I was messing around with the symmetry-draw on Autodesk’s Sketchbook Mobile Express (the free version) on the iPhone. It was difficult seeing what I was doing because my finger would be blocking the brush stroke that I making, until I found in the preferences that you can offset the brush. But even with this, I kept missing where I wanted to paint, but I got more used to it towards the end. However, it was irritating to accidentally hit the menu button a lot of the time, which was towards the bottom center of the canvas. Since there were no functions to flip the image, the picture would have to be zoomed in and scrolled way up on the screen for the bottom part of it to be painted on with no obstacles. The menu would also close every time the drawing tool was switched, so it would have to be open again to change the brush settings, which was kind of a pain as well. After going through all these interface nitpicks, I came up with this:
I made some scribbles not knowing what I was going to draw and thought, hey faces are symmetrical – very beautiful faces are symmetrical. Lately I’ve also been watching these Chinese TV series set in ancient times where the people wear beautiful flowing robes and the women have artistically gravity-defying hairdos, so I put one on her too. The shape of the hair looked like a croissant, so it just went from there. The Croissant Maiden, or Mademoiselle de Croissant crafts the most perfect croissants, and brings them to toasty goodness with her bare hands. She can bake them by making them levitate with glowiness.
Sadly, this is the actual size (320 x 480). The application claims to allow canvas size of 600 x 400, but there didn’t seem to be any functions to set the size. I had a hard time painting the details because of the size limitation, so I’m not very happy about the beads in her hair or the ruffles on her dress. It was helpful though, that there were three layers to work with.
I want to work on this painting in printable size, so I exported each layer as a separate jpeg. The transparent areas are exported with a white background so I’d need to mask those parts in photoshop.
The full version of Sketchbook Mobile supposedly allows you to export pictures as psd files (with all the separate layers!) so you could work on them to produce more finalized and detailed works. It also allows you to save works in progress, the ability to move, rotate and scale layers, and offers 20 extra brushes. And of course, larger canvas sizes.
I am not sure if all these extra features would make the painting/sketching experience better without a larger screen though. This would be awesome to paint on using an iPad.