STEP 14 So far we've experimented with shapes, gradients, patterns and pictures. After some more playing around, this is what I got. I suggest you do the same thing, using techniques you've learned in this tutorial to fill up the work a little more.


STEP 15 To add some traditional elements, I took a paper and some old watercolours to paint brushstrokes. You can find tonnes of Photoshop brushes on the net, but nothing is as unique as your own creation.  

STEP 16 After you’ve painted your brushstrokes, scan or photograph the result. Next, open the document in Photoshop, select one of your strokes and go to Edit > Define Brush Preset. Do this for all the strokes you like. Now you've created your own brushes from scratch.


Add the brushes to your work and feel free to play around with more tools, such as Twirl and Wave distortions. 

Bram Vanhaeren

Who: Bram Vanhaeren is a 19-year-old digital artist from Belgium. He's been developing his style since first experimenting with pen tools in Illustrator five years ago. Bram's work ranges from simple illustrations and typography to mixed media artwork. When not making art, he enjoys athletics training and cannot resist spending his money on clothes and accessories.
Software: Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
Time to complete: 2 - 3 hours