Here you will find a list of Scale brushes for Procreate that will help you to paint fish, snakes, dragons, and other reptiles + mystical creatures that have scales.
The list includes Premium and FREE brushes. The brushes are dedicated to Procreate, and won’t work in other graphic software.
* I add info if there are files for other software. Sometimes the files are included in the pack, but the most common situation is that Authors create separate packs for other software with the same brushes – in this case, I include additional links to these packs in the brushes’ description.
The brush sets are listed randomly. I always try to include some pieces of information about the brushes’ authors and links to their sites. Many of them use these brushes for their own projects, so by visiting their sites you can see these brushes in use, or even find some freebies and tutorials.
Please let me know if there’s a brush set that should be added to this list!
1. Procreate Dragon Scale Brushes by Extremebrushes
If you are looking for brushes that will help you to paint dragons (and other fantasy creatures)? In this pack you will find 16 Brushes specifically designed for painting dragon skin and texture. They are perfect for speedpaints, and allow you to create the texture in a few seconds. The brushes are quite detailed but won’t clash with your illustration if you have more of a “comic” art style (as I see in some beginner’s drawings, where the artist uses a hyper-realistic texture that doesn’t match their art style)
I’ve already mentioned Xtremebrushes in another list (Feather brushes), if you are interested you can check out the author’s artworks and other sets: @roddlopesart
If there’s an issue in Procreate software that you can’t solve, members of Procreate’s forum will be happy to help you.
Some artists also share their brushes there – including Ben Frank. He’s the author of this scale brush, that he created for his own project. Ben posted also his step-by-step drawing on Procreate’s forum, to show us how to properly use this brush.
This scale brush is the first texture brush created by Ben.
Another brush that was published by Procreate’s community member – Crazysnakelady. It’s just one brush from her set that she was working on. There aren’t many pieces of information about the artist, however, her other brushes are mentioned in another article on BrushWarriors: List of Procreate hair brushes.
Zsolt Kosa created probably one of the biggest set of scale brushes I was able to find.
If you are specifically looking for brushes that will help you to paint dragons (and other mystical creatures) you should check out a bundle that Zsolt created: Dragon Bundle. This pack listed here is a part of the mentioned Dragon Bundle.
I’m aware that the image states “Photoshop brushes”, however, Zsolt can assist you with uploading them to Procreate:
The Brushes are compatible with Photoshop CC and Procreate 5.0 as well (you should be able to import .abr files into Clip Studio Paint v1.10.5 or newer and Affinity Photo).
He created a video tutorial explaining how to import these brushes to Procreate, you can find it on the brushes’ page.
Tattooeasy has an incredible pack with various 27 high-quality texture brushes. Including the snake skin and scale brushes (there’s only a few of them, tho). You will also find here: paper, acrylics, leather wool, and metal textures.
So if you aren’t looking only just for snake skin, but also other realistic texture brushes, this may be the pack you need.
This set was created by a tattoo artist from Sweden – Mårten. He created lots of other awesome brushes (many of them are a great choice if you are looking for brushes inspired by tattoo art). You can check them out on Mårten’s website: Tattooeasy.Art
Here’s a pack of 33 scale textures for the Procreate App.
These brushes can be divided into 3 categories: Ordinary, Multicolor, and Monochromatic. And any of them are perfect for painting mermaids! I’m actually surprised how pretty they look, you can see on a sample video (on the brushes’ page) this “glow” effect that you can create by overlapping the brushes. I’m actually considering using this set during the “MerMay challenge” haha.
Anyway, if you would like to find out more about the author, here’s Anna’s Instagram: @anna.milian.art – she posts here her artworks!
22 Fish scales texture brushes are excellent for creating a real fish scale look. They are perfect for easy and fast drawing texture on iPad. In addition, there are also multicolor brushes. Moreover, this pack includes a mini-tutorial + you will have free support from Ksenia if you encounter any problems.
I’ve already mentioned Ksenia’s brushes in another list – HAIR brushes for Procreate. She’s an author of many other great brush sets, so if you are interested in them (or checking out her artworks), I recommend following her on Instagram: @ks_tumanova
Here’s another set of nice scale brushes. There are 35 various brushes, and many of them are perfect for painting snake skin. You can find there both – realistic-looking skin textures and basic outlines. Below you can see a video with a short presentation of a few brushes:
Finally, the last brush – a very simple pattern, but that’s exactly what many artists are looking for.
I’m aware that there are already similar brushes in sets listed in this article, but I think that this pattern may be the only one that someone needs, so I’m adding it to the list.
Katlyn specializes in creating pattern brushes and you can check out her other sets in her Etsy’s shop: PrettyLittleLineDsgn
Do you know a brush set that isn’t listed here, but is worth recommending?
If yes, then please let me know in the comments 🙂 Also, feel free to share your opinion, I’m curious which set looks the most interesting to you. I hope this article helps you to find what you need!