I downloaded the brushes of a very impressive painter and applied them, in part, to this illustration—the boat, background, and anchor. As does Nikolai Lockertsen, I use the procreate app for drawing and painting on my iPad. This inexpensive, high-powered app allows the importing/exporting of custom made/tweaked brushes.
Nikko (for shorthand), as stated in a procreate forum post, has utilized a set of 5 brushes, dubbed the Furious Five, for most his paintings.
With pleasure, because I’m a big fan of Nikko’s gritty textures and humorous elements, I gave them a try.
I especially enjoyed Rough Texture, which I used on the boat. My least favorite was Pencil. For sketching and outlining, I prefer the out-of-the-box procreate brush set titled Inking.
If you don’t have time to visit Nikko’s gallery, please enjoy one of my favorites, Fat Cop. It would take me 6 months to copy this artwork (if I even could)!
Just to reiterate, he made this on an ipad using procreate, folks. If this blows your mind, let me know in the comments.