Kirby Krackle – A new digital brush set for Clip Studio Paint
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As an illustrator who works digitally (primarily in Clip Studio Paint), I have been very content with the amazing brush sets made by my fellow artists. People like Ray Frenden, Brian Allen of Flyland Designs, Paolo Limoncelli’s DAUB brushes, and Kyle T. Webster’s Photoshop brushes; all of them are fantastic, as are the sets made by many others. But now I’ve made a digital brush set of my own.

Kirby Krackle is one of those techniques used in comics for things like energy blasts, cosmic vistas, or really anything that needs a bit of powerful and/or surreal flare. It gets its name from its inventor, Jack “King” Kirby, the legendary comic creator. It’s just one of the many contributions he made to the visual medium that is comic books. This brush set started out as three or four brushes so that I had an efficient way of rendering the time travel effect in one of my comic series called Patriot Tales. (In Patriot Tales, two siblings find a magic feather pen in the Valley Forge National Park gift shop that allows them to time travel.) But recently I was encouraged by some friends to expand those handful of brushes into a full set, and so I have!

These Kirby Krackle brushes are available now on my Gumroad shop.

I’m also using the launch of these brushes as a way to do some fundraising! 100% of the net profits earned from sales of this set, in the remainder of June 2020, and ALL of July 2020, will be donated to Color of Change. They’re an organization whose mission is: “We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.” I will only reserve the amount I need to pay income tax on the sales, and 100% of the net income will be donated to Color of Change.

The brushes are currently only compatible with Clip Studio Paint, but I may make a Photoshop set at some point. If you get them, feel free to tag me on social media if you post any images where the brushes were used, or use #PiperbergBrushes and/or #KirbyKrackleBrushes in your posts!

Jason Piperberg
Philadelphia, USA

An illustrator, comic artist, and storyteller, Jason has worked on projects such as: Raising Dion, (Written by Dennis Liu, and recently adapted as a Netflix series), covers for Arc… Show more.

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