Feel Like a Kid Again with iPad and Sketchbook Pro

| May 20, 2010
ipad finger sketch

Finger sketch with Apple iPad

While searching for new ways to get the most artistic bang for my buck from the iPad, I ran across an app for $7.99 that turns my magical device into an electronic sketchpad. The application is called Sketchbook Pro and it is brought to you by the fine folks over at Autodesk, also known as the creators of AutoCad. The app really shines on the iPad because it is set up for touch input. The drawing you see above was created in with my index finger right on the screen.  I have yet to receive my nifty Pogo Stylus ($12.99) that I am eager to try out as a more traditional drawing tool. What I love about this app is that you can create quick, highly detailed color or black and white sketches at home, in the field, on an airplane or anywhere else you would like to sketch. It is very intuitive and quite fun to work the values and layers just like we do with our traditional paintings. It is almost like being a kid again poking the finger paints without all the mess!

Category: Fine Art and Painting

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  1. AutumnLeaves says:

    I’m guessing this is similar to a Wacom tablet that my daughter has. She loves using that tablet as well and has great successes with it! Great drawing here, Lee!

  2. R Garriott says:

    Isn’t that something…? And here I thought I could (let’s try that again!) LIVE without an iPad… now I’m not so sure!

  3. Nicole says:

    My husband is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his ordered iPad in Reno…. He already has the software, lol. Boys and their toys! I’m amazed to see the level of detail and different thicknesses of line you can get with your index finger.

    For my digital “paintings” I use a Wacom tablet with stylus and ArtRage software. I bet you’ll be thrilled to be able to use a stylus, too — I’ve tried drawing with my finger on my iPod, but wasn’t too excited by it.

  4. Lee says:

    Hey Nicole! Great to hear from you! Trust me, you will like the iPad too. We may end up with two because Donna like to play with it as well. Hope all is well in vagabond land. Travel safe!

  5. Lee says:

    Welcome R. Garriott! Thanks for stopping by. Sorry to have tempted you into thinking about an iPad. I am finding many great uses for it and if you fly a lot, it is the best in-flight entertainment gadget for the money!