Drawing and Painting Brushes

Jaysen Batchelor
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In this lecture students will learn about the2 types of brushes, drawing and painting brushes. We'll start by drawing and then painting a tree trunk.

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English [Auto] All right so let's go ahead and start talking about the different types of brushes that you'll be using when it comes to Photoshop or probably pretty much any digital painting software. There's almost an infinite amount of possibilities for brushes that you can use. So we're going to talk about three main broad categories of brushes drawing and painting brushes as one category texture brushes there's another category and special effects or unique brushes in the third category. So this one we're going to focus on drawing and painting brushes. So the reason why those are kind of grouped together is because a lot of times really those are pretty much the same thing you're just going to be changing the size and shape of your brush. So let's come up here and pick one here and the first one we're going to go with. This is just a basic standard Photoshop brush that you should have in pretty much any software for digital painting it's a hard round brush with the pressure opacity on. So we're going to come over here and grab a let's do that. Let's do the pencil in first actually sketching one or. Take this brush. And for me personally I like having it so that the bigger the harder I push the bigger my brush get. So I'm just going to turn on the size jitter and we'll turn it down some as well this way when I'm drawing I can get opacity and size changing for me. OK. So we're going to do a little quick assignment. We're going to use all the different types of brushes that I just talked about to just create a quick little sort of simple tree. So I'm going to start with for my liner a kind of dark reddish orange brown color and then pull up some reference here for myself where I paint a quick tree. So we set this down and I'm going to bring my brushes down nice and small because we're gonna be drawing I have a new layer on top of my background. I like drawing on a midtown Gray for my background or some sort of Midtown color. So we have a new layer here. We're just gonna start sketching in this tree. So as you go if you need to make your brushes smaller or bigger you totally can hours kind of work our way through this tree trunk you'll be able to download this resource and follow along as well. And as you go if you need to switch back and forth between your razor you can always do that clean up your lines at the very end we'll do a quick pass as well to clean up our line or just a little bit make a little bit neater I recommend setting up using either hotkey or setting up some way to access your eraser quickly it will make painting a lot easier if you can quickly switch back and forth between your brush and your razor tool all right. And then we'll get back to our brush here. All right. And I'm just kind of suggesting a little bit more texture and detail in here now. We have the overall shape if you take any of my courses before you've probably heard me say to always start loose and then work more detailed and that's going to apply here as well. So at the main overall shapes and then slowly start to work your way to a slightly more refined and detailed area is a few of these little branches kind of sticking off here that maybe some of the leaves break off or something all right. It's looking pretty good. Uh and we're gonna we can do some leaves in here really quick to. We're actually gonna be doing the leaves with our special unique brush but in order to help us make sure that we don't pay off the canvas we can paint them in here to give us an idea of where they're supposed to go so let me go ahead and scale this down just a bit. So we have room for that. And then we're just going to block out just real roughly the basic shape of where these leaves are gonna go so that when we paint them in later we'll have a little bit better understanding of where we want to place them. All right. That's gonna be plenty good enough for what we're doing. All right. So that's Alina. Now let's talk about painting brushes. So you said it's going to be pretty much the same thing. I mean make a new layer. We're gonna move this layer underneath our drawing layer here and I am going to just go back into my settings like I had done before and I'm going to turn off the size control so that it's just one uniform way all the way across and I'm going to get a nice rich brown color to start here. Typically you want to try and start with a bigger brush. Like I said you want to start loose and work tighter so the bigger the better in the beginning you get a little bit more orange there. And we're also painting and earlier we talked about flowing opacity this could be a good time for you to kind of mess with us setting. So for me I'm I turn the flow down maybe about a little more 40 percent. I like keeping the opacity all the way up cool thing about digital painting is not necessarily one right or wrong way to do it. This is just my particular process. But as you paint and I go through this course and try out different styles you might find ways that you prefer more or they get you the results you like better and that's totally okay to try your own thing after you've learned some basic techniques. So so this brush we can get some nice blending techniques we can push harder or softer to light in our darkened areas and then a second here once I can't block this all we're going to come in with a few other colors so that we can sort of add some color variation in this painting brush will give us some nice blend. I'm not going to really worry about painting the trees because like I said we're gonna do that with a special brush. I'm just gonna make sure that our branch goes up enough into the foil edge that when we paint it later it's gonna go all the way through and cover it up with the leaves that we want to see the background coming through that where there should be trunk came all right. Looks pretty good. Let's go ahead and get uh a little bit lighter. Let's go darker for a sex security or darker a little bit more towards the green spectrum and a little bit more D saturate and this is what we're gonna darker than that even this for our shadow area and then up into the trees there's gonna be a shadow as the foil is kind of cast a shadow down onto the limbs of the tree itself. So we'll preemptively paint that shadow and there is nothing to cast it quite yet. You can see I'm going outside the lines a little bit that's okay. We can just come in real quick in a second with the abrasive tool. I'll clean this all up and make it nice and tight right. And I go a little darker or more D saturated and come here all right let's do our lighting now. Some are bringing back closer to yellow yellowish orange and I can bring my brush size down just a little bit. Start getting finer lighting in here. And then now I can start using my Eyedropper tool to kind of blend in between these two. Oh my different values on here. Make a little bit smoother I'll be able to bring my brush down here in a second. We can start popping up a little bit more of some of these highlights trying to make sure that I don't just have perfectly smooth highlights I'm breaking it up with a little bit texture so that doesn't feel like this tree is just made out of plastic. All right. And then let's just grab a race or two we can come back in here and we can uh clean up these edges here a bit migrate and use a bit of a harder brush their All right. Excellent. And then let's do the same thing for our line or we can clean that up just a little bit as well using my razor tool. We know we don't paint these and so I'm just gonna raise some. We don't need them anymore pick up pans or stray marks here or cast it outside the silhouette and there we go so that's if this lecture we did the sketching and painting and brushes and the next one we'll go ahead and start working with our texture brush so I'll see you guys in the next one.