Charcoal Brushes

Charcoal Brushes

Create beautiful, realistic charcoal illustrations without the mess!

These brushes are the result of hours of experimentation in which I created a set of brushes with smudgy, life-like, soft textures that look so real that it’s hard to believe that they’re vectors.

The trick when using them is to make sure you set the opacity to ‘Multiply’. This makes the lighter colored edges blend seamlessly with the background. Layering the brush strokes creates beautiful color variations and tones as seen in the preview images.

Need more info? check out the video tutorial –

The pack contains all of these fantastic components:

The Brushes

  • 6 smudged charcoal brushes.
  • 13 smeared charcoal brushes.
  • 6 charcoal outline brushes.
  • 8 chunky textured charcoal brushes.

A quick reference guide

This will help you find the right brushes for the task in hand quickly.

Example files

The bird image, the main cover image and the ‘Charcoal’ text image: Use these to see how I achieved the look.

Please note: the guide and example files are compatible with Illustrator CS5, CS6 and CC only.


A very thorough guide on how to load, apply and then adjust the brushes is supplied.

Please note! This product is compatible with Illustrator CS1 to CC only.

Take a look at some of my other vector brushes