Digital Sketching

I thought I would share a wonderful smart phone app that I discovered 6 months ago: SketchBook® Mobile, by Autodesk®

Say you’re out walking a worksite, taking the kids to the park, or waiting at a bus stop. You’re admiring the view, but the landscape designer/artist in you peaks out and says “Hey this would be a bit more interesting if…”  (Here’s where you pull out the sketchbook that I know everyone carries around with them at all times, right?) With Sketchbook mobile, you can open the program, take a picture, and immediately begin drawing out your ideas on another layer over the photo you just took. It can either be anything from simple comments with arrows pointing to specific locations, to a quick pencil sketch to get your idea out, or fully fleshed out rendering right then and there depending on how good you are. Anyways, you can then email it as a JPG to a client to get their opinion or to yourself as a PSD file to continue refining your ideas in Photoshop.

I bought this app for a measly $1.99 thinking it was just a basic drawing program for my Ipod, but it turns out to be pretty much the best thing ever! (…once you get the hang of it.)  It is like a “mobile ‘lite’ Photoshop.”  You can check it out at the App Store on your phone, or their website here.  It’s a huge time saver, environmentally friendly because you’re saving paper, and easy to use.  I highly recommend at least getting the Mobile Lite version, its free!

Youtube video showing the App

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3 Comments

  1. This can really support how we work. We spend so much time thinking through solutions at our desks, but this approach helps bring us back to the real setting to test ideas on site.

  2. Davids work is pretty impressive. People definitely can’t discount the quality of art thats possible just because its made on a phone, it just takes practice like any other medium.

    “This can really support how we work. We spend so much time thinking through solutions at our desks, but this approach helps bring us back to the real setting to test ideas on site.”

    Exactly, having your initial thoughts down right then and there visually can really make a difference on your design.

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