Asketch is a unique and versatile sketch pad that fits in your pocket. It allows creativity on the go, anytime, anywhere.

Its deliberate simplicity makes it perfect for beginners who want to learn to draw;
equally, advanced artists will find a wonderful buttery, tonal canvas for their life studies, cartoons, abstracts, landscapes and other subjects. The app is engineered to deliver rapid, but powerful image capture, facilitated by a great transform function that allows you to pick up the drawing, resize it and move it around the canvas, and a amazing zoom that lets you draw in minute detail. So if you want to put a traditional, but digital sketch pad in your pocket, this is the app for you.

Features and functionality:

Image zooming that actually works: Do amazing detail work when zoomed in. No pixelation of brushes while drawing! Zooming is accessed via a reverse pinch when the menu is displayed.

Use a two finger tap (or a swipe from the screen bottom) to pull up the menu.

Image transformation: Scale/Rotate the image via a simple pinch gesture. (When menu is visible)

Two distinct pencils types: use a swipe gesture on the pencil button to switch back and forth between hard and soft drawing modes. Tap the selected pencil to toggle between black, white, and colored drawing.

20 Levels of undo/redo. Swipe the undo/redo button to toggle back and forth.

To configure your pencil, use two fingers to pinch and rotate. This resizes the focus circle. The smaller the circle, the more focused/darker the drawing will be. The bigger the circle the more pronounced the procedural interaction with previous lines, and the lighter it starts out.

Rotation of the pencil circle changes the line width.

To configure your eraser, also use two fingers to pinch and rotate.
Rotation affects eraser transparency. Pinching controls the size of the brush. When rotated to maximum transparency, the erase operates as a smudge tool.

What People are saying:
"Fantastic intuitive system for creative expression." -Nagabohimina

"This is my favorite art app! I have bought it for three of my friends already and they all love it. We send drawings back and forth everyday. Really good job on this app!" - SmurfedYa

"I bought ASketch about three months ago and couldn't be happier. It seemed too good to be true when I bought it, but within 45 minutes of purchasing the app I finished a full drawing and was amazed at the realistic results! Since then, it's been a "go to" tool and lives with my most important apps on the first page of my iPad. But this is the incredible part; when I meet fellow artists in school lounges and on the train to campus while I'm drawing in ASketch, they usually ask me what app I'm using. And 95% of the time, they in love with it before even buying-- Heck, I've even had a few friends (and a teacher) purchase it right on the spot! Plus, the final pieces have fooled a few folks into thinking these are actual graphite sketches. That's the power of ASketch's results. You won't be disappointed!!" - FLASHY! cat

"I keep buying and trying other drawing apps but none get close to the quality of this one. I can actually create art on this app. Art that I can use. Art that I feel I can share with others. Other apps LOOK like they were created on an iPad and seem only good for sketching ideas. What can be produced using this app is smooth and beautiful and looks like it was created on paper media. You can almost smell the graphite. I can create a final product with this alone. If I had to have only one app for my iPad, I would choose this one." - Steplander

What's New

Version 2.3.4

Fix for crash problems under iOS 9.
Fix for copy/paste image warping.
Fix for long press for copying not working on pressure sensitive devices

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings

Outclassed by other apps


Sadly I'm with the negative reviewers here. As a professional artist, like others, I find this app unresponsive and unintuitive but most importantly you don't have enough control over the marks it makes. For example, you can't even draw a circle without it shading it in for you. The makers of this app seem to believe that every time you make anything more than a vertical or horizontal stroke, you must want shading too. So if you draw a curve it will automatically shade it for you. This is unacceptable in my opinion. Maybe it's why the video guy draws a very angular face to promote the app!
I properly took the time to learn how to use this app from the website and from video tutorials but still wasn't impressed. Maybe I've been spoiled with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, but even so this app is outclassed in every way by other apps out there.

Developer Response

Thanks for your feedback. The focus circle (accessed via a pinch gesture while drawing) controls the amount of shading Asketch will apply to your lines. Decreasing its size to a minimum will give you a hard line with no shading at all. Rotation of this focus circle gives you control of the line width. I hope this is helpful.

A simple, expressive and brilliant drawing medium

Jonny L London

Asketch remains such a simple but brilliant drawing medium. As a primary drawing app it can deliver this exquisite soft tonality, and so quickly. When I have given art masterclasses at Apple's big London stores over the last 4 years I have always tended to start my demonstrations with Asketch for this reason. So if you want a quick and expressive sketching medium and one you can then export your line drawing (with no background) into an app like Procreate to paint into look no further. I far prefer drawing using Asketch to any of the other art apps I have profiled at App2art.



I have been using this little program since the beginning and it's an excellent tool to get down on 'paper' a quick idea. I usually start my drawings using this - as it has a quick natural feel - and then export them to finish off. Get it if you love sketching.


Andrew Kern
2.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2010 Andrew Kern


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