Gone are the days of canvases, oil paints and sculpting clay. Well, not exactly: many artists around the world still prefer more traditional media, but recent advances in technology mean that almost any piece of art – whether that's painting, sculpture, or more obvious video and photography – can also be produced digitally.
So, whether you like sketching, drawing, doodling, signing or creating fabulous movies, these iPhone apps can bring life to your ideas. With the availability of various top quality tools, you will be able to add charismatic charm to your creativity. Let's explore this fantastic list of iPhone and iPad apps designed for budding digital artists!
Best iPhone Apps For Budding Digital Artists
Technically an art buying the app, Artsy features more than 50,000 works from artists all over the world – from the most famous to the just emerging – and is perfect for those who want to browse and discover a curated collection of artworks, whether you intend to buy or not.
Fine art collectors will especially appreciate the ability to bid on and purchase works from all over the world, without having to travel all the way to an auction in New York. Those who’d rather just observe and learn will also find the app particularly useful to follow their favorite artists and find out more about art, from the most basic subject to the latest news shaking the art world.
#2. Adobe Illustrator Draw
The more advanced illustrators and graphic designers among us (mainly those with a working knowledge of Photoshop) will love Adobe's Illustrator Draw app – using vector drawing tools like in other Adobe creative suites, the app allows users to create hand-drawn images using only a tablet and a digital pen.
One of the main selling points of the app is that it includes a “community” feature, where users are able to browse others' artwork, “appreciate” (basically alike) their favorite works, as well as follow their favorite artists. But beyond the community aspect, Adobe Illustrator Draw is a fantastic app for anyone who wants to play around with digital brushes, paints, and even photos.
#3. Auryn Ink
Watercolor fans, this is the app for you: by some crazy digital magic, Auryn Ink is able to replicate the exact look of watercolor paints and paper. It's fairly easy to use and packs some incredible features – not to mention that the attention to detail that went into building this app is particularly impressive.
Users are able to choose their brushes, blend their own pigments to create the perfect color, control the amount of water on their brush and even on the digital paper! (You can choose to have a wet or dry canvas to start with.) Despite packing all these features in, the app feels minimalistic and streamlined, and the menus are sleek and simple – which makes it well worth the $2.99 price.
Designed to be a complete artist's toolbox, Procreate is a fantastic app for digital sketching and painting. With over 100 different brushes and ultra HD canvases, it is able to mimic real-life painting almost perfectly – and the HD resolution means users are able to print their artwork even in very large sizes, without losing any of the quality. Procreate offers plenty of different tools to make you feel like you're working with real paint, such as smudge tools to blend colors and dual-texture brushes. While this app is designed to be used on iPad, it's also suited to smaller screens – as long as you use a stylus.
The Pigment is designed to take your creativity to the next level. It simulates pencil and brush strokes in order to provide the realistic effect.
The app lets you color books with absolute precision. It boasts of 21 different types of coloring tools such as oil brush, colored pencil, marker, paint brush, fill, airbrush, circle brush, fade, bloom, metallic brush, and a watercolor brush. It supports both Apple Pencil and third-party stylus. With more than 1400 professionally demonstrated works to color, you will enjoy creating beautiful arts.
#6. Photo Sketch
“Photo Sketch” can get the best out of your creativity. It allows you to convert your photos into wonderful sketches and hilarious cartoon avatars.
There are more than 20 advanced image effects filter to let you beautifully adorn your pics. Use old movie style to give your photo a retro look. There is also 3D golden sculpt to add eye-catching charm to your photos.
#7. Filmmaker Pro
“Filmmaker Pro” comes with wide range of superior tools to let you edit videos and make sensational movies. It has 30 exquisite filters that allow you to enhance the quality of your videos. You can adjust video playback speed to have slow or fast motion effect.
Easily control the exposure, white balance, contrast and saturation of your videos. Use the fade in/out tool to trim audio. There are 186 text fonts to embellish text and make it more appealing. (Also read: Best video editing apps, and best movie maker apps for iPhone and iPad)
StarMaker can let you discover the best singer hidden deep down in your heart. It has an ultra-advance voice enhancement technology that automatically refines your voice quality. Based on your interest, the app recommends songs.
Choose from a huge catalog of songs and sing karaoke like a pro. Use various editing tools and instant effects to fine-tune your recordings. Share your spectacular recordings with your friends and let them know how cool a singer you are! (Check out: Best karaoke apps for iPhone)
Give your creativity the much-needed kick-start to flourish and touch the pinnacle of success. These apps can go a long way in letting you bolster both your confidence and skill.
Is any of your favorite app not included in this list? Do let me know that in the comments.