We looked at some of the coolest drawing apps on the iPad (for kids). There is an equally large and thriving market for drawing apps for professional artists. These iPad drawing apps, crafted to perfection, can help artists of every type: be it digital, print, logotype… you name it.
Whether you are starting out to learn more about art or trying to find that specific app which will help you take your art to the next level, there are dozens of apps that will help you.
Here is the list of Best iPad Drawing Apps for Artists
Savage Interactive’s Procreate is industry-lead when it comes to an iPad drawing app. It’s one of the finest iPad apps for artists who are looking to create their work of art entirely on the iPad. Features like 4K resolution (customizable, completely), highly responsive and intuitive tool set and continuous auto-save make Procreate the best drawing app for the iPad.
Procreate was specifically created for the iPad (it doesn’t run on iPhone). The latest version also features exclusive iOS 7-compatibility. We’ve seen artists create amazing pieces of art on the iPad using Procreate. Couple this with a good iPad stylus and you get a killer combination of art tools.
Adobe Ideas is one of the finest sketching apps for artists. While it doesn’t come with the versatility or exuberance of Procreate, Adobe Ideas is a fantastic place to sketch your ideas, to refine them and in some cases, to create your magnum opus. The app has a lot of limitations by way of features that are absent so I won’t pitch it against any other app in this list. But if you’re starting out and want to test the waters, Adobe Ideas is a great place to begin.
Adobe Ideas lets you work on layers, export your sketches easily and comes with a limited but perfect set of tools. The app also integrates with multiple styluses through Bluetooth.
Download Adobe Ideas
Inspire Pro is probably the only app you’d need to draw, sketch and paint. If I were to describe it simply, I should say that Inspire Pro has everything an artist needs. The features include an extensive array of brush styles with a lot of customization and control. Inspire Pro lets you customize the UI itself to meet your requirement.
Inspire Pro doesn’t feature layer support which is kind of bad but the rest of the features that it brings to the tool set is just awesome. If layers doesn’t bother you (that is, if you prefer the old-school), Inspire Pro is probably all you need.
Download Inspire Pro
Paper by 53
Paper by 53 is a widely popular app for the iPad. Although tooted as a free app, you have to make several in-app purchases to fill your tool set with the required brushes, tools, palettes and more. But whether do that or not, the moment you start using Paper, you know you’ve got a mind-blowing iPad drawing app in your hand.
Paper is good at organizing your stuff. It’s great for sketching your ideas and then refining them further to add some color and texture. It’s also great for a quick logo concept to a refined work of art that you can actually showcase. Paper goes hand-in-hand with FiftyThree’s iPad stylus, the Pencil.
Price: Free (with lots of in-app purchases)
Tayasui Sketches is a beautiful, gorgeously minimal drawing app for the iPhone and iPad. The iPad version, which we tried, was a really fantastic one to sketch ideas, color them fine and export them. The best thing about Tayasui Sketches is that it’s super minimal as opposed to most apps we’ve seen.
Tayasui Sketches lets you use layers to experiment with your work of art. With a definitely minimal but refined brush set (expandable with in-app-purchase), you can be getting started with pencil sketches and going over to watercolors and more. The app has some kind of a magical sense of minimalism which makes it even more attractive for artists.
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It’s from the folks at Autodesk so you know it’s a quality app. SketchBook Pro is built/run on the same graphics engine that powers the desktop app. This app brings multi-touch support like no other, with a tool set that’s enviable. Professional artists must be able to create wonders using SketchBook Pro and upload/share them directly to various services (including deviantART).
SketchBook Pro comes with an enormous brush library. Although the interface is a little daunting at first, it’s justified for the extent of features that the app bundles. The app will also let you record your art sessions so you can compile them as time-lapse videos later.
Download SketchBook Pro
Art Set is the home for all the tools an artist needs. The interface or the canvas is not something to talk gloriously about but the brush set and the features of the tools are straight out of a Renaissance artists’ home. Add to it the effects of modern day elements and you get a wonderful combination.
The color blends, customizable paint loads, brush shapes, ability to create custom colors with your own levels of mixtures are cool. They’re available in other apps too but not in as intuitive, realistic manner as the Art Set. The app is as close to true skeuomorphism as far as the tools are concerned.
Download Art Set