Which Version of Sketchbook?

Which Sketchbook is best?

Autodesk Sketchbook comes in 57 varieties. Well, not quite up to Heinz, but Autodesk admit to at least 14 versions of Sketchbook. It’s difficult to know the differences when you can only try one at a time. What are they and which version of Sketchbook is best?

For a start there are 3 levels of Sketchbook:

Starter. Free. Only about 8 brushes, but does include taster versions of many of the tools.

Essentials. Unlocked when you sign up for a free Sketchbook account. Brings you more brushes, a couple of Copic markers, simple layers, a blending brush, rulers.

Pro. The paid for version of Sketchbook. The full tool box.  Yet more brushes you can fine tune to your liking. Unlimited layers. Full Copic colour library. Magic wand selection, perspective guides, symmetry tools and more.

Not so long ago Sketchbook Pro was revised and hugely improved. It now seems to be listed as simply Autodesk Sketchbook. The app is much the same on an iPad Air 2, an iPhone 6+ and an (Android) Galaxy Note 4.

Two pigeons, one black, one white. Sketchbook painting.

Pigeon and Antipigeon

Painted in Sketchbook on (Android) Galaxy Note 3

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NEW Painter Mobile for Android

Welcome Arrival
Corel Painter Mobile for Android

Finally Android tablets/phablets/phones are beginning to rival iPads and the like for the number of pro-level painting apps they offer. About time too.

The arrival of Corel Painter Mobile for Android now brings the number of seriously useful Android artists’ apps to three. For Android on my Galaxy Note 3 these are:-

  • SketchBook for Galaxy
  • Photoshop Touch
  • Corel Painter Mobile

Other Android paint apps have also joined the ranks of the Really Useful.

  • Serious Paint
  • Infinite Painter
  • Art Flow 

note3 artflow bird

Drawn on Galaxy Note 3 in Art Flow

If you’re keen on fine-tuning your brushes, Serious Paint or Infinite Painter are for you, though the lists of arcane brush-twiddling options are not for the faint hearted. Art Flow is easier to use.

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Why Procreate for iPad Sketching and Painting?

ProCreate

Is this the best sketching and painting app for iPad?

Big yellow bird regards tiny robin.
Sun Bird. A Scribble in Procreate.

ProCreate is a good name.

This drawing and painting app is certainly for the pros, though surprisingly simple to use for mere mortals.

It’s hard for simply anyone not to be creative with such a mesmerising array of brushes.

Added to this, Procreate is fast. So many good painting apps are let down by brushes that lag and drag. The Procreate ‘Silica’ engine is ultra powerful. Procreate boasts with reason that it renders strokes in 64 bit precision with speed and accuracy.

You can achieve a certain amount of pressure sensitivity if you have a Jot Touch, Pogo Connect or JaJa stylus. Set it up to vary width, transparency or both.

If you love textures you’ll have a ball in this app. Procreate can create images up to 4096 x 4096 pixels. With that amount of detail it’s possible to spray on wild and wonderful effects, and this app does it fast. The header on this page was created in Procreate.

Landscape with metallic gold effect

Created in an early version of Procreate

The latest edition has added further exotic brushes to the range. All can be fine tuned. Both the eraser and smudge tools are treated as just the same as brushes that apply paint. This gives extra scope for subtle blending. Continue reading Why Procreate for iPad Sketching and Painting?