DrawQuest is a new app that was developed by 4chan founder Chris Poole, aka “moot.” Don’t worry, though. DrawQuest is entirely different than the media sharing site, which is often filled with questionable content.
Instead, DrawQuest is a simple and fun community-based sketching app. According to Poole, the app is all about “relearning to express yourself creatively and sticking with it.” It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, you can have fun creating images and expressing yourself in this app.
Each day users are presented with an unfinished drawing, like in a coloring book, that contains a prompt on what they should draw. For example, yesterday’s prompt asked “What is the UFO beaming up?” with a drawing of a UFO and a beam. The idea is to complete the drawing in any way that you like.
To complete drawings, you can use a simple set of tools. There’s a paintbrush for layered effects, a marker for thick lines, and a pencil for thin lines. The tools don’t have variable widths, but there is an eraser tool and an undo button that will help if you make mistakes.
Tools are rudimentary for an iPad app, but that’s designed to put everyone on a level playing field, I think. Professional artists can draw right alongside amateur sketchers, though it is still amazing what some people can do even with basic tools!
There are a limited number of colors to use, but you can unlock additional color palettes via coins in the app. You earn coins when you finish a drawing, when people star your drawings, or by purchasing them in the app.
Every day presents a brand new drawing challenge for you to complete, and when you’re finished with a drawing, it’s submitted to the gallery. In the gallery, other people who use the app can see your drawings and star them. Similarly, you can browse the gallery at any time to see what other people decided to draw, which is a fun experience all on its own.
In addition to checking out what people created, you can also watch the playback of drawings like you can in Draw Something. You can see every move that was made when creating the drawing, which is a great way to pick up new tips and techniques that will improve your own future drawings.
While you can use your finger to complete your drawings, it’s quite a bit easier if you use a stylus. Luckily styluses are cheap and you can usually pick one up at a local retailer like Target or Best Buy.
I’ve been using DrawQuest for several days now and taking a short break from work to create a simple drawing has been a lot of fun. It’s an app that will be on my iPad for the long haul, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s well worth the download.
What I liked: It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, you can have fun creating images and expressing yourself in this app.
What I didn’t like: This app would be more fun with more advanced drawing tools and the ability to zoom in on drawings, but I certainly understand why it was kept simple.
To buy or not to buy: DrawQuest is free to download and free to use, so grab it today and get to sketching!
- App Name: DrawQuest
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
- Category: Entertainment
- Developer: Canvas
- Price: Free