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Introducing our latest flagship oil brushes, Oil Paint 2022! We've gone back to the drawing board and re-imagined a modern oil painters toolkit. A painters dream, mix colors realistically, experience dynamic and professional-grade handling, and get painting faster than ever before with a lean but efficient brush set! This set was designed with all 3 Procreate tools in mind - Painting, Smudging, and Erasing. Not only is this set perfect for realistic oil painting, you can also "smudge" photo elements to look like paintings!
I find it yields a really convincing "oil" effect to use all 3 tools, for example depositing color with the paint brush, smudging some tones together with the smudge tool, and defining edges with the eraser tool (when using layers) for a really sharp painterly-look. Here's a detail shot of an area with all 3 tools in use:
- Smudge Simplify Wet - this is one of the "smudge" brushes, which are meant to be used with the smudge tool (the finger icon next to the brush icon in Procreate). You can put the initial color down however you want (even starting with a photo) and then run over it with this brush to give it a wet ala prima quality. It has "simplify" in the name because its useful for reducing detail and simplifying shapes and colors.
- Smudge Simplify Round - Similar in spirit to the previous brush, this one takes whatever color it touches and paints big round blobs with it, very useful for "tiling", and then going over the tiles with more expressive brushes. Has a silky, loose feel to it.
- Smudge Wet Liner - This smudge brush has a wobbly watery line quality, a useful alternative to Smudge Simplify Wet, which tends to be "smoother". This one has is much more soft.
- Smudge Flat Tile - The last of the smudge brushes, this is a "flat" brush, with a square tip. Also very useful for tiling (my preferred tiling brush), I like how you can see bristles and the surrounding colors can get pulled into your stroke for nice variation.
- Fineliner Wet - This brush has a smaller line, more precise, but still has a "wet paint" feel to it, which is very useful for detail and lines.
- Soft Wet - This brush is absolutely soaked in paint, the wettest of the bunch. Great for a fluid/wet paint mixing look, I find it useful for dropping in dabs of wet paint.
- Fine Hair Bristles - This brush has tons of fine hairs, and can get fairly large. Very useful for big soft strokes, and for lightly touching to areas of your painting to lend a little texture.
- Flat Brush - Another flat brush with a square tip - this brush has quite a bit more "dry" look to it, with heavier strokes and more of a glaze quality. It can still put down heavy paint though!
- Dry Painter - Good all-around rough paint brush, a light touch will "stir the pigment" a bit, leaving lots of little frays everywhere. Good for adding expressive marks at later stages in the painting. This is a really nice one for adding expressive strokes.
- Canvas - For adding a broken canvas texture to areas of flat/boring colors. Works great as a smudger, but you can use it with the paint tool and some heavy pressure to lay down colors of your choice (within a mix of nearby sampled colors)
- Paint Noise - Adds visual interest with a worked-over painterly texture to flat boring areas. An extremely useful brush not to be underestimated! I find strategic use of the paint noise brush to be incredibly helpful.
- Rake Double - This brush has two lines in it, and is very useful for "stirring up" pigment and adding some chaos. Works great as a smudge tool!
- Rake Quad- I really like the rake brushes, so I wanted 2 and 4-pronged rake brush for adding some lines. I find it helpful for adding extra expression and visual interest, for example around the sun in the poster art.
Smudge Photos Into Paintings
While these are amazing oil painting brushes, they've also been designed from the ground up to work equally-well as Smudge tool brushes! These brushes are GREAT for integrating photos into your artwork aka "photobashing". Simply select your brushes with the Smudge tool, and begin moving the pigment around in the image, lending a painterly touch.
Some tips for photo smudging:
- Start with a small brush, so that you can simplify small areas of color/value but keep detail.
- The idea is to simplify your image, without blurring.
- Lift your pen whenever you move to a new tone.
- Try to begin your smudge from the center of the tones you're simplifying. For example, you can exaggerate a small white highlight by first touching your pen to the center of the area, and gently stirring the pigment around.
- Edges! To get a painterly look, give your subject expressive edges by using the eraser tool or the smudge tool. I really love the Rake brushes for this purpose, as well as the Dry Painter.
- Do you have any big flat areas of color? Use the "paint noise" brush, sample a slightly lighter color and scumble in painterly texture to break up the flatness.
- The liquify tool is your friend! Use "Edge" mode in the Liquify tool to add back definition to lines, and use Push and Twirl to add a liquid effect.
Procreate 5 is here, and its amazing! You can now install a LOT of brushes at once using the new Files app in iOS 11. We recommend backing up your purchase using an iCloud account (its free), or syncing them to Files with iTunes.
First things first... USE SAFARI on iPad!
Also make sure you open the link in the full Safari app (it must be Safari, no other browser will work), as the side-loaded one that gmail/other email apps use won’t work.
Note: Brush files end in *.brushset
Once you click the file name/download button, a blue arrow in a circle should appear in the top right corner of Safari. This is the "downloads" area. Tap this icon and you should see your download appear in a list like so:
Simply tap the file and it should automatically open in Procreate. Depending on if you've performed this before, it may ask you what you want to do with the file after tapping it, in which case you would simply find the Procreate icon and send it there.