Charcoal allows you to visualize ideas. It’s simple and focuses on what matters: your idea.

• Charcoal is incredibly easy to use: Just create or open a sketch and start sketching. There are no layers or confusing settings. Instead, Charcoal features rich tools and beautiful color palettes.
• Charcoal allows you to export a sketch to use it in your favorite graphics program.
• Charcoal supports modern iOS and iPadOS features like multiple windows and dark mode: use it at night or open multiple sketches, even side by side.

What’s New

Version 1.3.1

• This update adds support for iPhone 12 and iPad Air
• You can now also zoom in further into a sketch
• Saving has been improved
• Sketches should now sync faster
• An iOS 13 animation glitch was fixed
• An issue has been resolved that slowed down scrolling on the canvas in certain cases
• A bug has been fixed that resulted in the app crashing in the background

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

ksag022217 ,

Very nice, well-designed and thought out app.

This is a simple and elegant app. No nonsense, no ads, free. Note also the small size of the download - this is well programmed too. Very nicely (aesthetically) designed interface with well-chosen basic tools. Allows you to quickly and simply create content - for example, quick sketches and one-page handwritten notes, to-do lists, etc., using well-designed, basic tools, which you can then save/email/etc. as .png files. It is so refreshing to see a simple, well-designed, practical, useful, function-based app like this, that lets you quickly create content, control where the content is stored, and for free without the distraction and nonsense of ads or other gimmicks. … Also, note (no pun intended) that this app is different than Notes. The emphasis here seems to be on finger/stylus/Apple Pencil (I.e. free-form) input, rather than on using the keyboard or typing. That’s the main difference, it seems. Only feature I’d like to see added would be an option to save to .pdf. Anyway, this is an excellent, really nicely designed little app. Thank you to the developer.

Anonymelon ,

Just a few recommendations

I like this app, because when I get tired of more complex programs like Procreate or Medibang, you can just go straight to this app and start drawing. The simplicity works very well, and I think that it’s just refreshing when you have only a few tools to work from. I think you should add a small guide for where the tools are just to the side, so you don’t need to search around for them (unless there is one) and more brush sizes. Either way, I think this is great considering you don’t have to pay anything, and you don’t see that a lot.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the positive review and the useful feedback!

Memenememeiiii ,

Two things

I haven’t learned all of the features and I’ve only have had this for a week but it’s awesome,I like how the colors are arranged but I think that the makers of the app should make a color wheel so you don’t have too go though and find the color but other than that I think it’s a great app. If your not that good at drawing this is a good app too start with and one more thing is that if there isn’t an Eye dropper then I think you should add one, but other than that it’s a great app and I recommend this to people who are looking to start drawing

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the feedback!

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