yeah, I have a bunch of new sketch quills I'm trying to edit down into a reasonable number. I'm in the process of using them for bigger projects, so I have it in mind to release them in a few months. hopefully that will coincide with Procreate releasing V4, so I can incorporate any changes with the brush technology into this set.
I've finally had a chance to test out my new upcoming brushes with 4.0 feature set. Relieved to find that no new settings broke my brushes! The rebuild of the app in Procreate 4 does make everything feel more responsive. I definitely noticed latency go way down between the first iPad Pro and the 2017 model--now with 4.0 the latency seems even less. Great!
I've been shying away from the 'wet mix' brush dynamics. I'm a little disappointed to see that the choppy smear brush sample artifacts are still present and super noticeable, so I'm staying clear of relying on wet paint effects for now. The artifacts aren't there using the smudge tool, so my preferred workaround is to use brushes primarily in the 'glaze' dynamic category and going back later and selectively blending areas together if needed.
I think advance brush settings like 'wet mix' remain fool's gold for many applications: they look great as features, but add computational latency and artifacts which totally suck you out of any creative flow you may have while sketching. I find even Kyle Webster's brushes in photoshop, as purdy as the look may be, have unacceptable lag when using at resolutions high enough for final illustration work. The great news is that Procreate's brush engine, the combining of 2 images for nib and texture characteristics, is super fast and looks great. Not only is the natural media line quality there, but most importantly serves up enough random unpredictability that keeps you engaged while working and keeps the end result from looking too digital and lifeless.
I'm pulling together marketing materials for my next brush pack. Hopefully I can kick my own ass and get them out in the next couple of weeks!
Hey MattyB... I had to say something... I got your watercolor brushes and haven't even tried them all yet... because I found a few that have changed entirely my experience of Procreate...
Suddenly I can get the look I want by just dabbing and stroking with only a couple of your brushes...
Of course, I will explore the others some time... but for now, I just use the ones I first tried and they are giving me so many of the looks I am after... soft, subtle, strong too, blendable! and all with a sort of random variation that is so excellent.
This has changed Procreate for me from a great digital art program... to a great ART program... Thanks!
Johnny Sketch: Thank-you for the kind words and image--looks really great!
BillCipher: I've been laying low cause I'm tired of saying "soon" then failing to deliver! I got caught in 12-14 hr work days and haven't been able to turn my head back to brushes. But I have a little time this week and am trying to get them released ASAP. i'm excited about my new pack and what you might be able to do with them!! hopefully more shortly :)