From Pencils to Pixels – Share Your Story on a Digital Canvas with Autodesk SketchBook Express

From ancient murals and rich tapestries, to modern works of art and eclectic prints, people have been expressing themselves through illustration for centuries.

If you can imagine it, you can sketch it. Live it. Sketch it. Share it.” design competition invites youth from around the world to tell their story using Autodesk SketchBook Express – a free*, fun, and intuitive drawing app – and share it online to inspire millions of people around the world.

Open to youth aged 13 to 24 from over 30 countries across APAC, EMEA, LATAM and USA, “Live it. Sketch it. Share it.” design competition challenges participants to use the SketchBook Express app’s powerful design elements like layers, shapes, and textures to depict an important moment in their life or represent their cultural influences.

By transforming any desktop or tablet device into a digital canvas, the free app puts over 100 pencils, markers, and airbrushes as well as custom paint color options at your fingertips to digitally doodle and draw – without having to invest in costly art supplies.


“This is a great opportunity for educators to encourage their students to express their personal creativity by incorporating the challenge into their art, history, and social and cultural studies classes. There are also plenty of SketchBook learning resources freely available on the Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshop,” said Naman Khan, director of secondary education at Autodesk.

The competition is open until 31 July 2014, and a panel of seven judges from the fields of art and design will choose the winners across three competition categories. With a prize package valued at approximately US$2,500 and comprised of a $2000 online art class scholarship at,  a Wacom® digital design tablet, and the winning entries shared with millions of fans around the world on the Autodesk® SketchBook® blog, deviantART, Facebook, the Autodesk Education Community, and the Autodesk Design Competition websites, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

“Live it. Sketch it. Share it.” design competition illustrates Autodesk’s commitment to helping students to imagine, design, and creates a better world by supporting their creativity with access to free Autodesk technology. With a full portfolio of personal design and professional-grade products, Autodesk introduces students and educators at all levels to design and the power of design technology, providing a path to careers as professional designers or to being lifelong design hobbyists.

Be sure to keep up with all the action on “Live it. Sketch it. Share it.” design competition using the hashtag #LiveSketchShare, and stay tuned as we reveal the winners in September!


*Free apps are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms of the applicable license agreement or terms of service/use that accompany the app.


SketchBook Pro at Wondercon 2014

WonderCon is literally the sister show to Comic-Con International, embracing all the main aspects of that event, including comics, movies, TV, animation, the Masquerade, and more. Wondercon has grown in all aspects over the years: more attendees, more exhibitors, more programming, and more fun.

Part of that fun will be the SketchBook Pro team at booth #1568, across from Artist Alley. Be sure to stop by and try out a Wacom Cintiq with SketchBook Pro, or just hang out and watch our in-house artists Kyle Runciman and Renee Busse draw. 

Hope to see you there!


SketchBook Pro at Schoolism Toronto

The SketchBook team is proud to host Schoolism Toronto in the Autodesk offices. Check out some of the fun:


Nathan Fowkes lectures on color.

Paul Lasaine speaks to digital painting techniques.

Schoolism is all about learning from the masters of digital art in an authentic experience. Tickets sell out fast- so if there's a stop in your city be sure to reserve a spot now. Check out the 2014 dates here.


Important Security Update for SketchBook


Recently, a third party security firm alerted us to a vulnerability in the desktop versions of SketchBook Pro. The team resolved the issue and released new versions of SketchBook Pro 6, SketchBook Pro Copic® Edition, SketchBook Express, and SketchBook Pro for Enterprise 2014 for Mac and Windows.

Please use the “check for updates” feature of SketchBook and download the latest version, or use the links below:

SketchBook Pro 6 (Version 6.2.5)


SketchBook Copic® Edition (Version 2.0.2)


SketchBook Express (Version 6.2.5) 

SketchBook for Enterprise 2014 (Version 6.2.5)

Thanks for downloading and installing the update. We appreciate you using SketchBook!



Game Developer's Conference 2014 Wrap-up

Last week the SketchBook team had the pleasure of attending GDC2014! We teamed up with a few of our amazing partners to demo SketchBook and give a sneak peak at some of the exciting new stuff we've been working on. 

Here's some of the art work I did at the ARM booth using SketchBook Pro on the Galaxy Note.

And here's a video showcasing SketchBook Pro and the Wacom Cintiq Companion on the GDC show floor. Check it out.

We'd like to send out a huge thank you to our partners WacomARM and Samsung. It was an absolute blast!

 Hope to see you next year!