One of the things I love about my smartphone is the range of art apps available. If you have a smartphone then some of the wonderful free drawing and painting apps are a great way to practice your creative skills while on the move. Whether or not you are taking part in our #365 A Creative Year challenge
, having a drawing or painting app on your phone gives you the perfect way to hone your creative skills or learn new ones without having to worry about carrying a pen and paper around with you.
Here are some of the most well known free drawing and painting apps. These are suitable for both finger and stylus drawing. I have used some of these and others have been recommended by friends and colleagues. If you have a favorite why not leave a comment below and share with others.
- Sketchbook Express is the free version of Sketchbook Pro and available for Android and Apple. I have this app installed on my phone and iPad and find it easy to use (once I learned how to navigate my way around). 3 layers are available on the free version (more on the Pro) and this is handy. There is also an extensive coloring tool set. This app is good for sketchers as well as painters.
- Picasso Drawing App is a very popular Android app. While I haven't used it, I know people who have, and they like the ease of use. This app seems particularly well suited to adding doodles and cartoons to your photos. There are other apps in this series offering different creative functions.
- Draw! is another free app I have on my Android phone. This is a handy tool for sketching an idea. I use my finger to finger draw with this app. It's not as fully featured as some of the others, but it is simple to use.
- Infinite Painter is a popular vector art app with some pretty nifty features. There is a paid for version, however the free version offers plenty to keep a newbie happy for a while.
- Art Flow is a tablet painting and drawing app. I haven't used this but I see it often in round ups of the 'best painting app' lists, so worth checking out. Additional functions can be purchased.
- Adobe have some very exciting apps for ios iPads and iPhones. Check them out and you'll find Illustrator Draw vector app as well as the popular Adobe Ideas. I have used Adobe Ideas on my iPad and it's a handy drawing tool.
These are just a few of the many great drawing, sketching and painting apps available. The ones I've listed are free and, even when there are paid for versions available, the free apps contain enough features to get you started! Want to tell us about another? Leave a comment below to share your experience with others!