10 best drawing apps for Android
Adobe Illustrator Draw
Price: Free / Up to $ 53.99 per month
Adobe Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch are two drawing applications from Adobe. Illustrator Draw offers a variety of drawing features including layers, five different pen tips with different customization features each, and you can even zoom up to x64 to apply finer detail to your work. When you’re done, you can export it to your device for sharing, or you can export it to your desktop for use on other Adobe products. Photoshop Sketch has a variety of unique features. The two apps can also work together so that you can import and export projects in between. These are free downloads and you can get an optional Creative Cloud membership to unlock more features.
Price: Free / $ 2.99 – $ 4.99
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 any of the 70 brushes, smudges, and other tools to make your artwork shine. It also has layers and includes layer blending. You can export as JPEG, PNG, or even PSD so you can import it into Photoshop later. To top it off, you’ll have access to Nvidia’s DirectStylus support if you’re using an Nvidia device. It is a complete and solid option for children and adults. You can download it for free to try it out. ArtFlow is also free if you use Google Play Pass.
Price: Free / $ 4.49
dotpict is one of the most unique drawing apps. This one allows you to make pixel art. It offers a grid and you can zoom in and move around to create small scenes or people just by filling the boxes with pixels. You can then zoom out to see your entire creation. The app also includes auto-save, undo, and redo, and you can export your work when you’re done. Other than that, it’s not too heavy and it stays out of your way while you draw. It is a great app for those who like to create pixel art.
Price: Free / $ 4.99
Ibis Paint is a painting app with a lot of fun features. The app offers over 140 different brushes, including dipping pencils, markers, real brushes, and other fun stuff. Plus, you can record yourself drawing so you have a video of how you got there. It supports layers and you can use as many layers as your device can handle. It even has functionality for specific types of drawing, such as manga. You can check out the free version along with the paid version for $ 4.99 as an in-app purchase. It is definitely one of the more serious and in-depth drawing apps.
InspirARTion is a less popular drawing app, but some people really seem to like it. This one also has a web version version if desired on multiple platforms. The app has a lot of features including various brushes and drawing tools. In addition, there is a symmetry mode, the ability to import existing images and you can even choose the color using the colors already present in the image. It’s not the deepest drawing app on the list. However, it’s completely free, and it’s certainly good enough for hobbyist use or to get a quick feel for it.
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HD Paint Layer
Price: $ 2.99 – $ 6.99
LayerPaint HD is one of the more comprehensive drawing apps on the list. It has a ton of features, including pen pressure support, PSD (Photoshop) support, and a layer mode. Layer mode also allows you to add a variety of effects to your designs. It even supports keyboard shortcuts if you have one that’s connected to your device. We only really recommend this one for people with bigger devices. The various controls and options can take up a significant portion of usable space on smaller devices. The main app costs $ 6.99. You can buy the old LayerPaint for $ 2.99. However, based on its last update date, we believe this version is discontinued so we do not recommend it.
MediBang Paint is one of the best free drawing apps. Its claim to fame is its multiplatform support. You can download the app on mobile, Mac and Windows. All three have a cloud save feature that allows you to start your work in one location and move it to another platform. It’s pretty awesome. Plus, there are a decent number of brushes, tools for free drawing and comics, and a variety of other fun little tools and add-ons. It’s an incredibly good app for what it costs (nothing).
Price: Free / $ 4.99
PaperColor (formerly PaperDraw) is one of those drawing apps that tries to mimic real life as much as possible. It contains the basics, such as different types of brushes so that you can draw however you want. What makes it different is its tracing function. You can import a photo and put it in translucent mode. From there you can trace the original photograph. This 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 are a hobbyist. It’s free to download and you can unlock additional features with in-app purchases.
Price: $ 4.99
RoughAnimator is a drawing application that allows you to create animations. Instead of creating a still image that you can export and share, RoughAnimator lets you create full animations. You can draw it frame by frame, then chain it at the end to create little cartoons. It includes features to control frame rate and resolution as well as simple drawing tools. Completed projects can be exported as a GIF, QuickTime video, or image sequence. It’s $ 4.99 up front, so we recommend that you test it out before the refund period ends to see if you like it.
Sketchbook by Autodesk
Autodesk’s Sketchbook has been around for a long time. It’s a longtime favorite of artists looking for good drawing apps. Fortunately, it also comes with a decent feature set. You will have ten brushes. Each brush can be customized according to your needs. It also features up to three layers, six blend modes, 2500% zoom, and simulated pressure sensitivity. Those who go pro will get it all with over 100 additional brush types, more layers, more blending options, and other tools. It’s a pretty powerful app and it was designed for serious artists as well. Recent updates have actually removed the price so everyone gets everything from the pro version for free. However, you need an Autodesk account after a 7 day trial.
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