Impossible to achieve drawings like the examples without apple pencil support
Without proper pressure sensibility it is impossible to achieve gesture lines like the examples provided. So probably people will feel frustrated for not achieving good drawings even though they do it as the lesson intended. Beside this deal breaker, app is well done and lessons are well adapted for this format. Advice, get the old books if you can, grab some paper and pencil, start drawing and skip this app.
Although this app was abandoned 4 years ago without recent updates, I write this review as a plea to the developers and people in charge to consider revamping this real drawing learning app. For years I watched others a few others try to make drawing teching apps, and most didn’t come near teaching the way this app does from the book lessons. Even now, no app is on this level of teaching making a drawing from shapes, using proper tools, and shading, and so on. The complaints and bad reviews are just people frustrated with the app not being updated anymore. I don’t know what happened or if the licenses are still good but this app could be a moneymaker and no doubt should have been. Walter Foster has long made some of the best books on teaching how to actually learn to draw. I own some of the books these lessons are based on. There are a ton of books on drawing but not many are made to actually teach the skill by people qualified to teach it. But Walter Foster books are. They look older and don’t have eye catching huge flashy titles like “Draw 50 monsters.” (Those books don’t teach, it’s just someone who copied parts of the design over into steps. That’s not how you learn drawing. Drawing is shapes, and training the eye to draw them, usually from big to smaller details, just way Walter Foster does in these lessons.)
This app is well made for its purposes but not very practical for the user. It would be better to teach how to draw on iPad, specifically what settings to use, not so much how to draw traditionally. That would be more useful. It is difficult to make the realistic drawings look right on iPad. Also I would like the option to pay one time for this app, not for each book.
I think this is an okay start to teaching folks how to learn how to draw through use of the iPad. However, I recently purchased the Pencil stylus by the company 53 (apparently the only stylus sold in the Apple Retail Store). I really wished that the app supported stylus models such as Pencil or Pogo. Also, when trying to post a drawing to Facebook, I received an error that states "App Not Setup: The developers of this app have not set up this app properly for Facebook Login." I also wish that the app's teachings show how to use the popular free app, Paper. I'm assuming they will carry over into other similar apps.
Finally the new content is available. I'm very excited by all the new tutorials. I think this is a great app; I've spent lots of time with the variou tutorial packs, learning various sketching and shading techniques. The reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is that the various pencils need updating. On my iPad 3, the drawings tools do not work smoothly or consistently. With a little work on the actual digital drawing tools, this app would be worth the price of the drawing packs. But right now the finished drawings are much rougher looking than on my 1st gen IPad. I hope developers will take notice. This could end up being one of the best iPad apps, with just a sleeker digital drawing interface. Original review: this is an unique, well-rendered application for drawing. I believe users will be as shocked as I was when they finish a lesson. I learned to create some fantastic sketches. The three different textured pencils and explanation of when and where to use them is an invaluable tool. Being able to see how these elements come together in a surprisingly impressive sketch is fantastic for learning and for your ego. :) I can't say enough about this app, expect that I'm ready for new items to draw!
I am currently taking an art class, and have been having problems with shading and realistic drawing. I've successfully drawn the flower, the dragon, and the lady, and since then, I have drastically improved to the point of being proud of my work. When I get some cash, I will be purchasing the books for this app, this is simply amazing and helpful. By the way, I didn't use the iPad to draw with, I drew it in my sketchbook. This is the best free app for drawing out there... Don't bother drawing on your pad, grab a pencil and paper and apply the helpful hints from this book! Off to attempt the horse!
Too full of advertisements - works nice but crashes
The interface is nice to just mess around in. I could not get any lessons to work. I paid $0.99 to get rid of ads hoping that the flashing lessons would stay up long enough to use .... Nope. Tried down loading again no help. As a learning tool it lacks lessons. As a toy to draw with... Perhaps... I deleted it, there are better ones out there. Developer: concentrate first on making a good product you can be proud of... And one that works, before bending to the pressure to make money off something half done. It was only a buck... If I get it back, great, if not use it to buy a cup of coffee, spend a few hours testing and debugging... Then turn out a better product and let me know you did.
The new update has made the color of the tools different from the last, meaning that even set to its darkest color, the pen tool, for example, is not the same shade it was before the update. And it no longer matches the color needed for uncompleted drawings I had had before the update. Please correct this. Other than that let down, I do enjoy using the app.
This is probably my number one app that I use to draw with but I had just recently started drawing a new picture and exited the app after I was about half way done, but when I came back to the app my drawing had a question mark and when I clicked on it, it said that there was an error and showed me a blank page. Please fix!
Less than 36 hours after I downloaded this program, none of the lessons I downloaded are showing up. Trying to restore my previous downloads just crashes the app. When it works it's a great app, but I'd save your money. Edit: I reinstalled the app and restored my purchases but, of course, it didn't save my previous drawings. The program worked for another two days before having the same problem. Edit 2015: The paid for lessons will not even load. It seems WF has given up on supporting this program. It's a shame because when it worked, it was very helpful.
I have used and admired WF books for years. I was excited to see this innovative app. Even though I have been taking art classes for years, I still consider myself a beginner. The app is easy to use and the tools are fun. I was disappointed when I began the sample lessons and found that I was basically tracing over the sample drawings. It felt like copying. I definitely wasn't learning how to draw. I was looking for 2 things as I tried the lessons; 1) A way to be able to reference the model drawing-how else could I learn to see shapes? 2) A way to see the steps of the drawing without having to draw over them. Then the marks would feel like my own. For me, I will use this app as an e-book, and practice the drawings using an old fashioned pencil and paper.
Nifty app, but in the end I wish I knew if my drawing looked great because of me or because the full guidelines sketch is still in place. With guidelines still in place this is nothing more than an over glorified tracing app. EDIT: Guidelines can be erased by decreasing opacity. I do, however, wish there were lessons on basic drawing such as starting with shapes (i.e., spheres, cones, and cylinders). Other than that, great app.
DON'T, DON'T BUY THIS APP. NOT AN HONEST DEVELOPER!! EIGHT MONTHS AGO I WROTE THE FOLLOWING REVIEW. NOW THEY'VE FINALLY *FIXED* THE *PROBLEM*. WAY TOO LITTLE, WAY TOO LATE GUYS! I PAID for this app and so it didn't have ads, OF COURSE. Then they "updated" the app, which, in this case, meant adding more in-app purchases. Fine. But, when they updated the app that I PAID FOR, they ADDED ads. And, now, they want MORE money to remove the ads that weren't there in the first place, because I ALREADY PAID FOR THE APP! Taking away something a paid user has ALREADY paid for (e.g. ad-free use) is NOT, NOT, NOT an appropriate use of the upgrade process and is, completely, totally dishonest, inappropriate and unfair. SHAME ON YOU!! I have a couple hundred apps and this is, by far, the SINGLE BIGGEST RIP-OFF I've ever seen in the app store. It DOESN'T matter how well or poorly this app works. This is a greedy, unethical company that should not be permitted to peddle its wares anyplace honest people do business.
Easy too use tutorial with step by step drawn out pictures. The tool for hues and pressure was a little confusing. Hint - for final touch up with eraser pick the "all steps". It also configures to your last technique when switching back and forth between tools. Definitely fun for all ages!
This app recognizes the iPad as a true artist's medium and takes it to the next level by actually using it to teach people how to draw. The lessons are professional but easy to follow. And the interface is surprisingly intuitive considering it's a brand new platform. MEDL's most sophisticated and powerful app yet.
I like the drawing focused Set of tools in this app, but the extremely limited number of undo levels (only 5!!!) prevents me from being playful and experimenting with different techniques. It would also be better if multitouch impacted the drawing as a hand would to smudge rather than panning while very zoomed in. Finally, no one will learn to draw using an app like this...though they may learn to trace...on an iPad :p
I love this app. I have played with this app for hours. This is a really good way to learn to draw on the iPad. After I would go through a lesson, then I would import the pic to sketchbook pro and color it. This was all with the free lessons. I even bought more lessons. The app can be glitchy at times, but the positive outweighs the negative.
Love this app. Since I don't know how to draw and I've been having this crazy idea of getting a tattoo for the first time I figured a app like this would help. It did so, once I find some1 who can take my sketch and make it better I'll be getting the tat
This app is well laid out and works really well. I love that I was able to start using it immediately without having to learn how it worked. The lessons are really fun and ard teaching me how to draw im definitely getting better and learning alot.
Just started using it and it is very impressive. The initial help is informative, and the lesson narrative by voice with text and illustrations is clear and easy to understand. I began with the fire dragon and it is excellent. I have not started drawing it, but will soon!
I love the details and how simple it is to use, and I was very excited to use this app, except I've been waiting, trying different wifis, and deleted the app and downloaded it again, but every time I do, it says "Can't fetch lessons", which I'm pretty disappointed about that.
The program is basically to trace his work. The cheapest is $3 dollars to download a choice of 3 flower the next is $7 Where you can trace some dragons, $7 tracing some horses Then there is the $7 to trace people which after you finish any of them He signs his name on it! Like I said its a rip off. Hope this helps you! There are great Drawing Apps out there. This is not one, Unless, you just have money to waste and like to trace things with other peoples names plastered to it!
App is ok and basic guidelines ok but all very basic which also is ok but if you want so see some examples aside from the 1 sample included you have to pay nearly 8$ per lesson which I think is not worth that much... .99 cents would be reasonable but even then you can see some very fine FREE examples on utube so I give it only 2 stars
The lessons won't load every time I go into the app it says " cannot fetch lessons please relaunch the app with an Internet connection" the thing is I already have an Internet connection so if they could fix that I think it would be a great app
I love this app! It's great for helping me draw people, but they should add a function to save your progress, because there are a lot of times where I'm working on something, I go to something else, and I have to start over from the beginning. Otherwise, a great app!
Hi Digital Sketchbook Users- We have noticed a few comments worth addressing: - To hide or dim lesson guidelines you can so from the lesson text box that appears above your drawing each time you move to another step. - If you are having trouble downloading a lesson try re downloading it. You will not be charge for this, just like if you re download an app or song you have previously purchased. Best- The development team at MEDL Mobile
They do nothing to help you learn, the person just tells you what to do and you can scribble for all they care. Also, whatever you draw is overshadowed by the blue guidelines, which adds more to how useless it is for learning. You just trace and trace the boring things. You do not even get much choice in what to draw, just the four boring starters, a horse head, an Asian girl head, a dragon thing, and a flower.
I love drawing with this app. I use it at night to relax and to see shapes and forms better. I think this is a powerful tool to help anyone learn the basics of drawing or even for an art student to hone their eye.
After reading such good reviews of this app I was excited to try it. However, I cannot get it to function beyond free sketching. On an iPad Air 2, the app incorrectly insists there is no internet connection and I cannot download lessons or tool packs. I have tried repeatedly to find support or forums but just keep looping between the broken app, the App Store, and an ad on the WF homepage.
I understand that you have to purchase the lessons in-app, but under Features it says "pre-loaded with four free step-by-step lessons." Where are they? Please add them or remove this statement. Then I could give it more stars.
I love to draw, but this app is just awful! Does not open, when it does, it crashes, the free lessons are invisible because I can't see any yet, and when I try to download new ones it crashes over and over again. I'm really hoping you fix it as soon as possible please.
Walter Foster has been the leading publisher of quality art instruction guides for more than 85 years. Their instructional volumes, guidebooks and art kits have trained artists of all ages and skill levels in pencil drawing, acrylic painting, watercolors, pastels, land-scape rendering, figure drawing and much more. Walter Foster and the artists of MEDL Mobile have put their minds together to bring you the Walter Foster iPad app—the latest addition to a vast collection of art instruction guides. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Welcome to the world of the Walter Foster iPad app. Learn to create stunning digital renderings of virtually anything with easy-to-follow, step-by-step art instruction guides. -------------------------------------- NEW CANVAS, SAME GREAT INSTRUCTION Artists of every age and skill level have been using Walter Foster’s world-class art instruction for almost a century, and the Walter Foster iPad app is the latest addition for the newest generation. This app comes standard with four drawing lessons to get you started, and comes equipped with a full kit of tools to render stunning masterpieces right on your iPad. FAMILIAR & INTUITIVE Each drawing tool is pre-adjusted to closely resemble its real-world counterpart, and you can modify aspects of each tool to suit your preference. You can pause at any point throughout your lesson, and pick up right where you left off. Create as many drawings as you want, or bring up a blank slate for freehand drawing. FOSTER GROWTH You can purchase new lessons right from within the app and share your finalized renderings via E-mail, Facebook, Twitter and many others. Augment your drawings with different paper style backgrounds to give them a unique feel, and even personalize your lessons by switching on voice instructions. FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS: • Pre-loaded with four step-by-step lessons • Purchase new lessons in-app • Text or voice instruction for every lesson • Realistic drawing tools • Drawing tools are adjustable in size, pressure and hardness • Background paper style options • Save any & every drawing • Freehand drawing mode • Save drawings to your Photos or share with friends NEW LESSONS Take your creativity to new heights with 5 fresh lesson packs: • Cats & Kittens • Dogs & Puppies • Animals • Cartooning • Sketching Everyday Objects We are proud to call Walter Foster a Shiny MEDL Object. You can see all of them at www.medlmobile.com.