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Illustrator, Photoshop, Affinity, and Procreate Brushes at Artifex Forge

Mid-Century artwork is instantly recognizable by it’s simple, undulating inky outlines, angular, irregular shapes, impossible perspective and naturalistic textures. It’s these characteristics that I’ve captured in this diverse Illustrator brush pack – it really shouts mid-century down to the last detail!

So, whether you want to create simple cartoon outline illustrations or rich, deeply textured children’s book artwork, this pack has the right tool for the job. It includes loads of classic and unusual ink outlines, pencil doodles, halftone and pastel shaders. I’ve also included a halftone repeat pattern for filling areas quickly with authentic print texture.

All brushes have been tested on a range of illustration styles to ensure the best functionality and aesthetics – take a look at the screen-shots to see for yourself.

All brushes are pattern brushes, which means you can use one brush to make a variety of stroke lengths and they don’t distort over long strokes.

The pack contains all of these fantastic components:

The Brushes

13 Ink outline brushes.
2 Ink wave brushes.
3 Ink dots and loop brushes.
3 Ink dash brushes.

2 Pencil outline brushes.
5 Pencil doodle brushes.
3 Pencil star scatter brushes.
2 Hatched pencil brush.
2 Pencil dot brush.

1 Pastel shader brush.

1 Halftone shader brush.

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+).

The Authentic Halftone Pattern Swatch

Use this to fill large areas with realistic print texture quickly and easily. Change the color as desired.

A quick reference guide

This will help you quickly find the right brushes for the task in hand (a PDF version has also been included for users of AI CS1-CS4).

Example files

A selection of the preview images. Use these to see how I achieved the look. **Please note: these are available for CS5, CS6 and CC only.**


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

This product is covered by The Artifex Forge Tools License. Read about it HERE

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


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