Autodesk SketchBook Mobile for Android

Software company Autodesk has released SketchBook Mobile app. Available for use on Android devices, it is a digital paint and drawing application that offers a set of sketching tools.

The app, released Tuesday (Nov. 30), uses the same engine as Autodesk SketchBook Pro desktop software, delivering much of the same functionality to mobile devices, says the company.

A combination of digital pencils, pens, markers and airbrushes, as well as an artist-friendly, gesture-based user interface, helps enable users to capture their ideas as quick informal sketches or produce artwork on-the-go.

A wide range of designers, illustrators, graphic artists, students and hobbyists are among the millions of people who have downloaded SketchBook Mobile since its debut in 2009, says the company.

“The popularity of the SketchBook products has shown that people want to generate creative content on their mobile devices, not simply consume it,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products at Autodesk.

The company also announced that it has chosen finalists in its digital art contest for users of the Autodesk SketchBook digital painting and drawing products.

The winning submission will be featured on the splash screen of Autodesk SketchBook Mobile and will appear each time the application is launched.

The finalists are Mahesh Gopalakrishna, Philipp Gruhn, Rubens LP, Laura Lukauskaite, Deborah McMillion, Luis Peso and Mathieu Reynès.

Public voting on the finalists will be open from Nov. 30, 2010, to Dec. 14, 2010. Each person may vote only once. The winner will be announced on Dec. 21, 2010.

To learn more about the contest, visit

Autodesk SketchBook Mobile ($2.99) and a free Autodesk SketchBook Mobile Express app are available for use on a wide range of devices running Android 2.1 and above and can be downloaded from Android Market.

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