Interactive Sketchbook 4+

Realistic Pencil illustration

Digital Wave Creative

    • 3.1 • 18 Ratings
    • $4.99



Learn professional techniques, sketch your own ideas, and collect your digital art! Practice advance techniques by drawing alongside tutorials from Matt Busch. Or sketch on your own with the option to import your own photo reference.

Sketchbooks have always been a way to collect your creative ideas and plan your visual masterpieces. Now with the limitless possibilities of Interactive Sketchbook, you'll never buy another paper sketchbook again!

Newly optimized as a universal app for iPhone, iPad, and the iPad Pro. Supports pressure variable drawing strokes via 3d touch, Apple Pencil, and Adonit styluses for the highest quality digital drawing experience.


Three custom layers allow you to efficiently switch between the types of tools that are most useful. Draw loosely and plan your work in the "Sketch Layer". Enjoy precise control of line and value in the "Detail Layer" to make highlights and intricate details shine. Enjoy a unique "Tone Layer" that makes smooth shading easy and fun! Each layer's visibility can be toggled on and off.

Whether using your own photo or a tutorial, split view allows you to use reference in a unique way, side by side. Pinch to zoom in on detail and both the drawing and reference stay perfectly in sync! Awesome for artists who want to draw from reference without being forced to trace.

But when you do want to trace. . . swipe the binder over to utilize the full page where you can use your reference as a guide to get proportions picture perfect. Or enjoy full-screen mode with the reference layer toggled off to focus on detail, and maximize the iPad’s work surface.

With Interactive Sketchbook, you’ll never run out of pages. And with an undo and redo function you can explore being more creative without ruining your drawing or wasting paper. Like a tangible paper sketchbook Interactive Sketchbook is portable and always ready when inspiration strikes.


Have a professional illustrator as your personal tour guide! Matt Busch has been illustrating some of the hottest properties in movies, books, and comics for 15 years! And now he’s your interactive instructor, sharing his secrets and teaching you the basics of sketching portraits.

The application has 4 different interactive tutorials that guide you through the steps of creating great portraits. Follow along with Busch at your own pace across 11 visual steps and see every pencil stroke he makes. For more specific guidance, touch an area within a step to reveal Busch’s detailed tips. (Over 3 dozen detailed tips per tutorial!)


Store, view, edit and resume your drawings in the portfolio. A clean layout and professional presentation allows you to view all your sketches at a glance. Tap a thumbnail to view your latest creations up close. And now, with the new "Animate Sketch" feature, you can watch your drawings redraw themselves step by step!

All your sketches are automatically saved and stored in the portfolio. And you can always continue any sketch from where you last left off!


Take your sketching even further by connecting an Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, Adobe Ink, Adonit Pixel, Adonit Touch, or Adonit Script stylus. All styluses support palm rejection to prevent stray marks while resting a hand on the screen during drawing. Also enjoy pressure sensitive strokes for better control of your line work and shading. Select Adonit styluses also utilize shortcut buttons for quick access to undo and redo.

Treat yourself to Interactive Sketchbook now, or surprise a friend and “Gift this App”.

Whether you are an occasional doodler or a professional illustrator, Interactive Sketchbook is a must-have tool for your iPad and iPhone!

What’s New

Version 3.3

• Support for cursor using magic keyboard case, mice, and track pads.
• Support for new iPad Pros and the new iPhone SE.
• Expanded support for dark mode.

• Fixed an issue where switching layers could prevent undo and redo from functioning correctly.

Tag your sketches with #InteractiveSketchbook on social media.

If you enjoy Interactive Sketchbook, please consider giving us a quick review. It helps up spread the word!

Thank you for supporting us at Digital Wave Creative, happy sketching!

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

1031Emma ,

Eraser doesn’t work

This is a great app, and it helps me draw and expand my capabilities, the only drawback being I can’t erase any mistakes I made which is really annoying. Would’ve given it 5 stars without this mistake.
Hopefully they fix this error

Tony_R ,

This app is excellent / Crash issue fixed

First, the latest update fixed the crash issue and now I have no more problem with the app crashing in the middle of my work. Second I am new to drawing and sketching so this app is helping me learn. I am so pleased with the tools and the computer aspect of drawing that I feel very confident going forward I can learn to sketch like I always wanted to. I would very much recommend this app to anybody who wants to learn how to draw.

Previous: While certain aspects of this app are outstanding, I cannot give it more than one star because it crashes all too frequently. You can imagine being in the middle of a sketch and before you get a chance to save, the app just quits. I have lost so much work on some sketches, that I have to quit using this app because it is completely unreliable. If the developers fix this problem with crashing I will revisit this app and review. But for now it gets one star and pushed to the last page of my iPad, where I will forget about it until it’s fixed.

Gorgonaught ,

Unlocked imagination!

No other app I have tried (about 12 different once) gave me the confidence and step by step structure to make me believe that I am capable to draw something other than a stick figure.

This app took intimidation out of drawing and in a step by step fashion I was able to see a portrait come together... my wife did not believe I did it, but thanks to the replay feature that literally animates all the strokes you took while drawing she saw it... kind of took the magic out of it a bit ;) but she was impressed that I could draw.

Too many cool features to list, do yourself a favor able buy it, most negative reviews are from long time ago when Apple Pencil support was not as good, works amazingly well for the last 2 years.

App Privacy

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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