Pressure Sensitivity added to Pencil Tool
Variable width strokes are great! What would be even better would be to have variable strokes simply by drawing them in with a pressure sensitive device.
Seems an obvious thing to have, true.
While we all wait, Astute Graphics already made it possible with their DynamicSketch tool. It’s paid, but works flawlessly. All the pressure gets translated into width markers. Plus they have dedicated tools to deal with variable stroke en masse.
Justin Whitehouse commented
A pressure sensitive pen is great for quickly creating a sculpted line, but the ability to refine that line would be very nice.
I appreciate the tip on using the brush tool, but what I really want is variable widths being applied directly to a simple path. Brush strokes add a layer of complexity that I'd like to avoid because ultimately I want Adobe to add a pressure sensitive pencil to Adobe Draw and have that feature compatible between Illustrator and Draw.
David Kozma commented
Illustrator's brush system is counter-intuitive and dumb at best... but you can do this with the Paintbrush.
Create a new brush, choose calligraphy then you can set pressure sensitivity to affect brush size.
Overcomplicated and makes me nervous? Yes! But works at least if I need this rarely.