Note: This blog post and brush set was originally created by Michelle Li at Autodesk.
Every week, we give out a free brush set for our SketchBook users. It’s our way of saying thanks for being a member. This week, we have something extra special for our users: not one, not two, but *three* brush sets that tackle the details of weather: We call it the Elementals Multi-Pack.
Snow Brush Set
The Icy Frost and Soft Frost brushes are perfect for adding frost to windows or other surfaces. Use brushes 6 through 9 on the diagram below (Wind Trail, Loose Swirl, Floating Trail, and Snow Piece) to create a snowy environment with dimension. The Snow Piece brush consists of one piece of snow; if you drag the brush around the screen, it will create randomly sized pieces of snow.
I made this super-snowy drawing of a lone pilgrim to show you how some of these brushes can work together to create a true winter wonderland:
Snowflake Brush Set
The Snowflake Brush Set has eight unique snowflake patterns and 16 total brushes. Each snowflake pattern has a matching randomized brush so you can easily create wind-swept trails of snowflakes. Want to make your own snowflake like this? Activate the Radial Symmetry tool and start drawing. Use your imagination or find patterns online for inspiration.
Elements Brush Set
The Elements Brush Set has nine brushes: lightning, rain, and fire brushes. Each element has three brushes. Use all three brushes of each element together to achieve a more realistic effect. As you can see with the lightning brushes, you can layer together a pretty effective lightning bolt when you use all three lightning brushes together. These brushes are all Glow style brushes: Select a color other than white and layer strokes on top of the other to achieve the Glow Effect.
The rain brushes are all slanted at a 45 degree angle. To change the direction of the rain, you can adjust the Rotation in the brush’s Advanced Settings.
The flame brushes are also all Glow type brushes. These brushes double up perfectly as smoke brushes if you set the brush color to white instead of orange. Use the Open Flame brush for the body of the fire and add strokes of Flame Lick and Flame Edge to add a fiery flair. For finishing touches, I recommend using the Blur tool on parts of your flame to add depth and implied movement. Watch the video below to see how to layer the strokes together to create a realistic flame.
Elements Brush Set: Fire Brushes in action
Installing the brush sets
If you’re using the latest desktop version of SketchBook, simply double click on the .skbrushes file, and it will automatically install.