Below is a collection of 111 free Illustrator brushes that I have compiled to make your search for illustrator resources a whole lot easier! The free illustrator brushes are created by 5 individual designers, some give away their whole set for free, while others tease you with a handful of free samples. If you have the perfect freebie that would be a great addition to this article, be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
25 ESSENTIAL MARKERS FOR ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR by Eilert Janßen
These markers were scanned at 2400 dpi, then cleaned, gently sharpened, released from boring white pixels, separated by layers then taken back to original size with 300 dpi which provides maximum information at a handy scale. Afterward imported to the Adobe Illustrator Brush Library, named, organized and separately adjusted. Available as Image Brushes (CC+) and Vector Brushes (CS6+).
29 FREE SAMPLE BRUSHES by Anna Ivanir
Anna is offering 29 free illustrator brushes from her pack of 150 Essential Vector Brushes. The hand-drawn vector brushes are for Illustrator CS3 and higher. Inside this collection, you will find high-quality brushes that bring you an organic hand painted feel to your projects. They are great for using in illustrations as well as separate design elements.
40 FREE WAX CRAYON BRUSHES by Jeremy Child
These authentic crayon strokes are perfect for adding naive charm to your designs and illustrations. As with all Artifex Forge brushes, every attempt has been made to retain the life-like qualities of the original wax crayon source material to bring only the best texture to your work!
9 FREE JAPANESE STYLE BRUSHES by Leonard Posavec
Demo these professional and free Illustrator brushes. The pack contains 9 high quality digital, ink, watercolor, Asian calligraphy brushes intended for professional designers, illustrators, and artists.
8 FREE SAMPLE BRUSHES by Anna Reichel
Anna is giving away 8 free sample brushes from her Fruit Joy Vector Brush Pack. I am glad to present you with my new set of vector brushes. They are divided into 5 types: Dots, Bubbles, Waves, Touches, and Spray (depending on the nature of the strokes). With this brushes are easy to change color and size.
Looking for premium alternatives?
Free resources are fantastic and can certainly get you results, however, premium resources are a whole different kettle of fish.
Mix multiple colors in a single brush stroke with our innovative new painting system! I’ve always loved the stunning results you can achieve when mixing multiple colors with wet paint and wished there was a way to create this eye-catching effect in Illustrator, now there is! (Purchase $19)
In response to your requests for vintage brushes that don’t stretch on long strokes, The Artifex Forge is proud to present these exceptional anti-stretch pattern brushes. They seamlessly repeat a tile along the stroke rather than stretching one image along the line. This means that you won’t need to change brushes so often, leaving you more time to perfect those authentic-looking designs and classic artwork. (Purchase $19)
If you’re on the prowl for high quality, super detailed and realistic paint brushes for Illustrator then you’re in the right place! This huge set contains 105 of them and I’ve got every angle covered (Purchase $12)
Six months ago we partnered with Von Glitschka to release the DragStrip Vector Brush Pack. The pack instantly became a best-seller and ever since then, we’ve received requests almost daily for another pack. Today, we’re delivering the goods with Dragstrip 2. I can honestly say this is the most comprehensive pack of paint-style vector brushes ever made – wait until I tell you what’s included in the pack. Between the 40+ DragStrip vector paint brushes, Painting with Vector Brushes e-book, example files and the 24-minute step-by-step video training, you can’t go wrong. (Purchase $29)