Drawing and Painting Brushes

Jaysen Batchelor
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Illustrator & Designer
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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 in another category and special effects or unique brushes. 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. We're going to 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 the let's do the pencil on first. Actually just sketching one. Take this brush. And for me personally, I like having it so that the bigger the harder I push, the bigger my brush gets. So I'm just going to turn on the sides 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 line are a kind of dark, reddish orange brown color. And I'll pull up some reference here for myself where I paint a quick tree. So let me set this down and I'm going to bring my brush slides down nice and small, because we're going to 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 going to start sketching in this tree. So as you go, if you need to make your brushes smaller or bigger, you totally can. And we're just going to work our way through this tree trunk. You'll be able to download this resource and follow along as well. 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 earlier. Just a little bit, make a little bit neater. I recommend setting up using either Hartke 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 eraser tool. All right, and then we'll get back to our brusher. All right, and I'm just kind of suggesting a little bit more texture and detail in here that 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, sir, at the main overall shapes and then slowly start to work your way to a slightly more refined and detailed areas. I have a few of these little branches kind of sticking out here that maybe some of the leaves break off or something. All right, it's looking pretty good and we're going to we can do some leads in here really quick, too. We're actually going to 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. OK. And then we're just going to block out just real roughly the basic shape of where these leaves are going to 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 going to be plenty good enough for what we're doing. All right, so that's Atlanta. Now let's talk about painting brushes, so like I said, it's going to be pretty much the same thing. I won't make a new layer. We're going to move this layer underneath our drying 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 sides 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. And the beginning get maybe a little bit more orange there. And we're also painting and earlier we talked about Floriano Passey. This could be a good time for you to kind of mess up the setting. So for me to 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 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 where they get you the results you like better. And that's totally OK to try your own thing after you've learned some basic techniques. So. So at this press, 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 kind of block this all and we're going to come in with a few other colors so that we can sort of add some color variation. And 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 going to do that with a special brush. I'm just going to make sure that our branch goes up enough into the foliage, that when we paint it later, it's going to 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. OK. All right, looks pretty good. Let's go ahead and get a little bit lighter. Let's go darker for a century ago, darker, a little bit more towards the green spectrum and a little bit more desaturate. This is where we're going to darker than that. Even he's this four hour shadow area. And then up into the trees is going to be shadow as the foliage kind of casts a shadow down onto the limbs of the tree itself. So I'll preemptively paint that shadow in there. You know, there's nothing to cast it quite yet. You can see him going outside the lines a little bit, that's OK, we can just come in real quick here in a second with the arrest of and we'll clean this all up and make it nice and tight. All right, and I go a little darker, one more desaturated and. Come in here. All right, let's do our lighting now, so I'm going to bring it back closer to yellow, yellowish, orange. And I can bring my brush size down just a little bit, start getting a little bit finer lighting in here. And then now I can start using my eyedropper tool to kind of blend in between these two or my different values on here, so make it a little bit smoother. I'll be able to bring my brush that down here in a second. We can start popping out 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 clean up these edges here a bit. I go ahead and use a bit of a harder brush their. All right, excellent. And then let's do the same thing for a while now, 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 going to raise something, we don't need them anymore. Pick up penalties or trademarks here, tokenistic and outside the silhouette. And there we go. So that's it for this lecture. We did the sketching and painting brushes and the next one will go ahead and start working with our textured brush. So I'll see you guys in the next one.