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kecky's magical brushes by Kecky kecky's magical brushes by Kecky
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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Given 2012-09-17
kecky's magical brushes by ~Kecky ( Suggested by alexandrasalas and Featured by Elandria )
FlyingMintBunny-FR Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
I used one of your brushes here: flyingmintbunny-fr.deviantart.…
Jien-chan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
Used your brushes for this picture - they look great!
Knight and Bandit
ceebz13 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student General Artist
These are the best brushes I've ever downloaded thankyou thankyou!
Jien-chan Featured By Owner Edited Sep 1, 2015
Not compatible with my version of Photoshop 7, sadly

[EDIT] Made them work through the power of converting - They look great!
mingapur Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing. I tried them and was surprised that my drawings don't look as untidy when using them.
marcustavaresf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank uuu
lydiakencana Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooooh thank you soo much!
Purple-Mau-Mau Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
when you download them, they are at the bottom?
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
michaelmyart Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RossDrawArts Featured By Owner Edited Feb 17, 2015
Aw! <3
KiwiPikachu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I've been using this set a lot for my drawings and I love it thanks so much for sharing! :3 
Corelle-Vairel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Artist
Why not for Sai ;____; Those brushes are so perfect.. I want them ;____;
Elisa-Lemming Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for brushes!! Epic La Epic La 
victorgoncalez Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow! I've been searching for something like this for years! thank you!
Amiiras Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing !!
sleepless-stars Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
thank you very much for the brushes !
Gravewatch Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kecky I purchased your brushes (and paid 2 dollars for them) only to find that I could not get them to work at all on Sai, Is there any advice you can give me so I can actually install and use the brushes I had paid for? (I just saw the note towards the bottom of your page stating that some were unable to get it to work in sai, sadly had I known that before I would have been more reluctant to pay for them.) :(

Edit: I learned that they don't work in gimp, may I please get my money back?
Kecky Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I refunded you through Gumroad, at least I'm pretty sure it was you - let me know if you got it!!!
Gravewatch Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got it, thank you. Sorry for the trouble!
MaidenRojinegro Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
thank you very much for the brushes!!!!! :) 
TheCatWafflez Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Arenea~
asmaFG Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great! <3
Thank you :D
Sarah-Gonzalez Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! You are amazing!
NBBART Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the quality of these! Thanks! :)…
graphicnovel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Thanks for sharing!
Islanimation Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Filmographer
I'm using them a lot! Thanks!
aerial97 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Clari-Chu Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student Interface Designer
IronSarj Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Thanks! :D
PrincessSparkler Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HeyXilo Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
These are fantastic, thank you!
By the way... is that Terezi from Homestuck? Aaaaah! Is fantastic Excited Blush 
KalosChampion Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm not the owner but that's Aranea from Homestuck :la:
HeyXilo Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh! I see! Sorry, I'm reading the first pages of act 5 so I don't know all the trolls >.<
KalosChampion Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah that's okay! I'm glad that you're reading it! 
littlecynicism Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
These brushes are phenomenal, this is the first piece I've used them for and they were perfect for making it quick and dirty.
panda9134 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Photographer
<font><font>no me deescargar</font></font>
littlecynicism Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! These look amazing, I can't wait to try them!
I don't do much work with special brushes because I'm not really a pro with my wacom, but maybe such need little buggers will incentive to get it all figured out.
LovesickRenegade Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THese are sooo great!Thank you very much for making these available to us! Can't wait to try them!
butterflymylive Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014   General Artist
no se que hice mal pero no puedo descargar... :(
aa y me encanta tu trabajo....que ilustraciones mas lindas
usmany Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
thank you
hey-charlie333 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Hey... Any idea what the equivalent of these brushes would be on Sketchbook pro? If not, totally no problem, I'm just sort of shooting in the dark here.
shehryar150 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student General Artist
hey, i have worked with sketchbook pro for a year, i also had photoshop, but i always worked on sketchbook because it looked easier to use... take my advice, use photoshop even if it looks a little complicated, it is much better, just download a few brushed by searching brushes for graphic painting in deviant art search and download them... photoshop is so much better, at least that is what i have found!! 
MiCheong Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   Digital Artist
thank you!
Papiertuete Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thank you very much for these awesome brushes! Well, I used them for my very first Drawing here on dA, so it's far away from perfect :D I'd still love to hear your feedback! :…
Terribly-Terrible Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Thank you! These brushes are awesome!
d-litefuldaydreamer Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
pretty! i'll use these for my art work
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