Sketchbook Ink Takes The Busyness Out Of Your Sketch Work – iPad App Review

There is nothing more important to an artist than his sketchbook. Page after page of scribbles, doodles and inspiration keep the creativity flowing and a sketchbook facilitates the process. Sometimes, all you want is a pen and a piece of paper to get your ideas down. Sketchbook Ink offers just that. Just a few pen options and a handful of ink colors and you’re on your way to sketching out what will inevitably be your masterpiece. But, you’ve got to start somewhere, right?

The app opens on a blank canvas. Simply pick an ink style and color and start drawing. There are seven different styles, ranging from ballpoint to felt tip, each with different line weights and behaviors. You can fine-tune the width of the line by adjusting the slider at the bottom of the screen for ultrathin or super fat lines.

Choose from 30 different quick colors, or adjust more directly using the color wheel for additional darkness, light and hue. You can import background images from your photo library and reduce the transparency to help create image reference for a more realistic sketch.

The app takes advantage of the iPad’s high resolution with a “resolution independent” engine that lets users create high-resolution images on the iPad. Images can be zoomed in to extremely close range and, after the change settles, the lines look as clean as if the image had not been zoomed at all.

Sketches can be sent has high-resolution PGN images through email, DropBox, iTunes file sharing, and saved to your iPad’s photo library. You can save and email the images as files up to 12.6 MP with 4096 x 3072 dimensions.

Although it is very impressive that this app offers such high-resolution saving options and a zoom range that looks as clear as if it were at a normal view, it has some issues.

The ink lacks responsiveness for certain ink styles. At times, if you are drawing quickly, the ink won’t even show up on the page for about a half a second. When the image is zoomed all the way in, the ink starts to pixilate every time the screen is touched. I’d rather it stay pixilated than bounce back and forth between clear and boxy.

Other than the lag and slow responsiveness, this app is easy to use and offers a nice selection of ink options to keep things from getting too busy.

What I liked: I like being able to see the lines so clearly, no matter how close the image is zoomed in.

What I didn’t like: The slow responsiveness of some of the ink styles and the fact that the app would freeze up for a half a second every once in a while.

To buy or not to buy: Artists looking for a good sketch app will really like this. It works well and can be used in conjunction with other apps.

  • Name: Sketchbook Ink
  • Version Reviewed: 1.0
  • Category: Books
  • Developer: IDW Publishing
  • Price: $4.99
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