The thing about Sketch Club is that, unlike Fight Club, you do talk about it, in fact you are encouraged to do so, online. This is what makes this particular Art/Drawing app a little bit different. Read on to find out how.
On the face of it, Sketch Club is another, fairly competent, app for budding doodlers through to experienced artists. It has a selection of brushes, pen tools, vector drawing (line smoothing / shape closing) and even a text drawing tool.
Each of the different individual tools have the usual controls that let you fine tune its behaviour, such as opacity, thickness, velocity control and for the Brush tool a whole range of different brush styles. It is all pretty much as you would expect but we like using Sketch Club, although we aren't talented enough to get anywhere near the kind of results that some users have (see screenshot below).
We noticed some lag on a few of the tools, but it is not too noticeable on the iPad and we think the tools are presented in a very easy to understand interface which only takes a few minutes to get used to.
Where Sketch Book stands out as a little different though is with the inclusion of a built-in user community. The app is supported by a website where users of the app can share their work, as well as view, rate and comment on the art of other users.
This is great if you are looking for inspiration but also if you want to get feedback from the artist community on your own work to help you improve and develop as an artist.
You can share your work to the Sketch Club community from within the app (as well as to your iPad's Photo Library, by e-mail or to Facebook). You can also browse the online gallery from within the app, as well as browsing at http://app.sketchclub.com.
Within the online community you can earn 'glops' (like a points system) by rating others' artwork. You do this by clicking on the thumbs up icon (called 'rules') under any picture, or if you don't like it you can click on the thumbs down ('sucks') icon.
If you are not sure whether or not you like it, there is a middle icon where you can award the image a 'piggy', but each of these ratings affects the images overall ranking in the Sketch Club community. Other activity within the community earns you differing amounts of glops and if you earn enough of them you get a 'heart' which you can then reward a fellow artist with, which is a much bigger compliment.
There are also regular themed competitions running with submitted artwork being voted for by community members. There are large amounts of glops, and even some real-world prizes, to be won if you are placed among the top 5 artists in a competition.
We think Sketch Book's community aspect is a fun and interesting way to involve users of the app and it is good to see a community dedicated to the creation of art on the iPad, as well as other iOS devices.
If you fancy checking Sketch Book out it is only $1.99 (£1.19) in the app store. If you want to see the app being used in detail, the tutorial below from idrawgirls.com on YouTube shows the app in action. Although this is the previous version, it is essentially the same as the recent update.
As always, if you do try the app out and decide to join the community, let us know what you think in the comments below.