Matej Il?ík is the brilliant illustrator and graphic designer behind the company, Guerillacraft, which produces tons of graphic resources for other designers and illustrators. With a love for all things mid-century, Matej’s work carries an authentically-vintage tone, making his products a must-see for anyone who works on retro-inspired design projects.

Matej creates some of the most incredibly useful textures, typography effects, photography effects, Photoshop actions, graphic styles and art brushes for Illustrator. Particularly if you work with designs that must evoke the spirit of specific midcentury decades, Guerillacraft makes it easy to achieve an authentic appearance in your work.


One of Guerillacraft’s latest releases is the 1950s Artist Brush Pack, a collection of 39 vector brushes for Adobe Illustrator that include 19 seamless pattern-based brushes and 20 art brushes. These brushes were handmade from old brushes and ink, finger-smudged to achieve that realistic, handcrafted effect. Matej scanned each stroke in the highest resolution, meticulously cleaning up any perceivable flaws during the digitization process.

Above all things when it comes to his own personal workflow, Matej is always looking for the fastest, most effective ways to make the greatest use of his design software and time. With that in mind, the seamless brushes in the 1950s Artist Brush Pack include two variations, Normal and Mirror, to speed design workflow and make their application a far swifter task.

In Adobe Illustrator CC, you’ll be able to apply seamless brushes to shapes with a single click, achieving gapless texture effects instantly. For Illustrator versions CS3-CS6, which do not contain the corner tiles included the CC version, Guerillacraft has provided a PDF tutorial that shows you how to avoid gaps in seamless brush textures being applied to shapes.

The 1950s Artist Brush Pack is an excellent addition to any graphic design studio’s arsenal of tools. The combination of art brushes and seamless pattern brushes included in this set are perfect for line art, vector illustrations, retro poster designs, and digital paintings.


If you enjoy halftone effects, ink grain, wood type, vintage distressing, and all things inspired by midcentury illustration and design, you’ve got to check out the rest of Guerillacraft’s portfolio on YouWorkForThem. With 37 products currently available, you’re sure to find a must-have commodity that will make your workflow much easier the next time you find yourself wanting to achieve a truly retro effect in your work.