Sketchbook 4.0 mobile

The mobile version of Sketchbook is being been updated, and is due for release this summer. Digital Arts has a round up of the new features and UI and a rough release date…

“SketchBook 4.0 will be released first for iOS [in summer 2017], and we expect upgrades for Android and Amazon Fire to follow.”

Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro 8.4 has also reportedly been updated to play nicely with the Windows 10 Creators Update issued in mid-April 2017.


SketchBook Mobile for Android

SketchBook¬†Mobile for Android has just been released, an “all new” version. Which is pretty cool, as I’m shortly to get a 7″ capacitive-screen tablet that reportedly had problems running the paid version of SketchBook for Android. It was absolutely fine with the free version, but not the paid for some reason. So it’ll be interesting to see if this just-released “all new” SketchBook¬†Mobile (not to be confused with the old Sketchbook Mobile) will run well on it…

“…the release of the all-new SketchBook Mobile. When we say all-new, we really mean it. This release is a whole new application with big changes. You’ll find across your Android and iOS devices – whether it’s a phone, tablet or phablet- the SketchBook experience will be virtually identical.”

The new version has auto-resize, so there are no longer phone and tablet versions, just one mobile version. A re-designed UI too. Plus better selection tools, gradient fills and flood-fills, and brush layer blending modes. The upgraded version is $3.99.


Also said to be compatable with the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and the Pencil by FiftyThree.

Gravity Sketch

The Gravity Sketch, from London, UK. Sketch in space with …

* A transparent tablet with an embedded Arduino chip
* An infrared stylus
* Augmented reality glasses

Wear the AR glasses, draw 3d designs. See them hover in the air above the tablet. Rotate them with the stylus, as if they were a 3d model.

Now that’s a cool pad. Sadly we can’t buy it yet /whahhhaaa!!/ The team are still waiting for the UK Patent Office to award a patent.

Competition: “Live it, Sketch it, Share it” with Sketchbook Express

On now, the “Live it, Sketch it, Share it” is a “My Story” competition is for those using the free Autodesk SketchBook Express (any version). It’s only for those aged 13 to 24, and citizens of the USA, Canada (but not Quebec, due to their silly French translation laws), UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and various other countries. Deadline: 31st July 2014.


Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6, for free

Did you know that you can get a free copy of the older version 6 of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro when you subscribe for a year to Imagine FX magazine, the leading 2D fantasy artists’ magazine? The offer was made at the end of December 2013, but is still valid.


Imagine FX is a great magazine but mostly puts fantasy on the cover these days. I guess that’s what sells, to the Harry Potter generation and the Frank Frazetta generation alike. Personally space art is very much to my taste. But occasionally they do give sci-fi a cover outing: as here with Issue 83 and issue 101 (Nov 2013)…