Sketchbook with the Copic color palette

Sketchbook Copic Edition is a drawing and illustration tool. Copic, for those unaware, manufacturers a line of markers, and they teamed up with Autodesk to create Sketchbook Copic Edition. Essentially a stripped-down version of Sketchbook Pro with branding and colors from Copic, this app lets you create illustrations using the Copic color palette.

Sketchbook Copic Edition installs easily. The Sketchbook interface will be familiar to many, with a set of drawing and shading tools available. You can use gesture-based systems to draw, and the app integrates with drawing tablets and pen systems well. The interface is clean and well laid … Read more

Free your creativity

While MS Paint was part of Windows, Apple somehow missed the opportunity to target casual doodlers with a well-designed native app. This is where Autodesk Sketchbook Express, a free application, comes into the picture. It will likely become a favorite of casual artists for creating quick sketches and drawings.

Sketchbook Express feels like a native Apple app in that it's simple and easy to use. Its well-conceived interface will pleasantly surprise you at first launch, giving you the feeling of a sketchbook. The toolbar is simple and powerful above the fresh, white canvas, and a variety of pens, pencils, … Read more

Sleek drawing program

SketchBook Pro 2010 provides a sleek system for sketching art ideas. With a simple set of tools and realistic results, artists of all types will gravitate toward this tool.

The program's simple and professionally designed interface allowed us to jump right into creating our art. We never needed to access the Help file's instructions because everything was at our fingertips. Useful items were organized in a sleek toolbar that took up a minimum of space and allowed for a very large canvass, which we loved. We used our cursor to select our brush type and color, which was … Read more

SXSW Sketchnotes

Designer Mike Rohde attended several panels at SXSW Interactive last week and created 34 pages of sketchnotes for them in real-time, captured in a Moleskine sketchbook:

And here's his post about them with a little more detail:

What I like about this unique format of panel transcripts is that it shows how rich those on-stage conversations actually were. Sometimes you find yourself in the audience, passive and wondering if the discussion on-stage is really all that meaningful to you. Well, it is -- … Read more