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🖌️ Painting
Drybrushing

Updated at 2021-01-20 12:09

Use tissue to soak up most of the paint and apply only tiny amounts at a time.

You can drybrush with any paint, but there are also special dry paints that are more thick and, well, dry. If your paint is too runny, place it on a palette and wait for some minutes to let it become more thick.

Using a coarse brush to add small amounts of pigment on details. Hard bristles create sharper edges, soft bristles (makeup burshes) create smoother edges.

Use old paint brushes or make-up brushes:

  • Brushes with hard bristles are better for edge highlights. Great for speed painting skeletons bones, fur, rocks, etc.
  • Brushes with soft bristles are better for zenithal highlights. The result is more smooth. Great for undercoating before applying tints, contrast paints or thin layers of paint.
  • But you can use any brush for either use-case. The benefits are small. Just don't ruin your good brushes.

Rounded brushes without a tip are better for general drybrushing. When you are drybrushing, you generally want to hit all the raised details to some degree, but not always. If you want to drybrush all the raised details of an area, using well rounded blunt brushes is better so you can simply do a circular motion with just a slight pressure to hit the edges from all angles.

Drybrushing shouldn't be done with a dry brush. Sounds counter-intuitive but your brush shouldn't be bone-dry; it should be ever so slightly damp but never dry, wet or even moist. Damp is the best word for it.