Whether you’re a designer, painter, or simply an art lover, there are a ton of great apps out there that help you create amazing artwork. The best part is that most of them don’t require a lot of skills or prior knowledge, just a desire to make something. Check out these intuitive and creative apps, find one that suits your personal style, and dive into your next digital masterpiece. Some apps let you start with a photo while others provide a blank canvas and a set of tools, yet all of the apps featured here are easy to pick up and get started with right away
Thicket stands out among other art apps by offering a unique interactive experience. The joy of using this app lies in the process, rather than the finished product. The app features a variety of modes that produce different types of effects when you touch the screen. It’s great for anyone looking to play around and make some neat designs in the process. Thicket is available on iTunes for both the iPhone and iPad.
If you’re looking for an easy way to create stylized digital artwork on the iPad look no further than Isosketch. This app gives lets artists approach artwork from a new perspective, allowing you to create precise geometric artwork on an angled isometric grid. Artwork can be output in .svg vector format so you can import them into your favorite desktop vector program.
Composite lets you turn your surroundings into expressive works of art that look inspired by the collages of Robert Rauschenberg. Using your device’s camera, the app captures images in real time and lets you manipulate them on the fly. You reveal the image taken by the camera by “painting” the screen and control the look and feel of the painting with different brush settings. Composite is available on the iPad 2 and Windows phone 7.
Anyone can create incredible artwork with WURM, whether they’re a designer or a doodler. It doesn’t require any skills or past experience with art to get started. The app lets you experiment with shapes and colors easily without using filters or layers. It’s easy to spend hours playing with WURM or even just browsing their user gallery. WURM is available on iTunes for the iPhone and iPad.
Paper by FiftyThree is basically the app version of a moleskine notebook. It’s a great tool for jotting down ideas, sketching quick art studies, and creating diagrams. The app is designed to be so intuitive and easy to use that it feels just as natural as using a real notebook (with the added bonus of storing all of your drawings and notes digitally of course). The iPad app is available for free on iTunes with the option of purchasing additional tools.