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Wed Jan 24, 2018, 5:40 PM
    I have a bunch of questions when it comes to digital art yet I can't find answers online to them. One is on brushes. I was asking in a chatroom about brushes. There are a lot of free brushes on here that still ask for attribution which is fine. No problem there, but then if you want to use them commercially like in a commission or something, you need to pay for the license for it. Okay I get that. Then I was told to make my own brushes, I don't even have clue one as how to approach something like that, but I guess I will look for tutorials online. I was told its better to make and use your own brushes and avoid using other peoples brushes. So why is that? Is it cheating?
    Second question, I honestly think the reason I quit digital art several times was because I pigeon holed myself into using stock brushes in program. Am I deluding myself here? Can high quality art be achieved with 15 - 20 brushes? Now I know there aren't a lot of people who do digital that watch me. So for those of you who do whats your thoughts on this?
    Is it cheating to go from this:
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    To this: *Using non-stock brushes*
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    Third question: I was told there are tons of free brushes online, I have found tons, but they still require licensing fee's to be used commercially. Am I missing something? Is there no such thing as a free brush and that is why people make their own?
    Fourth and last question for now: Can you show me pieces that were done using stock brushes verses made brushes? What are your thoughts on quality there?









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:iconmariaenzianiakober:
MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2018   General Artist
Several questions ^^

First question: I guess there are several tutorials on making brushes, at least for Photoshop and I guess Gimp, too. I know I made one in Photoshop some years ago, some watercolor-splash brush for a poster-design.
Personally, I'm not sure about the "make your own brush"-thing. The advantage is - you can define very well what you want/need, and you can use them commercially. But if you are like me, and don't know that well what you need here and mainly do things through "let's see how it is" or "that brush works just fine" - I think then it's not the "right thing".

Second question: I personally think high-quality art can be achieved with those few built-in brushes you find in most programs today, I think 3 brushes would be enough actually.
The question is: are those the "right brushes for you"? I didn't do a lot of digital painting for a while, too - because I did not get along well for painting with Photoshop's built-in brushes. That changed with Krita - I don't use that many brushes there, but I have a huge range of them built-in, and after some tryout I found the brushes that work well for me.

Third question: i think there are some that are fully free. But to be honest - it's long ago that I searched through those tons of brushes. And I don't want to search a lot anymore - on the one hand because there are simply "too many", and on the other side: commercial use might not be possible. That also means that I always have to think while drawing - think whether I can use that brush now or not. And - it would mean that I have to remember the brushes I used, in case I want to use my picture commercially in a few years.

Fourth question: Um, I might just include some of my pictures. They were all made with stock brushes, and those were built-in/delivered with the program:
Winter Fairy 2017: Color by MariaEnzianiaKober the lineart is a traditional scan
Ivy Krystal No.1 by MariaEnzianiaKober ArtRage brushes

Tempest Maiden by MariaEnzianiaKober Photoshop built-in brushes (except for the background-texture) ;)
Blue Ring with Plants, Halfsketch by MariaEnzianiaKober Again - ArtRage
Winged ice-fire heart by MariaEnzianiaKober And Krita once again.
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:iconladyseshiiria:
LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing these with me. I'm glad you were able to give me some input. Yeah it sounds like a pain to keep track of brushes for commercial purposes. I think I'll stick with stock brushes for now.
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sealweal11 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(I may not have been reading properly) 
1st question: (what program are you using for art?) I don't think it is cheating at all... you can make your own burhses or down load others. The brushes are there to use, and it's not cheating... it's art, right? 
2nd question: Um... you don't always need to use tones of brushes, but there are layers to help you. you can change the size of brushes, making it still one brush.  And again... it's not cheating, it is art, that is art, whether you use your own brushes, someone elses, or just the programs... etc.
3rd question: I have no idea why? One word in the back of my head "humans..." (No offence). That means that I have no idea how to answer.
4th question: all I can say... for brushes that I download, I don't always like to use them. I have all these brushes I made (usually using the stuff like shapes and textures to put the brush together) and I love to use them. I also use brushes that were part of the app. My art does okay with my own brushes. Only a few stock brushes in sets I liked, like one that I changed to glow to make stars, another too with I also used as it's original (smudge) for nebulas.
idk... I am not good for help.
 
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Program really doesn't matter it comes down to what your comfortable with. I use gimp because I like its simplicity and how its like Photoshop but easier to understand.

Thank you for your thoughts , and I completely understand the human element it the huge variable in the equation.
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sealweal11 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
I have not used gimp. I use autodesk sketchbook (on pro version) and I expect that brushes would be different. I tried to get gimp once, but I wouldn't work on my cellphone. But I like autodesk after discovering it :)
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I think gimp only works for pc's unfortunately. It was freeware developed originally for linux based operating systems. Its windows and mac compatible now though from my understanding. I 'm using the windows version myself. I've not heard of autodesk but if it works on a phone/tablet that's cool. I didn't know that they were getting that compatible.
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sealweal11 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It works on all platforms (except those phones that aren't touch screen of course) 
The pro is great because you don't need to but it for each device. It works on all devices of yours as long as you are logged into your account. (I went for the pro when it was on special)
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool! I hope you've found you program. I'm still experimenting with programs. I keep coming back to gimp though. lol 
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sealweal11 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I think I'm going with autodesk, ;)
:D
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Chazing-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Student Digital Artist
first of all, custom brushes are not required in most cases but its easy when you have them. I only used custom brushes in my last two drawings but even there, i could have done them without using any custom brushes. Biggest plus point is you get to save time.

I never used custom brushes for a commercial drawing yet but yes, most licences are for non-commercial use only. In photoshop there are many tutorials if you want to create a custom brush and the process is pretty straightforward. You'll have to mess around a bit to get the proper idea of brushes so i suggest you create some simple ones and try them out. If you are not using photoshop however, you'll have to find an appropriate tutorial.

Quick example - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw3SJw…
this is just a quick search. There are many tutorials for creating your own brushes :)
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So you can still achieve quality artworks like WLOP and such without custom brushes?
Thanks for the example link.
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Chazing-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Well WLOP uses their own brushes. Yes you can but you have to understand you'll be wasting lots of time for that. If there's a need of creating a custom brush do it. otherwise just use whatever you have to your advantage. Don't try to follow some other artist's style. instead explore, experiment with brushes and come up with your own style, which is the best imo.

you are welcome :)
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds good, I guess sometimes too much reading can be a bad thing?
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I just found something that actually makes a lot of sense. I guess there are to many misconceptions online about brushes. 

design.tutsplus.com/articles/d…
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Chazing-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Student Digital Artist
no not really, its just you need to grab what's necessary/suits you and leave the rest for another time :D
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to start that course you sent me in a week so wish me luck!
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Chazing-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! Those notes are just epic! Hope you thanked CreativeCommunity  for their kindness. I wish you the very best of luck! :D
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LadySeshiiria Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I did and actually talked to the page creator for a bit. She is very nice.
Thank you again!
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