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Tayasui Sketches app review 2021



What we have here is a truly unique sketching app which features some of the most refined and realistic pen and paintbrush effects you’re ever likely to find in a development of this kind, perfectly suited to all you up and coming iRembrandts out there!

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Despite my complete and utter lack of any kind of visual artistic ability, which we won’t go into here for the sake of my ego (!), I have experimented with a handful of different artistic apps over the past year or two.

From what I’ve personally seen, Tayasui Sketching app is definitely one of the better additions to the drawing app genre, especially when we’re talking about those on the more simplistic end of the spectrum. This painting app looks fantastic and has some amazing detail which has to be seen to be believed.

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Leonardo Would Be Proud

Tayasui Sketches features a rather minimalistic interface, with a basic white canvas background and six tools running along the bottom of the screen. The tools available in this free iPhone version of the app are as follows:

  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Ballpoint Pen         
  • Felt Tip Pen
  • Paintbrush
  • Eraser
  • Color Palette
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The iPad version also includes pastels and other types of pen, and upgrading to the Pro version of this app also provides further additions such as an Acrylic Brush, Airbrush Gun, Eyedropper, and a few other handy tidbits.

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Brushes and Pencils and Pens, Oh My!

One of the most striking things about this app isn’t the aesthetics of the interface or even the amount of functionality which, quite frankly, isn’t particularly impressive. My favorite aspect of this app is the realism of each stroke you make with your given tool.

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There are so many pen, pencil, and paintbrush effects in different apps, and it’s so rare that you actually come across one which looks real! The developer truly has done an astounding job of creating realistic effects, even down to the grainy inconsistent look of the pencil strokes.

All in all, this is a great app for those of you who favor quality over quantity, and if you’re looking for a way of layering paint over pen over pencil, then you’re really in for a treat here. Having these tools at your disposal offers the potential for some gorgeous layering effects, so go check it out today!

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Tayasui Sketches


Pros and Cons


  • A responsive canvas perfect for getting down anything your creative mind can conjure up
  • Six different tools to help you get the look you’re after
  • Incredibly realistic pen, pencil, and brush stroke effects
  • Share your creations with others online via Facebook, Twitter, and email
  • More tools available on the iPad and Pro versions of this app


  • There is nothing negative to say about this app

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Final Words

Tayasui Sketches is an amazing development which definitely receives a strong recommendation from me!

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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.