I have been getting acquainted with a drawing app that I believe will help me create more artwork and transition from traditional drawing to digitally sketched artwork.
I am used to creating doodles and sketches on notepads and on miscellaneous pieces of paper that I find in my home. Over the years, I never really maintained or organized my illustrations. Consequently, I lost, damaged, and discarded a lot of my drawings.
So I’ve been on the lookout for solutions for digitizing my doodles and sketches.
I want to produce and preserve more artwork. To that end, I devised an interim multi-step process of saving my sketches until I find the ideal solution for digitizing my artwork.
I would sketch on a sheet of paper, take a picture of my sketch with my smartphone, transfer the photo to my personal computer, open the photo as a layer in a graphic design program, and then use the program’s layers and tools to digitally recreate and enhance the original drawing.
Now I’m interested in learning more about the various options for drawing directly into a portable digital device.
SketchBook – Painting and Drawing App
While I am still exploring numerous options, I would like to highlight an app that is a very impressive mobile solution.
Autodesk SketchBook (“SketchBook”) is a drawing app that allows you to use your mobile device to create digital artwork. You can use the app to create artwork from scratch, and you can scan your physical sketches into the app. Once scanned, you can rotate the sketch, alter the background, add color to the sketch, and save the sketch for future use. The app is very user friendly and intuitive.
You can use your fingers to draw, paint, zoom in and out on the canvas, change screen views, and make toolbar and other selections in the app. You can draw in pen mode with a stylus, but pen mode is only available for certain iOS devices.
There is an Android and iOS version of SketchBook. At the time of this writing, Google Play indicates that the app has been downloaded 5 million times, and the app has a rating of 4.2 out of 5.0.
Check out Autodesk’s video demonstration of SketchBook for Android: