Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Decent sketch tool has distracting, unavoidable ads.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to express themselves creatively using digital technology. Tweens and teens will learn through experience and develop their unique artist's style as they experiment with the different colors and brushes. The movie feature allows them to replay the strokes they used to create a piece, which can help artists refine their technique. Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad can be a good way for young artists to express their creativity -- if they can ignore the distracting ads. 

Ease of Play

The controls are easy to access, and the commands are intuitive for those familiar with art palettes. It's too easy, however, to accidentally click on ads.


The free app includes ads across the top of every screen as well as links to other apps by the developer and the occasional pop-up ad. The ads are especially distracting in the Android version of the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad is free to use, but the app is full of advertising; it's especially distracting in the Android version. There's no option to pay to remove ads, which would be worthwhile for artistic kids. The brushes include many options -- watercolor, single stroke, fur, long fur, circle, square, and more -- and kids can adjust brush width and opacity.

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Kid, 10 years old August 14, 2014

Good, just a few things

Sketcher guru is an amazing app for drawing, with a large variety of brushes. But, if you are professional you might be disappointed with the lack of features.... Continue reading

What's it about?

Kids create original sketches starting from a blank canvas or alter photos or existing works from the gallery on SKETCH GURU - HANDY SKETCH PAD. They can save their sketches and share them via email or social media. They also can use the movie function to play back their drawing process like a movie. Kids can choose from 17 or more brushes, depending on the platform; a full color spectrum; and a color picker. They can work in layers and undo/redo strokes as well.

Is it any good?

Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad has the quality sketch tools you'd pay to use, so it's too bad there's no option to remove the ads. The black and neon art screen looks more like an '80s video game than a serious sketching app. But the multiple brushes include interesting artistic options such as watercolor, single stroke, fur, long fur, circle, and square. Kids can adjust brush width and opacity. They also can save, play back, and share their creations. This is a good sketching app that could be greatly improved with fewer ads or via a paid, ad-free version. If kids can tune out the ads, they can have some fun creating and sharing some impressive sketches.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Encourage kids to view a variety of art to appreciate it and develop their own style.

  • Teens serious about art may learn and grow more in technique with apps like Sketchbook Pro.

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