Drawing is a popular hobby for people from all over the world. People have been doing it since before recorded history. We have more gadgets now to draw with than we did before, like phones and tablets and computers. Artists can start drawing at any time of their life and we want to help them out.
Adobe Illustrator Draw
Adobe Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch are two drawing apps from Adobe. Illustrator Draw has many features, including layers, five different pen tips with customizable features for each one, and you can even zoom in up to x64 to work on the finer details of your drawings. When you are done, you can export your project to your device. You can also export it to your desktop for use on other Adobe products. Photoshop Sketch has many features of its own. It can also work with Illustrator so that you can import and export projects back and forth between the two apps. They’re free downloads and you can get an optional Creative Cloud subscription to unlock more features.
ArtFlow is one of the more in-depth drawing apps. Its main claim to fame is the ridiculous number of brushes it provides. You can use one of the 70 brush, smudge, and other tools to make your artwork shine. It also features layers and includes layer blending. You can export to JPEG, PNG, or even PSD so you can import it into Photoshop later. To top things off, you’ll have access to Nvidia’s DirectStylus support if you’re rocking an Nvidia device. It’s a solid all-around option for both kids and adults. You can download it for free to try it out. ArtFlow is also free to use if you use Google Play Pass.
dotpict is one of the more unique drawing apps. It is like pixel art. You can zoom in and move around to create little scenes or people by filling in the pixel boxes, then you can zoom out to see your whole creation. The app is a way to make art. It saves your work and lets you undo it if you need to do something different. If you want, you can export it when you are done. The app stays out of the way while you draw and is good for making pixel art.
Ibis Paint is an app that you can use to paint. There are lots of different brushes, like pens and paintbrushes. You can also record yourself drawing so you have a video of how you got there. This is a really cool app. It has a lot of features for drawing, such as manga. The free version comes with the paid version which costs $4.99 to purchase from within the app. It is one of the most serious and in-depth drawing apps I have seen so far.
inspiration is a drawing app. Some people like this one. There’s also a web version if you want to use it on different platforms. The app is good because there are many brushes and drawing tools available, too. This app is free and can be used for drawing. It has a symmetry mode and you can import images. You can also pick the color of the image with colors that are already there on it. It’s not as deep as other apps but is still good enough for hobbies or quick drawings.
LayerPaint HD is one of the more useable drawing apps on the list. It has many features, including support for pen pressure, PSD support, and a layer mode. The layer mode also lets you add various effects to your drawings. It even supports keyboard shortcuts if you have one of those attached to your device. We really only recommend this one for people with larger devices. The various controls and options can take up a sizable portion of the usable space on smaller devices. The main app runs for $6.99. You can buy the older LayerPaint for $2.99. However, the last update on this version of the app was a long time ago, so we think it is abandoned. We don’t recommend that you use this version of the app.
MediBang Paint is one of the better drawing apps that you can use for free. It has a good advantage because it is available on all 3 platforms, mobile, computer, and Windows. It also has a cloud-saving feature which means that you can start your work in one place and then move it to another platform. That’s kind of awesome. Additionally, there is a decent number of brushes, tools for both free drawing and comics, and a variety of other fun little tools and add-ons. It’s a shockingly good app for what it costs (nothing).
PaperColor (formerly PaperDraw) is a drawing app that is like real life. You can draw using different types of brushes to make the drawings you want. It also has a special feature where you can import a photo and set it to translucent mode. From there, you can trace the original photograph. That makes it a good way to draw and also a decent way to learn. It’s a lot of fun to use, especially if you’re an amateur. It’s free to download and you can unlock additional features with in-app purchases.
RoughAnimator is an app that lets you make animations. Instead of just making a still picture, you can make the whole animation with it and then put it together yourself. It includes features to control frame rate and resolution along with some simple drawing tools as well. Finished projects can be exported as GIFs, a QuickTime video, or as an image sequence. It’s $4.99 upfront so we recommend you test it out before the refund period is over to see if you like it.
Sketchbook by Autodesk
Sketchbook by Autodesk has been around for a long time. It’s been a favorite for artists who are looking for good drawing apps. It also comes with some great features to make your drawings better. You can customize the brushes to suit what you need to do in your drawings, The Pro version includes many more features than the regular version. It has over 100 different brushes, 6 blending modes, 2500% zoom, and pressure sensitivity. The app is for serious artists. Recent updates actually removed the price tag so everyone gets everything from the pro version for free. You do need an Autodesk account after a 7-day trial, though.