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Custom Brushes by Dave Bentley


We have been receiving requests for the '50 Brush Samples' created by David Bentley that were available for download last year.  With Dave's permission, we have re-compiled the brushes into 4 Brush Sets (a total of 72 brushes) that can be directly imported into SketchBook Pro 2011 (version 5.0 and above) on Mac & Windows.    


Click here to download Brushes

Click here to download Stamps

Click here to download Textures

Click here to download Design Brushes

You do not need to unzip the files after download.  Simply Import Brush Set from the Marking Menu at the top of the Brush Palette and select the zip file from from your browser.





Dave Bentley is a designer & digital artist.  With experience in automotive, product, and entertainment design. Dave currently teaches at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit.

Click here to see more of Dave's work on his blog.

Keep an eye out for more content from Dave on SketchBook News in the near future!


Reader Comments (34)

Thank you these are wonderful.

April 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzi54241

Awesome!! Thanks so much.

April 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I'm unable to import the brushes. I'm using an iMac, and it automatically unzips the brushes. I've tried to move Bentley's brushes to the custom brush folder directly, but SBP still doesn't recognize the files.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlewis_helfer

I think you need to import the brushes from the top of the tools menu, just dragging them into the folder won't work. Note the location that you've put them so when the dialog box to find them comes up you can navigate to the new brushes. Hope that helps.... And download the manual from another post here if that doesn't help.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSuzi54241

I tried dragging them in as a last effort after I tried following the method posted in the article and the method in the SBP Help section. When I navigate to the folder with the brushes, within the SBP file structure, every tif and xml file is grayed out and not selectable. I purchased SBP (desktop version) through the new Mac App Store. I don't know what else I can try. Very frustrating!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlewis

When the brushes download to your iMac, you should still have the zip file in your Download folder. Also, if you have the unzipped folder, you can also import by creating a new set, then in the marking menu select "New Brush"... when you get the dialog, instead of making a new brush, click on the 'Import' button on the bottom left of the dialog box. Once again, you can navigate to the unzipped folder and select the XML file (this will be the only selectable item). The set will then be populated with the full set of 18 brushes.
If you continue to have problems importing, contact us directly at sketchbook.help(at)autodesk.com

April 22, 2011 | Registered Commenteradsk.chris

Brushes installed! Thank You!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlewis

Is there a way to may a flower brush or stamp? I need a plain white 5 petal flower with black outline. Please let me know if anybody know how.... Thanks!

May 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Are the custom brushes from Dave Bentley available to Sketchbook Pro for iPad?


Greetings from Austria

Rudolf Höllwerth

May 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRudolf Höllwerth

hey Wendy you can create your brush by drawing the 5 petal flower...in small scale than you capture it in the custom brush settings ..so you draw the flower how you wanted ,then you go at new brush..choose paintbrush....than at lower side of the menu..you pick capture..than it will show you a small circle that you place above your draw....( be carefull to surround the small draw,....if you draw it to big you should scale it down than you click above the drawing with the capture circle and that-s it..it works 100% i create a flower pattern to...but is fill with color...without black line

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Hello, I'm also on an iMac OS X 10.6.7, and I'm having a real hard time importing the brushes into Sketchbook Pro. I have the same problem that was described above, where I go and select "Import Brush", and I go into my "Downloads" folder and select the folder "Bentley_Brushes" and click "Open", but then it just opens into the folder and all the files inside are greyed out and I can't select anything. I saw you post a way how to get around this, but I really didn't understand what you said?

If I click "New Brush Set", it just opens a blank little window below my default brushes and there is nothing to click, like you were saying click import after that or something, I just don't see anything to click, I can't right-click. I'm just so confused, and really want these new brushes??? PLEASE help me! I have them for my Windows 7 HP laptop, but I really want them for my iMac, because this is where I do most of my graphic work for a video game I'm developing. Would someone please email me instructions, and if you do, just pretend I'm extremely new to this and will need instructions in a very layman's terms please.

Thank you in advance if you can help me :).

p.s. oh I guess I shouldn't post my email on here, but it will notify via email if someone responds to my comment, thank you.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Ahhhah!!! I figured it out!!! I just had to click "New Brush", not import new brush set. Because it finally let me select the XML file!!! OH WOW!! Thank you so much!!!! These are absolutely amazing brushes!! Will there be anymore new one's? Not to sound ungrateful, because I'm am completely grateful, it just seems there aren't really any brushes available out there like there would be for something like Photoshop. Outside of the default brush sets that came with Sketchbook Pro, this is absolutely, the only custom brush set I've seen available, and I've searched really hard on Google.

If someone knows where there are other brush sets available, please let me know! I'd even be willing to pay for brush sets, just so I could have something new to draw with. And I would thoroughly like to thank the creator of these brushes and stampls, designs and textures! You have made my year by birthing new life into Sketchbook Pro, and my artwork! So, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I'm unsure though, are these made by a private individual, or are these released by Sketchbook Pro? Anyways, please email me if there are any new brushes and other things of the quality in the future!

Joshua D.

July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

how can i creat my assorted brushes, in witch format i have to creat, use the photoshop or illustrator i can use too,

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSHAHID FURQAN

i have problem for installing sketchbook designer, i am have window 7, and problem it is installed after title come for activatin it is come blank cant see anything in the sheet which i cant fill to activate, both are 64bit, pl help to installing in pc,

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSHAHID FURQAN

Do these work for ipad

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter656

i have installed on laptop lenovo i5 window 7 for activation sheet but it is come blank cant see anything in the sheet which i cant fill to activate, pl help me

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSHAHID FURQAN


August 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDIGIART

Mr. Bentley! Thank you so much for the brush sets. I have looked for a few hours now and honestly I can't find any one else creating brushes or even selling them. Maybe I am slow; but where else can I look to download various styles?

....but a HUGE thank you for your collection. It's greatly appreciate for us rookie artists with zero skills trying to learn a new hobby!!!

October 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLee Pierce

if your using a mac, they will automatically unzip .zip files for some reason, youll need to use a program to re-zip the files, as sketchbook pro only recognizes .zip files. it should then work by just going to the top of the brush pallet and selecting import brush set.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjacob

Thanks Dave. I hope to put these to good use.
Works fine on Mac OSX Lion.

Much appreciated.

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflamtastic

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