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Autodesk has digital drawing and sketching software for artists, illustrators, designers, and painters.

Image courtesy of Jay Shuster

What is digital drawing?

Digital drawing is when a drawing is created using graphics software. Instead of using a pencil and paper, digital artists draw with a tablet or a computer, along with a device such as a mouse or a stylus. Digital drawing programs offer features such as layers, brush sets, color palettes, rulers and guides, and pressure-sensitive strokes.

What is drawing software - digital sketch of airplanes

Types of digital drawing

  • Black and white digital illustration


    Artists set their stylus to a shape similar to a pencil or a marker. The artist uses the same techniques from traditional illustration, but can sketch with layers and tools to assist with perspective, resizing, and reshaping.

  • 2d cad drawing


    Drafters use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create 2D drawings more quickly and with greater precision, without using stencils and technical drawing instruments.

  • Concept drawing and sketching


    Concept drawing is used by industrial designers, architects, engineers, and artists to create a quick sketch in order to visualize an initial design.

  • Technical drawing


    Primarily used by architects and engineers, technical drawing refers to the the use of drawings or schematics to visually communicate how something is constructed.

How is drawing software used?

Artist digitally drawing on a table

Finding inspiration in industrial design

Pixar Production Designer Jay Shuster uncovers pieces of industrial design inspiration in an airplane graveyard and captures them with SketchBook.

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Rough sketch of house plans

Drawing digitally enables rapid ideation

ESG Architecture and Design accelerates projects by sketching concepts in SketchBook.

Tesla car renderings

Sketching for automotive design

Electric car maker Tesla streamlined design and engineering processes by using Alias Surface for visualization, rendering, surfacing, and drawing.

Our drawing and sketching software

Autodesk SketchBook software
Autodesk Sketchbook Logo

Use a full set of sketching tools to create beautiful illustrations in this professional-grade painting and drawing app

Sketching for concept design

Autodesk Alias software

Industrial design software for sketching, concept modeling, and surfacing

Autodesk FormIt 3d sketching app

Intuitive 3D sketching app with native Revit interoperability

CAD drawing

Autodesk AutoCAD LT software

Cost-effective 2D CAD software for drawing, drafting, and documentation

Autodesk AutoCAD software

Professional design software for 2D and 3D CAD

Pair Autodesk drawing software together

Turn your concept into creation

AutoCAD + SketchBook

Use SketchBook to sketch ideas and iterate quickly. Easily import your sketches into AutoCAD and turn them into engineering drawings.

Use sketching and CAD together

Fusion 360 + Sketchbook

Explore the strength of sketching and CAD working together and learn about the symbiotic relationship between SketchBook and Fusion 360.

Drawing and sketching software tutorials

Get started with Autodesk sketching and drawing software with these tutorials and lessons.

  • Basic SketchBook tutorials

    Basics of SketchBook

    Learn basic functions like how to use layers and customize brushes to ramping up with assistive tools like Predictive Stroke and Scan Sketch.

  • Autodesk AutoCAD LT Tutorials

    Get started with AutoCAD LT

    Visit our learning gateway for new AutoCAD LT users. Take a tour of the interface and learn the basic commands.

  • Design cars with Autodesk Sketchbook and Alias

    Car concepts with Alias

    Learn how to use SketchBook and Alias to facilitate fast creative techniques, create concept sketches, and develop an impactful 3D visual.

  • FormIt tutorials for 3d sketching

    Get started with FormIt

    View these FormIt tutorials to learn how to sketch, collaborate, analyze, and iterate early-stage design concepts. 

Additional drawing and sketching resources

Improve your drawing and sketching skills with these tutorials, tips, and guides.