Sketching is the basis of most visual art. Before most painters apply brush to canvas or sculptors touch granite or gears or fashion designers start cutting fabric, they sketch out the idea or rough out the drawing. So it’s really not surprising that digital artists sketch as well, or that there are tools that will allow non-artists to get the same look by turning photos into pencil sketches.
The app I’m covering today is Pencil FX by Insatiable Genius. It’s not like other sketch programs I’ve covered like Instant Sketch, Ripped from Reality or MySketch. Ripped and MySketch look as though the pencil or chalk is scrubbed across the paper in one or two directions, becoming denser to fill in darker areas. Instant Sketch is purely edge detection. But Pencil FX, like its sister app Toon Paint, detects edges and then smooths them to give the lines more flow while also adding shading.
Pencil FX is a universal app, running on both the iPhone and iPad. However, it could use some interface tweaking because it will not run in landscape mode, and the bottom buttons are almost out of range on the iPad. Below you’ll see the opening screen, which allows you to choose your source.
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