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07-02-2015, 11:30 AM
Hi All,
I've thought a great deal about starting discussions and challenges here and I think this forum is more of a challenge since digital is so more diverse than many of the other forums. We are using different software, we have vector, raster, 3d, not to mention every style of art imaginable.
However, here is something that we should all be able to relate to and learn from each other on....

BRUSHES! Show us your brushes, custom brushes, standard brushes used in unique ways, brushes that give unique textures and effects
Let us know what software you are using and show us some examples, maybe a little crop out of a painting where you've used the brush, or just give us a sample swatch.

07-02-2015, 12:18 PM

Art Rage/ Sticker Sprays/ Mimosa or Artbrush 13

You probably know that I like painting waterfalls, rocks and that I LOVE art rage.
I found this brush really useful in making water spray in my waterfalls. I also like to use the airbrush with the Drip Spray all the way up to 100%. The advantage there is that I can use it at different opacities with some really color, mostly cool, to get real depth in the spray, but I can't get variety in the size of the drips like I can with the mimosa brush.

07-04-2015, 02:04 PM
Great topic. I'm really looking forward to examples. Is there any room for asking how to achieve effects such as a brush overlay of light reflections?

07-08-2015, 10:04 AM
Not sure what you mean by light reflections. Can you post a photo? sounds like a great challenge!

07-09-2015, 10:47 AM
Can't wait to read this! I'm just starting with Painter and there is quite a learning curve!

07-09-2015, 01:07 PM
Not sure what you mean by light reflections. Can you post a photo? sounds like a great challenge!

Here are a few examples of reflections that I would like to be able to paint,
using brushes in digital applications, hopefully known to other artists. I’m
not looking for realistic presentations but more its essence or impression.

watercolor of Baradero (Shipyard), especially the water reflections

especially the light reflections off dark wet rocks





Green, translucent water with sailboats reflected; marbles reflecting light & color; scenery reflected in water.

07-11-2015, 12:47 PM
I hope I am understanding your question correctly. Questions about painting water come up often, as though people hope there is some magic tool or technique. But no matter what medium you are using your most important tool is observation. There are so many factors involved in how objects and light reflect you really just need to spend time studying it. Then paint it like you would anything else.

I know that's not very helpful lol. But Elaine has shows good examples of ways to paint splashes. And then a lot depends what brushes you like to use. Or just spend some time experimenting.

07-12-2015, 05:55 AM
Light reflections depend on the surface that they are on. If you notice the marbles, the light is very bright and has sharp edges, which is has to do with the smooth texture. When you are looking at light reflecting on water, it can be very different depending on how calm or choppy the surface of the water is depending on the current and the breeze. There is also the angle of the sun, and what is reflecting in the water.
I'd say the best thing is to paint what you see, rather than what you think should be here. I like to use a subtle airbrush to put in some highlghts.
The wonderful thing about digital, is that you can put your highlights on a new layer, and try blurring it, bringing down the opacity of the layer and/or trying different blend modes. Sometimes that's an interesting thing to try to improve on a painting make a shadow layer and and a highlight layer and try to push the values and add more contrast. You can always adjust the shadows and highlights if they are on a new layer.
Hope that helps

07-12-2015, 04:33 PM
Thanks for the help and comments

07-26-2015, 03:24 PM
Krita brush: ‘Sc_Scratch’ used on Wacom tablet
row 1, left to right: 30px, then dragged slowly
row 2: precision: 2, sharpness, scatter - amount: 2.5, size, strength
row 3: [row 2] + saturation
row 4: [row 3] + scatter amount: 1.25, size: 8.5 px

07-28-2015, 04:24 PM
Lover those rocks!

08-03-2015, 02:30 PM
I will paint in anything that comes along as long as it does the job. I've been learning ArtRage and Rebelle and have done some neat Watercolors in Adobe Photoshop but my first love has always been Corel Painter. Since I make a lot of my own brushes I figured I would attach a sample as well as three of my all time favorites.

1 - B's WC Splashy Oval light - This is a REALWATER color brush and is great for doing background. If you use the Color variablity or Color Expression it is even better. That should be the first on top to the left.

2 - B's Sketcher Scribbler - This is a Particle brush and is fantastic for water effects and such as well as just about anything else.

3 - B's Grainy Brick Blendy 2 - this is just a captured brush with a brick
capture. It has some spaceing and jitter and is great for brick work. Again using Color variablity or Color express and some really funky paper while you are painting with this brush. THe paper texture helps with the texture of the bricks themselves.

Enjoy and if I can answer questions, please let me know.

08-03-2015, 02:40 PM
As I mentioned I use whatever will give me the results I want. I've been learning ArtRage and one of my favorite 'BRUSHES' is really a palette knife. It is the HARD OUT SMUDGE with with a value in Loading so it gives you paint. If you have an artpen you can also Lock Rotation at 0 and can make nice thin lines or if you use it as a loaded palette knife it gives you great built up textures. Great for old buildings!

And for those that like experimenting, I go back and forth between all my programs quite a bit. One of my last paintings hit Painter Rebelle and PS .