Drawing Contest from Autodesk

If you’re age 13 to 24 and have a iOS, a android device, Mac or PC then you’re halfway to winning some fabulous prizes from Autodesk. Download the free Autodesk SketchBook Express app for your device of choice, then the only thing left to do is tell “My Story” using the SketchBook Express app. If this sounds like a good idea to you then join the “Live it. Sketch it. Share it.” design competition. Your story could be pretty much anything. A character you created. A moment in your life or something that symbolizes your culture. It sounds pretty wide-open to me.

If your image is selected by the judges Autodesk is offering some nice prizes. The prizes range from a Wacom drawing tablet, $2000 worth of art classes from Schoolism or have your work critiqued by Bobby Chiu. So who can enter? You must be 13 to 24 years of age and be a resident of one of the countries where the competition is available. For the rest of the official rules visit the contests page. The contest ends July 31. So you have around a hundred days left to get your Image submitted. Best of luck to you youngsters.

Wacom’s First Pressure-Sensitive iPad Stylus


Yesterday Wacom unveiled their new portable drawing solutions with two new tablets, but not to be lost in the buzz they are also releasing their first pressure sensitive stylus for iPad. The Intuos Creative Stylus is the latest addition to Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus line and it’s first pressure-sensitive iPad stylus. As you probably know by now the iPad screen is not pressure sensitive so to get this effect Wacom has built this pressure sensitivity into the stylus. Using Bluetooth 4.0 the stylus will talk to compatible iPad art apps, which currently include SketchBook, ArtRage, ProCreate, ArtStudio, Inkist, Flipink and Wacom’s Bamboo Paper app. Wacom claims to offer 2048 levels of pressure-sensitivity and says that one AAA battery will power it for over 150 hours. The Intuos Creative Stylus will be on sale at $99 on October 7.

SketchBook Pro is back with new features


One of my favorite drawing apps is back with all new features and a streamlined interface. Autodesk SketchBook Pro 6 is a drawing and painting app with familiar tools designed for professional artists. SketchBook Pro 6 is designed to feel and respond just like a sketchpad when used with pen tablets. Updates include 100 brush presets to your library, a smudge tool brush and a color blending brush. Other features are the ability to adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, color balance, and grayscale. A few of the updates are just bringing it more up to speed with Photoshop, but nevertheless happy to see them included. Here’s a few new features, from the Autodesk website and a few extras I thought were good additions:

• Streamlined interface delivers an unobstructed and discoverable environment, keeping you in the creative zone.
• Multitouch navigation support on the latest Wacom devices.
• Synthetic paintbrushes that behave more like traditional paint mediums.
• Smudge brushes for blending colors.
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