Drawtober is upon us

What's Drawtober?

Drawtober is a 31 day drawing challenge started by the SketchBook team in 2013. It's back and better than ever! This year, we're celebrating Drawtober with our friends over at Microsoft Surface!  Improve your skills, challenge yourself, and get to know everyone in the Microsoft Surface &  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 and the Microsoft SurfaceArtGroup.

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 and SurfaceArtGroup.
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 from both communities. Share the love by adding them to your favorites and leaving comments. Everyone loves a comment.

At the end of the 30 days, 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 Peter Xiao : Symmetry tool

Over on DrawCrowd, SketchBook Pro user Peter Xiao is going nuts with the Symmetry tool.  Peter is a 27 year old artist living in Shanghai, China. He taught himself how to paint, and has been working as a professional illustrator for five years.



His biggest wish is for more people to enjoy painting, and not worry about how good they are. Peter believes that more people creating art will bring more vitality to the art world, and skill shouldn't be a factor in picking up a paintbrush or stylus.


Check out more of Peter's work on DrawCrowd.

Wanna get started with the Symmetry Tool in SketchBook? Download SketchBook here, sign up for a free account, and check out this tutorial on the symmetry tool.



Using iCloud? Be sure to backup your artwork.


Please note that 'iCloud Drive' in iOS8 is a brand new feature, separate from iCloud on iOS7. If you choose to use iOS8 iCloud Drive you will not be able to access your iOS7 iCloud items from your desktop or iOS8 device. To access iCloud Drive on desktop, you'll need to wait until Apple releases the 'Yosemite' operating system. 



It's always good to have several backups of your artwork, even if you're using a cloud storage provider. We recommend making a local backup of all your SketchBook artwork, and creating a brand new iCloud Drive if you choose to update to iOS8.

 Here's Apple's support page on how to make a backup. Don't wait, do it now!


Autodesk SketchBook and Pixlr at Fan Expo

 Check out what happens when Autodesk SketchBook and Pixlr show up at Fan Expo Canada.


What gets you inspired?

We're always looking to add new features into SketchBook. But first, we'd like to hear from you. What gets you inspired? Please take this short survey. Your answers will help shape the future of SketchBook!

Thank you to everyone who took the survey! It is now closed.

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