I experiment with a lot of different brushes when I am painting, but there are a few that I go back to again and again. So, for those of you who are curious as to what I use, here’s a little sneak peek.
Here are some pictures of six brushes that I am currently using in my digital illustration work. I have included the brush tip shape and the painting effect it creates.
I mostly use modified versions of brushes found in the Photoshop library or on the internet. I can’t really tell you how to find or make them, because I saved these a long time ago and have long forgotten where they came from. However, if I were to guess, they are probably either in the “Natural Brushes” that are included in Photoshop or in the Nagel series of brushes, available on the internet (Find it here: http://www.creativemac.com/2003/07_jul/features/download39030725.htm. Scroll down and click on “Next” for the download link).
How to Save Your Own Brushes
If you have created a brush in Photoshop, you can save it in your tool presets to use later. You can find the tool presets in the top left corner of your screen. Click on it, then click the little arrow in the top right corner of the menu and select “New Tool Preset.” Give your brush a name if you want, then click okay. You can now go to that menu any time you want to use that brush again.