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Having consulted over 3,870 posts where we asked award winning mobile artists for their favourite apps, we feel confident publishing this article today.  Everything is relative and following extensive research we are happy to announce that these are TheAppWhisperer’s Top 10 iOS Mobile Art Apps, at this moment in time.  We have not included apps more completely suited to mobile photography, they will be included in another post. There are of course, more than ten good art apps but these ones, should be standard on every mobile photographer’s device. Do you recommend something else? That’s great, just add your recommendations to the comments at the end of this post…

Procreate

Loved by creative professionals and aspiring artists alike, Procreate is one of the leading creative applications made for iPad.

Offering hundreds of handmade brushes, a suite of innovative artistic tools, an advanced layer system, and the lightning fast Valkyrie graphics engine, Procreate gives you everything you need to create expressive sketches, rich paintings, gorgeous illustrations and beautiful animations. Work on the couch, on the train, at the beach, or while waiting in line for coffee. It’s a complete art studio you can take anywhere; packed with powerful features.

Requires iOS 13.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

$9.99

Procreate

Procreate Pocket

Powerful enough for creative professionals. Simple enough for everyone. The award-winning Procreate Pocket is the most versatile art app ever designed for iPhone.

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

$4.99

Procreate Pocket

iColorama

iColorama is an imaging app for creators interesting in enhancing their photos/paintings/drawings and converting them into amazing pieces of art.

Requires iOS 11.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

$3.99

iColorama

iColorama S

Requires iOS 11.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

$3.99

iColorama S

Image Blender

A simplistic and creative app for combining images with masks and different blend modes on your iPhone and iPad.

Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

$3.99

Image Blender

Superimpose X

Packed with wide range of editing capabilities from multiple layers, blending modes, masking, adjustments, brushes, smudge, warp, effects, clarity to casting shadows, Superimpose X is a modern tool for creating your photo contents.

Requires iOS 11.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

$4.99

Superimpose X

Enlight Photofox

Create art in a tap with Enlight Photofox, all on your iPhone.

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Free

Enlight Photofox

Snapseed

Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google.

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Free

Snapseed

ArtRage

One of the most advanced simulation of real paint on iOS! Get creative on a digital canvas with smearing, blending oils, delicate watercolor, and much more!

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

$4.99

ArtRage

Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic is a world-class photography app and Apple’s original App of the Year.

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

$2.99

Hipstamatic Classic

Slow Shutter Cam

Slow Shutter Cam brings new life into your device’s photo toolbox by letting you capture a variety of amazing slow shutter speed effects that you only thought you could get with a DSLR.

Requires iOS 10.0 and watchOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

$1.99

Slow Shutter Cam

ArtStudio Pro

Artstudio Pro one of the most powerful painting and photo editing app available for both iOS and macOS. The successor to their well known ArtStudio app has been redesigned bringing many new features and improvements taking full advantage of the latest technologies Metal, iCloud Drive, Apple Pencil, and optimized for 64-bit multi-core processors to achieve the smoothest possible workflow.

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

$11.99

Artstudio Pro

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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
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Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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