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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #108!

Download this Photoshop brush for free all week! I painted this on a GrutBrushes Art Surface which is applying some lighting and shadow effects, but it’s mostly all the brush itself.
The very first stroke is painted with the Pensive Linney ink brush.

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Fabio Ramiro Rossin on Digital Painting in the Real World

Digital Painting by Fabio Ramiro Rossin
Digital Painting by Fabio Ramiro Rossin. Painted in Photoshop using GrutBrushes

I met Italian artist Fabio Ramiro Rossin through email correspondence a year or two ago. When I saw this incredible piece he had done using GrutBrushes and found out that it existed in the real world as a 3X3 metre print hanging on the walls of the Museo Diffuso in Italy (and now it’s in the GrutBrushes Digital Art Gallery as well!)  I had to know more, and asked Fabio if he would answer a few questions.

Nicolai: How long have you been working with digital drawing and painting?

Fabio Ramiro Rossin: I studied and began working as a 2d animator for serial productions since 2005, when I was 22; it was the time when 2d animation productions understood how much paper had become expensive.
Animation usually means teamwork, and I’ve always had the loner attitude; the only way to be a loner in the animation industry, is to evolve into a travelling one man band, and paper is a dispersive medium, nonetheless binding to a physical place.
So a couple of years later, I dropped pencil and paper and bought a tablet.

At that time, illustrations and comics were still out of range, for my severe inner jury rated me unable to compete with professionals, as I didn’t attend any official illustration studies.
Then, in 2009, I submitted as an animator on a feature independent movie, and I met LRNZ, who reminded me that, as a kid, Katsuhiro Otomo and Leiji Matsumoto were my heroes, and I dreamt of telling stories, more than just draw; to draw was only the more satisfying way for me to tell stories.
So I told my inner jury to get screwed, and I finally enjoyed telling stories again, while pen tablet and photoshop had already become my mind prothesis.

Nicolai: Can you tell me how your work came to be part of the permanent collection in the Museo Diffuso in Torino?

Fabio Ramiro Rossin: Well, this piece isn’t exactly permanent, or, at least, not yet. Anyhow, the Pole of 900 Foundation, the Department of culture,  and the University of Turin had this project on the table, about melting the Historical and Literature Archives and the Museum of the 20h century, developing a more interactive and playable space for citizens and students to live and learn. So, they have chosen 5 main subjects ( mine being Man and Machines,), and commissioned 5 different authors (one of them being LRNZ, to my final surprise) to create an illustration to print on canvas, 3x3mt size. They (paid us, and) said we could keep the canvas, but I suspect none of the authors will have enough space to hang its own in the living room or store it in the garage. I guess they will place them in the library, after the inaugural exhibition closure. So they will become permanently collected in the Museum. Sort of.

Nicolai: This is a huge print, at 3 X 3 metres. It’s very unusual for a digital painting to be seen this large in the ‘real world’ How well did your digital painting translate into a physical print and were there any special challenges?

Fabio Ramiro Rossin: Strokes came out so vivid that a friend of mine (illustrator), asked me if I had painted it analogically on a separate canvas, and then scanned them.
Mainly, the real credit must go to the scenographers of the Regio Theater of Turin, they have done a fabulous job, but I felt proud as Caravaggio when, somehow, someone, told me I had nailed and scored the result.
I have to admit a thing: being my first digital work on such scale, I spent a month, nights and days trying to manage the brushes and textures 1:1 scale, 300 dpi.
Since the beginning, I thought to treat the whole composition as a theatrical background wing ( the museum environment is very post-industrial: nude red bricks and iron transepts). I imagined physically attaching the posters on the background a second time, after printing the canvas.
This intervention was revealed to be unobtainable, due to the conservation restrictions imposed by the scenographers (lights melt glue), but the projectual settings revealed to be a real deal when I had to face the frequent crashes of my lenovo tablet OS (still a little powerhouse, considering the 2 gigas size of the file ), and allowed me to draw those posters on separate files.

Details from Fabio Ramiro Rossin's intricate digital painting
Details from Fabio Ramiro Rossin’s intricate digital painting

Nicolai: Other than to work at a high resolution, what one piece of advice would you give to people who want to paint digitally for large format printing?

Fabio Ramiro Rossin: Well, my chaotic attitude gives me a randomic approach to everything, so it’s  hard for me to canonise my creative processes.
I just feel to say to favour the message, upon the restitution, and to settle carefully and to cure meticulously the preproduction material, or you will find yourself to trash a lot of work after finalisation.
I speak to you, young painter and neophyte:  Grut’s digital brushes wouldn’t exist if Nicolai hadn’t familiarity and deep knowledge of the classical painting techniques. Some day, apocalypse will come and internet will break, but more easily, you could find yourself next to a deadline with your computer malfunctioning and no money to buy another, or just an electricity breakdown in August and no friends in town, so you better know how to translate your imagination with Crayolas on paper.
Bye bye everyone.
Fabio is currently working on a You can see more of the work of Fabio Ramiro Rossin on the webVimeo, and Facebook
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Ipad Pro Brushes for iPad Apps Coming Soon(ish)

ipad pro brushes
Created on an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil using GrutBrushes

I LOVE painting on the iPad — I don’t think there is any better digital painting experience
…but I was missing my GrutBrushes from Photoshop.

I’ve been hard at work reproducing (where possible) or creating exciting new brushes for the iPad using the iPad pro and Apple Pencil and I’ll be making them available to you soon(ish)
To be the first to know, put your name on the list below.

Send me iPad Brushes updates! Don’t forget to click the link in the confirmation email you get when you sign up!

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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #86

This Photoshop watercolour brush “Crispy Blot” is the free brush of the week, you can download it on the free brush page until November 14th after which it will alwys be available in the Shop or as part of the ArtBrushes collection.

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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #83 – Low Crony Natural Media Brush

Photoshop Natural Media Brush 'Low Crony'
Photoshop Natural Media Brush ‘Low Crony

This week’s free Photoshop brush is ‘Low Crony’ A wet paint brush with a generous amount of chunky pigment. This brush starts fairly wide and has an uneven blobby flow, resulting in a natural though uneven line. Good for covering larger areas or broad strokes. You can get it for free all week on the free brush of the week page

Photoshop Natural Media Brush strokes drawn with the 'Low Crony' digital artist's tool preset
Photoshop Natural Media Brush strokes drawn with the ‘Low Crony’ digital artist’s tool preset
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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #82 – Fiti Wideside Natural Media Brush

Painted with the Fiti Wideside Photoshop brush
Painted with the Fiti Wideside Photoshop brush

This week’s free Photoshop brush is a wet grainy poster paint brush which gathers pigment at its opaque and blocky edges but has a more transparent dilute center all of which is rich with a wet and grainy texture. Up close, this brush can work well as a magic marker for graffiti tags. you can download it for free all week in the shop or on the free brush of the week page

Painting with the Photoshop Natural Media Brush 'Fiti Wideside' Photoshop tool preset (.tpl)
Painting with the Photoshop Natural Media Brush ‘Fiti Wideside’ Photoshop tool preset (.tpl)
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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #81 – Tip Wrinkle Gouache Brush

Photoshop Gouache Brush Painting using the Tip Wrinkle brush
Photoshop Gouache Brush Painting using the Tip Wrinkle brush

I painted this Chilly snowman using this week’s free Photoshop gouache brush “Tip Wrinkle” a crunchy sketching brush featuring bold visible bristles strokes. You can download this brush for free all week here or on the Free Photoshop Brush page.


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Free Photoshop Brush of the Week #79 – Toll Rumour Oil Brush

Painted with the Toll Rumour Photoshop oil paint brush
Painted with the Toll Rumour Photoshop oil paint brush

The ladybug was added using a fantastic plugin who’s name escapes me at the moment, but the rest was painted with the Toll Rumour Photoshop oil paint brush which is free through Sunday on the free Photoshop brush of the week page.

Photoshop Oil Brush strokes painted with the 'Toll Rumour' brush
Photoshop Oil Brush strokes painted with the ‘Toll Rumour” Photoshop oil brush
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How to Install the Photoshop Plugin – 60 Second Tutorial

This Photoshop tutorial video will teach you how to install the free Photoshop CC plugin in less than a minute. Need to download some free Photoshop brushes to go with it? Try the free sampler set.

Note: this Photoshop plugin installation video was recorded on a Windows computer but apart from the the unzip/extract process being slightly different, all the rest is virtually identical

Any trouble check the help page or send me an email.