Procreate brush first impressions - RetroSupply Co

I finally got around to playing with the mid-century set from RetroSupply Co. I have to say that so far I’m impressed. You can get some really yummy textures and a hand-drawn, vintage feel which I LOVE. I’m really looking forward to playing around with them some more today on my lunch break.

At the time of writing, the 15-brush set is on sale for $12 USD.

I created this piece to express just how deeply my social anxiety runs. So deep, that as a ghost I’ll be dreading the Ouija board as much as I dread phone calls as an alive person.

Don’t call, don’t pop in, don’t Ouija.

Don’t call, don’t pop in, don’t Ouija.

testing out more custom procreate brushes

I hope your day is as magical as this rainbow forest!

This was painted in the Procreate app with the prismatic marker brushes by Lisa Bardot.

This was painted in the Procreate app with the prismatic marker brushes by Lisa Bardot.

These brushes are like magic. I don't really know what else to say about them. They remind me of the colour-changing markers my friends had and I wanted so badly when I was a kid. I never did get them but I would borrow them from my friends at school. I'm not used to working with such vibrant colours but I'm a fan! 

This marker set by Lisa Bardot of Bardot brushes comes with three sets of brushes; flat, authentic, and prismatic, as well as three recommended colour palettes. She also includes install instructions which I was grateful for. Well worth the $14 US price tag. 

You don't need this. Procreate comes with enough brushes to keep you busy for a really long time, I just really wanted them when I saw the way they worked on her Instagram demos. 

testing out custom procreate brushes

For some reason the first thing I thought when I woke up was I need to draw balloon animals, like, right now! Well it was my second thought. My first thought was actually the same first thought I have every morning. Coffee please. 

While Graham made us our cups of hot, dark life liquid, I got to sketching these cuties from reference photos I pulled up on Pinterest. 

Painted with gouache brushes by Lisa Bardot (all but the colour splashes in the background).

Painted with gouache brushes by Lisa Bardot (all but the colour splashes in the background).

I was really excited to test out the new custom Procreate brushes I grabbed from Lisa Bardot's Creative Market shop. I haven't really messed around with custom brushes too much yet, but I found her on Instagram and saw what results she was getting with the brushes she was making and I knew I needed to get two of her sets. The gouache brushes and the markers. I'll do another post about the markers after I have time to get used to them. But trust me, they are incredible. There's just a bit of a learning curve to learn how to get the best results from them. 

Here's a rough swatch test of the gouache brushes included in her kit. It's not pretty but it gives you an idea of the various textures you get. 

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These sets are incredibly affordable considering they all come with loads of brushes, and I imagine a lot of work goes into testing and perfecting them. I can't allow myself to browse anymore brushes for fear that I'll spend all of my money on them. :p 

my favourite feature of the recent procreate update

In case you didn't know, I use the Procreate app on my iPad Pro + Apple Pencil to make my art. I think I'm coming to terms with the fact that I've completely transitioned from traditional art, even though I haven't let go enough to get rid of all of my art supplies. 

Anyway, I could probably write a whole blog post about that internal dialogue, but it's Saturday, and I don't want to get that deep today. 

Procreate released an update recently, I don't know the exact date, and it included a handful of really cool new features and tools. I haven't had a chance to play around with all of them yet, but I took some time this morning to test out the one I was most excited about; the symmetry feature. 

 

Symmetry assist in action

Symmetry assist in action

One thing I noticed is that when you use brushes with texture or patchiness, like the pencils, you end up with a bit of distracting banding. It's most noticeable in the the pink watercolour flowers with the ruffled edges on the petals. This can be fixed by applying more pressure to reduce the instances of gaps in the line, but it's something you'll want to pay attention to. 

Pink and red floral pattern by Jess Couture

Pink and red floral pattern by Jess Couture

This feature will be getting a lot of use in the future. It makes creating flowers and patterns so easy and fast! And I can see mandala artists finding this very useful.