Effortless Gouache Procreate Brushes - Review
For those who know me personally, you know that I have a bias against using digital media predominantly for illustrations. Whether it be digital ink pens, pencils, or paintbrushes, I usually find that they don't look like the real thing when I put them side by side. They may only get 50%-70% of the look right. When I'm flipping through a picture book or comic in a bookstore, just give me a few seconds of close inspection and I can usually tell if an artwork is done with digital media or not. Digital art usually has this look I relate to food cooked in a microwave. It has that microwave scent. Same with digital art! I can usually sniff it out quick. But I think things are slowly starting to change. People are making digital brushes that are starting to look almost indistinguishable (by my standards) from natural media.
This is one digital brush set that has passed my sniff test. And I was impressed with it. If you are new to painting, gouache is a creamy paint that can be opaque when applied thick and can resemble watercolour when diluted with water. It is pigment mixed with chalk. I'd use gouache instead of acrylic or watercolour when I want a flat, matt-looking painting. If I layer it, it can create very lush scenes. It is very versatile. The backgrounds from Studio Ghibli movies are painted with Nicker poster colours. Poster colour and gouache are pretty much the same thing.
So I bought this digital brush set and have been using it for 2 years now. I've even used them for work with satisfactory results. So the question is:
HOW DOES IT COMPARE WITH REAL GOUACHE?
I'll walk you through my experience testing it out.
This brush set is sold through a few websites.
1. Creative Market sells it for USD$19. But a commercial license is USD$21
2. Design Cuts sells it for USD$19 with a commercial license included
3. Lisa Glanz's website also sells it for USD$19 with a commercial license included
I bought it from Design Cuts because together with the commercial license, it cost $19. Sometimes, they have deals and discounts too, if you buy more than one item.