Krita brushes: Charcoal pencils

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Video with a quick description/demo of the brushes, how-to install, and a timelapse.

Update: This three brush are now installed by default in Krita 4, you probably already have them installed in your brush list.

Here is three new presets inspired by charcoal pencils, colored pencils and pencils in general. In short; these are just preset with a sublte grainy paper easy on eyes, with a cool and smooth grain and with also a sweet pressure curve. I hope you'll like them and have fun maintaining a digital-sketchbook folder!



See the video for detailed install instructions. In short: Download, extract, open Krita and go to Setting > Manage Ressources, press the Import Bundles button, and target the extracted bundle file, press Ok, restart Krita. Compatible with Krita 3.0 and up.


This brushes are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 to "David Revoy,". This attribution is necessary in case of redistributing, commercializing, or modifying the brushes. This attribution is not necessary in case of usage (you can paint any artwork you want with it, you still own totally your artwork). This attribution is not necessary in case of doing screenshot/screenrecording of Krita and have the brushes visible.

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link Samir Osman   - Reply

Thank you David for these brushes!

link jeiR   - Reply

Thank you very much for sharing these!

link renaud   - Reply

merci , énormément merci pour tout ce que tu offres !
(et bonne année aussi!)

link David Revoy Author, - Reply

Merci! Bonne année également!

link Chezz   - Reply

Just got them installed! thanks David!

link Algot Runeman   - Reply

Sorry, but I get the message: Could not load bundle /home/algot/Charcoal_pencils.bundle(I18N_ARGUMENT_MISSING).
Version 3.1.1

link David Revoy Author, - Reply

Interesting. I don't have a lot of informations, but it can be:
- The *.zip I uploaded is corrupted, and you are the first one to try it. ( I doubt this, because I would have more feedback, but it's a possibility ).
- Your download of the *.zip file was corrupted, and so the data inside it.
- Disk read/write error.
- By your path /home/algot/Charcoal_pencils.bundle , I think you are on GNU/Linux or BSD ( or Mac? I heard Mac use also Unix way of naming system folders )
- I tested the bundle with Krita 3.1.1 appimage on Manjaro. But! a 3.1.1 packaged by a distribution can have specific problems, with specific Qt patched version, etc...
- (I18N_ARGUMENT_MISSING) , sounds like your Krita expect a translation for the bundle. It doesn't make sens, but I tested with a Krita in english. Do you use a system with another language?
All in all, your issue is probably better reported on the bug-tracker of Krita, with more information about your system, hardware, etc... Krita's developpers don't have time to read the comments of my blog; they have really busy time already with their own IRC channel, forum and bug tracker. I hope you 'll understand it, and also understand how important is it for you to help solving this bug. Because I know by experience maybe 10 persons will get your bug, and only 1 will take the time and do the effort to report it and solve it for the 9 other. ( and I'm generous on the 1/10 ratio here ). :-)

link Douglas Lopes   - Reply

Very similar to real pencils...tnx!

link Raph   - Reply

Merci! :)

link valvin Contributor, - Reply

Thank you!! :)

link Phelibre   - Reply

Encore merci pour votre disponibilité et votre partage ...

link Liz de Souza   - Reply

David, what Operation System are you using? I have to upgrade my distro (currently with Kubuntu 14). What do you recommend?
And thanks so much for this bundle. Soooooo good. You're awesome. Merci!

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hi Liz!
I'm using Manjaro XFCE now. I just have the panel to the top, and I use the theme numix-themes-archblue-git combined with Mint-X Aqua icons. The windows decoration is an extra thin decoration:

I'm using the filemanager Nemo in XFCE instead of the proposed Thunar, because this way I can get the preview of *.kra and *.ora files with the AUR. ( in Manjaro, installing AUR is easy; from the Pamac, the package manager to install software and remove them ).
On the downside, no color icc launcher/calibrator included in Xfce, so I'm using DisplayCal , an external app, and load my icc with command line at startup using dispwin ; and for the wacom tablet, I'm using a xsetwacom script at startup.

In production on Pepper&Carrot, I'm still using this Krita appimage version as my stable : krita-3.0.1-Alpha-4c91a18-x86_64.appimage from ; it's more stable than 3.1.1 for the core painting experience. But 3.1.1 is better for Stabilizer. So I'm using recent 3.1.1 to draw, and old to paint. Not a clean situation, but it works. I consider 3.1.1 still as a beta version. Not a release. I'm working to report as much as I can for 3.1.2 or 3.1.3 to be my next stable app.
Don't install Krita from the install/remove software on Manjaro ; it's 3.1.1 but a 3.1.1 compiled and using Qt5.7. Developpers are still using 5.6 and needs to patch it. Krita from package on Manjaro/Arch/Antergos/etc... is broken with it. Many issues, focus with mouse, mouse-wheel, dual monitor , etc... Appimage contains their own version of Qt, patched by Krita team, so the quality is better on them.

Exept all of this , Manjaro is cool. It needs maintainance, not all update are 100% smooth, but it's easy to fix because the dev of Manjaro often leaves a lot of information on the forum about major updates. I learned with it to 'fix my install' and not 'reinstall'. I'm running the same system since May 2016 now. I'm using the Arch Wiki ( a very updated documentation, going very deep on every topic ) to fix my hardware driver, fine tune the system. I could this way install my scanner, microphone, printer just the way I want, and now the system keep rolling and update. As Manjaro is rolling distro , it's evolving all the time. I hope the installer will work as good as it was for me if you try it. Good luck!

link jfebrer   - Reply

Great brushes!
Thank you!

link Maren   - Reply

Thank you (also for the very explicit usage info at the bottom - I wish everyone were so clear)!

link George   - Reply

Hi David can you help me please. I am an old man now nearly 80 years and i draw on paper to combat Arthritis pain. I recently downloaded Krita 3.0 but for some reason (my own fault i suspect) i cannot get to draw on a new document at all .I am not computer literate so i would need step by step guide thank you .I realise you must be a very busy man and if you cannot help no worries .Thank you for your very good tutorials and if possible could you email a solution Thank you so much. Regards George.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hi George, Thank you for your nice words.
Your problem with Krita can come from many sources: the tablet, the graphic card driver, the operating system, the Krita version. I can't give a solution without more informations. Also, if your system is a Windows system or Mac , I'll probably can't help ; because I'm using only Linux since 2009. In this case, contact the Krita team on their forum here:

link Angelz   - Reply

I Love these brushes now i can draw anime better :3!

link Jean   - Reply

To date some of the better charcoal brushes out there.
Your brushkit in general is also arguably the most popular one for Krita, in my opinion.

link Alvin   - Reply

Great set of brushes - really comfortable for sketching!

link Nathalie   - Reply

Hello, I'm sorry to say that i have a problem with this bundle. I import it using manage resources, but the brushes do not show up. In the docker, the tag is visibe but once i click it, there is no thumbnails inside. I have Krita 3.2.1, can you please tell me how to fix it?

link Nathalie   - Reply

Sorry, got it fixed alright. :3 Great set and it works super now, Thanks :)

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Oh thank you for the update. What did you do to fix it ? If you have an advice for my install guide or to ease installation, let me know!
Thanks for the feedback about the brushes :)

link Nathalie   - Reply

My mistake came from my limited knowledge of Krita :).
When I opened the "manage resources" window, I didn't read the titles for the frames; "active bundle" and "inactive bundle", and i kept switching my bundle to "inactive". Of course, after watching for an upteenth time video guides on yt, and miutes after writing a comment to you, I've realized my stupid little mistake, But thanks for taking interest :D

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Thank you for the feedback Nathalie. It's interesting. I'll try to talk about it to a developer, maybe this column can be easier. :-)

link J.Luis   - Reply

Thakyou. It's fantastic!
Tankyou for your job.

link Jesus   - Reply

Thanks a lot for this niiice set of pencils; I'm new to Krita, but I can´t but wonder how something as basic as a set of charcoals wasn't there already.

link Sam   - Reply

first I would like to thank you for your wonderful brushes. I really like this charcoal package and
I use it for my scatches nearly every day.
After upgrading to Krita 3.3.1 I noticed that your brushes are not working anymore. For now, I reverted
to Krita 3.3.0 so your brushes are working correctly.
Hope you will find the time to look into this issue, cos I would really like to use the brushes in the updated Krita versions.


link Jfp   - Reply

Merci infiniment je transitionne tant bien que mal de photoshop a krita et j'éprouvais quelques difficultés a obtenir ce style pour mes esquisses avec mes connaissances assez limitées du programme. ( que je commence à vraiment apprécier )

link Morten Telling   - Reply

Hi David

I too use these brushes with great pleasue, but I also experienced that the texture dissappaered after upgrading to latest version of Krita (like Sam above). So now it just looks like plain default brushes with no texture. I can get texcture again if I go in and select texture, but it will dissapear after restarting Krita and it also looks like pressure is not working 100 % :-(


link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Yes, it's a known bug in Krita 3.3.1 :-/ (no texture) ; Here I keep working on 3.3.0...

link Vadim   - Reply

David, thanks a million! You are great! This is exactly what I was searching for... BTW the music on the demo is gorgeous!

link Houria ZIANI   - Reply

Thank you very much David for sharing these brushes !!

link fawzy farrag   - Reply

As if these brushes were created basically to Krita. Thank you.

link boby   - Reply

sur mon pc ça à pas la meme effet que toi

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Ce kit est pour Krita 3.0; les brosses fonctionneront avec 4.0 et supérieur mais le rendu est différent à cause de changement dans les moteurs de brosses. J'aimerai mettre à jour les pinceaux mais malheuresement; Krita n'est pas bon depuis 4.0 pour la gestion des ressources...

link Diego   - Reply


link Kevin   - Reply

Hey David, I have trouble opening the .BUNDLE file, I'm using Windows 7. Are there any other ways to open these files? BTW I really love your work

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hi Kevin. You can't double-click on the bundle. You need to open Krita first, then open the ressources manager, then import the bundle from this interface. Bundle are just ZIP file with data inside. By the way, this brushes are already part of Krita after 2018 (look in the list, they are installed now by default).

link galeanoarchitect   - Reply

¡Thank you so much for this brushes! very useful for me.

link fajar   - Reply

thanks you so much

link ebrar   - Reply

I just downloaded krita and this brush pack but the brushes look so sharp not that soft. What should I do?

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hey ebrar, as you can see, this brushes were made in 2017 and Krita from 3 years ago got a lot of major changes.
I wrote a blue box on the top of this old article "update" mentionning the brushes are now part of Krita 4 series, by default.
Look for the h)_Charcoal family in the default list of preset

link ebrar   - Reply

I fixed it but the weird thing is that I can't do this with my stylus pen, but brushes work with wacom intuos

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Mouse (and touch screen) don't have pressure support; so Krita use maximum values for them: often very dark and plain stroke without subtle effects.

link ebrar   - Reply

The problem is that krita doesn't recognize my stylus pen. I made all the suggestions on this site ( but nothing works. Do you have an idea about this? I'm sorry that I kept you busy...

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

It's hard to know what's doesn't work because you don't mention your operating system and your tablet model. Maybe give this info on , in support and advice. (because in case you have Mac or Windows, I don't know how to help for them, I have been using exclusively GNU/Linux operating system since 10 years now).

link santiago   - Reply

Dude i just was searching things and im surprised on how many brushes ju have made to peolple realy apreciate your work

link Barbara   - Reply

Thank you! I wanna improve my skill on Krita! Your pack it will help me a lot!

link Exuin   - Reply

The download zip appears to be empty?

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hi, I checked; the zip contains a bundle file of 900Kb. It's not empty.
If you have an empty zip it can be your webbrowser failing to download it and return you a false success; or an antivirus that show you empty to protect you (from a non existing threat in this situation).
All in all, this brushes are already installed in Krita; they are in your list along the default presets (they joined the default presets since Krita 4).
No installation needed if you have Krita. Have fun with them.

link spigi   - Reply

Gracias David, te pasaste con estos pinceles

link BJ   - Reply

Thank you mr.david

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