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
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

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

Madgero ,

As simple as pen and paper should be

It’s incredibly refreshing to be able to draw and color well by just selecting the tool and putting them to digital paper. The pens that come with procreate are widely considered not that great and it makes it a lot more difficult to draw. But on this app I was drawing comfortably immediately. You don’t have to navigate through any menus customize any sensitivity scales when all you want is a decent artist’s pencil.

My only problem is that sometimes when I’m trying to open a previous sketch it will immediately close that sketch. And it will do that repeatedly until I close the app entirely.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for taking the time to write a review! Sorry about the issue. I’ll look into it.

App Privacy

The developer, Susanne Volk-Augustin, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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