Krita brushes 2023-01 bundle

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We are already past two weeks into the new year, and I wanted to start it with optimizing my new brushes, clean the thumbnails and remove the double. I collected this way this pack of 38 brushes. I'm sharing them today.

You might find that some of these brushes are similar to official default brush of Krita: their aspect, their usability and their thumbnail design. That's because I designed the default brush of Krita and even if my taste evolves a bit, my classic and way to solve problems remains the same.

The goal of this list was for me to reduce the selection of the brush to a more compact set. I selected the one I daily use to fit into two columns on my quadHD monitor. I also wanted to them to be organised by group of colors to pick them faster and take better decisions while painting. I have now a group dedicated to "details", a group specialized into "glazing", "texturing", etc...

This pack is tied to my "visual vocabulary". I'm curious if there are "words" in it that will become part of your. I'm sharing them this time under CC-0/Public Domain license. It means you can do what you want with them: commercial, tutorial, teach, etc... do exactly as if they were part of the default brush. They were named to also blend within the default.

You might also find a different pressure curve in all these presets: and that's probably to adapt to both the Intuos Pro Large and the XP-Pen Artist Pro 24 I'm using. They both have very different pressure curve in comparison to the devices I owned so far.




I can keep this resources free, open and without any paywall thanks to the 1% who support my work and who offer this possibility to the other 99%. If you want to be one of them, thank you! You'll find the links to support my work here, I have account on Patreon, Tipeee, Liberapay and more options are listed). Thank you ๐Ÿ’œ

Here is a direct link:

Checksum (Sha256): 93f50eaf1013e02c6cfac6b6913e4455ccc5fb18b2f757b76409fa6b634f046c


  1. Download the zip.
  2. Extract the file from the zip, it should be named "deevad-bundle_23-01.bundle".
  3. Open a fresh new Krita (5.1.5 or newer) and don't open or create any document [1].
  4. Open directly: Setting > Manage Resources
  5. Press the Import Resources button, and with dialog (file explorer) find the file you extracted earlier on your disk.
  6. Done; you'll find the brush in the tag deevad 23.01 [2].

Note [1]: Probably a bug. Do not create a new document before importing, or the tag will fail and only three brushes will be tagged.

Note [2]: The brush bundle comes also with all brushes named with the keyword "deevad" and "23" in them, so if the import of the tag fails, you can use that to filter them by name and re-tag them. I tested the bundle on Krita 5.1.5 on Fedora Linux KDE 37. I hope they'll install easily on your side.

Note [3]: How to use a two column layout? I detail this in the introduction of this video (link with timecode).


  • These brushes are licensed under CC-0 Public domain. You are free to do commercial work with them, to reshare them, to fork them, to reuse them, to include them in your software.
  • The pictures and artworks for the demonstration in this article, under CC-By to David Revoy.

License: "Krita brushes 2023-01 bundle" by David Revoy โˆ’ CC-BY 4.0with additional custom rules mentioned at the end of the article.
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link Bruce Duncan  

Much thanks, David! I haven't used Krita as yet, but looking at your fine work makes me WANT to.

link ~peron  

Excellent Work David, I'm using your brush kits since several years now. Krita is an astounding software. Thanks for your efforts!

link AlvesR  

Genial, cรณmo los instalo en tablet? y en la pc?

link Oel044  

The girl in the third draw (Rain City) is Pepper? The chest looks to small (breast and ribcage) and arms are cilinders. And in misc__2022-06-02_signing-sessions-France-2022_by-David-Revoy Pepper looks pregnant and weird if you compare the body below the basket and up.

link 4k51  

Greetings and hello. Thank you for your hard work and your set of brushes. You've inspired me to pick up drawing and I'm looking forward to be learning from you in the future. Once more thank you and good luck.

link DABurghardt  

super strong, great...I'm looking forward to the video


link Harc  

Thank you so much for sharing your brushes. They're beautiful! I've been having a hard time transitioning from SAI to Krita, but thanks to you and all the generous Krita users community, I'm able to use the tool so much better than any previous art program I've tried. Thank you so much.

link Dale Ziemianski  

UR Awesome

link J2day  

Just wanted to say thanks! Really appreciate the simplified set and the tagging. Going to be my go to set !

link DarioTW  

Merci -Ravid - superbe , super - gracias, thanks, dzieki - :)
posted it on my blog too - these brushes work great -

link DarioTW  

Sorry for the misspelling - not Ravid, but David - cheers, ciao !

link john  

If I install it, krita crash
What to do now?

link David Revoy Author,

Hi John,
It's not normal and specific to your install, as you can read here and on Youtube, hundreds of persons could install it without a crash.
Please mention your operating system and version of Krita and also precise when Krita crash (after loading the bundle on the file browser, or after leaving the resource manager, etc...)
You'll find also more info on what happened in Help, Show Krita log for bug report.
Once you have all of that, please report the bug, thanks!

link john  

How to report a bug?

link David Revoy Author,

In Krita, go to "Help > Report Bug".
It will certainly ask you to make an account on the bug-tracker (so you can edit your infos, get news when it is fixed and be recontacted).
If you want to do it on a web-browser manually, the URL is
Thanks for contributing to bug reports!

link Sophie  

Thank you so much for this bundle! I'm moving to Krita from Paint Tool Sai, your resources and tutorials are of great help and the hard work you put in them is highly appreciated. The love you put in them and in your art doesn't go unnoticed. Thank you again!

link David Revoy Author,


link Mister Cat  

As always thank you for the amazing tools and the hard work you put into your content, very inspiring.

link Osuta  

Thank you very much

link Sara Foxx  

Will these brushes work in other programs? My Wacom died a few years ago and I haven't been able to try out krita since then, but the brushes look really good and I'd love to try them. I am currently working in Procreate and I think they are .brush files

link David Revoy Author,

Hi Sara, I have no idea about other (proprietary) programs; it depends on their team and interoperability design and policy with other solutions.
If you are a Procreate customer, you should ask them directly or check your manual, but as far as I know, it's highly not probable they adapted their brush engine to load Krita presets.

link Lee D  

I've tried several times to download the new brush bundle using Krita 5.1.5 but they do not appear when I open Krita. I even deleted Krita from my computer as well as the 23.01 brush bundle and then re-installed Krita for a fresh start. The brush bundle appears to download and un-zip just fine. However, when I click "Import Resources", Krita opens a window indicating a file of the same name already exists in the resource folder. When I do a search in the all brushes tool box for deevad and/or 23 there are no hits. Any suggestions?

link David Revoy Author,

Hi Lee D,
I don't have many idea on what might happen. Check on Configure Resources Libraries that the bundle has a 1px white frame around it. It's the weird GUI of Krita to tell the brush pack is activated or not. It's possible to have a bundle installed and not active. If it is the situation, that might explain the message that prevent you to install, yet, no brushes.
My second hypothesis is a bit more exotic; it's in the case you are using a Krita version containerized (Android, Snap or FlatPak on Linux); and the container can't load the files because outside of file is authorized to be loaded. Less likely to happen, but I saw already Android version refusing to load bundles.

link Lee D  

Hello Dave,
Thank you very much. I opened "Manage Resource Libraries" and deevad-bundle_23-01 was listed as the last of six bundles and did not have a "white frame". I selected the bundle and clicked the "Activate" button. Bingo! The new brushes are working now. I'm a newbie at this. Thanks again for your help.

link David Revoy Author,

Thanks for the feedback! And I'm glad the frame thing did work. ๐Ÿ‘

link Isaac J  

How do you get your brush wheel to display all the brushes at once? Thanks.

link ren  

where is the download button or whatever?

link David Revoy Author,

I put the link in bold on a chapter named Download written in big.

link HuskyArt  

David, I wanted to know which is the best brush for line-after-sketch (line-art), which one do you recommend?

link David Revoy Author,

Hi HuskyArt,
You'll not like this answer: but there is no good answer.
It's the same as if you ask to a hairdresser in a comment: "What is the best comb?", it will depends of your hair type, and the haircut you expect to sculpt with it.
Same for line-art: some renderings are smooth, some have opacity variation, some have jittering on the line, some also are pixelated. And the settings are also different for each artists: The one liking to draw long curves for their design will probably stick to brush with a lot of stabilisation, the one who prefers 'nervous' rendering will like hard edges on the shape, etc...
You have to sketch, test by yourself, try many brushes, until you'll find the one that makes it easier for doing what you want to achieve.
In my case, I don't use a brush for line-art anymore, I just paint-over my sketch. But when I do line-art, I like a pencil effect. c3) Thin Brush Textured is what I used in this pack for the artwork of Mobilizon:

link HuskyArt  

I thought about using what you use the most, because there are so many options for me to use for line-art that it's hard to choose ๐Ÿ˜…. But thanks for the help ๐Ÿ™‚.

link Muffy  

David, in your Krita Brushkit v8.2, are some of the brushes same as the default ones? And if so, how could i remove the redundant ones?

link David Revoy Author,

Hey, they are not the same; it's update (I was in charge of the default ones long time ago, for Krita 4 in 2018). You can delete brush preset with the drop down on the top toolbar (the icon of the brush), if you look in the footer of this list of brush, you'll find a trashcan. It doesn't really delete the brush, it 'blocklists' the item and hide it from your brush collection.

link mist  

im so excited to use these!

link Muffy  

Ok, thank u!

link isaac  

hello!! i'm a long time krita user just now moving to photoshop.
is there any way i can convert / export your krita brushes to other programs? maybe as ABR files?
i've been trying but no success yet

link David Revoy Author,

Hey, it's not possible. No proprietary software exposes their code for their brush engine; so it's not possible to know exactly how they encode curves, settings, and how they name it differently. The only possible material you'll be able to transfer is the bitmap image used as a brush tip (but not coming with all dynamics and settings, so a bit pointless, IMO).
ABR can be read in Krita, but only to decode those bitmap and brush tips, not to import other settings.

link Giancarlo Dell'Ernia  

Thank you for this beautiful set of brushes, David.
The reason why your "c) Pencil H Sketch" pencil brush is by far my favorite over those made by others is because it behaves just like a real pencil. In fact, in other brushes, they often resort to settings that add random effects to the stroke that, while they may like it at first, prove dangerous in the long run as they are unpredictable, especially when you are working on a drawing detail. The only liberty I took was to create a variation of your brush by reducing the diameter of the tip from 8 to 5 px, so as to achieve a more incisive stroke, useful for details. Thanks again for the excellent work.

link maya  

for some reason i cant download it. my krita cant take a zip file. im confused how everyone else got it?

link David Revoy Author,

You need to extract the content of the zip file. Zip is a file format to compress files. The file inside is a bundle file.
Read the "Install" part of the article, it's detailed on (1) and (2). Good luck!

link Nayan  

Thank you so much for the brushes and for the tutorial, they're a blessing x

link Alex   - Reply

very nice artworks!

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