Did you know that using a pen on paper as opposed to a keyboard can boost your memory and creativity? Makes you feel better about having countless notepads covered in doodles and designs.
Problem is, overflowing art supplies, notepads, and sketchbooks lying around add clutter to your already busy life- and clutter kills creativity.
Luckily, if you’re a doodlebug, you have the next best thing to a fully-stocked art studio with the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro. Here’s a collection of easy-to-use drawing apps available for artists of all levels who have the urge to express themselves without the mess.
*Related – this is a list for beginners. If you’re a pro or are looking to amp up your digital illustration skills with professional quality apps for iPad Pro, check out this post: 5 Best Drawing Apps with Apple Pencil for Creative Professionals
The clutter-free, minimalist interface and variety of options are what make Tayasui Sketches a favorite drawing app among beginners. Users love Tayasui’s ultra-realistic pressure stylus support that adapts the angle and width of lines to every stroke of your Pencil.
If you’re feeling the need to exhibit your work, you can share to the Sketches community or get a little inspiration from other members’ artwork.
In case you haven’t heard, adult coloring books are totally a thing. They’re a wonderful way to unwind from a stressful day and focus on a quiet activity without having to bring a ton of concentration to it.
The Pigment app has over 1,000 beautiful illustrations for you to fill in, and you can use 11 kinds of coloring tools. It offers a remarkably realistic experience because the software responds to the pressure of your Pencil, darkening or thickening the lines as you press harder on them.
Pigment is available as a free app in the iTunes store, but you can add more features and coloring pages with a Premium Access subscription.
This is a simplified version of a favorite program among professional illustrators– Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. If you’re a beginning graphic artist, Sketchbook Express will give you a variety of tools without overwhelming you and you can work with up to three layers at a time– just right for sharpening your skills without being overly ambitious. Many pros swear by the intuitive user interface and recommend Sketchbook Express as an intro to the world of digital illustration software.
4. Drawing Pad
Do you have a budding artist in the family? This simple app designed for kids, has an ample collection of drawing and painting tools, paper styles, and coloring pages to meet your kiddo’s need for self expression. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself doodling on Drawing Pad as well!
5. Inspire Pro
If painting is more your thing, Inspire Pro will have you channeling Van Gogh. With every color combination imaginable and 70 different paint brushes that mimic painting techniques (including dry brush for blending), your next masterpiece awaits. The user interface is super fast and sensitive to the slightest graze of your Apple Pencil on the surface, giving you the ability to make subtle brushstrokes or splatters of color.
Inspired to give one of these apps a try? All are available in the iTunes Store for download. If you’ve discovered a drawing or painting app for beginners that we’ve missed, please leave a comment!