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Photoshop Pencil Brush by Andantonius Photoshop Pencil Brush by Andantonius
Here's a tasty and stylish pencil brush for all your photoshop sketching needs! Have nearly all the deliciousness of real pencil on paper minus the paper and plus the undo (but real men just erase and redraw, like a boss).

This brush for PS is handy for doing more visually interesting sketches that can add a nice layer of texture for you to paint on top of, as well as just making nicer looking digital drawings. Get some grit in those lines!


1. Download the Pencil_Brush_by_Andantonius.abr file by pressing, "Download" to the right of this deviation.

2. Copy Pencil_Brush_by_Andantonius.abr to /Adobe/Adobe Photoshop (Path may vary depending on operating system, and, "Adobe Photoshop" will change depending on what version you have)

3. Start (Or restart if it's already open) Photoshop.

4. To select the pencil brush, simply click on the arrow on the right-hand side of the brush selection menu. Then, from the drop-down menu, select, "Pencil".

5. Draw till your fingers bleed!



Daily Deviation! I totally would have never expected that on this thing. Thank you so much guys for all your nice comments and faves, and also a big thank you to `Rose-Rayne for suggesting it, and to `LawrenceDeDark for featuring it!

Thanks so much everybody! :hug:

double edit:

I finally replaced that dreadful preview image with an actually semi-decent drawing, a quick study of a Prud'hon figure. I also removed all the business about the sketch paper action from both the download and the description cause it was confusing and not actually very helpful. The brush itself is still the same, just with a nicer example of its usage and a less confusing installation process! Enjoy! :)
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Given 2009-07-14
Andantonius' Pencil Brush by =Andantonius This brush is so handy especially for people who love doing pencil sketches but hate having no undo button! (written by suggester) ( Suggested by Rose-Rayne and Featured by LawrenceDeDark )
beckychoi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017
thank you! 
Juuria66 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really a lovely brush! Thanks so much for sharing it!
Lovely-Bacar Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow very nice
Soscrumptious Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017
Thank you so much for these! My niece is a passionate artist and would like to learn to work with Photoshop. I think this will be super useful for her.
Irham7762 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student Interface Designer
thanks boi!!
arstgratia Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing your great work!
b40deep Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
Thanksies for le brush :)
Raiqun Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
amazing brush I did some sketches with it on my deviant it blends like a real pencil I love it this is going to be my main sketch brush :) thank you
bakobaki Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016   Photographer
Meridican Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oldschool, I like it!
Kyuuyula Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You, or anyone who reads this, wouldn't possibly know if this is a brush that can still work if you install it in GIMP instead of PS, or would you? :'D *has on free drawing programs 'cause she's poor*
DR00Lz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
probably not. gimp and photshop dosnt even work in the same way with brushes what I know. but try it out?

or download PS from some torrent site. I think most of personal hobby artists just download it illegally... because heck PS is expenssive!
gilesdraws Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Professional Filmographer
ThingyMann Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Professional Artist
how do I actually download this? (I'm kinda new to Photoshop brushes)
ThingyMann Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016  Professional Artist
oh no I got it!
Shimon-Ifraimov Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this , this is my favorite brush now :D 
dansskolan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016
Wow..You are a photoshop master Andantonius ..You skill is great..
Mesanya Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks a lot! :) It's beautiful!
P57s-Leonean-Artwork Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Student General Artist
Hi, there! I've been using your pencil brush for about two years now, and haven't gotten tired of using it since! However, I have a bit of a question, because I just wanted to make sure, because I've been using it a lot;

Would it be alright if anyone used this brush for professional work, like for commissions and such? I await your answer with a "thank you" on standby! =D
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely, it's free to use in any context, for profit or otherwise. Have fun! :)
NhacuaDau Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
I'm using, thank you
Illusir Featured By Owner May 27, 2016
Thank you! :hug:
rodrigoWeimann Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
obrigado !!!
BiaBooster Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thank you so
haruhi98 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This brush doesn't work?
Zxkouga Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks bro!!
HectorVrl Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
simple yet effective
nurtoptas Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Thank you very much! It's great :)
Madvian Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! The brush (pencil?) works beautifully
mymindsablank Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
Thank you!
ghenwaaf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Professional General Artist
thank you, i will make sure to use them. appreciated
myreligionLarry Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
thanks for sharing!<3
AaronKTJ Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student
Thanks for this. Using it for a while, and the unmistakable, almost visceral feeling  of using a pencil sort of seeped in while I was testing it out. :thumbsup:
KeksWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing this, I used the brush here:… :)
MickeySood Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are a life saver. Its been months i have been trying to find a pencil brush. Nothing has been as good as the one you made. Thank you.
sweeetaah Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015
Thank you very much for a beautiful pencil! Much love to you!
SpaceCaseEerie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Quality Sketch Brush thank you so much! It is absolutely wonderful!
matissdemars Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015
thank,for sharing
Ou-ren Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing!
xfan97 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot :), Great sketch too
auana-art Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
cant wait to try the set out! also - ur sketch looks pretty good :))
Charley-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you most heartily. You did a great service for the artistkind.
EarthsSaviorSonGoku Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there we go, nvm, got it to work...that was weird
EarthsSaviorSonGoku Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm wont let me download...weird
TeachingMyselfSpeed Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks exactly what I need, but I'm encountering the same problem I've had for years while using Photoshop: my lines simply don't look as defined and dark as those shown on the preview. What am I doing wrong? My strokes always look too fuzzy/blurred, and instead of black, they come out more of a mid-tone grey. I'm using the brush without any tweaks to its settings.

As I mentioned, I've had this issue pretty much since I began using Photoshop years ago. It doesn't seem to matter how large or small a canvas I work on. I'm using a Wacom Intuos 3, if that helps? Could it be my tablet settings doing this? If so, what should I change?

Any help would be absolutely, massively appreciated, because I'd love to put this problem to rest once and for all!
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's actually something I noticed personally while using this brush, I usually have to push it a little harder and layer a few strokes on top of each other to get a really full darkness.

If it's happening with your other brushes though I would say:
1. Check your opacity / flow / brush settings. Make sure they're all at 100% and Wet Edges isn't turned on or anything like that.
2. Check your tablet settings. I personally increase the sensitivity of my pen quite a bit so a much lighter touch is required to be considered 100% pressure, so you might just have yours turned up to the point where pressing hard enough to reach 100% is uncomfortable so you're not doing it.
TeachingMyselfSpeed Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :) My settings were okay, the problem was my canvas size: it was too small. The brush - any brush - at 100% zoom looks blurry. When I mistakenly attempted to produce a tighter line by reducing the brush size, that's when it would become faint.

Since remembering to always work at 200-300 DPI, I've not had any problems. :)
Andantonius Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yeah, that'll definitely do it. I usually try and keep my canvas size so that my brushes never need to go smaller than 5px.

Glad you got it figured out!
termhn Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Could you save a file that you're having this issue on and post it somewhere I could download? Might help diagnose the problem... can't really tell just from your description.
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