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AppArt School – What are the Best Ten iOS Art Apps for Digital Painting and Illustration?

AppArt School – What are the best ten iOS art apps for digital painting and illustration?

Here are ten highly regarded iOS art apps for digital painting and illustration:

  1. Procreate: Procreate is a powerful and feature-rich app that offers an extensive range of tools and brushes. It provides a fluid and responsive drawing experience with advanced layering, blending modes, and customizable brushes.
  2. Adobe Fresco: Adobe Fresco combines the feel of traditional painting with the versatility of digital tools. It offers realistic brush options, intuitive interface, and seamless integration with other Adobe Creative Cloud apps.
  3. Autodesk Sketchbook: Autodesk Sketchbook is a professional-grade app that provides a wide variety of brushes and drawing tools. It offers a streamlined interface, customizable brushes, and advanced layering options.
  4. Affinity Designer: Affinity Designer is a vector-based design app that is excellent for creating illustrations and graphic designs. It offers a comprehensive set of tools and features, including advanced vector editing, shape tools, and layer effects.
  5. Tayasui Sketches: Tayasui Sketches provides a natural and intuitive drawing experience with a wide range of realistic brushes. It offers various sketching tools, layering options, and the ability to export high-resolution files.
  6. ArtRage: ArtRage simulates traditional artistic tools, such as oil paints, watercolors, and pencils, on a digital canvas. It offers a realistic painting experience with customizable brushes and a range of creative tools.
  7. Concepts: Concepts is a versatile app that combines sketching, drawing, and design capabilities. It offers infinite canvas, precision drawing tools, and advanced layer management, making it suitable for both quick sketches and detailed illustrations.
  8. Paper by WeTransfer: Paper is a minimalist app that focuses on simplicity and natural drawing. It offers a variety of brushes, customizable color palettes, and intuitive gesture-based controls.
  9. MediBang Paint: MediBang Paint is a free app that provides a comprehensive set of drawing and painting tools. It offers various brushes, screen tones, and a library of pre-made backgrounds and comic panel layouts.
  10. Procreate Pocket: Procreate Pocket is the iPhone version of the popular Procreate app. It offers a range of professional tools, including brushes, layers, and advanced editing features, optimized for the smaller screen.

These iOS art apps provide a diverse set of features and tools to support digital painting and illustration. Each app has its strengths and unique features, so it’s recommended to explore their capabilities, user interfaces, and compatibility with your artistic preferences before making a choice.

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Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— 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. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. 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: [email protected]