Review Autodesk SketchBook
Detailed and potentially powerful drawing app
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 28 Apr 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
No ads, free basic version, easy to use
Not totally free
AutoDesk Sketchbook for Android is a powerful drawing app that excels in it’s premium version. For the free download version, without creating an account, it’s a drawing app that contains different brushes and colors for you to draw with.
The pro version of AutoDesk comes with “pro tools” which include layers, selection tools, gradient fills, double pucks and more. If you create a SketchBook account you can unlock the layer editor, dynamic symmetry, proportional transform, and more.
I wanted to see what the app would be like without signing up, but there wasn’t much to it to catch my attention. There are different brushes, with some behaving more like high lighters, one as a pencil, and there is one that acts like a very thick marker. The erasing didn’t work particularly well as I couldn’t change the size of the eraser to erase faster.
When you sign up with an account, the app becomes much more powerful. You can access the layer system and adjust the settings that go along with it like opacity. The symmetry system is interesting for creating faces or the like, and I can see it being useful for beginning artists or for those looking to create cool patterns that are symmetric.
AutoDesk Sketchbook feels like a very standard drawing app. It comes with more features each step you take towards integrating yourself with the app, and there aren’t any annoying ads around the app. I can’t see anything that would disappoint someone looking to sketch around, because the UI is fairly easy to use.