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Update: I fixed up this set a little, and it's now also available to download on Gumroad. It's pay-what-you-want, but if you like these brushes and use them often, I'd appreciate it if you'd consider donating a few dollars. Thanks to everyone who has helped make my brushes a hit!!!

I don't mind if you don't credit me in every single picture you post, although I appreciate a note in your profile or about page if you use them regularly. However, I do ask that you NOT repost these brushes anywhere else online. If you wish to share them, please share a direct link to this page, my Gumroad page, or my brushes page on tumblr. Thank you!

About these brushes:
Since 95% of my work starts out as a pencil sketch, I wanted brushes that I could use to clean up smudges, get rid of structure lines, and add details, without losing the organic, textured quality of the original. I still use photographic textures on most pieces to really pound in the papery look, but I use them a lot less nowadays, and I've shown the example images here with no texture so you can see more clearly what exactly the brushes can do.

Details and recommendations:
1. Pencil line (shown here with flow set to 60%) - my magnum opus thus far. I use this to clean up my sketches, and the size is perfect for images scanned at 400dpi. (at least if you sharpen your pencil every 10 seconds to draw tiny fussy lines like I do.)
2. Spongy brush (shown here with flow set to 60%) - a variation of #1, but softer and rougher. I use it for rough coloring and shading.
3. Cloud brush (shown here with flow set to 60%) - what the title says. I also like to use it as an eraser when I'm painting with harder brushes so the textures get mixed up and don't get too monotonous.
4. Scritchy line (shown here with flow set to 100%) - a harder line for details or more cartoony lineart. I also like to decrease the flow and/or opacity and use it for shading sometimes, for a cross-hatched or scribbly sort of look.
5. Texture... thing? (shown here with flow set to 100%) - I mostly use this for backgrounds. I'm still figuring out how to unlock its full potential.
6. Smooooth cloudy brush (shown here with flow set to 100%) A much smoother painting brush that still has just enough grit in it to make it interesting.

I have been told that these also work in GIMP, but not in Sai.

I've never shared a resource like this before, but I'm quite proud of these! It still feels a little like sending my babies out into the great wide world to seek their fortune, so please take good care of them, draw pretty things, and feel free to show me anything you have used them for!!! :blowkiss:
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kecky's magical brushes by ~Kecky ( Suggested by alexandrasalas and Featured by Elandria )
HELIOLATRIA Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
They look great. Thank you for sharing ^^
ZOKHAN Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey! the link is not working anymore
AlmudenaRomero Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist

Thanks a lot for sharing. I find these brushes really useful. :-)
beetale Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can they be used in clip studio paint?
LuluHimeChannel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thanks Kecky <3
madas-art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Student Digital Artist
EvelinaAuditore Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
Awesome set! Thank you! :)
isamjo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017
thank you so much for it! we will take really good care of them! <3
Jim-Reisen Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2017  Professional Writer
Grahamhorridge68 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
Gimbozoide Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
thanks!! <3
NijikOz Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
thanks! <3
DELTADRAGONN Featured By Owner Edited Apr 6, 2017   Digital Artist
Nice :D
Abnormalbagel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Student Digital Artist
cheers fam, these are lit
cyanreptile Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Blu3Sprit3 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Thank you! Those brushes are amazing!
Rladhem Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017
hi there, 
Thank you very much for sharing these brushes. In fact so for I have not found better brushes for what Iam trying to do.
Actually, I am not a digital artist, my art is limited to painting with my kids during weekends on the kitchen's table :-) 
I am very keen to create simplified illustrations for children's books and I have been looking for the perfect brushes to use with photoshop... despite the fact that I have tons of brushes I always keep going back to "Kecky's brushes" :-)

I can't promiss I will make good art but for sure thses brushes will be my tools to develop my digital drawing skills.

Thank you and farewell  
Soscrumptious Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017
Thanks so much for sharing both your brushes and your process with them!
Anahigrenikmer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! I am starting at illustration and don´t know much about brushes. I will try them and see what I can do with them. They look promising! :)
Nordini Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks i use your brush for my Sketch work =) 
Aartcritique Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
These brushes have saved my life. I've only just made an account, but I've been using them for months in my digital art.
Just figured I'd finally let you know.  ;) (Wink) 

Here is something I used them for:…
marzos Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
Gracias! Tendrá un buen uso!!! Un abrazo.
xMysteryWriter Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
These are the best! I love them :D
TigerRanger Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Student Filmographer
Does the brushes work on Photoshop CS2 ?
lovin-my-music Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016
thank you <3
Shalvydraws Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Student
Yukizu-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Veery thanks!!!
MelissaLShaw Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
These are seriously my favorite texture brushes ever! I've been using them for years now. My favorite is the smooooth cloudy brush; I use it on practically every digital painting I make, no joke. Anyway, I came back to link this to a friend and noticed you're taking donations for it now, so I donated a bit. I'm glad because it's much deserved. :) 
NightshadeTheRanger Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
These brushes have become my favorite Photoshop brushes of all time! Thank you for making this![i]: free cactus bun icon Baby Dory - Icon 

I've found that your texture brush works well for drawing blood stains on fabric and fur, I don't have a very good picture that shows it, but this sort of shows off how I've been using your wonderful brushes! Pencil line for sketching, Scritchy line for lineart, Spongy brush for coloring, and texture brush for the blood stains on the bandage. 
floppymuke Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2016
these brushes are so beautiful ow, thank you !! ♥
Reminiscence102 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Student Interface Designer
Thank you for your brushes! 
Piekto Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016
Do these work in Fire Alpaca?
If so, I can figure out how use them ^^'
If anyone could answer my question/help me out, that would be great!
TigerRanger Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Student Filmographer
No, the brush file from Fireplaca is different from photoshop. Sorry😕
Briase Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I use FireAlpaca, and the way I added brushes was to save them to GIMP, open them up in the brush editor, and screenshot them. I used the screenshots to add them to FireAlpaca :)
TigerRanger Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thanks for the tip, try to make video about it😊
PaintingSilhouettes Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, this set is amazing! Bless your heart!
electrichristie Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh, I've been looking for a set like these for ages. Thank's so much for sharing!
GrahamSandwich Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aay this is amazing
graceleap18 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how do I manage to be able to use these in Photoshop?
KlTTY-CAT Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
Can i use this in firealpaca? :0
CurlyMutt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
like have I ever told you I love you for making these bc I fucking do
CatCute1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist… I think these are now my favorite brushes~! Thank you so much for making these free to use~!!! (>w<)
Sparrowflight14 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What file type are they?
CatCute1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.rar <file type
Sparrowflight14 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thanks! I wanted to see if it was compatible with my program.
CatCute1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem~! (^w^) 
SnowyTheFurry Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can download it but it wouldn't let me use the file it just says "The archive is either in unknown format or damaged" everytime I click on the file so I can use it in my GIMP :(
axegirl101 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You have to go into your files and paste it into the gimp brushes folder
  • Unzip (You can probably skip this step) the brush pack using your archiving/unpacking application of choice. The contents of the ZIP file should contain either extension .gbr or .gih. These are the brush files that the GIMP recognises.

  • Next, you must move the brush files to a location where the GIMP will find them. Right-Click the file(s) and copy them.

  • In Windows Explorer, locate the folder c:/program files/gimp2.0/share/gimp/2.0/brushes and paste the brush files into this directory.

  • ReLaunch the GIMP. The new brushes you installed will now be available under the Brush and Pencil tools.

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