+$The best drawing apps for iPad can transform your creative life. With most iPads now featuring support for the Apple Pencil, the popular tablet has become a powerful tool for painting and drawing.

+$Once you're armed with theIPad的苹果铅笔+$of your choice, learning to draw is as simple as checking out the App Store (and Creative Bloq, of course). But which app should you choose? There are a lot out there, which cover everything from sketching, painting and prototyping to annotating photos.

+$To make things easier, we've rounded up some of the best painting and drawing apps to create fantastic art on your iPad – whether you're just learning如何绘制+$or are a seasoned pro. And if you want more model-specific software, then don't miss our round-up of the+$best iPad Pro apps+$to use with the Apple Pencil.

Drawing apps for iPad: Inspire Pro. Digital art of a robot on an iPad screen


Inspire Pro拥有App Store中最快,最逼真的渲染引擎之一,为您的iPad提供流畅自然的绘画,绘画和素描体验。

+$It sports 150 brushes including oil paint, airbrushes, spray paint, pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, charcoal, pastels and paint splatters. Inspire Pro also has a wide variety of high-quality and customisable tools for you to choose from.

+$With Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, the size and opacity of brush strokes react instantly to applied pressure, tilt angle and orientation for unprecedented creative control on a mobile device. Give one of the brushes from the Graphite Pencils set a try with Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, for example, and you'll quickly forget that you're not using an actual pencil and paper.

在此视频中观看Inspire Pro的实际操作

+$01. Procreate

Drawing apps for iPad: Procreate. Digital typography saying 'Oui' and 'Welcome to the jungle'.

+$Oui by Maggie Enterrios and Welcome to the Jungle by Jill Gori show off Procreate's Text tool

+$The act of painting in the latest Procreate is even more delightful than in previous versions of the software, making it one of the best drawing apps for iPad users. The app incorporates an unobtrusive UI with easy access sliders, which enable you to quickly adjust the size of your brush/opacity as you work. It saves time and enables you to concentrate on what you're painting, rather than getting distracted by pop-up menus.

+$Like many of the other iPad art apps here, there's an easy-to-use colour picker (with customisable swatches), layer options, a fast and responsive zoom, good smudging/blending options and a great undo functionality. And if you want to add text to your creations, you'll be pleased to know that the latest version also includes the+$much-anticipated Text Tool

+$Procreate has over 130 brushes available by default (see our pick of the best生成画笔+$), and over 50 customisable settings for every brush. The app is powerful, fast and intuitive, and enables you to create large, complex works of art on your iPad.

02. Adobe Illustrator Draw

Drawing apps for iPad: Adobe Illustrator Draw. Illustration of a girl playing the keyboard on multiple devices

+$Create stunning vectors with Adobe Illustrator Draw

Adobe Illustrator Draw是一款数字速写本,无论您走到哪里,都可以用矢量格式表达自己。一个姐妹的应用程序插画家CC,这款适用于iPad的绘图应用程序具有简单的用户界面,旨在快速勾勒出想法和概念。

它提供了一系列功能,包括简单的基于矢量的绘图工具,具有单独的绘图和照片层,以及与Adobe的同步功能创意云。使用此功能,您还可以下载与Adobe Illustrator兼容的文件并使用它们。

该应用程序使您可以绘制完美的直线和几何形状,重命名图层,并使用Adobe Capture CC中的形状。增强的透视网格还意味着您可以将形状映射到透视平面。

  • 下载Adobe Illustrator Draw US:自由
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+$03. Affinity Designer for iPad

Drawing apps for iPad: Affinity Designer. Digital illustration of a cosmic whale in space

+$Affinity Designer is a powerful app for creating a range of art

+$Built from the same back end as its award-winning desktop version, Affinity Designer for iPad is fully optimised for iOS, including Touch controls and Apple Pencil support. It can also support huge multi-artboard canvases with as many layers as you could possibly want, and you can zoom to over one million per cent.

+$Affinity Designer supports both CMYK and RGB, and has a full Pantone library in the colour swatch panel, meaning it's ideal for creating both digital and printed art. You can export to a range of formats, including JPG, PNG, PDF and SVG, and there are over 100 brushes available, in styles including paints, pencils, inks, pastels and gouaches.

+$Read our full review of+$Affinity Desinger for iPad+$. And if you like Serif's easy-to-use UI but are after a photo editing app, check out亲和照片

  • +$Download Affinity Designer US:$ 19.99
  • +$Download Affinity Designer UK:19.99

+$04. ArtRage

Drawing apps for iPad: ArtRage. Digital illustration of a woman pressing iPad screen with tools emerging


+$Like the PC and Mac versions, the ArtRage drawing app for iPad is overflowing with options (we gaveArtRage在我们的评论中有五颗星)。有各种各样的画布预设和纸张选项,以及各种各样的画笔,铅笔,蜡笔,滚筒和粉彩。

在iPad上寻求逼真的艺术作品时,您可以直接在屏幕上绘画,或者使用一个工具涂抹一团油漆并用另一个工具涂抹。 ArtRage还具有专用的水彩笔选项,可以产生一些惊人的效果。


+$05. IPastels

Drawing apps for iPad: iPastels painting and drawing app. Digital pastel drawing of a boat beside an island


+$No digital application and tablet screen will give you the real feel of working with pastels and charcoal, but apps are not looking to replace feel – they are designed to mimic the effect, and that is what iPastels does so well. Plus, you don't get messy fingers.

+$It is impressive how well the app replicates some aspects of pastel painting, including soft pastels, oil pastels, pastel pencils, and realistic colour blending using your finger on the screen just like you would on paper. One downside is that you have to stop drawing when you want to adjust the size and pressure of your tool, but there are plus sides – including the ability to correct mistakes quickly and simply.

出于这个原因以及更多,iPastel是一个很棒的应用程序,如果你想在开始真正的绘画之前尝试作品 - 或者只是为了一点乐趣。它有Apple Pencil支持,升级到Pro功能的成本为4.99美元/ 4.99英镑。

+$06. MediBang Paint for iPad

Drawing apps for iPad: MediBang Paint for iPad. Illustration of a young girl on an iPad screen

+$MediBang Paint for iPad is jam-packed full of handy drawing tools

+$If you're new to digital art and so after a brilliant-but-basic drawing app for your iPad, look no further than MediBang Paint for iPad. An easy-to-use program, MediBang has similar features to Photoshop, including layers, with the ability to add styles and a handy brush editor. In fact, MediBang is full of brilliant painting and drawing tools – so much so that it's hard to believe it's free.

+$Compatible with iOS 11 and above, if you want to create professional-looking artwork but are on a budget, this is the iPad drawing app for you.

+$07. Zen Brush 2

+$The sequel to the popular Zen Brush takes what its predecessor does best – emulating the feel of painting with traditional Japanese calligraphy brushes – and builds upon it. Zen Brush 2 has a new drawing engine that's smoother and more fluent than before, making it even easier to lose yourself in the process of creating beautiful Zen art.

除了新的绘图引擎,Zen Brush 2还具有图库功能,可以让您保存正在进行的工作,以及墨水分散效果,为您的绘图增添深度感。

有压力敏感触控笔(更不用说Apple Pencil)的支持,最重要的是你不再局限于黑色墨水 - 现在你也可以使用红色墨水。

  • 下载Zen Brush 2 US:$ 2.99
  • 下载Zen Brush 2 UK:2.99

+$08. Concepts

Drawing apps for iPad: Concepts screenshot showing building plans


+$Created specifically for professionals, Concepts is an advanced sketching and design app. It features infinite canvas and organic brushes, a fluid and responsive vector drawing engine, and intuitive precision tools, all tailored for a natural-feeling drawing experience. Whether you’re an architect, product designer, illustrator or visual thinker, you can explore, iterate and share your designs anywhere you go.

+$Concepts is compatible with iOS 11 and later, and supports the iPad Pro (2018) and second-generation Apple Pencil. Double-tap tool switching is supported, plus you can customise how the double-tap manifests itself.

+$09. Artstudio Pro

+$Artstudio Pro for iPad is the successor to ArtStudio – a legacy version of which is still available for$ 4.99/4.99+$. The new version has been optimised for Apple Pencil, and claims to be 5-10 times faster than ArtStudio.

+$There are new and improved tools, which include 27 blending modes, over 100 built-in brushes and the ability to import all types of formats, including ABL brushes. There are also various different canvas sizes and options that include layers, layer masks, filters and effects. With an active community and plenty of features to play around with, we think this is a great choice for artists.

  • +$Download Artstudio Pro US:+$$11.99
  • +$Download Artstudio Pro UK:11.99

+$10. Pixelmator For IOS

Drawing apps for iPad: Pixelmator for iOS screenshot showing a ladybird artwork

+$Pixelmator's the next best thing to full Photoshop for iPad

+$(Image credit: Pixelmator https://www.pixelmator.com/ios/)

+$If you need a full-fat iPad alternative to Photoshop, Pixelmator for iOS is about as good as it gets. Whether you simply want to enhance or touch up some photography, or go the whole hog and paint detailed, layered images from scratch, it has you covered with a heavyweight set of tools, brushes and effects.

+$It will even open layered Photoshop images, so you can start work on your desktop and then carry on with your art while you're on the move. And if you have an iPad Pro you'll find full Apple Pencil compatibility, featuring palm rejection, pressure, tilt and acceleration sensitivity.

  • 下载Pixelmator US:$ 4.99
  • 下载Pixelmator UK:4.99

+$11. Comic Draw

Drawing apps for iPad: Comic Draw screenshot shows a comic strip featuring a boy


+$While some painting and drawing apps cover a broad range of abilities and creative disciplines, Comic Draw is single-minded in its purpose. Comic artists are its target, and in those terms it is a highly effective tool. The app features a tool that enables you to lay out the panels on your page, guides to help you keep a perfect perspective and layers to enable you to build your drawings.

+$You'll also find a digital sketchpad for experimenting with your concepts, and an inking and colouring interface to help you finish your design with various brushes. Comic Draw provides a lettering suite made up of different typefaces, balloons and design tools to add the all-important words, and you can add as many pages as you want to make everything from a comic strip to a full-length book.

+$12. Assembly

Drawing apps for iPad: Images of Assembly software in action on a mobile device


+$Assembly is a great way to create detailed vector graphics, icons, logos, scenes and characters without all that fiddly mucking about with vectors and Bézier curves. Rather than painstakingly drawing everything out yourself, you can choose from an enormous selection of ready-made shapes and stick them together to create your vector masterpiece.


+$13. Photoshop Sketch

Drawing apps for iPad: Photoshop Sketch. Illustration of a geisha on multiple devices

Photoshop Sketch抛弃了重量级功能

+$While the new version of Photoshop for iPad is in the works, (+$be the first to try it here+$) why not try a different Adobe platform for sketching and painting? Photoshop Sketch features tools including a graphite pencil, ink pen and watercolour brushes, with adjustable size, colour, opacity and blending settings.

+$You can layer and rearrange your images, use perspective and graph grids to help align your creations, and there's support for pretty much any stylus you care to think of. Plus, you can export your work to插画家CC要么Photoshop CC+$if you have a Creative Cloud account (在此订阅Adobe Creative Cloud+$). However, if you're planning on using Photoshop Sketch as a stand-alone app then you'll only need the basic free version.

+$14. Clip Studio Paint EX

+$Another full-featured desktop paint app that is now on the iPad is Clip Studio Paint. Clip Studio Paint is great for drawing comics and manga, and it can also be used to create any kind of digital art. It's also one of the few drawing apps for iPad that brings the feel of traditional drawing to the digital space, making this the perfect app for creating your illustrations and sketches while on the go.

+$This app comes packed with drawing tools such as pencils, markers, calligraphy pens and air brushes. And because the drawing engine works so well with the Apple Pencil, you'll have a full range of pressure-sensitive dynamics to get your linework perfect. Another bonus is when you sign up for Clip Studio Paint EX subscription, you get six months free.

+$15. Graphic

Drawing apps for iPad: Graphic app on the iPad

+$(Image credit: Graphic www.graphic.com/ipad/)

提供桌面级编辑标准,Graphic一直被吹捧为Adobe Illustrator的iOS答案。除了包含您创建令人惊叹的艺术和详细技术图纸所需的所有绘图工具之外,Graphic现在还提供可变宽度画笔笔划和Apple Pencil的压力感应绘图支持。

+$Developed by Indeedo, this easy-to-use drawing app for iPad is compatible with both the Mac and iPhone versions via iCloud and Dropbox, enabling you to save your masterpieces on the go for straightforward editing across devices later down the line.

+$16. Autodesk Sketchbook

Drawing apps for iPad: Autodesk Sketchbook running on an iPad


+$(Image credit: Autodesk Sketchbook sketchbook.com)


+$There's a wide range of digital pencils, pens, markers, and airbrushes to choose from, all accessed via a simple but intuitive UI that enables you to pin your favourite toolbars to the screen. It's flexible and fast, too, enabling you to work with layers, transparency options, annotations and advanced blend modes. With Dropbox integration plus the ability to import and export Photoshop-friendly files, it's an ideal iPad art app for working on the move.

+$17. Art Set 4

Drawing apps for iPad: Art Set 4. An artwork of a pagoda

+$Hot on the heels of number 1 iPad app Art Set comes Art Set 4, bringing more features for free

+$(Image credit: LOFOPI https://apps.apple.com/app/art-set-4/id1418530800)

+$Art Set reached the number one iPad app spot in over 30 countries, and for good reason. Art Set 4 brings similar beauty and an easy to use interface in the same vein as its predecessor. It also adds many new features and has lowered the price of admission to nothing.

+$Hyper-real tools feature in this iPad app, so you can actually see your watercolour paint flow and run as you use it. Oil paint, watercolors, oil pastel, pencil, biro pen, marker, wax crayon and a few others are included for free, while an in-app purchase unlocks more than 150 brushes and further features.

  • +$Download Art Set 4 US:自由
  • +$Download Art Set 4 UK:自由

+$18. Brushes Redux

+$Legendary artist David Hockney has been spotted using the Brushes app when creating art on the iPad. It's an oldie but a goodie, designed specifically for Apple's tablet and now with the 'Redux' suffix – and it's free and open-source.

+$Using a basic toolbar at the bottom of the screen, you can bring up a colour wheel/picker, work with layers and switch between various brushes. Best of all, perhaps, Brushes is fast and responsive to the touch so it's easy to work quickly. A useful feature of Brushes is the ability to record each brush stroke, enabling you to play back exactly how you created each piece of iPad art via the Brushes viewer.

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+$19. SketchClub

Drawing apps for iPad: Three illustrations on iPad screens

使用Sketch Club的优秀工具集创建酷炫的数字艺术

+$Sketch Club has a great set of tools for creating beautiful digital art. The app has a unique set of flexible digital brushes (and more can be made), pens, vector tools, old school pixel art, and fun procedural tools.

+$Sketch Club has an uncluttered user interface, with lots of settings to customise the app to your own unique preferences. A particularly great feature of this app is the integrated online community. Here you can upload your sketches to let others rate and comment on your work, as well as enter daily challenges and fun weekly competitions.

  • 下载Sketch Club US:$ 2.99
  • 下载Sketch Club UK:2.99