Apple Painted in Sketchbook Mobile for Android


Sketchbook Mobile App on the (Android) Galaxy Tab

Last in the Battle of the Apples

With the arrival of Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile, my Galaxy Tab became more of a professional artist’s tool. I’m still amazed by the number and variety of painting, drawing and photographic apps there already are for Android. Sketchbook takes another step up.

When its Honeycomb operating system gets going, specially written for tablets, Google is sure to gather more than the few current serious painting apps. Meanwhile Sketchbook Mobile is surely top Android finger painting application.

It’s possible to try the app out with the free version first, Sketchbook Mobile Express.

Even this free basic version is fast and responsive on the Galaxy touch screen (which actually is higher resolution than the iPad).

Choice of brushes is less in Express, and layers are fewer and less versatile than in the paid version.

Saving and exporting options are limited for free, but you may still have all you need.

Pay a ridiculously small sum compared with desktop prices, and you get a lot more in Sketchbook Mobile – er – Non-Express for Android.

Forty five brushes can be fine tuned like those for the iPad in Sketchbook Mobile. (See my previous apple, painted in Sketchbook Mobile on iPad. The app is very similar for both machines.)

Layers can be skewed or sized.

Select your colours from a rainbow or a palette in both versions, with sliders for tone and transparency.

On the unfortunate side, there are very few stages of Undo here, so you’ll have to save your work often.

Still, talking of saving, Sketchbook Mobile exports or emails artwork not only as .jpg or .png, but with layers intact as a Photoshop .psd.

Galaxy Tab Apple Made in PaintJoy

Galaxy Tab Apple, originally uploaded by purple0wl.


PaintJoy App in (Android) Galaxy Tab

I’m painting apples in different apps to compare what it feels like to work in them on my two tablets, an iPad and a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The Galaxy Tab touch screen is fast and responsive. As far as I can tell, there is not that much difference between the touch screens of the Galaxy Tab and the iPad.

The PaintJoy app has a wide spectrum of colours, adjustable for tone and transparency.

There’s an array of some 17 interesting brushes. I particularly like the pen, which gives a lovely variable line. Adjust your brush width with a slider.

PaintJoy Pro will replay your brush strokes as a movie, so I was able to relive a few doomed efforts and maybe learn from them.

Intrigued by the Shape brush, which created a flat filled shape, I eventually drew the apple here.


PaintJoy offers no layers.  You can import a photo to draw over, but it is not on a separate layer. Erase your doodle and you erase the underlying image too.

You have to press special icons to zoom or drag the canvas, which is, well, a drag.

PaintJoy is certainly limited, but it does have some very nice brushes.

Pixels Pretending to be a Pear

Pixels Pretending to be a Pear, originally uploaded by purple0wl.

Finger painting in Sketchbook on my Android Galaxy Tab

I’ve been exploring Android drawing and painting apps for a while now. I have to say I was surprised to find so many art apps for Android – and some with a really good selection of art tools. Not quite up to iPad standards yet, but wait a while…