Deadmau5 Winner Announced

On August 3, the Winner of the Deadmau5 Design Competition was announced.

Congratulations to Lance Thackeray for his winning Cheese Head design...

Key Features:
Cheese holes and mesh indents
Standard back-lit eyes and mouth (less is moar)
Made with real cheese (optional)

Check out the finalists & other entries on the AREA.


Spider-Kitty Swings into Action!

The first story of Marvel Comics' new Spider-Island digital series is about a house cat imbued with powers, written by Skottie Young and art by Dave Guertin and Greg Baldwin of CreatureBox.

The series was made available this Tuesday for free download on the Marvel Comics app for iPhone and iPad, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and Marvel Comics on Chrome.  Also, on every Monday, USA TODAY will be giving readers an exclusive look at that week's Spider-Island story.

“When Skottie Young asked us to collaborate on a project for Marvel, we knew it was going to be an amazing project. When he told us it was about a cat web-slinging through the city, we could barely contain ourselves! Anyone who follows our work at knows SketchBook Pro is a huge part of our process. Yet again we relied on the software for its efficient toolset for all of our layouts and pencils. SketchBook Pro continues to bring a traditional feel to a digital workflow."

Check out 9 Lives now on all IOS devices for free through the Marvel App. Or if you’re a fan of print, check it out at your local shop on September 7th!


Deadline for Sketch.Contribute.Gloat.

The submission deadline for Autodesk's SIGGRAPH 2011 Virtual Gallery is here!

By end-of-day August 3, 2011, submit up to 3 pieces of artwork created in any version of SketchBook that reflect the entertainment theme:

■ Character/Creature Design
■ Storyboards
■ Concept Art
■ Environment/Matte Paintings
■ Costume Design

Email your submissions to

Pieces selected by the curator will go live on AREA and be presented at the Autodesk Booth at SIGGRAPH Vancouver.

Submissions will continue to be accepted during SIGGRAPH until August 11 for the online exhibit.

For more information, click here.


On the Move

The International Association of Mobile Digital Artists (iAMDA) announces its second annual MobileArtCon to be launched in NYC this fall!

The conference will be held at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts (September 30 – October 2, 2011) and will serve as a creative retreat for the emerging community of visual artists, designers, musicians and film makers who produce professional, creative works on their mobile devices. The conference will feature several opportunities to try new apps and accessories, and create and collaborate with other artists ‘On the Move.’

“This year, we want to showcase the advantages of creating on the mobile devices. The artist has the opportunity to carry a compact and efficient set of tools beyond the walls of his or her studio and create as the inspiration is streaming in. It really does take the art to a new level—the works are fresh and evolving...” shares Mia Robinson, iAMDA Co-Founder.

Autodesk is a proud sponsor of MobileArtCon 2011.

For more information about this event, go to or contact


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