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Make a Cartoony Pencil in Illustrator

 

Convert an Anchor Point

The pencil point is too sharp and scary for a cartoon effect. Let’s soften it.

  1. Use the Direct Selection tool (A) to select the path point at the very tip.
Select the Path Point
Select the Path Point
  1. Select the Add Anchor Point tool (+) and click to add two points on either side of the tip, a little ways up.
Add Two Points
Add Two Points
  1. Select the Convert Anchor Point tool which is in the flyout menu for the Pen tool (or press Shift+C).
Convert Anchor Point tool
Convert Anchor Point tool
  1. Click and drag on the tip point to convert the point to a curvy line. If you drag one way and the path seems to overlap itself, swing your direction around the other way.
Convert to a Curve
Convert to a Curve
  1. The tip looks a bit bulgy, so use the Direct select Tool to move it in a bit.
Move the Tip Point in
Move the Tip Point in
  1. Change the fill color of your pencil if you like. Add a stroke too.

Finished Pencil
Finished Pencil

And here’s what I get when I really exaggerate the lines:
Super Exaggerted
Super Exaggerated

 

Done

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