(from MobilArt 3, a FREE ebook with lots of iPhone paintings)
“Fortunately, things are getting serious for us fingerpainters. Autodesk has put its hands over the touchy device and created the least (not last, I hope so) painting app for iPhone/iPod Touch: Sketchbook Mobile.
After installing it, the first thing I loved was its canvas size on my iPhone 3GS: 1024×682 (600×400 on iPhone 3G and iTouch), and the brushes number: 20 with a powerful editor to achieve plenty of different styles and textures.
Sketckbook Mobile provides you with up to 6 layers on iPhone 3GS and 3 on 3G and iTouch. This may be a few, but I think this is not a big issue since layers can be merged down, again and again…
—-The Brushes Editor—-
This is to me the most powerful feature of Skm. It is possible to change maximun and minimum size, spacing, opacity and since this app recognize the stroke’s speed, it’s really enjoyable to draw with it, from the initial sketch to the final textured painting.
Yes, as its big brother, Skm comes with a helpful Simetry mode. At the first look it only works on Y axis, but if you turn on the simetry while on landscape mode and then go back to portrait mode, you will have X axis’ simetry.
Here, another helpful feature: the customizable color swatches. You can pick colors from the color wheel or directly from a picture, and save them on “whitchever”??? of its 30 color slots.
—-.PSD file Exporting—-
The very best of Skm! This starts to remind us that iPhone and iTouch are great mobile workstations. Can you imagine starting your concept art while traveling, waiting for the bus or having a nice coffee, and finish it (or retouch it) with your computer, keeping all layers, when arriving home? Now this is possible because of the Skm capabilitie of sending psd files via mail.
As the main menu looks pretty similar to the SkPro interface, it’s easy to feel that we have a serious painting app in our hands.
The only problem I saw was that the brushes editor can slow down our workflow. But after a while fooling around with the sliders, it’s easy to get used to them, and turn this initial frustration into an enjoyable fingerpainting experience due to their possibilities and effects you can achieve.
Another thing that I love is its non-pixelated zoom, which helps a lot to work on small details without seeing those disturbing squares…
Fingerpainting is getting serious after this great app. Not only because of the features it gives us, but for the feeling of being working on a kind of our computer’s extension, and not on a cellular app.
A beautiful app with lots of possibilities!”