The Best Art and Drawing Apps in 2021

The Best Art and Drawing Apps in 2021

Thanks to technological innovation, artists and illustrators have access to a variety of tools these days. To assist them with their art, many creatives are turning to a selection of smartphone and tablet apps to gain a few ideas, have a masterclass in experimentation, try new filters and drawing tools, add special effects, turn an image into 3D, and a whole lot more. The options are certainly comprehensive.

It’s the way of the world now, especially when looking at the growth of smartphone use in recent years. The rise of apps has coincided with the improvements made in our miniature handheld devices and tablets, which can now perform a wide variety of functionalities. The modern-day mobile phone is an incredibly sophisticated device with more power and an array of additional features we didn’t use to get from the chunky Nokia devices of old.

Today we can maintain our health and fitness using an app, take high-quality images with a smartphone camera, and even conduct various banking queries or find love using an app. We can even immerse ourselves in a real casino experience in an app, with online sites and apps like offering world-class 24/7 customer service and options for VIP gaming. For artists and illustrators, there is, of course, a large variety of innovative apps to choose from too. 

With that in mind, here is a look at some of the best art and drawing apps in 2021. 

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

The Best Art and Drawing Apps in 2021

A slick and easy to use app, Adobe Photoshop Sketch gives users the ability to experience the power of Adobe Photoshop but in a more casual way and with a focus on drawing. You’ll need an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, but it’s most definitely worth it, especially if you’re keen to fine-tune a few images and elevate your work further with the use of a few simple but highly effective tools. 

Autodesk Sketchbook

A drawing programme praised for its robustness, Autodesk Sketchbook is specifically made for artists who are constantly on the move, be it travelling around the world or moving from job to job. The app isn’t made with photo editing and other tasks in mind, though, instead enabling users to draw ideas on their phone or tablet more easily. Autodesk Sketchbook works on Mac, PC, iOS, and Android devices, and has been well received by a large section of the community. `The app’s full-featured drawing program is worth making the most of, too. 

Astropad Studio 

The Best Art and Drawing Apps in 2021

Keen to create digital drawings? Then download Astropad Studio. This superbly designed app is popular at the moment, and it’s easy to see why. You can use it as a drawing tablet and make the most of its excellent sketching features. The app only works on Apple devices which is obviously a bit of a drawback, though. 

Inspire Pro

One for the painters among us, Inspire Pro turns any iPad into the ultimate painting canvas an artist would be desperate to bring to life. A raster drawing app offering an array of excellent brushes and big canvas sizes, Inspire Pro is available for download from the Apple App Store and can really add another layer to a piece of work. Its interface is good also, making it an easy to grasp and an all-around fantastic app to enjoy. 

Zen Brush 2

The Best Art and Drawing Apps in 2021

An ink brush app on mobile, Zen Brush 2 is a simple app with no complicated or intricate features, instead of promoting simplicity with its fun tools. The app is free too, which is a nice additional bonus to what is a fairly limited but still worthwhile app to explore. 

Other art and drawing apps worth checking out are Pixelmator Pro, Pixaki, Concepts, and Tayasui Sketches.