Taya­sui sketches

Stylish art app on iOS


Free (IAPs) From Taya­sui, taya­sui.com Needs iOS 9.0 or later

Taya­sui Sketches is an app for draw­ing or paint­ing on iOS. On the iPad, it has a clean, min­i­mal user in­ter­face. On the iPhone, it’s pared down even fur­ther. It re­minded us of Pa­per by Fiftythree, but in fact Sketches is a lot more flex­i­ble.

Used with a fin­ger or eraser sty­lus, Sketches adds vari­a­tion and smooth­ing to cre­ate stylish strokes. For finer con­trol, a $5.99 Pro IAP sup­ports Ap­ple Pen­cil and a range of third-party sty­luses, such as Adonit’s Pixel. The up­grade also adds lay­ers, pat­tern fills, and a color mixer.

Brushes aren’t fully ed­itable as in Pro­cre­ate, but you can al­ter size and opac­ity. The de­fault set­tings are beau­ti­fully judged, from the sat­is­fy­ingly scratchy pen to wa­ter­col­ors that mix to­gether un­til you “dry” them.

There’s room for im­prove­ment: layer blend­ing modes are few, you don’t get tone or color ad­just­ments, and the can­vas is fixed at screen res­o­lu­tion — but Retina de­vices pro­vide enough pix­els for most pur­poses.

the bot­tom line. Brush edit­ing is lim­ited, but over­all Sketches ex­cels.

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