Mac App Store Update

SketchBook Express 5.2 update is now available on the Mac App Store.

By popular demand, this update includes a Text tool allowing basic addition to type into your sketches!


√ Text
• A Text tool is now found in the toolbar.
√ PXD support
• Read and write native Pixlr files

√ Hotkey shortcuts
• 'O' key to adjust Opacity
• '/' key to adjust Tilt (rotation) 



What is the difference between the Express version and the Copic Edition?
Both SketchBook Express and the Copic Edition are free apps.  The main difference is the brushes and color palette.  Think of Copic Edition as an exclusive marker version featuring a sample of 72 Copic Colors.  They are FREE*, so try them both!

*Use is subject to the Terms & Conditions of the Mac App Store


Art for Hope

On March 11, 2011, Japan experienced one of the worst series of disasters in recent history, the effects of which will be felt for years to come, if not decades. Ongoing financial support to rebuild numerous cities and towns will only grow more critical as time goes on.

Through a unique collaboration, Autodesk and VIZ Media will produce Art for Hope, a limited edition digital art anthology to be sold through the VIZ Manga App for iOS devices ( and web portal (, with 100% of VIZ Media proceeds going toward supporting disaster relief efforts in Japan.

The launch of the digital anthology is currently scheduled to release in Fall 2011, with all the artwork to be created using Autodesk SketchBook® software.

How to get involved...

Contact Viz Media ( and let them know you want to be involved! 

Create an original piece using any of the Autodek SketchBook® products...
     ►SketchBook Pro (Free 15 day trial)
     ►SketchBook Express on Mac App Store (Free)
     ►SketchBook Express for iPad (Free)
     ►SketchBook Express for Android Tablet (Free)

     ►SketchBook Copic Edition on Mac App Store (Free)
     ►SketchBook Copic Edition Mac/Win (Free)

Submissions must be received by September 15, 2011 to be considered for the anthology.
     ►1 original artwork based on the theme of HOPE
     ►Title of your piece
     ►50 word description on the intent of your piece
     ►Your Bio
     ►Contact information
     ►Let us know which version of SketchBook was used

For more details, go to

Don't forget to spread the word!

The submission deadline has been added to SketchBook News' Event Listing.


Congratulations Skottie!

The 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are the "Oscars®" of comics and were presented at a gala ceremony at Comic Con San Diego.

Skottie Young took home the Eisner for Best Penciller/Inker and a second Eisner with Eric Shanower for Best Adaptation from Another Work for Marvel's The Marvelous Land of Oz.

For those of you who are not familiar with Skottie, he has been an active illustrator and cartoonist for over ten years working for entertainment and publishing companies including  Marvel, Warner Bros., Image, Upper Deck, and Mattel.

Skottie has been a huge supporter of SketchBook Pro, using it among his tools to get work done.  He was also the artist behind the iconic signature image for the current 2011 (5.0) release of SketchBook for Mac & Windows.

Congratulations, Skottie!


Learn more about Skottie at or follow him on twitter @skottieyoung

Check out his 'evil cabby' sketch on YouTube: 



Printing Tips

Many people have questions about printing, especially when working with Mobile apps that produce relatively smaller canvas sizes.  Susan Murtaugh has curated and hung at multiple exhibits and has gained a lot of experience in this area.  In this post, Susan shares some of her tips and tricks with respect to printing.

By Susan Murtaugh

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Geekdom in San Diego

(Credit: Seth Rosenblatt/CNET)

The first night at San Diego Comic Con was a wide one. Viz Media and Autodesk SketchBook teamed up to be one of the most apparent combinations on the show floor.  You can read about all the action on SDCC PREVIEW NIGHT at CNET NEWS