From quick sketches to fully finished artwork, Sketchbook goes where your creativity takes you.

Sketchbook is an award-winning sketching, painting, and drawing app for anyone who loves to draw. Artists and illustrators love Sketchbook for its professional-grade feature set and highly customizable tools. Everyone loves Sketchbook for its elegant interface and natural drawing experience, free of distractions so you can focus on capturing and expressing your ideas.

• A full complement of brush types: pencils markers, airbrushes, smear and more that look and feel just like their physical counterparts
• Brushes are highly customizable so you can create just the look you want
• Guides, rulers and stroke tools support precision when you need it
• Layers with a full complement of blend modes deliver the flexibility to build up and explore drawings and color
• Purpose-built for sketching, the interface is clean and unobtrusive so you can focus on drawing

What’s New

Version 5.2.0

• Updated Color Editor and Color Library
- New quick access to complementary color and 9-swatch color history at the top of the Color Editor
- On the right side of the Color Editor, a new icon lets you toggle from the Color Wheel panel to the new Color Set panel

• Color Sets are a new method of creating and storing palettes of swatches
- If you're upgrading from a previous version of Sketchbook, your custom color palette will populate as a new Color Set
- You can drag and drop colors from the swatches in the top section of the Color Editor to populate palettes
- In the Color Library you can create a new blank set or load one of our presets as a starting point, including a Basic starter set, a Variety collection, and a set of Greys

• Other color updates
- Custom Gradient for generating 9-swatch blends of 2 selected colors
- HEX color values field to allow copying and pasting color across apps
- On iPad, pin the Color Editor from the Color Puck to remain open while you draw
- Removal of Copic library and markers – these had to be removed as they were licensed to Autodesk and that license did not transfer to us

• Removal of iCloud from the Gallery. The connection to iCloud breaks when an app transfers between developers. If you have been saving to iCloud, all your files are still there! There is a dialog explaining what to do to access your files that appears on first launch, and also the first time you go to the Gallery.

• New “Save” and “Files” options in the main menu. Because of the iCloud break, it was necessary to create a way for people to bring those files back into Sketchbook. We took this opportunity to expand where and how you can save and export your files.
- You can now import and export Sketchbook files to your device, iCloud, and other third-party cloud services

• Other data-related changes
- The Import from iTunes option has been retired
- A close button has been added to the Gallery. When the Gallery is dismissed, the canvas reverts to the last open sketch.

• Developer update from Autodesk to Sketchbook, Inc. Updated icon, about box, links to support, and dropping the internal cap in the app name

• Sketchbook no longer collects any personal data, so there is no request to opt-in for personal data usage

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
211.4K Ratings

211.4K Ratings

KamuiWaYume ,

Amazing app! Suggestions

This art app is so great!! I’ve been using it for about a year now and I love just about everything about it. I’ve used other digital drawing apps in the past (like Medibang), but this is the app I found the highest liking to. This app is so, so good, and I’m definitely going to be using it for a long while.

There are some things that could be added to this. One thing is a pen tool. Not the actual brush, but the tool were you can tap, make points that you can shape to lines curves. This is a great tool for line art and could be VERY useful to users on here. Another thing that could be added is for users to be able to create their own selection of brushes. We can only have one already created pin at a time, but a lot of us mix different brushes from other pins. Like I almost always use the Inking Pen, Fountain Pen, Colorless Round Brush, Hard Eraser, Hair Brush, Airbrush, Pencil Pal, and the Synthetic Round Bristle Brush in each of my works, and they almost all come from different pins. It would be helpful if we didn’t have to go searching for certain brushes each time we want them.

This really, really is a great drawing app, and I definitely recommend it to people who may or even may not try it out. I hope my two small suggestions help, as they could be helpful to other users and myself. I love this app so much! Can’t wait to see what other great things come out of it.

Emmimid ,

Love it! But please add tools

I absolutely love this app! It’s by far the best free drawing app out there... it has so many tools and features, and preset colors are really handy. It’s also really easy to edit with, surprisingly. So it does more than just draw with a little help of copy and pasting of layers. My phone has a pretty small screen, (iPhone 5s) but with a stylus, it’s actually pretty easy to draw real art. And it has so many brushes. And the app runs super smoothly on my phone. And a bonus, no annoying ads. No in-app purchases. I absolutely love that, and is yet another reason why I love this app. I also really love the design of the app, once you get the hang of what it can do it’s so easy. And the clean minimalist appearance is really nice. My recommendation for future updates, there isn’t really a way to just blend colors. Sure there are brushes with that affect, but it would be so helpful if there was a blender that just blurred the colors together instead of smearing them; a brush that isn’t supposed to resemble any real-life brush. If you could add that it would be so helpful! Also when I save a drawing to my camera roll, the quality is reduced from what it was in the app, So normally I just screenshot my art instead. But if you could fix this issue I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for this amazing app. I definitely recommend.

Kjolblk ,

Great sketching app!

Great app! I’ve had this app maybe for a month but I already love it. The features are a lovely mix of creative and technical that I can really appreciate. I also love that you can purchase the extra tools without having to commit to some yearly payment plan.

I’ve only found one bug so far that keeps this review from being five stars. When I first started using the app, I noticed that using the hold-touch-eyedropper function, even by accident, would cause the app to effectively crash. I could still access all of my projects, but none of the tools would make any mark whatsoever until I went out of the app, closed it out, and restarted it. After I turned the long-hold-touch shortcut off, the bug didn’t pop up as often, but every once in a while, it still does act like I’ve activated the eyedropper and the app will ‘crash’ again. The bug never happens when I manually go into the color wheel and click the eye dropper button, so I think the bug is linked to the gesture shortcut that I can’t seem to turn off.

The bug isn’t a super big deal, but it is a little annoying, especially if you do like to use that shortcut and keep it switched on, and it is irritating to have my work interrupted because I have to restart the app. It would be great if the developers could fix it in the next update. Otherwise, the app is great for drawing and sketching and I would definitely recommend it.

Developer Response ,

Hi Kjolblk, you are the second person in two days who have come across this issue. Would you mind submitting a ticket? This will provide a way for our devs and support to contact you, if they have any further questions. Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! (

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