October 22, 2010

Custom brush testing





I made some custom brushes in Photoshop trying to replicate charcoal and conte, these are just some early tests put on paper textures. I wanted the brush to act like the side of a conte stick so I could block in a form and still have lots of texture show through.

39 comments:

justin said...

Very nice, the brushes are looking very successful. The hippo in particular is looking very natural. I think what throws off the other two are the black-blacks. Otherwise the texture feels about right.

DSM said...

I always know it's good when I get your 'thumbnails' right off-the-bat. Always enjoy your posts...

this_optimism said...

Can i have this brushes ?

willipino said...

love 'em

dwilson said...

Beautiful work and brushes. I'd be willing to pay a buck or two for that goodness.

Dougmian said...

I think these drawings are very beautiful and the charcoal are convincing!
If you want I can send you some brushes I have that remember charcoal too.

Shane said...

Those are stunning man... WOW.. Im absolutely blown away by the charcoal feel too.. brilliant!

ToueT said...

Hi Andrew,

Those drawings are amazingly beautiful. So much expression! Really nice. You should try Tvpaint software though. I, myself coming from a Fine Arts background, find it's always hard to get that beauty of the paper and charcoal on digital. However, I'm working now on a production that uses that software and the amount of texture and control that you get on your brushes is the closest thing I've ever seen to actual oil on canvas or charcoal over paper. I wish I could show you something, but you know how this things works. :) Anyways, I love what you did with those brushes.
Waiting for you next post!

vitalik shu said...

Nice!!!

N.Hall said...

These are great, I'm going to have to experiment with this too, I love the way conte looks and works.

shamil said...

wow ..exellent feel

Ernesto y Felisa said...

Wonderful results, I love, It seems a very special charcoal drawings.
Felisa

Juan Bauty said...

Very natural results! i love the cow...

Valery Zrazhevskiy said...

Beautiful pictures. And the brushes very well convey the charcoal.

Peter Bangs said...

Absolutely beautiful. Wish I understood how to make custom brushes.

Joe said...

Impressive results

lincoln said...

Sooooooooooo where can we purchase these lovely brushes?

Coby said...

You are amazing! I'm in a drawing and comp class right now and we have been using charcoal for weeks now, didn't think I'd like it but I LOVE it. Saying that, I LOVE your brushes and hope they are available some day. Myself and my fingernails will thank you!

Scott C. Gwynn said...

These are so fresh! They look really natural. Nice simplification too.

RAWLS said...

Nice job my friend! These are fantastic. Looks legit! Hook a brother up!!! :)

Marlon said...

Awesome!
Could you share this brushes with interested. For a moment I realized that it was real charcoal. Great studies!

Dylan said...

whooooooooooooa i like

andrew said...

Thanks everyone for the comments.

justin: You're right, your comment makes a lot of sense in that real conte or charcoal doesn't get that solid black....thanks for pointing that out.

ToueT: thanks for letting me know about that program.

For those asking about this brush, I'm still tweaking it and may release it soon.

pbcbstudios said...

these are absolutely beautiful -

joe said...

Wooowww! so orignal, so simple, so awesome!

abhishek singh said...

love the organic temperament , n GORGEOUS sketches as usual:)

Anonymous said...

dont release that brush!! keep it to yourself my friend

DrawDoll said...

Wow these are great! I think you achieved what you were going for.

Laila Petersen-Jama said...

wow i really think these are awsome;)

Óscar del Amo said...

perfect.

.: Tsunnamii :. said...

niiice!! are you planning on sharing this brushes??? Id love to givve them a try!

TimSlater said...

You're work is very inspiring yet quite frightening for an aspiring artist!! Absolutely fantastic.

TimSlater said...

Your work is inspiring yet quite frightening for an aspiring artist!! Fantastic work!

Federico Bertolucci said...

bellissimi! Questi pennelli sono molto realistici..

Marcelo Vignali said...

Man o man those are beautiful sketches!

Katie Wall (Wallop Illustration) said...

This is a beautiful effect. Has inspired me to experiment more with alternative brushes...

Kasey said...

Wow--I covet those brushes like woah.

Michelle said...

I love your work so much! Really gorgeous photos and fantastic animal art

Don Flores said...

anything happening with that brush yet? I would love to play with it. Huge fan by the way!