The Shizzle from Bob Byrne: Instantaneous Stripes for Affinity Designer

In the studio of the inimitable Bob Byrne, a.k.a Clamnuts, we bring you The Shizzle Design and Brush Package. A collection of grungy Styles, gritty Brushes and awesome Assets, prepared to provide your jobs an creative advantage.

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A movie showing The Shizzle Design and Brush Package in action.

So, how are they made?

If you work with textures in your designs you can’t help but find the gnarly old paint on the slide when you’re in the park with your kid. Collecting real world stripes that were unusual and interesting is where this began, a lot of which were taken from the exact same playground, they were then edited to make a bold, fuzzy appearance.

Initially the collection was created by Bob for use in his own projects, the Styles in this collection are a shorthand way to apply pattern and awesome texture . Coupled with vector brushes that include the edges of shapes and interest together, plus a set of ultra-useful assets, this collection grew and grew !

What do you get?

  • 92 Assets
  • 25 Vector Brushes
  • 100 Styles (split into 3 components )
  • Component 1–44 Styles
  • Component 2–36 Styles
  • Component 3–20 Styles (100 in total)

How do I use them?

The Shizzle Design and Brush Bundle is a toolkit for improving your vector artwork. The vector Brushes may be inserted into vector lines to add pattern and texture, the Styles include instant bitmap texture and grunge to your vector shapes and also the Assets are a collection of useful tools that may be dropped on your canvas in any moment. Resize and fine-tune your creations through the miracle of Affinity Designer’s Appearance Studio.

Bring a vector line and include a vector brushstroke for instant interest. It doesn’t have to be an outline either, use the brushes for grainy shading that is slow and textures. About using vector brushes for 9, the great thing is it’s possible to change the brushstroke, tweak the vector curve and recolour them til your heart’s content, no erasing or redrawing necessary. If want to change your mind a lot or you have to make quick changes to your customer projects, this really is the way to go!

The Shizzle Styles–in three components

Grizzle up your vectors using the Shizzle Styles. You may add your own work to give it that extra oomph and shadows, dots, grains patterns, tones and textures. Styles work by choosing a vector form and clicking on the Style of your choice from the Styles Panel to use it into the contour. You can then edit with the Appearance Studio.

The Shizzle Assets

Drag and drop or add an advantage color it, clip it, utilize it as a mask, the options are endless. Shapes and patterns, great for building comic book panels up or for experimenting with the other elements of the collection.

Subcategories comprise Shiznuggets–bobs and bits to fool around with, corners, shadows with brushes pre-applied and prepared to edit, line groups that create patterns waiting for some magical and ideal for clipping, irregular circles and edges squares and more.


Have a look at a few of the examples Bob has generated with all styles the brushes and assets in Brush Package and The Shizzle Design.

Where can I get hold of the epic collection?

The Shizzle Design and Brush Bundle is available to purchase on the Affinity Shop.

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Concerning the founder

Bob Byrne is a freelance illustrator and product designer. Since founding Clamnuts design studio 20 years ago with its roots in Irish underground comic and zine culture, Bob has expanded his company to encompass the Dr Moku language learning apps and product range, cartoons and illustration for leading brands like Cadbury and mobile game development, with more goods and apps on the horizon. Bob has been involved in the development of Affinity products with expertise and his feedback helping form the apps, from the first days.

You can see more of Bob’s work on the Clamnuts site and Twitter.

You might even read our behind the scenes interview with Bob here and take a look at his Affinity Lockdown 2020 Creative Session on YouTube where he talks us through how to work with Styles in animated jobs.

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