XM Magdalena 3D print, GGeorgy (3D)
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View Full Version : how to make a brush like bob ross?

03-15-2008, 09:17 AM
I would like to know if it's possible to make a brush like the one where bob ross is used to make foliage of the trees (When he taps with a big brush).
Thank you by advance.

03-15-2008, 09:13 PM

The answer is very likely yes.

Can you show us an example? It would help to narrow down the look you want.


03-16-2008, 02:54 PM


Like this two. On the second picture it's possible with knife in painter to do the same thing (texture of the foreground tree trunk, or rock) because when i try to use knife it's really hard to do a good thing lol

here it's the material he used for this picture:
2" Brush
1" Brush
#6 Fan Brush
Liner Brush
Large Painting Knife

03-17-2008, 03:48 PM
the brushes are already in painter..... what you seem to not be considering is that the technique itself is not automatic it takes practice

03-17-2008, 07:38 PM
the brushes are already in painter..... what you seem to not be considering is that the technique itself is not automatic it takes practice

+10000 :thumbsup:

03-18-2008, 05:41 PM
yes i know but my problem it's i can't deform brush so it's always round for example in acrylics brush, i tried with jitter but i'd want when i click or press with pen one time it'll make a brushstroke like pic. and not drag to make it, but perhaps it's the only way. i think i use a little too photoshop ;)

03-21-2008, 03:42 AM
i may not know what you are after but try the oil brushes and a wacom....

03-21-2008, 11:51 AM
I tried the thing i want to do it's pat like ross when he painted foliage, i don't want a round brush, and a strange thing it's now I can't change angles in any brush :/.
but thank you, it's little easier with real brushes ^^

03-21-2008, 12:57 PM
I think you need to capture a dab. Create a dab mark and capture it (there should be a link to a tutorial by John Derry on captured dabs in the sticky section of this forum or the CGWiki).

Then you can use the angle parameter to make it follow stroke direction.

03-21-2008, 06:42 PM
Looking at a few youtube clips before they got deleted I'd say what you need is to create some paper textures, that way you can break the paint on the canvas more naturally, like the way he would break the paint to create the highlights on the mountain, set your brush as texture by pressure and inverse, now your brush break the paint as less pressure is applied, good to mimic dry painting styles like what Bob Ross did.

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