SketchBook at New York Comic Con

You know the drill: We're headed to the Big Apple for NYCC15 to show off Autodesk SketchBook, and we wanna see your shining faces at booth #737 !

The event is four days long from October 8th to the 11th. Try out one of the new Wacom Cintiq 27'' QHDs, get your hands on the Wacom Cintiq Companion 2, and take a break from the bustle of the convention with a little bit of art therapy.

At our booth we'll have an all-star lineup of amazing professional artists to entertain and inspire you all weekend long. Stop by to see Matthew FletcherNatali KoromotoKen LashleyNa Young Irene Lee, Phil Noto,and Chrissie Zullo create amazing artwork with Autodesk SketchBook.

While you're sketching away, team members Kyle Runciman and Renee Busse will be on deck to answer any questions you might have about our humble application. 


As if that weren't enough - to celebrate the launch of our art e-book with Viz Media every day at 2pm we'll be giving away exclusive signed posters with artwork from Art For Hope Nepal. Artist include Russ Badgett, Natali Koromoto, Gale Galligan, and Carolina Casal. You won't be able to get these anywhere else- so be sure to stop by and snag one while supplies last!

And pick up the e-book from all major digital retailers, including the Viz Manga app and VizManga.com starting October 7th.

Hope to see you in the city that never sleeps! 


Art For Hope Nepal Teaser Preview

The Autodesk SketchBook team and Viz Media are proud to announce our charity art collection Art For Hope: Nepal. This fantastic e-book will be available on all major digital book stores starting October 7th.

Over fifty pieces of art were selected from a combination of industry greats, comic heroes, and dedicated SketchBook community members. Proceeds from the books sale will go to Build Change to help with their efforts in rebuilding Nepal.

Featuring artwork from:
Ray-Anthony Height      David Horvath     & Sun-Min Kim Ian McGinty
Susan Murtaugh      Natali Koromoto          Dan Parent       Lark Pien

And many more!

Get ready to be inspired and uplifted by this hopeful collection of artwork. Get a sneak peek at the book below with our preview video !


Art For Hope: Nepal will be available on October 7th at all major e-book retailers from VIZ Media.



Join us for Drawtober 2015

What's Drawtober?

Drawtober is a 31 day drawing challenge started by the SketchBook team in 2013. It's back and better than ever for our third year! Improve your skills, challenge yourself, and get to know everyone in the SketchBook Community!


How do you join in?

- Be a member on deviantART.
What- you aren't already? Sign up today and join the world's largest community of artists online. Be sure to join the Autodesk-SketchBook group.

Watch the account ~Drawtober
Each day in October, a blank canvas will appear with a creative prompt, like this. 
Nobody knows what the prompts are until the morning of!

That's part of the fun- can you challenge yourself to draw something on the fly?

Take the blank canvas that gets posted new every day, download it, and draw the prompt. 
Download SketchBook and get creative. Use your imagination. Go crazy. Do you create a literal interpretation, or do you see the prompt in a different way?

Upload your finished piece to your own DeviantART account, and submit it to the Autodesk-SketchBook group.
All the submitted entries for Autodesk SketchBook will go in this folder and be separated by the day. Be sure to check out the other entries! Share the love by adding them to your favorites and leaving comments. Everyone loves a comment, and you can make someone's day.

At the end of the month, we'll do a recap post on the SketchBook Blog! Your art could get featured right here and be seen by our huge audience!




Spotlight on SketchBook artist Ian O'Neill

My name's Ian O’Neill, but mostly everyone knows be my online moniker, EzJedi. I’m a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer from Poole, on the South Coast of England. I was always scribbling away as a youngster, inspired by the early TMNT comics and my friend’s stash of super violent 2000AD Dredd books.

Back in Primary School some friends and I produced a short series of comics called ‘The Killer Eggs’. It was so popular that one of our teachers would actually use the school copiers to distribute copies around the various classes- despite the questionable content and obvious inspiration/plagarism of the Killer Tomatoes (which was pretty hip back then)!

After that I strayed away from art for all of my late teens; you might say I went through a rebellious phase as a young man. Thankfully I met my girlfriend who settled me down, only for me to rediscover my passion for comic and videogame art in my early 20’s. I actually felt so rusty when I first picked up a pencil again that I had to practice for what felt like forever just to get back to the standard I was at age 11!

Since then I’ve been working hard to refine and improve. I’ve no formal training or art education, so I’ve just tried to be logical and approach my weaknesses one at a time. With the wealth of resources on the web these days, anyone with the right level of determination and self-awareness can learn almost anything, as long as you’re honest with yourself about what you’re good at and what you aren’t.

I find inspiration pretty much everywhere these days; the obvious things like videogames, movies, anime and comics. But I’m also often inspired by music I hear, or locations I travel to. Most often my ideas start as stories, even for something that becomes a single illustration. But we’re all different, you just have to find a source of inspiration that gets you brimming with creativity! Although it’s taken me a long time to get it back to art, I have quite an active (read: childish) imagination. I create stories and visualise imagery in my head inspired by places I visit and things I see.

I’m also pretty interested in science, ancient history and geology, so I watch a lot of documentaries! These are a frequent source of knowledge, that often sparks some element of an idea for me. And of course, I get a lot of inspiration and motivation by seeing what the artists I look up to are producing. It’s important to not be too influenced by the ideas or style of others, but I’m an art enthusiast at heart. Nothing gives me more pleasure than enjoying the fruits of another artist’s labour.

If I could give advice to other artists, I’d say “brace yourself, this is gonna get rough.” Being serious, I think the best advice I could give to those trying to improve and take their art seriously is to learn how to be resolute. For me, the journey of improvement has had it’s ups and downs. A lot of downs. It can be maddening when your hands won’t seem to obey your brain and put on paper/screen what you can visualise in your head. But you have to stay strong, no matter how frustrated you get. Take a deep breath, take a break, then try again. And again, and so on.

Also I’ll save those artists a lot of time and pain with this little tip: don’t compare your work, style, skill, ideas, etc, to the artists whose work you most admire! Unless you’re a freakishly gifted natural, it’s a surefire way to kill your morale and self confidence. Those artists you admire spent years, decades in some cases, refining their skills and practicing day after day. Instead, compare everything you do to what you did last. Then to what you did around the same time last year. As long as you’re improving and building confidence in what you do, the gap between the artists you love and admire and yourself will close eventually. If you do anything every day, you’re going to better at it. Eventually you’ll get good at it. After 10,000 hours you’re supposedly a master at it. I’ll let you know about that someday... 

I guess overall what I’m trying to say is that although it isn’t easy sometimes, anything worth doing rarely is, so stick at it!


Sketchbook 3.3: Update for iOS Users

Last week Apple released iOS9, the next generation version of their operating system for iPhones and iPads. We always try to expect the unexpected with any big release of a new operating system, but inevitably there is a small detail we don’t anticipate.

iOS 9 Issue [SOLVED!]

During this Apple iOS 9 unveiling we saw reports from users about SketchBook 3.2 crashing on iOS devices that are used in conjunction with a Wacom stylus. We identified a quick workaround: 1) Disable Bluetooth; 2) Restart SketchBook; and 3) Disable Wacom as your Pen Connection in the Preferences menu. Doing that removed pressure sensitivity, but you could still use your stylus. 

That workaround is no longer necessary as we were able to rush a new version into the iTunes App Store by the end of the week. So if you are an iOS user and your Wacom device is near and dear to your heart (as they are to us), head to the iTunes App Store and update to SketchBook 3.3.

Windows Wacom Issue [Ongoing] 

If you’re a Windows user, we’ve seen some users report “pressure spikes” that we’re investigating. If you experience any difficulty with your Wacom device one option to consider is reverting to an older version of the Wacom software that drives your stylus or device. You can download all of their old drivers and read the release notes for each download on their site here: http://us.wacom.com/en/support/legacy-drivers/. It’s generally a good idea to uninstall the driver you want to replace before installing a different driver. And, rebooting is always a good idea before testing your new set-up. 

As always, if you’re having trouble with SketchBook — whether it’s related to a device or stylus or anything else — shoot us a message at our support site and we’ll do our best to get you back up and sketching.