App of the Week – Sketch Agent Pro

Saint Publius Cathedral - Sketch Agent version

Saint Publius Cathedral – Sketch Agent version

Saint Publius Cathedral - original (infrared)

Saint Publius Cathedral – original (infrared)

Sandor Petofi - Sketch Agent version

Sandor Petofi – Sketch Agent version

Sandor Petofi - original

Sandor Petofi – original

Horses of War - Sketch Agent version

Horses of War – Sketch Agent version

Horses of War - original

Horses of War – original

Saint John's Co-Cathedral - Sketch Agent versions

Saint John’s Co-Cathedral – Sketch Agent versions

Saint John's Co-Cathedral - original (infrared)

Saint John’s Co-Cathedral – original (infrared)

Ease of use: 3 (out of 5)
Fun factor: 2
Results: 2
Price: $1.99
In App Purchases: No
Application Type: Universal (works natively on iPhone and iPad)
App Store Link:

Have you ever met someone and just not hit it off? That’s how I felt about Sketch Agent Pro. I was excited by the samples of the App store, but found the app itself a disappointment.

There are 9 drawing styles, but none result in anything that really looks like a sketch or drawing. They look more like filers overlaid on the image, and a few make the image very grainy.

In addition to these choices there are 4 techniques you can use with an image. One is a color sketch and a second is a black and white sketch. The other two are less straight forward. One shows an outline of the image, and allows you to color in the the image with your finger or stylus. The final option is similar to that third, but you start with a blank page, and have to guess where the underlying image is. There is an eraser, so you can easily correct drawing mistakes.

I’ve often said that if I could draw I never would have picked up a camera, so it’s not surprising that an app requiring me to draw on screen wasn’t my favorite. Someone with more drawing skills may get more from the app.

I found the UI a little awkward. Some buttons at the top of the screen and some at this bottom, means you keep going back and forth. Another odd issue is that the app automatically crops your images, and there’s no control over the cropping. You can see this is come of the samples.

Here are a few more samples I made this week. You can click on any image to see the full size version.