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The custom shapes tool

It's been a month since i started experimenting with a new technique based on custom shapes. i had given it a try last year but i just couldn't figure out how it was going to be THAT useful to a work process already based on custom brushes. it turns out that custom shapes are, in a way, far more versatile than brushes when it comes to organizing your canvas. the "abstract" factor is partly taken out of the workflow. not entirely though, as you can still mess around with insane shapes. but the way you apply shapes is just more connected to the environment you're creating, allowing super fast compositions in no time at all. i'll continue pushing this technique as it is, for now, extremely promising.
here's an environment extract i'm working on, done mainly with custom shapes. also, go visit kekai's blog for his latest, it's based on custom shapes and it's one thousand times worth it.

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Oh thank you for sharing these experiences with us, this kind of very square shape is precisely what interests me most in digital ...
I just saw kekai, synthesize like that is really incredible, if you have other references like that ...


interesting, i would like to see how, exactly, you can implement the custom shapes tool like you and kekai doesn't seem to work for me at all.

Nasan Hardcastle

I'd like to see how you're using this technique too! Would you be able to explain how you use custom shapes in your next post?


It's great, I love your work, bravo!


Oh god, my eyes!

Such beauty!

More and in higher resolutions please!

Yohann Schepacz

Damn...Please Mr Visionary, show us the way of pixel samurai !


Thanks for sharing this, I am having a great time trying to figure this out and see what I can do with this

Jared Shear

So you are basically using the custom shape tool to help you arrive at unique composition you might not otherwise achieved to begin with; a composition perhaps a little more thought out, instead of stumbled upon out of abstract shapes?

My interest has been piqued. Thanks for sharing!

Jordan Lamarre-Wan

freaking amazing!!! thanks for posting!

Xavier Yabut

I like the angle of this illustration!

Al Hasnawi

great technique, I love your style!

Alina Chau


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peter maynez

really nice piece.


wow! this is awesome! absolutely gorgeous!

Annis Naeem

LOVE it.


I too would love to see a more in depth description of how you do this. Especially the colour application part. As that's what boggles my mind.

Thanks and all the ones of see (via have been super cool).


Nice picture and thanks for sharing the tech, seems super fun !

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Nice drawing, thanks.
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Jason Scheier

great post! :)

Al Hasnawi

Thank you for sharing these fantastic works with us,

Richard Smitheman

Very interesting. I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

A. Riabovitchev

Happy New Year!:o)

Rental Mobil 911

Very nice, thanks.
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Mike Yamada

Very cool! Glad to see you always pushing the boundries. Now all I need to do is figure out what this custom shapes tool is.

Randy Bantog

Brilliant! I love the look of your work.


Great post! I want to know how your using these tools.
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