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48 Illustrator Brushes that are Perfect for Painting (Updated 2021)

48 Illustrator Brushes that are Perfect for Painting (Updated 2021)

Perfect Illustrator Brushes

Illustrator brushes can be used to add dimensions and texture to your paintings and designs.

We’ve got a doozy today!

In today’s list, you’ll find 48 free and premium unique Illustrator brushes to help fill in and paint your projects. Yes, 48.

And don’t forget to check out our tutorial on How to Install and Use Brushes in Adobe Illustrator. Taking a few minutes to look it over will save you hours of irritation!

Ink Pen Illustrator Brushes - $4

Finding the right ink pen brush can be tedious, luckily we've found this pack for you! It has a total of 20 fine ink brushes and they're thin and imperfect which makes it give that realistic hand-drawn look.

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Illustrator Hand Drawn Arrow Brushes - $5

If your vintage or retro design is looking for a decorative element then this Illustrator Hand Drawn Arrow brush set would come in handy. Perfect for creating your own pointing arrows with a new style!

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Vector grain brushes - Illustrator - $17

The brush set that would be perfect for shading and adding some texture to your designs! 

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Handmade Texture Vector Brushes - $10

The Handmade Texture Vector Brushes come in a set of 16 vector brushes that give that "scatter" effect on your design along with a halftone grunge feel.

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Fairy Dust Sparkle Brushes - $11

Add a bit of magic with this Fairy Dust Sparkling brush set with it's ability to change the stroke color and color of the brushes!

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Illustrator Smoke Brush - $11

If it's a smoke effect you want, then this high quality brush set would be the right one for you! Just make sure that you have a minimum o 4GB RAM and 2GB VGA card memory since these brushes are heavy textured.

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Vector Watercolor brushes - $24

These wonderful watercolor brush strokes make for a great background and has 34 unique vector watercolor brushes to choose from! 

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Crayon Brushes Illustrator Vector - $14

Introducing the Crayon Brushes that has 64 vector brushes for Illustrator, and the best part about this set is that it's compatible with Illustrator and CS5 and later.

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33 Simple Sewing Brushes-Illustrator - $12

This would be a perfect choice for images that need sewing stitches and for any fashion illustrations. It comes with an instruction page making it simple and easy to use.

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Vector Dry Brush Kit - $6

Looking for a brush kit that is able to create stunning graphics with a handmade feel? Then look no further than this Vector Dry Brush for Illustrator.

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60 Illustrator Ribbon Brushes - $4

Needing to speed up your ribbon creation process? Why not give this Ribbon Brushes pack a go. It comes with 60 Illustrator brushes and has steps on how to use them.

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Solid Ink Illustrator Brushes - $4

Medialoot has created a pack of 16 handmade Illustrator brushes that you can use to add thick or thin inky strokes to your projects.

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Dust & Noise Illustrator Scatter Brushes - $5

When dealing with the details of vintage or retro designs, this brush pack definitely has you covered! It includes 20 Dust & Noise brushes that's sure to give that unique pattern for your image design!

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57 Exclusive Illustrator Multi-Colored Paint Brushes - Free

A huge set of different multi-colored brushes that look textured and can be used for any painting.

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Tattoo Art Brushes - $38

This makes for a perfect hand-drawn tattoo feel and even works well with iPad Pro/Apple Pencil. 

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Essential Vector Brushes Collection - $10

A collection of vector Illustrator brushes that come in watercolor, pencil, charcoal, and even marker.

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Vector Dry Brush Stroke Illustrator Brushes – Free

Bristly, dry brush stroke options that can be used to add a rough texture to your artwork.

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Hand Drawn Border/Divider Brush Collection – Free

Clean boarder brushes that can be as thin or thick as you want.

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Halftone Vector Brushes – Free

A set of gorgeous halftone brushes that add a gritty, grainy feel to designs.

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60+ Grunge Illustrator Brushes - $12

A collection of scatter, monochrome, three-colored, and pattern brushes for a variety of feels and styles.

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Chalk Illustrator Brushes – Free

A set of chalk brushes that can be used in Illustrator to create a crafty feeling.

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Glitter Brushes - $16

This pack has multiple realistic glitter brushes that were sourced from real glitter, making them gorgeous and authentic.

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Fat Grunge Brush Pack - $15

A set of 24 handmade vector brushes that vary in thickness, style, and texture.

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DRW4 Illustrator and Freehand Brushes – Free

The varying textures and weights of these brushes make them adaptable enough to be used as boarders or fillers.

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Vectallic Magic Brush Revolution - $12

A gorgeous set of amazing metallic-looking brushes that will add a decadence to your paintings.

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32 Ink Sketch Line Brushes - $6

A set that was specifically made for cartoonists, artists, and sketchers, these shaking sketch lines should be kept in anyone’s arsenal.

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Natural Brushes - Free

These vibrant, natural brushes have a depth that make them look extremely real.

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Grunge Brushes – Free

These very grungy, very rough and uneven brushes are ideal for more visceral artwork.   

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77 Inky Sketchy Illustrator Brushes - $4

With this huge pack of Illustrator brushes, you’ll get ballpoint pens, graphite, and inky options, all perfect for sketching and filling.

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8 Stipple Shading Brushes – Free

Based on an in depth study of artistic techniques, these stippling brushes will give you the tools for shading, building up tones, and adding texture.

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Grain Shader Brush Set for Illustrator - $19

In this set of 25 brushes, you’ll get a diverse range of authentic, beautiful textured options.

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Vintage Illustrator Brush Set - $19

If you want to add a vintage look to your paintings or sketches, you’ll love these cross-hatched pattern brushes.

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Antique Print Effect Brushes – Free

Coming with 32 unique brushes, this set of brushes looks aged and antiqued, perfect for very specific designs.

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Smoke Brush - $5

If you need to add wisps of smoke to your paintings, look no further than this set of realistic and colorful smoke brushes.

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64 Marker Pen Stroke Brushes – Free

The detail in these marker pen stroke brushes is perfect for more modern pieces of art.

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25 Free Linocut and Woodcut Brushes - Free

With these brushes, you won’t need all the specialty tools typically required to linocut and woodcut your illustrations.

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30 Transparent Openwork Petal Brushes - $6

A little more unique than most of the options on this list, these brushes add an abstract element to paintings, making them perfect for decoration.

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Splatter and Smear Brushes - $12

These splatter and smear paint brushes are a great choice if you don’t want neat and orderly paintings.

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72 Brilliant Metallic Art Brushes - $8

In the realm of modern art, nothing serves as a better tool than metallic Illustrator brushes, which add vivid color and depth to artwork.

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Watercolor Brush Set – Free

The subtle feeling of these brushes beautifully mimic real paint brushes, making them perfect for your designs.

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Floral Vector Brush Pack – Free

The brushes in this pack were specifically designed to be used in the drawing and painting of floral and fauna. 

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Feather Brushes - $5

You can use these delicate, detailed brushes to actually draw feathers, or anything else that requires meticulous attention to detail.

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Colored Brush Strokes Collection – Free

Reminiscent of the 90s, these bold and vibrant brush strokes can be used in Illustrator to craft vivid paintings.

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40 Roll Stroke Brushes - $11

To get that freshly painted, rolled look, these brushes will more than provide you with enough options.

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Chunky Marker Brushes - $16

Getting back to the basics, these Illustrator brushes work like chunky permanent markers, reminding artists of their days of doodling in class.

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20 Ink Brushes Collection – Free

Whether it’s for boarders, filling, or lettering, these versatile ink brushes give stunning, clean results.

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Watercolor Brushes - $10.27

These watercolor brushes also come with a sample tutorial that will show you the best ways to utilize the unique and beautiful brushes.

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Old Ink Strokes Illustrator Brush - $4

We try to end with the best! These ink vector brushes are vintage, classic examples of how to artfully add grungy strokes to any painting or piece of art.

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