Posted on July 24, 2010 | Back to Toys and Games
Artists, illustrators and doodlers... imagine having the ability to tap out a quick landscape or create a beautiful portrait entirely on your iPad and for the very reasonable price of $7.99. Intrigued? Then you must get to know Sketchbook Pro.
When I went looking for an illustration program for my iPad it was a bit of a crap-shoot. There weren't many choices and all of them had relatively few customer reviews. I finally chose Sketchbook Pro after reading an article about how Hollywood concept artists were using it for various film projects on the iPad. I certainly don't put myself in the same category as these artists, but I figured if it was good enough from Pixar it was probably outstanding for my purposes.
Over the last week, I have had the chance to play with the program extensively and even create two rough portraits of Legend of the Seeker's Bridget Regan and The Mummy's Brendan Fraser. Neither were high works of art, but they did allow me to experiment with the program's tools and interface. As you might expect from a touchscreen device, Sketchbook Pro lets you use your fingertips as your stylus. The experience is something akin to finger painting, which I first found awkward but later came to really enjoy. (Perhaps it was the child in me creeping out?)
It does take a while to learn the various "finger strokes" needed to bring up the tool bars or perform various functions. However, once this is accomplished you can move rapidly between tools and palettes. The program also allows you to create Photoshop-esque layers which provide for greater subtly of color and detail. It is important to keep the iPad screen clean when using Sketchbook Pro as the inevitable buildup of finger grease will hamper its smooth functioning. Overall, however, I found it was a real bargain for only $7.99 and a program I have been thoroughly enjoying!
Check it out if you like to sketch!