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Kirby Krackles brush set -UPDATED from AI10 to CS6 by DaneRot Kirby Krackles brush set -UPDATED from AI10 to CS6 by DaneRot
--EDIT-- May 14, 2013
I updated the downloadable file with a version that is compatible with Adobe Illustrator 10-Creative Suite 1-6, and Creative Cloud and hopefully beyond...
Please read the older updates for instructions and info. Also there is a Photoshop version in the comments...

--EDIT April 13, 2013---
This file is now over 6 years old. It's been downloaded a whole bunch of times and for every hundred people who tell me it works great someone will write in and say it does not work for them. there was a while when DA tweaked the way this file was presented and the thumbnail was weird and the file didn't work right. That was a while back. Now it's working right again and shows up here OK but some people are still having problems. I downloaded it myself today and it worked perfectly. Here are some handy instructions if you have never worked with Illustrator or new Illustrator Brushes before....
You can either place the file in your PLUGINS folder with the other brushes
create a new document
open the file and only the brushes will open in a separate fly away menu box.

This file and brushes still works with the newest versions of Illustrator. I just played with it in CS6 (it was originally made for CS3 so you can see it's been a while since I made it.)
This file contains Brushes. If you open it in Illustrator as a regular file it will just look like a file. The brushes will apear in the brush menu if you have it open. The best thing to do with this is open it as a Brush Library and use on your own files as brushes, not to open it as a regular file.

I hope this helps. I hope you get a lot of joy from it as I have. 6 years-sheesh. It's been a long time. Also as part of this edit I deleted the link to my old MySpace page. believe me, it was all the rage in 2005-2006. LOL

AS OF NOW THESE BRUSHES ARE ILLUSTRATOR CS6 BRUSHES but they will work with some older versions of Illustrator if you use them from the Open Brush Library options.
END EDIT-------------


In homage to Jack Kirby-

I just created this brush set to do some cool energy effects for my new Marvel book..

I've applied it to some art from my Iron Man Hypervelocity miniseries.

There are a bunch of brushes in the source file with various settings. I hope you get some use out of these.

I have an online tutorial blog where I teach how to draw comics using Adobe Illustrator. I draw all my work in Illustrator 10. The blog is at

Brian Denham
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shumworld Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017
are these brushes compatible with Manga Studios?
Tulio-Vilela Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you too much for share these brushes! I saved the JPEG file and I turned it into a transparent PNG file to cut, copy and paste the details whenever I need. I used part of them to create this "Edmund Bagwell Tribute" in GIMP and Medibang softwares:
2017AD Space Odyssey by Tulio-Vilela
TharealHT Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
Comin from tha real. You saved my design. Holla!
TNTComics Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017   Artist
I just found this today! Thank you for giving it away for free! I love Kirby crackle!
haveithosted Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Thank you DaneRot for this good looking brushes you shared..
This is very cool brushed..Great work man DaneRot .
hyekeet Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Hi, the download file is linking to a PDF file.  Is that correct or you have another link/file?

The file I am getting is 'kirby_krackles_brush_set__updated_from_ai10_to_cs6_by_danerot-dqk5bc.pdf'

DaneRot Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional General Artist
Hi- Sorry for the delayed response.

I'm sure you may have figured it out by now, but if you click on the download link and it looks like it will save it as a PDF it will instead save it as a Illustrator file.

Once you save it to your computer open it by clicking on WINDOW>BRUSH LIBRARY>OTHER and then locate the file. This will open it as a brush menu.

Have fun with it.
FunnehVamps Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015   General Artist
Thanks so much for the lovely brushes! :-)
spritepirate Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Photographer
is their anyway i can get this for gimp?
DaneRot Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's Illustrator only. I don't use Gimp. There is a link to a Photoshop version in the comments. Maybe that would help or be easy to convert to Gimp. Sorry.
spritepirate Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Photographer
np thanks for getting back to me
MQuest77 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Every time I hit download I get directed to what seems to be a pdf file. It won't download.
DaneRot Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
I don't know how to address this problem. When I hit the Download button I download an Adobe Illustrator .AI file.
MQuest77 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Finally figured out how to get the file. "Right click" aka "control+click" and in the drop down menu choose "download linked file" or "download linked file as..." 
It's strange because I get a file that has at the end even when I save as a .ai file. After downloading I just removed the .ps file name and it worked.

Thanks for sharing this Brian. Good stuff. Much appreciated.
DaneRot Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for posting your solution. I don't know why this file has been so difficult for people to download over the years. It's been a real pain. I tried to download it again and I see the .ps you mention on the menu but it doesn't have the extension when I download the file.

I hope you have a lot of fun playing around with the brushes.
2WinGs2ZioN Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much, Dane! 
wendyoj25 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
aree-cnx Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks a lot!
rockie-squirrel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013   General Artist
thanks for sharing these!
OlegLevashov Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
 Thanks. Cool brushes!
NightShde Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Yea this won't work in CS5 at all. It gives me the whole msg saying it is created in a newer version of adobe and it will import but may loose data then another msg about PDF objects. Finally it opens the kirby brush window but it is just empty. I really want to try out some of the brushes because I think they may work for the project I'm working on.
DaneRot Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for letting me know, NightShde. I uploaded a new version today. Please try to download it again and use it like a brush library. Let me know if it works for you.
NightShde Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thanks it works great now. Just had to open it and resave it with the layers unlocked for it to be able to read them as brushes.
Tensen01 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
These don't work with CS5 for me. The AI just opens as several blocks of text, and the Brush Library is blank
DaneRot Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
When you open it as a Brush Library the brushes will not appear with your main brushes, it opens a new set in it's own brush library. Keeping Brushes turned on will allow you to view all the brush sets open. You may need to hunt around on your screen to see the little brush library that contains these Kirby Brushes.
Tensen01 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Thanks, I'll take a look.
DaneRot Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
I uploaded a new version today that will work in every version from AI 10-CS6. Please let me know if it works for you.
Tensen01 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Awesome thanks, I finally got the other ones to work, just wasn't looking in the right place... Like AI didn't want me to use them lol. Great Brushes though, love them
Eryler Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Amazing ! :)
DevA-123 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
WHERE is the download for the brushes? All we can do is download the graphic.
JTorrevillas Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
these are awesome!
BenWoolston Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks man, these are awesome!
sixhundredsixty Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
good job!
Crawford-Hazle Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Cool brush set, just what I was looking for.
I've started using Pascal Verhoef's Photoshop versions of your brushes in my 30 Kirby character drawings in 30 days project. [link]
Wintherbabe Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011   Interface Designer
Hey.. I can't download your very nice brushes.. Help? I love them, and I can't find someone else to use. I tried to download other files. No problem.
hennybee1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011   Interface Designer
Hi there, thanks for these brushes! I'm using them in Illustrator CS4 and the stroke color is not as expected. (Screenshot: [link] ). Some are only black and others are colored but if you make it yellow it's pink, red is blue, etc. Do you know what's going on?
DaneRot Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Try adjusting Tints only.

Double click the Brush, in the fly-out menu you will see Colorization, adjust it to Tints, Select a new color to use and it should work.

Let me know if it doesn't.

Also adjust the Stroke weight in various strokes and sizes for cooler effects.
biotwist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you again for this
niteskolar Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
The huge brush looks very interesting. Gonna try it immediately. Thank you.
U-naught Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Very Cool!
pascal-verhoef Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Hi Brian, I have posted the Photoshop brushes here : [link] and gave you all the credits. Thanks again for letting me make them in Photoshop! :thumbsup:
roompoetliar Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice..i'll use them and grab them to my illustration...nice...really nice....
pascal-verhoef Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
I've used them here : [link] Thanks for sharing. I'll post the Photoshop version of the brushes soon.
HodkinsonArt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
featured in this blog [link]
Carlos-Cornielle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
a w e s o m e ;D
Guerrillasuit Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks man. Going to try this out.
flameape Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
love these kirby brushes, man! is there any software or method you know of to convert ai brushes to photoshop brushes(.abr)? thanks again!
AKsolut Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hey man! I looooove your work, and as I've recently got a tablet as a present, i decided to give Illustrator a shot. I even used this brush! Here is the piece: [link]

You are a guru! =P
biotwist Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Is there a reason these are illustrator brushes and not symbols?
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