Out of the 7.4 billion people on earth, only a few million people are good at drawing. Gifted people use their imagination and observation to create mind-blowing paintings. The paintings are so good that art lovers don’t hesitate to pay a huge amount to own them. Pablo Picasso was one of the finest painters ever. One of his painting was sold for over 100 Million dollars.
Some people pursue drawing as a hobby. Although these people are not good at drawing, they try to paint their thoughts on a canvas.
Professional painters will carry painting materials everywhere they go, but hobbyist or amateur painters won’t. People falling in the latter category can use drawing apps to fulfill their dream of painting when they’re not at home.
Here’s the list of the best Android painting applications:
Best drawing apps for Android
Sketch from Sony Corporation is the most popular drawing app on the Google Play Store. It has an easy to use UI and many features.
Sketch lets you set a background color for the canvas. It offers 15 unique brushes and several stickers which you can superimpose on your images.
The app allows you to edit pictures saved on the phone. You can also create a new painting by drawing on the canvas. You can add text to pictures and rotate the canvas in the Sketch app.
Sketch enables you to download sticker packs and crop photos. It has the option to change the width of brushes and change brightness, the contrast of images. It includes a ruler tool and a color palette utility. The app offers a redo/undo function so that you can rectify your painting mistakes. You can backup or sync your drawings to multiple devices with the Sketch app.Download Sketch
SketchBook is yet another popular Android drawing app. It lets you create and manage layers. It has the option to enable full-screen drawing mode. The app ships with 10 brushes, which you can customize as per your requirements. SketchBook provides an eraser, image cropper, Zoomer, and blender utility. It also includes a color picker and ruler tool.
SketchBook allows you to insert a line, square, or circle in the picture. It lets users share their drawings on social networks. If you’re a seasoned painter, you can participate in the SketchBook’s “Deviant Art Sketch This challenge” and showcase your painting skills.
Sketchbook is a large app. The app’s APK size is 65 MB. It consumes 95 MB storage memory.Download SketckBook
IBIS Paint X
IBIS is a free app which you can use to draw manga and animes. It offers 140+ brushes. Paint X enables you to film your drawing videos. It allows you to change the brush opacity, angle, thickness, etc. Once you modify the brush parameter, you can preview the brush with the IBIS Paint X app.
IBIS Paint X lets you create unlimited layers. You can modify the layer parameters in this app. IBIS offers a palette tool that boasts 30 colors. It allows users to replace the color on the palette with the one they use frequently. The app provides an option to change the orientation of the canvas. It includes several filters.
IBIS ships with a material tool that provides 750+ textures. Other utilities you’ll find in the Paint X app are as follows:
- Eraser, Smudge, Blur, ruler, blender
- Color picker, bucket fill, zoom, image stabilizer.
The app has a nice UI and it is free.Download IBIS Paint X
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Based on the material design, ArtFlow is a tiny Android drawing app with plenty of features. To make sure that you get enough space to draw on a canvas, the app hides its navigation bars when you start drawing.
ArtFlow includes an inbuilt tool to print the photo. Recording time-lapse video of your drawing is possible with it. The app ships with 13 unique customizable brushes. It allows you to flip the canvas horizontally and vertically. It also includes the option to frame the canvas. ArtFlow offers 6 shape tools. It uses the phone’s GPU to handle graphics.
The free version of ArtFlow lets you create 2 layers and export image as a JPEG or PNG file. If you want to remove the restriction and unlock additional brushes, you must buy the PRO version of this app.Download ArtFlow
Adobe Illustrator Draw
Adobe Illustrator is a great app for drawing vector images. Unlike other apps, Illustrator allows users to create and manage projects. A project can have as many drawings as you want.
The free Android drawing app from Adobe ships with 5 different brushes. It allows you to change the opacity of the canvas background. The app enables you to flip the canvas. It provides 8 shapes. You can add more shapes by installing third-party shape libraries.
You can publish your drawing project to Behance or copy the image to Adobe Creator Cloud with this app. Adobe IL provides an option to change the angle, opacity, color, and size of the brush. It supports layers. You can rename or duplicate a project in Adobe IL.Download Adobe Illustrator
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ArtBoard is the only app on our list that can generate an animated GIF of your drawing. Apart from GIFs, you can also record your drawing in a video with the ArtBoard app.
ArtBoard enables users to add text to photos. You can change the text size, font, and opacity before adding it to the image in the AB application. You can create up to 15 layers in this drawing app.
ArtBoard offers several brushes and 4 unique blending modes. Brushes in this app are divided into 2 categories, basic and artistic. You can edit the following four parameters of the brushes:
ArtBoard includes a color mixer and a palette tool. It provides an option to insert an image in the canvas.Download ArtBoard
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ArtBoard, Adobe Illustrator Draw, ArtFlow, AutoDesk SketchBook, Sony Sketch and IBIS Paint X are the best Android drawing apps.