With the current glut of Android tablets coming onto the market, now is the time to indulge your creative side and show off your artistic talents on a touchscreen. The Android Market is extremely well stocked in apps catering for your desire to draw, paint and edit photos with some offerings standing head and shoulders above the competition. To help you get the best out of your slate or smartphone, we’ve compiled a top five list of essential downloads.
‘A pottery app for Android,’ we hear you cry. ‘How does that work?’ It’s a fair preconception but one which is completely shattered once you delve into what is an incredibly immersive experience. You’re tasked with establishing yourself as a successful potter by moulding and decorating your creations according to order before selling them on at auction. Despite the obvious silliness involved, Let’s Create! Pottery will have you hooked in no time at all.
Androidify really is an office favourite at Life Of Android. All those wacky droids we use for images at the top of our articles, even this one, are created using this mighty app. The premise is simple, customise your droid the way you want to with a variety of ludicrous outfits and silly facial hair combinations. Oh the facial hair combinations! For short, simple bursts of artistry there are few better apps.
There are plenty of photo apps available for Android, we covered the best in a top five list not so long ago, but Skitch is a great photo editing app for quick notes. In contrast to the in-depth nature of PicSay, Skitch is best used in conjunction with its sister app Evernote. Once you’ve your annotated photos with idle doodles and a comedy phallus or two, you can then send them over to Evernote and add some witty text for maximum (toilet) humour.
A great painting app for kids, PaintJoy Pro is deliberately straightforward so children of all ages can get in on the fun. Pick your brush-type and colour and you’re away , painting is all on one layer as well meaning the app is best employed as a bit of fun rather than a seriously artistic endeavour. Once you’re satisfied with your new masterpiece, a simple tap allows you to clear the screen and start all over again.
For our last app we thought we’d pick out something a bit different. Famous Paintings is both an introduction to famous works of art and a brain teaser for those with a bit of knowledge under their belts. Over 100 paintings by classic artists are featured for you to zoom into and view in fine detail or quiz yourself on exactly who created them. From Michelangelo to Rembrandt all the big hitters are covered here.