For this week’s free brush set we’re bringing you a fan favourite from the tablet app. We’ve pulled it out of that app and are offering it up for use in the desktop app. Anyone familiar with these pencil brushes will likely tell you they are their go-to favourites for sketching. The great thing about the Fine Art pencil brushes is the diverse range of uses you can get out of them. You can use these brushes to make a realistic looking pencil sketch, use them to build a textured base for a painting, or simply create some amazing shading.
These brushes truly simulate the feel of an actual pencil. Use your tablet and pen exactly how you would use a pencil on paper. Use the pen on an angle to get a broader stroke and adjust the pressure you’re using to get a lighter or darker shade.
Download the fifteen-piece Fine Art Pencil Set and sketch ‘til you drop! Read on if you want some tips on how you can jazz up your pencil sketches and find some inspiration.
Tips for drawing in pencil
If you want to play around with the colours and contrast to give your drawing a little kick, add a colour layer on top of your sketch. Try the different blending modes like Overlay, Multiply, or Colour Burn and see what looks best with your drawing. Try using a background colour that is similar to an actual sketchbook, such as light brown or grey. If you want to make a certain part of a drawing pop, use a single colour accent in areas you want emphasized (e.g., as you would the irises in the eyes of a portrait).
It’s okay to be messy when attempting to create a realistic pencil drawing. In fact, it’s encouraged. If you’re going to be using a smudge tool, lower the opacity so that you can still see bits of the pencil strokes when blending. When erasing pencil strokes in real life, the pencil doesn’t completely rub off. Try using the soft eraser instead of the regular one to leave a hint of your mistakes if you want that more realistic look. Also remember that pencils are not 100% black. Either keep the pressure on the lighter side or use a dark grey to achieve the proper colours.
Installing the brush sets
Being able to share and install these weekly free brush sets in the desktop app is one of the features for SketchBook subscribers. If you’re using the latest desktop version of SketchBook, simply double click on the .skbrushes file, and it will automatically install. Check out this article for all the details about brushes and legacy versions. If you haven’t tried the subscription, you can download a free trial and unlock Pro membership for 15 days (no credit card required).