While there are many illustration apps available for the iPad, the Procreate App stands alone as one of the most popular for professional and hobbyist illustrators.
Companies such as Pixar and Disney use Procreate. Turning the iPad into a drawing table, it is truly a game-changer by providing the same outcome without having to get an expensive desktop or tablet dedicated to digital illustration.
To help you navigate all of the amazing options out there, we have brought together the top 25 best Procreate brushes for illustration to help you choose.
Top 10 Best Procreate Brushes
- Dry Brush Vector Brush Pack Volume 1 – $20
- Pencil – Inking – Painting Brush Set – Free
- Memento Shader Brushes For Illustrator – $17
- Splash Wet Media Brushes – Free
- Fine Liner Brushes and Patterns – $21
- Hatch Effect Procreate Brush Pack – Free
- Wood Grain Brushes – $14
- Galactic Lens Flare Brushes Kit – Free
- Genuine Crafted Chalk – $16
- Procreate Grain Brushes – Free
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Plus, see our follow up article, 15 More Professional Procreate Brushes
Dry Brush Vector Brush Pack Volume 1 – $20
The Dry Brush Vector Brush Pack collects 189 hand-made dry brushes that were made to be used with Adobe Illustrator CC+. Hand-painted using acrylic paint along with a large variety of sizes and types of brushes.
Each part of every brush in the collection is aligned and rotated to provide a perfect start and endpoint exactly where you need it to, resulting in a vector brush pack that’s a combination of precision, speed, and quality
Pencil – Inking – Painting Brush Set – Free
Sometimes even though Procreate has an incredible assortment of brushes covering just about any style you can think of, they don’t always work for everyone. That’s the case with the Pencil – Inking – Painting Brush Set from Ram Studios Comics.
Designed to help give artists the best setup for comic book work, these brushes are essentially the standard Procreate brushes with tweaks set to the creators’ settings. The best part of these brushes is their price. Available for free, you can start your comic book today.
Memento Shader Brushes For Illustrator – $17
If you’re the type of person who believes that there are limits to how you can express yourself creatively, the brush and texture options will challenge those beliefs. 28 brushes come included in the set, which is broken down into 4 separate groups that have their purpose and distinctive features.
As a bonus, 12 textures help you complete your artwork before you share it with the world. With the Memento Shader Brushes, you can create anything your creativity can come up with from illustration, posters, and logotypes to even commercials.
Splash Wet Media Brushes – Free
Collecting 48 wet media brushes, the Splash Wet Media Brushes Set is great for anyone looking to use the feel of watercolor and wet effects to a new level, beyond what Procreate can already do. Packed into a single zip file and available free or with a donation. In no time, you can make your images look like they need to be wiped up with a towel.
Fine Liner Brushes and Patterns – $21
Developed by Artifex Forge, the Fine Liner Brushes and Patterns set is an authentic and versatile tool kit, packed with a wide range of pen marks including, dots and dashes, zigzags and more.
Most of the options in the set use a pattern brush feature. This allows you to tile a section without the brushes over stretching on long strokes which helps save you time and can even streamline your work.
Hatch Effect Procreate Brush Pack – Free
With the brushes fine-tuned so they work well with a stylus, the Hatch Effect Pack comes with enough lines, scribbles, and marks that can improve any drawing with the 35 brushes that are included in an easy to download zip file.
Wood Grain Brushes – $14
Created by live-tracing real wood photographs, the Wood Grain Brushes pack is a more versatile brush than other vector textures. The brushes are designed to bend and have them shape changed to fit the need you have for your illustration or design.
Ideal for backgrounds, art, text, banners and so much more, the set includes 13 Wood Art Brushes and 5 Wood Cross-section Scatter Brushes. With all of these options, these brushes can be used for just about anything.
Galactic Lens Flare Brushes Kit – Free
Built specifically for the Procreate app, the Galactic Lens Flare brushes can take images of unique alien creatures and worlds and bring them to life. The effects that these brushes can produce will quickly turn it into one of your irreplaceable brushes. While many of them are stamp brushes, others are used like regular brushes including the starfield brushes. With all of these different options free of charge, the combination possibilities are endless
Genuine Crafted Chalk – $16
The Genuine Crafted Chalk set contains an amazing 75 brushes that you can use on both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The Brush Set is a complete resource that provides extensive tools for both programs. Each brush provides the look and the feel of creating art with real chalk. The brushes set includes 20 preset brush tools for Photoshop, 55 Vector illustrator brushes, plus a bonus of six chalkboard textures and a quick reference guide to help you use the brush you choose in the best way
Procreate Grain Brushes – Free
Packed with twelve beautiful brushes for the Procreate app, the Procreate Grain Brushes set helps to complement any image you create with amazing shades and textures that may have been seen on some high art posters. If you use the Procreate app to create amazing-looking art, you owe it to yourself to download these brushes and with its incredible price – free makes them even more valuable.
Drunk Sailor | Vector Stippling Brushes & More – $24
Is Illustrator your program of choice? If you do a lot of stippling and shading in your work, you might get frustrated doing so with numerous dots but what if there were a better way? With the Drunk Sailor brush pack, you can add some excitement to your creations with ease. Using real stippling brush techniques, the brushes give you 100% control thanks to their pressure sensitivity. With more than 35 stippling brushes and 20 pen liner illustrator brushes, you can have those hand-drawn elements added to your work with a single stroke.
Cheap Fine-Liner Brush – Free
When you use the Procreate app, the amount of different brush types and add ons that are out there can be staggering. While some are brand new creations, others, like the Cheap Fine-Liner Brush are great emulations of already-established tools. With this brush, the Cheap Fine-Liner is a simple emulation of a 0.6 Technical Pen that is already available on the Procreate app and with its optimization to work with the Apple Pencil, you can draw amazing pictures on your iPad Pro.
Neon Realistic Brush Set – $19
If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas or Times Square in New York City, then you know the glow of neon lights can make anything stand out. Thanks to the Neon Realistic Brush Set from Artifex Forge, takes the bright lights and turns them into a great brush that you can add to your design resources. Sourced from real neon tubing, the colors are as close to the real thing as possible. With more than 25 flexible tube brushes, you’ll be creating artwork fit for a neon billboard in no time.
Comic Ink Brush Set – Free
Dedicated to Will Elder, an American comic book artist who is best known for his zany cartoon style that helped launch MAD comics book in 1952, the Comic Ink Brush Set provides artists with great brushes that can make any illustration pop off the screen and with recent updates, artists can even create art reminiscent of the great comic book artist Jack Kirby. Available for free, if you have an appreciation for classic comic book artwork, this could be a great choice for you to download.
Zen Fine Liner Art and Mandala Creator – $19
The zentangle style of art can be stunningly complex. It can also be a very beautiful form of art to practice but for those who haven’t done it before can feel overwhelmed at the concept of creating your own. For those who have always loved this type of artwork, the Zen Fine Liner Art and Mandala Creator brush pack is a great shortcut to starting it yourself.
Inspired by the art of Escher, the pack comes with stippled, fine liner pattern brushes plus a few at brushes and a set of mandala templates to help get you started. Also included is a quick reference PDF guide that can help you choose the right brush for the job.
Procreate App Brushes for Hand Lettering – Free
Lettering can be one of the hardest things for a graphic designer to master. Whether you’re just beginning your career or are coming up on your 10th anniversary, the brushes packed into the Procreate App Brushes for Hand Lettering set can turn you from a novice to a master in no time.
The Retro Comic Book Tool Kit – $20
Vintage Comic Book art can have a unique feel to it. However, normally getting that authentic aged look can take years to achieve. However, the Retro Comic Book Tool Kit can help you achieve the same look in no time at all.
Packed with a ton of tools including 84 Vector Cartoonist Brushes, 4 Bitmap Comic Book texture patterns, plus 2 Grunge Edge overlays, a bonus set of comic book layer styles and a quick reference guide will help you create artwork that will make you reminisce of the golden age of comics books.
Wood Cutter Lettering Brush – Free
Woodworkers use a variety of tools to turn blocks of wood into beautiful works of art or amazing signs for local businesses. With the Wood Cutter Lettering Brush, you can use it for everyday lettering work or even general-purpose work because the brush is that versatile. The kit also includes a Spring lettering brush which can be a lot of fun, the Ben-Day Dot and Lettering brush are inspired by comic book printing. Others include the Shrub brush and Worm brush but what this package offers in options is only matched by its affordable price.
Rope Brushes – $12
If your illustrations have a nautical or even industrial theme, then you should consider the Rope Brushes kit for your next brush purchase. These can also be a great item to add to websites, stationery or even restaurant menus.
While the kit comes with 14 brushes, the availability of both regular and torn-ended ropes adds to the options that you have. Included with the kit are 2 bonus rope brushes for even more design choices, a quick reference guide and easy to understand instructions. These can be a great kit if you’re looking to add something new to your work or are just looking for that extra something to make your work stand out.
Procreate Brushes by Missy Meyer – Free
One of the best things about the Procreate app is the ability to create your own brushes and using custom shapes and/or textures. Many artists who do this also share their creations online as Missy Meyer has. Her page has numerous brush options you can download including Crusty Old Brush, Filmstrip, and Cartooning Monoweight. Each creation feels new and original and the best part is that they are all free to download for your Procreate app.
Spray Paint Brushes – $18
If you’re ever spent any time in New York City, one of the things you will notice is the graffiti that adorns everything from building to subway cars. Having a way to create that type of artwork without the possibility of getting arrested is the driving factor behind the Spray Paint Brushes kit.
The brushes in the kit are taken from genuine, on-the-street material that has captured spray paint splatters and pools that can’t be recreated through a digital-only process. In the Spray Paint kit, you will find 27 spray paintbrushes with 6 paint splatter brushes as a bonus. There is even a set included that is compatible with Affinity giving you even more value for your money.
The Ultimate Texture Brush Library – $24
The Ultimate Texture Brush Library is the best comprehensive source of unique and useful features. Converted into vector brushes, the results give the artist a chance to create vector artwork that can stand out while at the same time being easy to use.
Designed with a specific purpose in mind, the Texture Brush Library kit has been organized into groups to make it easier to find and use the right brush with your project so that any artwork you produce can have an excellent textured look
Gouache Shader Brushes for Illustrator – $17
The brushes in the Gouache Shader Brush kit work incredibly well with either a mouse or tablet and can create rich gouache effects in no time at all. Gone are the wasted hours spent searching for unique textures that you can add on top and then mask at odd angles.
Perfect for poster, book or any other Illustrator work that needs to be able to scale. The set comes with 52 gouache brushes that can help you create projects and the only limitation is your imagination.
Halftone Brushes & Bonus Patterns – $15
With the Halftone Brushes kit, you can add detail and retro depth to any artwork or design you can think up. A halftone, which is sometimes known as a screen-tone are usually found when you look closely at printer materials. While not designed at first to be a feature, it has become a classic design that Artifex Forge has emulated to help you create beautiful imagery.
The set includes the halftone brushes as well as a pressure-sensitive version for those working on graphic tablets. Repeat patterns are also part of the kit that comes in black but can have its colors adjusted to whatever colors you choose.
Incredible Impressionism – $19
Inspired by the painting during the late 19th century, the Incredible Impressionism brush kit is perfect for stippling, texture shading and pointillist art. Whether your goal is to create great impressionist artwork or even some modern illustrations influenced by the masters such as Van Gogh or Monet, this brush pack will provide you with the tools you need.
A large variety of brushes come with the set that you can use for shading as well as outlining your work. Stroke types include daub, swipe, splayed bristle and much more. These are also available in a pressure-sensitive version for those working on graphic design tablets. A quick reference guide rounds out the brush kit to help you choose the right brush for your work.
The top 25 best Procreate brushes for illustration
The Procreate app is an amazing tool for any illustrator and with all of the brush options available, it’s tough to decide on which brushes are better than any other. We hope our list of the top 25 best Procreate brushes for illustration has given you a look at some of the options you have out there.
Do you have a favorite brush kit that you can’t stop recommending? Let us know about it in the comments.