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App Creation #16 – App Inspiration – Autodesk SketchBook Mobile

Creating artwork with a computer mouse never felt natural and actually a little disconnected to the results appearing on screen. The power of touch and the almighty finger presents a far more instinctive influence over your artistic conception.

SketchBook Mobile offers that sensation of control and manipulation, with a virtual easel that is far more forgiving, without the need to clean your assortment of brushes.

What’s on the Menu

For anyone who has dabbled with the full-blown computer graphics software available on a PC or similar hardware, will know of the issues with the mind numbing complexity of all the features and then bringing them all together.

The menus alone fill a vast amount of the screen space, which is perfectly acceptable on a computer monitor – however on a much smaller device this just isn’t practical.

Instead, a cunning symbol sits at the bottom of the screen while you sketch your latest illustration. Tapping this reveals a set of icons, representing the various tools available including every artist’s dream, an undo button.

Using a clever set of displays and adjustment areas, a surprising amount of refinement can be found and exploited.?

Sophisticated Splendour

Even on the smallest of screens, Sketchbook Mobile enables the user to create truly staggering artwork that certainly deserves printing out, framing and a spot above the fireplace.

Whether the aim is photo-realism, cartoonish or impressionist, this app accommodates all without the need to sacrifice your ear in the pursuit of genius.

Quick on the Draw

If like me your artistic skills are somewhat limited and by this I mean pretty dire – even this severe drawback fails to restrain my imagination and within just a short time, I can create something even I can be proud of.

The fun is not so much in the result anyway, rather the process itself. Viewing results so rapidly is of course rewarding and the reality of a finger drawn illustration allows for a whole new connectivity with the art and the hours simply fly by.

Pop Goes the Easel

A quick search on YouTube reveals a whole set of time lapse videos, where talented artists create absolutely superb artwork and it has created a whole new form of appreciated skills. The brush and easel will never disappear, yet a new form of digital creation has crept upon us and the excitement and awe it generates is contagious.

iTunes Store Link: Autodesk SketchBook Mobile

App Creation Series

There are literally hundreds of thousands of applications and games available to download using the digital marketplace. These range from basic clocks to fully fledged 3D gaming experiences rivalling even the leading portable devices that usually only specialise in this field.

Your challenge is competing with this vast library of already impressive offerings which, although a daunting prospect to the fledgling traveller, can be navigated successfully with the right ideas and implementation. Whether you want to create an income generator or simply desire recognition for your efforts, this book will aim to show you the path and inspire your imagination to overflow with possibilities.

Allow me to guide you through the wilderness and raise your chances of realising your development dreams by detailing different routes with this light hearted tour of the Apps terrain. Featuring a myriad of exciting and surprising examples, you can glean important suggestions for your own creation.

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Written by James Woodcock

James Woodcock is a Freelance Journalist specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.

Experience in classic game music MIDI enhancement. DVD and HD Video capture, editing, scripting and creation. Podcasting, Internet Radio DJ and Musician.

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