I’ve been looking for a good sketching program for the iPhone and/or iPad for a little while now and as such I’ve been experimenting with a number of the freely downloadable apps. The problem, I find, is that the touchscreen as a sketching medium leaves much to be desired in the way of sensitivity. They are sensitive to touch on a medium-fidelity scale, but when it comes to pixel-per-pixel fidelity there is much to be desired.
I downloaded a $2 app yesterday called Sketch Club that solves a couple of my issues. First, it seems to go out the door with fidelity and assumes that you are going to be using it for rough sketching and spatter-paint type drawing. And second, it uses a lot of the nifty tools that make sketching a little more forgiving, such as undo and layers.
I was sitting and having a coffee this morning and did a five minute sketch of a blue bike that was sitting out front of the Second Cup using just my iPhone. It’s a very rough sketch, of course — and not exactly art — but it just me playing around with the tool and it does definitely illustrate the blurry-dreamy, quick-and-dirty quality I was looking to achieve from a mobile drawing app. Mostly, I just like the fact that every pen is not just a pixel-perfect solid line or a semi-blurry line. There is a fuzzier quality there that I like.
I can’t wait to give it a go on a larger screen. Now, if only I could actually draw.