cant use pencil/brush

ok so I just downloaded harmony 12 so am new to it and I am watching the tutorials and I can not figure out how to use the pencil or brush tools. I click the icon but my properties are all blank no matter the brush number and when I draw nothing happen, and yes I am using black.

Did I miss a download and the strokes didn’t load?

this is essentials but I would think you could still draw or am I wrong and need another version?

Thanks

would you post some screenshot?
use this
http://tinypic.com/

You need to select a frame in the timeline of your element and then you will have tool properties. Since there are now both vector and bitmap brushes and pencils, the tool properties are undefined until you select an element.

This is because the pencil or brush tool will change their properties depending on if you are working on a bitmap image or a vector one.