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There's always the xkcd technique to get an xkcd-like graph that looks like it was drawn by hand: draw it by hand.

By "by hand". I assume you mean using some sort of Intuos tablet with various pen and brush tips and some sort of curve-smoothing software so you can trace over the output of GNUplot, yes?

Unless he's changed his ways, I thought xkcd was still drawn by pencil and paper, then outlined with pen, scanned in, then touched up via a paint program?

If by curve-smoothing you mean, "creating a new layer in photoshop on top of the original and trying to draw as carefully as possible".

Plus, he obviously only uses a 'pen' style brush.

Indeed. Using a math package seems like cheating, somehow.

Probably faster to code it than to learn to draw

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