With all the apps being made for the iPad, you can now easily stretch your imagination and creativity like never before. For designers, artists or those who are just interested in creative fields, the iPad can be an exciting new tool, a place to do everything from sketch out new ideas to digitally paint a true work of art. So whether you’re interested in learning more about artists and their incredible masterpieces or you’re ready to jump feet first into an art project yourself, check out these powerful yet well-designed apps that will satisfy your artistic soul.
1. Sketchbook Pro
Ready for the ultimate sketchbook? Whether you’re a digital artist or just aspire to be, check out Sketchbook Pro. It’s been called one of Wired magazine’s “5 Must-Have iPad Apps” for good reason. Choose from high quality digital pencils, pens, markers and airbrushes, and then use the multi-touch interface to create your own, beautiful work of art. The app comes with 60 preset brushes with the ability to install 90 additional brushes and stamp brushes from the store.
2. Inspire Pro
Have you always dreamed of painting? If so, why not try your hands at digital painting and check out Inspire Pro? Ranked in the top 3 of the overall Top Paid Apps in the US, this app makes you feel as though you’re truly painting wet oil on a canvas. Featuring five realistic paint brushes to choose from including a flat, round and fan, you’ll even be able to vary the amount of pressure to create incredible blending effects. With a clean user interface, you’ll be up and running in no time.
Packed with features including 30 brushes, filters, layers, masks, a text tool, and clone tool, ArtStudio has been called, “what PhotoShop Mobile wishes it had been.” If you’re familiar with Photoshop, you’ll feel right at home when using this app. Currently offering 17 drawing lessons including animals, humans, 3D and perspective, this app is perfect for the beginner who’s interested in learning how to draw or paint. All in all, it’s a fantastic tool for people of all skill levels.
Before you even pick out which art or design app you’re going to buy, you may want to download an app that helps you collect your thoughts. Penultimate is the #1 best-selling handwriting app that will help you quickly jot down your ideas or sketch out your designs. Choose between three different photorealistic paper styles or import an image to create your own template. You can also buy upgraded paper at the The Paper Shop inside the app. So whether you’re sketchnoting or just doodling, check out this elegant app that’s sure to boost your productivity and creativity.
Is illustrating more your style? If so, then check out iDraw, a feature-packed vector drawing and illustration app. If you’re familiar with Adobe Illustrator, you’ll find this to be a paired down version of it. Inside, you’ll find everything from fully customizable grid and margins to vector brushes and customizable shape drawing tools. Use layers to draw over images and designs and then export and share your designs as you see fit. Often called one of the most powerful vector illustration apps on the App Store, iDraw will make you feel as though you’re working right on your desktop computer.
Alice Yoo is the founder and editor in chief of My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor's in Economics, Alice received her MBA, worked in advertising for MTV and Outdoor Channel and then started My Modern Met in 2008. With over 2.5 million page views per month, My Modern Met has become an art, culture and lifestyle destination for the modern man and woman.