Recently I was working on a video game that required a sketchy pencil look. I started by scanning real pencil sketches, but it’s such a hassle when you have to change things later, so I went digital! Like in Tron!
I’m not very fond of the pencils in Painter or any pencil brushes I’ve found for Photoshop, so I made my own! Not much to it, but I think it’s pretty good. You be the judge! That’s it in the picture to the right, on top of a scanned piece of paper.
If you haven’t messed-around with brushes in Photoshop, you don’t know what you’re missing! Here are some free brushes (.ABR files) that I made for you to play with. Just open up your brushes window in Photoshop and click on the little triangle-in-a-circle thing in the upper-right hand corner. Click on “load brushes” and then, um, load the brushes! If you only want to see one brush set at a time, use “replace brushes” instead.
Quite a few of the brushes are essentially stamps, but that doesn’t mean you have to use them that way. Experiment with various brush settings (scattering and other dynamics) and brush blending modes (color burn, screen, etc.). Check out the examples to see what you can do with them… These brush sets use images from J.G. Heck’s Bilder Atlas zum Conversations Lexicon, published in the 19th century.
VINSDOJO is a handwriting kinda font, and the official font of my dumb site! It’s been used quite a bit recently in the Yu Yu Hakusho comics (as seen in Shonen Jump). I hope you like it! It has all the letters and punctuation, and a few special characters(none international, sorry). Use it with my blessing.
MisterVampire is a cuh-razy font that was somehow inspired by the Hong Kong kung fu-horror-comedy movie series Mr. Vampire! Good for titles, especially if you mix up the font sizes on individual letters. Use it with my blessing.