When the iPad was first introduced back in 2010, I couldn’t help but to think of how great it would be for digital drawing and sketching. Once I finally got my hands on one, my thoughts were confirmed – sort of. Yes the iPad has a really nice touch-screen, but it lacks one of the most important requirements for drawing and sketching: pressure sensitivity! So my excitement was short-lived and I haven’t been using my iPad for creating illustrations.
Until now. A couple days ago I stumbled across SketchBook Ink (from Autodesk) and I was pretty much blown away right from the very first moments of using it. It’s a very simple app with a limited set of tools, but the default brush set is top notch and most feature the ability to vary line weights without having to vary the input pressure on the screen. Another neat feature is that it’s a vector-based drawing app – which means that you can export your work in very high resolutions without any loss of quality. You cannot, however, export your drawings in vector format. That’s a huge bummer, but not really so important in my work flow since I’m not a vector illustrator anyway.
For drawing cars, SketchBook Ink is a pretty good tool. It’s a bit different than most other drawing apps because it was designed to create beautiful line work in a very simple way. That’s great for drawing cars – line acceleration is what makes an automotive sketch great, and it’s really easy to do with this app. Oh – and I highly recommend using a stylus instead of your finger. The accuracy and drawing realism will be much higher.
So now I’m pretty excited about using my iPad to doodle and sketch cars when I’m traveling or away from my desk. Just what I need in life…another distraction! Lol…