A little while ago I blogged about using Manga Studio 5 to create a more lifelike pencil tool. If you were using a cintiq, it allowed you to hold the pen at shallow angle and rub the screen as you would with a pencil and get broader strokes (just as you would if you did the same thing). It didn’t occur to me to export the pencil tool at the time (because… well, sometimes I can be thick). But, I thought I’d revisit it and export the pencil.
I’ve made one tiny alteration which has made a big difference to how convincing it is as real world pencil -by changing the nib shape from a circle to a sort of flattened ellipse, the pencil shading effect is now much more intuitive and natural. Here’s an example:
(in this drawing, the blue line is the orientation of the pen as I was drawing.
You can download the brush tool here: Long Leaded Pencil.sut. This works fine on a cintiq 12″ – honestly no idea how it’ll perform on other devices (the cheaper wacom tablets may not be able to detect the orientation/angle of the pen).
If you don’t have manga studio 5 you can buy it via amazon (boxed pc/windows is currently £55 and I’ll get a bit of kickback via the affiliate program) or via Manga Studio where you can buy it digitally (and I’ll get a kickback there too! please don’t hate me!)