The first thing users will note when starting Tayasui Sketches is the floating menu format, a diversion from the bars many of the other apps on our list embrace. Menus are intuitive, and the four-tool quick change set on the bottom of the screen makes for a convenient swap from pen, to brush, to marker. Colors can be selected from a pop-up, and other settings like layer selection and an undo button rest on top of the screen.
A second feature of note, and one that artists may immediately observe, is the textured quality of the blank canvas. By defaulting to a grained paper style, users who are making their initial foray into digital work may feel a little more comfortable using Sketches over some other programs. While it’s a little bit more bare-bones than some programs, the simplified menus and quick-select tools can also be less daunting than some of the more complicated apps.
The free version of Tayasui Sketches has a decent amount of brushes to work with, and the paid version removes ads while adding an interesting watercolor layering system, more tools, and other features that turn the simple free app into a viable competitor for both Procreate and the other apps on our list.