Why Procreate?

Procreate has quickly become one of the number one softwares used by illustrators who own an iPad.

And why?

Well, first of all, it is affordable, it is currently 9.99$, you pay once and there is no subscription. And let me tell you it’s SO worth it.

Secondly, it is clean, intuitive, well designed and has a lot of potential.

And last but not least, it already has some really nice brushes that come with the app. The 6B Pencil and the Ink Bleed brushes are some of my favorites.

However, there may be a time when you feel like you need some more of the traditional media look and will want to get some fresh new brushes. Been there, done that.

Here are some of the packs that I’ve purchased while looking for that traditional touch in my work.

4 Procreate brush sets worth purchasing


I own three sets by Max Ulichney, The Gouache MaxPack The Comics MaxPack and The Painter’s MaxPack.

The Gouache MaxPack ($30) consists on 52 natural media brushes, The Comics MaxPack ($15) has 75 and The Painter’s MaxPack ($10) has 12.

I recently purchased the Gouache MaxPack. I think it was one of the most wanted brush packs for Procreate and Max Ulichney did a pretty darn good job. It’s now one of my favorite packs. MaxU Gouache Grainy Glaze, MaxU Gouache Wet Soft and the MaxU Gouache Shader are my to go brushes. This set costs $30, but you won’t find any other Gouache only pack out there.

I really like the Painter’s MaxPack even if there are less brushes, I particularly enjoy the smudges, being the MaxU Smudge Pastel one of my favorites.


I own The Mid-Century Brush Pack for Procreate which is 15$ and has 15 mid-century brushes. This is one of my favorite packs, it has a really nice variety of brushes, from halftones to gouache brushes.

My favorites from this set are de RSCo Perfect Gouache, the RSCo Dixon HB, the RSCo Blotty Inker and the RSCo Grain II.

Vivi Brushes

I absolutely adore ViviBrush for Procreate, this pack has a lot of traditional brushes, 44 to be exact. It includes acrylic, watercolor, pastels, oil and pencils.

My favorites from this set are ViviPencil Soft, all the watercolors and the Pan pastel.

This pack is probably the most accurate to traditional media I’ve found. Vivi has a free sampler for you to try and see the look and feel of their brushes.

True Grit Texture Supply

True Grit makes more of texture brushes but they are so worth it.

I own the Procreate Texture Brush Bundle which includes their Beat Tones set, Distress Press set and Lithotone set (all of these are 15$ each), the Brush Bundle costs 45$ but right now it’s on sale, it is quite a bit more expensive than the previous ones but depending on your needs, I think it’s totally worth the investment.

The Beat Tones set is a collection of 25 distressed halftones; The Distress Press has 27 distressed print brushes that add a beautiful old school look to your work, and the Lithotone set has 62 brushes of fun distressed patterns.


Free Procreate brushes

Copic Marker Brushes

I love these Copic Marker Brushes made by Angie, I particularly like the texture they give to my works.

ViviBrush Free Demo

That’s the free ViviBrush for Procreate demo I was talking about before, it has two of my favorite brushes from the set, so you should definitely check it out!

I’m sure there are other great brush packs of traditional brushes. Do you know some good ones? Please, feel free to share! 🙂


Author Viu

I'm a children's illustrator and graphic designer from Barcelona. I like music and hiking.

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