Sketch Club ($1.99) by blackpawn.com is an art app that has an interactive online network, where you can share your creations with others. Sketch, draw, color and paint your masterpiece and share it with the world!
At the core Sketch Club is a feature-rich drawing and painting app. The controls are very simple to use. You have several mediums to choose from, such as: pen, sketch (pencil) and paint. There are some artistic effects you can add such as: fur, smudge and pixels. These all add a fun and unique look.
No matter what mode or medium you choose, there is a vast color palette to choose from. The brush feature is the most elaborate as it has several different tips, along with size, opacity and flow.
The app allows you to work in different layers, either on your current creation or from pictures in your photo library. This is very similar to Photoshop, as are some of the other features.
One additional feature allows you to load images. These images are either taken from your photo library, or from the image library within the app. There are backgrounds and other pictures for you to use to begin your creation. Coloring pages are also available and these are a great option for kids.
Another unique feature is the video mode. You are able to record yourself painting and drawing; the video mode will speed it up and create a recording from start to finish. You have to work quickly and create a painting from start to finish in one sitting, but it is a clever feature. Once your recording is complete, you can upload it to YouTube from within the app.
Sketch Club has great exporting features. Once you have your final product, you can save, export to the photos app, upload to Facebook, and print. It is nice to have an application where you can print from within the app instead of exporting it first.
What makes this application stand out from other creative sketch and draw apps is the ability to be part of a sketch club. You can post your design online for others to view, as well as submit them into competitions. You can also view the work of others in an online gallery. This is all done through an integrated browser from within the app. There are also push notifications, enabling you to see when there is activity on your upload.
Using this app is very enjoyable as it draws out the creativity of both adults and kids. It has many features to help create something beautiful, even the youngest will feel encouraged and proud of their abilities.