Oil Pastel Brushes: Realistic Pastel Effects for AI

Oil Pastel Brushes for AI

These life-like textured brushes are the next best thing to using real pastels!

If, like me you’ve always loved the beautiful texture made by layering and smudging oil pastels, you’ll be excited to hear that the Artifex Forge has now made this possible digitally.

I’ve had loads of fun creating these as you can see from the preview images. I spent hours experimenting with the different types of marks, which the very versatile pastel medium can create. This has resulted in a brush set that includes loads of different shapes, sizes, textures, smudges and scribbles. In other words, this pack has a brush for every drawing challenge – the chunky brushes are great for backgrounds and for large areas of texture, while the others are perfect for creating a wide range of outlines and details. Together they will make your designs and illustrations spring to life!

In order to get the best texture possible I started with real pastel marks and then vectorized them combining the best elements from the in-built Illustrator tracing engine with an amazing online vectorization program. Then, I painstakingly cleaned up each brush. The result is definitely one of my best sets yet!

The Oil Pastel Brushes for AI pack contains all of these fantastic components:

The Brushes

  • 10 standard pastel brushes.
  • 10 scribbled pastel brushes.
  • 8 rounded pastel brushes.
  • 9 graduated brushes.
  • 7 chunky pastel brushes.
  • 9 smudged pastel brushes.

If you are a tablet user, you’ll be pleased to know that a version of the brushes with pressure sensitivity enabled is included. (Please note that this feature only works in Illustrator CS5+).

A quick reference guide

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

Example files

The three preview images. Use these to see how I achieved the look.

Please note: this guide is compatible with Illustrator CS5, CS6 and CC only.

Instructions and Video

A very thorough guide on how to load, apply and then adjust the brushes is supplied. This includes a short 3:30 minute video.

Please note! The Oil Pastel Brushes for AI are compatible with Illustrator CS1 to CC only.


Product License

Extended licenses allow you to do more. More Details

  • Download Size: 268 MB
  • File Type(s): EPS, AI, PDF, MP4 Video

By: The Artifex Forge

The Artifex Forge is run by Jeremy Child, a UK based illustrative designer who specializes in making imaginative and useful tools for Illustrator and Photoshop. With a background in illustration he often starts his designs outside the computer; using actual artistic techniques when making his digital products gives them an authentic, real-life feel.