Once, i tried to use special brushes, but i realized that if you don’t understand how textures work, it doesn’t matter what you use. Then i decided not to use special brushes and textures/patterns until i pretty much understood the behavior of the textures. Furthermore if you can draw with the basic brushes, you can draw with any program. : ) So, i just recently, maybe a half-year ago, started using several types of brushes. But still in 90% of cases I use the basic brushes. I wonder if I can speed up my own process or not. : )
When you say you use a few, then would they be a soft and a hard edge brush?
When I need a hard edge to show, nothing but the hard edge brush works, like painting dead leaves on the ground by moving around to resemble leaves and changing colors to keep the edge showing without a blob of one color. Shadows usually have a softer edge and blending to create a round or curved shapes.
I don't think there is anything these 2 brushes can't do, and when you get down to a 2 or 1 pixel size, they are the same thing.
I use Photoshop, and it has brush modes, a lot like the layer modes, but the brush has Color Mode I use to color images. I use Dissolve to break up the light brush into scattered pixels. I use to do that with the layer mode, but I think the brush mode is easier. Once there is spattered specks, I use motion blur to turn it into rain, or make copies and resize some larger and different sizes for distance. The distance snow would be smaller and some can look like fog, while large flakes are closer. I use a soft brush to lightly paint so there is not a lot, and I can add snow drifts, and wind blowing. Making it into hale is a little tougher, you need to add bouncing ice, scattered on the ground. While I use just 2 brushes, I do other things with them to create the look, from textures to illusions.
I use a basic one for sketching and a bristle brush for colour and shading. If I'm making stars or something like that I'll use a brush meant for that. But mainly I just stick to my trusty bristle brush.
I use way too many bro. I have about 20 brushes I use on the regular. ‘For a typical art piece, 1 for lineart, I for color, 1 for shading/lighting (airbrush). Sometimes I’ll use the lighting brush. Also blender. And if I want fancy effects, 2-3 brushes more for bokeh.
So I can use from 7-20 brushes per piece. Depends how much detail I want. This was a 7 brush piece just about. This one was about 13 brushes? I put in a lot of detail.
I use clip studio. I've gotten tons of custom brushes over the years, but I only use a few, and they're typically stock brushes slightly tweaked to my needs.
Currently I use two brushes to pencil. One that is a little oversized for my drawing size to do super rough layouts (I think it is the "Design pencil"). Then I use a smaller sized "light pencil" to tighten up and detail those initial layouts.
Right now, I ink traditionally, but when I do (and did) ink digitally in CSP, I used the G-pen. I also have three custom variations on the gpen that I use, one that tapers in, one that tapers out, and one that tapers both ways. In real life, I also inking with g-pen nib right now... so there you have it.
For coloring I used to just use the oil brush because it applies color, but also blends. I've started incorporating one of the airbrushes.. not sure which one. Also my desktop CSP has a textured blender that I sometimes use -- doesn't seem to be on my tablet version. Actually a tiny bit afraid to update my desktop version for fear of losing that one!
But that's it really, just one or two brushes for each task. I'm sure theres great stuff in the hundreds of brushes I have, but I don't really have the time or patience to switch between tons of brushes. Maybe if I was more painting focused, I would but I'm more of a line art and simple colors kind of guy.
it depends. i may use a brush just for the background then use a couple brushes to block in, then a brush to blend and a brush to add texture, then use a specific smudge brush or two. so that's 5-8 brushes
but ultimately in a pinch you CAN do everything with just 1 hard round brush, i just choose not to for stylistic and comfort reasons
I don't use many to be honest. I think part of it has to do with me getting into digital art by doing oekaki. I'm use to being limited and working small. It's when I have to branch out and work large and use more brushes that I feel kind of awkward and uncertain.
I use a bunch but I have them grouped for specific things. For example: I have some 'basic' brushes that can be used for anything - hard round, soft round, airbrush. a bunch of oil brushes. Then I have like 4 for skin, 6 for hair, etc.