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Top 10 best brushes in CLIP STUDIO PAINT for beginners

Apr 11, 2021

Picking painting brushes for digital art in Clip Studio Paint is not that easy especially for beginners because there are tons of brushes in Clip Studio Assets for you to choose from. Plus you need to spend your time using many brushes for a while to get used to their functions. But WAIT! This article will help you save your time and hack these problems!

These 10 essential Clip Studio Paint brushes tested by me and used in producing my artwork!

1. Watery

Content ID:1825276
Used in: Sketching / Painting
Price: FREE [Starter Brush]
How Often I use It: 100%
My Note:
You can find this brush in the Subtool [Brush] > Watercolor. Almost everything I draw and paint is done with this brush. It’s really convenient and simple to mix the colors together, as I show in the video below. This is one of my all-time favorite brushes. On top of that, it’s completely free!

2. RoughPen

Content ID:1719585
Used in: Line art / Sketching
Price: FREE
How Often I use It: 70%
My Note:
I adore the texture of this brush. It’s really natural. It gives your line art the appearance of being drawn on grainy paper. Recommended for anyone who needs an artwork with a sketchy appearance.

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3. Darker Pencil

Content ID:
Used in: Line art
Price: FREE [Starter Brush]
How Often I use It: 70%
My Note:
This brush is ideal for anyone who likes drawing crisp, precise lines. It is easy to regulate line weight and exceptionally clean. I also use this one for painting on occasion.

4. Dense Watercolor

Content ID:1822226
Used in: Painting
Price: FREE [Starter Brush]
How Often I use It: 60%
My Note: 
If you enjoy thick painting, this brush is for you! You’ll have a lot of fun mixing colors with this brush. Suitable for painting fabric as well as natural things like leaves and flowers.

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5. Running color edge watercolor

Content ID:
Used in: Painting
Price: FREE [Starter Brush]
How Often I use It: 20%
My Note: 
You can use this brush for easy painting fog, cloud, or any fluffy things.

6. Beet brushes (てんさいブラシ)

Content ID:1780444
Used in: Painting
Price: FREE
How Often I use It: 20%
My Note: 
This one is also suited for a thick painting. The kit consists of 4 brushes and the mixer is included. Using your mixer brush as in the video I demonstrate below and you can blend the colors!

7. Brush with greedily and stretch and Blur (塗りも伸ばしもぼかしも欲張ったブラシ)

Content ID:1734578
Used in: Painting
Price: 10 CLIPPY
How Often I use It: 10%
My Note: 
I use it sometimes for painting the clothes of characters. I find this brush a bit difficult to use. But I believe you guys might want to try. The hardness of the brush tip is adjustable and the gentler brush may be used to mix colors.

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8. Droplet

Content ID:
Used in: Effect
Price: FREE [Starter Brush]
How Often I use It: 90%
My Note:
My favorite brush for painting effect! It can be used to create flower petals, dust particles, and other effect particles. I use it almost every time.

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9. Textured Pen

Content ID:
Used in: Painting
Price: FREE [Starter Brush]
How Often I use It: 10%
My Note: 
Sometimes, when I need a little texture on the artwork, I utilize the brush for line art and painting. It will be smoother when modifying the brush density.

10. SU-Cream Pencil

Content ID:1761353
Used in: Sketching / Line art
Price: FREE
How Often I use It: 10%
My Note: 
Such an easy-to-use and entertaining brush. I adore the pressure and the feel of the brush. It is suited for making bold line art with texture.

That concludes my list of the top ten brushes for beginners. Don’t forget to try them all out so you can find your favorite. I hope you enjoy using these brushes as you begin your artistic journey!

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