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Sketch app review: turning your mobile device into a sketch pad



Sketch is a drawing tool that allows you to create quick studies of images, shapes, and illustrations. As a sketching tool, it works like a pencil and a drawing pad. This is a simple app that can be used by artists, art students, and even children who love to create doodles. Developed by Contradictory, Sketch is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Your Handy Sketch Pad in Your Mobile Device

There are times when a sudden inspiration will drive you to create a quick sketch of different images. But what if you don’t have any pencil and paper with you?

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To make sure that you will always have a drawing tool, you should download and install Sketch from the App Store. Sketch is a universal drawing app, which means you can use it on any iOS device. With Sketch, you can create quick image studies whenever something inspires you.

The app offers a simple interface with easy to use tools. When you open it, the home screen will display a blank canvass. You can start a new drawing every time you start the app or load saved sketches if you want.

Your drawing tools are located at the bottom of the screen. Different pencil stroke options are available in the application. Simply choose a particular stroke by tapping the pencil icon.

You can erase or undo strokes by using the eraser tool. The app also allows you to erase your sketches by tapping the trash icon. When you trash a sketch, the whole page will be erased.

The app allows you to save finished sketches in the app. You can return to your drawings when you restart the app. 

Features of Sketch

Sketch is a simple drawing tool. It focuses more on the act of drawing instead of fancy options.

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One of the best features of sketch is the pencil stroke option. This tool allows you to darken your pencil strokes. It is very useful for shading and highlighting the edges of your sketches.

The app offers undo and erase options. As an artist, you will need these tools to correct errors in your drawings. You may also use the app’s trash feature to completely erase the whole page.

Another useful feature of Sketch is the in-app save option. It allows you to save unfinished sketches and design studies. Your saved sketches are loaded automatically when you restart the app.

And lastly, Sketch offers an easy to use workflow. It does not have any complicated tool. When you open the app, you can immediately start drawing any object on the blank canvas.



Pros and Cons


  • Easy-to-use with simple workflow
  • Offers a clean user interface
  • Impressive pencil tool
  • Erase and trash feature
  • Allows in-app save option
  • Loads fast and responsive to touch


  • Might be too simple for some users/artists

Final Thoughts

Sketch is a basic drawing tool with simple features and easy to use work space. This app does not offer the typical bells and whistles of other drawing programs but for most sketching projects and for creating quick design studies, Sketch is the ideal tool for you. 


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