Drybrushing is a great way to add texture to your paintings. But the term “drybrush” is somewhat misleading because the brush isn’t actually dry, just slightly damp.
To use this technique, dip your brush in your pigment, then touch it to a sponge or tissue to remove most of the moisture. Using the tips of the brush hairs?either in a clump or fluffed apart with your finger?make short, overlapping strokes. I created this portrait of White Deer using layers of drybrush cross-hatching. Notice how soft highlights appear where the white of the paper shows through.