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Apps for Art Lovers

Apps for Art Lovers

Whatever your level of skill or appreciation, these apps will help you (or your kids) meet those daily art needs. They'll help you doodle, make sketches for other projects, make your photography pop, or just take some time to relax and color.

When Inspiration Happens, Use These Apps to Capture Your Drawings and Paintings

You don't always have a pad of paper or all of your pens and pencils with you when inspiration strikes, but you probably have your phone or tablet. Here are apps that will let you make quick sketches, jot down ideas, or paint your masterpiece. Combine them with a stylus to have all the freedom and flexibility of analog tools while cutting down on clutter.

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes

Your note-taker, sketchbook, and diagramming tool.

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes

Swipe to stylize

For those who want to take simple notes, draw sketches, or annotate photos.

This one burst onto the scene and immediately became the darling of artists and non-artists alike. It is just so easy to pick up and start using, with or without a stylus. Its free price tag makes it an absolute must-download, though of course, in-app purchases unlock even more features. It's simply beautiful on the iPad's retina display and a pleasure to use.

Why we love it

Paper is simple to use and comes packed with a ton of useful tools that make note-taking, photo annotation, and drawing easy.

Procreate – Sketch, paint, create.

Procreate is a must-have

Procreate – Sketch, paint, create.

Professional results

For any professional artist.

This is a deceptively simple app with a devoted following. The focus is on brushes (there are eight) rather than tons of different art tools. The interface is uncluttered and the app doesn't have the "bloat" associated with some of the more feature-heavy apps. Even with just a few tools in its repertoire, this app is a fantastic means for artists to create amazing works of art. It's also an easy-to-use app for doodlers.

Why we love it

Procreate is simple enough for anyone to use, but the best results will be made by those who know what they're doing. The app has plenty of powerful tools to help you create your next masterpiece.

Tayasui Sketches: Draw and paint like on paper!

Tayasui Sketches: Draw and paint like on paper!

Tayasui.com

Doodle on what feels like real paper

For those looking to create the most realistic drawings on their mobile device.

Sketches is the most realistic, versatile and user-friendly sketching app designed for a mobile device. This exhaustive artist's toolbox helps users create dazzling sketches, cheerful paintings and smashing illustrations on the go. It has a ton of features and has stylus support.

Graphic Designers? We Have You Covered

If you're a graphic designer on the go, these apps will help you get your work done without even having to be at your desk. They'll help you easily turn your ideas into design with an assortment of powerful but simple-to-use tools.

Adobe Illustrator Draw

Adobe Illustrator Draw

Adobe

Adobe Illustrator Draw

For those who want a vector drawing app that works with Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC.

Design vector artwork that you can send to Illustrator CC or Photoshop CC easily. With Adobe Illustrator Draw, you know that your files, fonts, design assets, and settings are there for you whenever and wherever you need them. The app offers support for various stylus types, has zoom up to 64 times, and lets you work with multiple images and drawing layers.

Why we love it

If you enjoy the tools from Adobe and are ready to make your designs stand out, Adobe Illustrator Draw is the app for you.

Inkpad - Vector Graphic Design & Illustration

Quickly make vector drawings on your iPad

Inkpad - Vector Graphic Design & Illustration

Inkpad - Vector Graphic Design & Illustration

For graphic designers who like -- or need -- to take their work to go

Create text objects, illustrations, and more with this easy but powerful app. Inkpad features a suite of drawing, editing, and sharing tools to let you translate your ideas into design elegantly.

Why we love it

Its assortment of tools and output options make it a powerful tool for creating, sharing, and using your work. Getting your platform to function shouldn't be the "work" part of work, and Inkpad makes getting your ideas down quick and convenient.

Assembly - Design graphics, stickers and logos

Start from scratch or with a built-in image to create some sticker magic.

Assembly - Design graphics, stickers and logos

Simple to use

For those who want to create and customize their own iMessage stickers.

Assembly is a wonderful app for creative and artistic minds. With editing options, you can create images from scratch and rotate, duplicate, shadow, and fill. Creating stickers is enjoyable with tons of options if you want to begin with a built-in sticker such as emojis, food, animals, vehicles, and more.

Why we love it

Assembly is terrific for those who really like to use their imagination with images. Create your own or start with a sticker. Then, edit and customize and share within iMessage easily.

Easily Convert Your Photos Into Artistic Masterpieces

You don't have to be a professional photographer to express yourself through a camera. These apps help you goose up and transform your basic pictures into beautiful, expressive pieces. They'll add textures and effects to let you quickly and effectively create a masterpiece or just something fun from the pics on your Camera Roll.

Study Masterpieces Without a Museum

Maybe you're looking for inspiration, or maybe you just want to broaden your experiences. No matter the reason, these apps will let you study, learn, and enjoy some of the most beautiful works of art ever created.

Art Study

Guess the creators of the world's most beautiful paintings

Art Study

Art Study

For art appreciators who want to test their knowledge

Art Study is a multiple-choice game that presents you with a famous painting and asks you to guess its creator. It contains hundreds of pieces by 49 of the greatest artists in history, and it promotes learning and appreciation.

Why we love it

We like to think we know art, and Art Study takes turns either confirming or destroying that belief. And even when we get the answer wrong, at least we've seen a nice painting.

Art Authority for iPad

Explore centuries of fine art

Art Authority for iPad

Art Authority for iPad

For students and lovers of beautiful visual works.

Art Authority is a virtual museum containing over 100,000 of the greatest works of the Western World. It will let you explore masterpieces from 1,500 creators from throughout history. You can explore paintings and sculptures and create personalized collections and exhibitions based on artistic movements, eras, and artists so you can immerse yourself in a custom exhibition tuned to your interests.

Why we love it

We don't have a lot of success typing, "Show cool artz" in our internet search engines because that only brings up a lot of questionable fan art about mermaids. It's nice to have an app that will help us focus our art love into something a little more constructive and useful. And that's nothing against mermaids or their fans, but we'll take a Monet most days of the week.

Have Fun and Relax in an Immersive Coloring Experience

It's possible you don't know a mandala from a spirogram, but that doesn't mean you can't use coloring as a handy relaxation and focusing tool. These apps hand you the blank sheets and put you to work making them gorgeous. Luckily, however, it won't feel like work.

Set Your Young Artist Loose

These apps will help growing artists express themselves and get their imaginations out into the world. If they're interested in drawing, painting, or just making amazing scribbles, they'll be able to find the tools and space they need to get creating.

Kids Doodle : Neon lights for kids&drawing

Quickly make colorful doodles

Kids Doodle : Neon lights for kids&drawing

Kids Doodle : Neon lights for kids&drawing

For kids who want to make their masterpieces glow

Kids Doodle provides a spectrum of glowing colors that your young artist can use to make bright, vibrant creations. They can start from scratch or scribble on top of photos and "improve" them. And that's surely preferable to letting them draw on your real photos or walls, which is something we hear kids might do.

Why we love it

Kids Doodle is a cute, easy app that lets young painters and sketchers express themselves and create beautiful, vibrant works. It's simple, fun, and just silly enough.

SketchBook Kid -  Draw, Drawing Pad & Painting Kid

Give your kid their own creative space

SketchBook Kid - Draw, Drawing Pad & Painting Kid

SketchBook Kid -  Draw, Drawing Pad & Painting Kid

For young sketchers with a ton of ideas.

SketchBook Kid gives your little one their own space to draw, paint, and create. And when they're done with a project, you can save their masterworks to your Camera Roll or show off their masterworks by sharing them to Facebook and Twitter.

Why we love it

A lot of apps will let your kid draw. But SketchBook Kid gives them pencils, paints, and even pastels to let them find their favorite medium. We like the extra flexibility and opportunities to explore and experiment, and we think kids will, too.

Sesame Street Art Maker

Get artistic with two of your favorite Muppets

Sesame Street Art Maker

Sesame Street Art Maker

For kids who like a lot of options and variety in their creativity

Sesame Street Art Maker contains 100 tools and decorations for your future master creator to play around with. It offers fun and challenges throughout the year and lets you build on its base content with purchasable Expansion Kits. It even includes an Art Maker Challenge to provide prompts and opportunities to share their masterpieces with the world.

Why we love it

It brings an amazing arsenal of tools, options, and backdrops to provide kids opportunities and encouragement to express themselves. And its options update throughout the year for seasonal fun. With everything on offer here, your young artist will always be able to find something fun to do.