The best drawing applications on the iPhone.


If you are an artist proved or beginner and you have an iPhone, you know that the Apple Store is full of applications for creating digital.

We have selected for you the best of them.

1. Adobe Photoshop Sketch .


A comparison of applications for artists would not be complete without a app from Adobe, namely Adobe Photoshop Sketch.

This app is free for iPhone and iPad since it is optimized for the Apple Pencil.

You can choose from over 24 brushes, control the colors and their blending, opacity.. It is possible to import brushes from Photoshop if necessary.

Photoshop Sketch lets you work with layers and designs ranging up to 8,000 pixels. Fans of social networking will appreciate the ability to make video captures of their designs.

In addition, subscribers àAdobe Creative Cloud members can submit their production on Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC to continue their creations on their computer.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch is free and includes in app purchases.

2. Adobe Illustrator Draw .


If you are a specialist in vector-based drawings, then there are strong chances that you use Illustrator. Why not take advantage of its light version for iOS to draw during your travels ?

The application Adobe Illustrator Draw includes stencils of different shapes to save you time and five brushes for shadows, colors, etc

You can work with layers and sketches, measuring up to 8K, or a size of 27 inches by 27 (300 dpi), which is perfect to print your creations.

In addition, you have the ability to zoom up to 64 times to perfect the details of your drawings.

As with Photoshop Sketch, sign in to your Creative Cloud account, and upload your sketches on Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC installed on your PC.

Adobe Illustrator Draw is free and includes in app purchases.

3. Adobe Capture CC .


Adobe Capture CC is a vital tool for any graphic designer inspired by the world around him. In summary, this is an app that brings together the best features from Adobe, all with a nice interface and easy to use.

Capture allows you to use your own photos, images, and convert them into design elements.

With Adobe Capture CC you can turn your images into vectors, extract colors, create patterns, but also “capture” fonts you see on posters, magazines, etc

For this, you just have to take a picture of the typography of a poster advertising for example, then Adobe TypeKit takes care of finding the matching font.

If you use Capture CC on your computer, you will recognize surely the functions of Brush, Shapes and Colors.

Adobe Capture CC is free and includes in app purchases.

4. Adobe Photoshop Mix .


Adobe Photoshop Mix makes photo editing even easier on your mobile devices, which is very convenient if you want to edit from your smartphone or your tablet.

Cut, blend images, add layers of text, create typography and thanks to the editing non-destructive, edit your creations to perfection without altering your originals.

If you have a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, you can send your work on Photoshop CC, or Lightroom CC for example, and then tweak from a computer. It is possible to subscribe to them from the Adobe Photoshop Mix.

Adobe Photoshop Mix is free.

5. Autodesk Sketchbook .


Autodesk SketchBook is a painting and drawing of professional quality. Its simple interface allows you to focus, and tools will disappear from your screen when you are working with.

SketchBook also allows you to best use the camera of your iOS, in fact it is enough to take a picture of a picture or a sketch for the app the scans.

The scan is then imported with a transparent background so that you can make your changes.

You have access to over 190 customizable brush, and the library of colors, Copic Colour Library.

Autodesk SketchBook is free.

6. Autodesk A360 .


Autodesk 360 is much more than an application for artists, it is a collaboration platform for designers of all kinds.

With Autodesk 360, or A360, edit, share files, 2D or 3D, and load more than 100 formats of CAD files (Computer Aided Design).

You can isolate and view the properties of the object, examine the pieces, and even measure distances, angles..

Several people can collaborate on design files in real time and simultaneously, and then store it on a Cloud service (iCloud, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive and Buzzsaw).

Note that the application supports the scale drawings.

Autodesk 360 is free.

7. Procreate 4.3 .


Procreate is a drawing app that is very popular on the iPad. It won an Apple Design Award and it is used by many professionals in the digital arts.

On its version 4.3, Procreate offers the feature of adding text and it allows you to not only edit the typography, but also to import your favourite fonts directly from the interface.

This update also offers new export options. It is now possible to export the different layers in several formats : PNG, multi-page PDFS, and even animated GIF.

The application Procreate 4.3 cost 10,99 € and includes in app purchases.

8. Clip Studio Paint .


Although it is often used in manga, the app Clip Studio Paint is an excellent multi-tool and compatible for any type of illustration.

It offers the all-in-one, you can create simple sketches, illustrations, comics, and even animations.

Its latest version offers new features such as the conversion of your sketches in 3D.
In addition to the thousands of brushes already proposed, you will have to carry watercolors or gouaches more realistic than ever before.

If you sign up to subscription Expert to 7.99 €/month, when Clip Studio Paint is free for the first 6 months.

9. Pixelmator .


Pixelmator is a photo editor, but not only, since it also features painting and graphic design.

In addition to beautify your photos with the help of its creative tools, you can choose from over 90 brushes (including brushes dual-textured) paintings, watercolours and brush pixel.

The application Pixelmator Pro is 5.99 €.

10. Inspire Pro .


Inspire Pro (iPad only) is an application with which you can mix brushes oil-wet and dry to create paintings, drawings or sketches very realistic.

Thanks to its engine Sorcery, your strokes will be bright and display colors 64-bit vibrant.

Inspire Pro offers a palette of 150 different brushes, all usable in the form of a wet brush, dry or gum. Your creative options are almost endless.

The application is in English 10,99 €, and it is very regularly updated.

11. Concepts .


Concepts is intended primarily for architects and product designers. It is an application that aims to combine the precision of Adobe Illustrator to brushes pixel Photoshop or Procreate.

It allows you to refine your works with such tools as the layers management, the sketch vector based, easily editable, and rendering your creations in real time.

The application is free, but paid upgrades to unlock the pro features, and other options.

Download Concepts here.

12. Graphic .


As its name indicates, Graphic is an application designed for graphic design but also illustration. It is very much appreciated by the artists, who often work on their iPad.

You can create PDF files, SVG vector and complex forms using the powerful Pen tool.

This application offers layer effects such as shadows, fills, and strokes multiple rules and multiple units to create with precision the different dimensions. Also, please do not hesitate to use the traditional tools (brush, pencil,.) to draw with fluidity.

This application is in English and costs 9,99 €.

13. Comic Draw .


Comic Draw is the ideal application for the lovers of comics. Expand all your original ideas and your own narration with a sketchbook digital.

Enjoy its functionality of writing, its different fonts, its script editor, 34 types of brushes and many other tools for your COMIC or manga.

Once completed, share your art on Comic Draw.

This app is only available on the iPad (64 Gb minimum), and it is free for 14 days, then switch to its full version for 10,99 €.