-click the .skbrushes file to install.

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Painting trees

If you want to go for a more detailed look, there is no shortage of leaf stamp brushes in this set. We’ve created the stamps to look subtle so they don’t stand out against a backdrop too boldly. You can try using a combination of leaves and foliage brushes to get a nicely blended finish with detailed leaves peeking through.

When using the foliage brushes, it’s encouraged to be messy. Think Bob Ross’s “happy little trees.” It doesn’t have to take hours. It can take seconds to create the illusion of a healthy tree filled with leaves. Trees aren’t symmetrical or neat, so try to create visual harmony or whatever looks right. Like in the example above, create layers with different tones of the colors you’re using. Add gaps of lighter colors where there might be a shortage of leaves and darker tones in thicker areas. Put in the lightest tones where there might be highlights from the sun.

leaves brush set examples

The four main foliage brushes can help you to create some amazing textures so don’t assume this brush set is made exclusively for painting trees. You can also use the leaf stamps for other decorative purposes like banners, frames, or backgrounds. Have fun!

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).