WHY I MAKE BRUSHES
Before I was a professional illustrator & graphic designer, I was a hobbyist doodler. During my formative years I used mediums like pencils, charcoals, paints, and any other tools I could get my hands on. When I switched to digital art 8 years ago I struggled to recreate the rich texture and authenticity of traditional art that I grew accustomed to. That’s when I began my search for realistic brushes that would help me achieve the traditional look I wanted. Sometimes I’d find a good brush, but most of them weren’t up to my standards. I realized that I spent more time looking for brushes than making art, so I learned how to make brushes that helped my workflow. Now I offer all the Procreate brushes that I use in my own professional work.
DEVELOP, OPTIMIZE, REFINE
I create brush tips and textures using traditional mediums (like paints, pencils, brushes, sponges, rollers, etc.) and scan them in at a high resolution. Then I take the scans into Photoshop, clean then up, and optimize them for Procreate. For textures I turn them into seamless patterns so that every brush stroke you make is smooth and continuous. Once that’s finished I import everything on my iPad so I can play and experiment. It takes a few bad experiments to get a good brush, and sometimes I’ll have to scrap brush tips and textures altogether if they’re not working. I create art using the brushes and tweak the brushes as I use them. The brushes go through many steps of testing and refinement before they’re made available online.