Awesome Sketchbook Pro is Clean, Simple and Awesome.

Q. Who likes getting out all of her drawing supplies to practice sketching!?

A. Not me! Not me! YAY!

I have a confession. I'm not exactly an organized person. When I'm not using something, I put it where it belongs... on my desk. There are a lot of supplies I'm not using at the moment.

It's a good thing I have a big desk.

The problem is that when I want to use something, I have to pull it out (from underneath the pile of things I'm not using) and then I have to find space to use it, and then I have to put it away.

Hoosh. I'll clean my desk later.

Actually, there are some things that I love about drawing on physical paper with actual pencils. The texture of the paper especially. I love the way it feels and looks... I love holding it at different angles and under different light.

But for everyday practice, for quick sketches to keep my brain sharp, sometimes I'm just not in the mood to fill up space in my sketchbook or use up my pastel paper on drawings of a chair or copies of an old sketch by Durer or Rockwell. (I pick my artists randomly. Somewhat.) Nor do I relish wading through the mounds of things on my desk.

It's why I love sketching with my Wacom tablet so much. And since Christmas, it's why I'm totally in love with Sketchbook Pro 2011. Check it out:

I just found this video on Youtube. And trust me, it only touches on what you can do with the program. I especially love how easy it is to make your own brushes... genius!

In the past I've used the GIMP for drawing. And I will continue to use it for photo manips and maybe graphic design work and whatnot. There are some things sketchbook pro doesn't have, like layer masks.

But it doesn't really need that.

Trust me.

This is strictly a drawing program. It has brushes, pens, and pencils... WITH! Pen pressure sensitivity! AND it has unlimited layers, a few effects (like multiply and screen), and it does all of this really, really well.

Imagine going to a hamburger joint. It's famous for it's gourmet burgers and toppings. People from all over the world go to this joint because they do one thing really well- burgers.

You wouldn't go to a place like that and ask for a broiled salmon... that would be stupid. It would taste marginal at best, and their hamburgers wouldn't taste as heavenly because the top chef would be wasting his time making fish for shmucks like you who go to a hamburger joint and ask for salmon. Fortunately, you're smart and you order a burger. One with roasted garlic and chipotle sauce. Mmm.

Now the chef can concentrate on being a master burger builder and we all love him for it.

Sketchbook Pro is like that. It's brilliant. It's simple. It does one thing.

It makes burgers.

Ha! Not really. It makes sketches. Well, no, YOU make the sketches, it helps you make them awesome.

Actually, I've discovered that a lot of the work I do with Sketchbook Pro ends up being some of my favorite stuff. I've even found a print company for making my digi drawings into physical copies.

The only thing I don't like about it is that I can't pick it up and take it with me to the park or the museum. I tried, once. But my desktop likes being tethered to the wall. And I couldn't get the wall to budge.

Walls are stubborn like that.

It's not really the software's fault that walls are stubborn... matter of fact, if you aren't like me and you have an iPad or some other tablet, then you can get this. Nice.

{By the way, I don't work for the Sketchbook Pro peeps, they haven't a clue who I am. Which is probably lucky for them, cause I'd be all over them asking for freebies. BUT! If you click on that Amazon link up there and end up buying Sketchbook Pro from Amazon, Amazon will give me a tip for the buy. It doesn't cost you any more or less to buy it through the link, so thank you very much if you do.

Hey, I could use the cash. I've recently learned that I need an iPad.}