Only a few years ago, digital art suites were incredibly expensive and took a lot of power to run. Now you can download them for free right to your iPhone or iPad. You can draw, illustrate or even paint using these five free apps. With all of them you can save your creations and send them to your computer or other people. Unlock the artist within using something right from your pocket.
1. Tayasui Sketches
This simple app focuses completely on sketching. Open it and have a blank canvas to work with. At the bottom of the page you can choose from different drawing implements such as pens and paint brushes. Change colors by tapping the square on the far right and selecting the color you want. Add on different layers to deepen the image. The best part is, when you start drawing the tools disappear so you don’t have anything in the way and can just focus on the canvas.
Penultimate is connected by Evernote so you can pull in the notes you make on that app and sketch on it. If you just want to draw, choose the kind of paper you want to use and the kind of marker or pen and start sketching. There aren’t a lot of options for pen tips, but enough to create a great sketch. Pull in your notes and draw around them to create beautiful presentations with handwriting and doodles.
Loop is a great way to share the creations you make on your iPad. Send it to your email, message someone or post on social media. Choose between three colors and change the tip of the pen based on how hard or soft you touch the screen. You don’t have to switch between different pen tips or tools, but only use your hands. When you have finished your masterpiece, hit the arrow icon to save it to the gallery on the phone or to photo library.
This is one of the most advanced apps on the list. There are many tools to choose from and you can resize the page with just the swipe of a finger. Change the color of the ink or paint from the entire color spectrum. Easily add text and layers to create something really interesting. Go back and see your work in progress in your gallery and save the finished products to your iPad to share with others. There are 15 tool options, but you can also buy brush packs from the Sketchbook store to find more.
Art apps aren’t just for those who like to draw, but sculptors can also participate. Choose the object you want to work on and choose the tool to sculpt with. Touch the place you want to work on and you can even change the strength of the tool. When you’re finished you can paint your creation with the easy-to-use airbrush tool. It is a fun and easy way to try out your sculpting skills without spending a lot of money on clay and other materials.