This is my first post for my Procreate brush recommendation series. I love Procreate brushes and love experimenting with them! I love the beautiful textures and I particularly love challenging myself to find the ones that can help us achieve a result that looks like "real" media - watercolour, gouache, pastels, coloured pencils... There are so many sets out there and I've made it part of my creative journey to explore them and now I've decided to start sharing some of my favourites with you!
I truly believe that the digital brushes you use make a huge difference in our work and although Procreate does come with some pretty nice brushes by default, there are many artists out there that have put a lot of love and time into creating sets that really help us achieve an even more "refined" look.
The first artist creator I'm mentioning in my series is Lisa Glanz. I discovered Lisa's work many years ago and have been a fan ever since. I have purchase many of her brush sets (all with my own money!) and have had really great experiences using them. I'm starting with sets by Lisa because I feel like they are very beginner friendly, plus she provides many tutorials and tips over on her instagram that help you use them. So if you're a beginner looking for some brushes to start out, Lisa could have a set for you.
Here are some of my favourite sets:
1- Effortless gouache set: I like Lisa's set because they are so beginner friendly and really easy to use and achieve nice results. They carefully curated so you're only given really useful brushes that work. My favourite brushes from this set are called "Round smooth", "Round smooth wet" and "Round smooth semi wet". It has a lovely texture that along with the canvas provided gives you a really nice textural "real" look. Here are some examples of my artwork using this gouache set.
"Dolphin Sea" pattern created using "Round Smooth Wet" brush
2- AquaReal Watercolour brushes: This watercolour set is also beginner friendly and very easy today. Plus, again, Lisa shares many tips on how to use the brushes on her instagram. My favourite brush from this set is the "Round brush - All rounder" and I also really like the stamp brushes. It is a very versatile brush that can be used to fill in large areas or to create watercolour details. Very simple set that along with the canvas paper textures included helps you achieve a nice watercolour look.
This illustration was created using brushes from AquaReal and Instant Artist.
The next two brush sets I'm recommending are really fun if you like to use textures in your work. They include very fun and great quality textures.
3- Delicious texture procreate brushes: Very fun textures to add depth and detail to your work!
4- Instant artist procreate brushes: Also very fun textures to add depth and detail to your work!
"Ice cream cuties" pattern I created using Instant artist brushes for details.
Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you'll have fun with your new brushes! :)