Drawing & coloring apps for artists of all stripes

Last updated: October 1, 2019

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or consider Hangman “figure drawing,” there are a myriad of apps to help you (literally) tap into your creativity. Here are five of our favorites.
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InColor - Coloring Book for Adults

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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Get creative with textures and more than 10 brushes, plus “Smart Borders” to keep even the wildest scribbles inside the lines
  2. 2Explore a broad range of coloring books, from “Birds & Blooms” and “Anime Kitten” to “Mandala Pattern”
  3. 3Transform your own pictures into coloring pages, draw your own mandalas, and create pixel art from scratch
Why we love this
  1. 1Make detailed illustrations with a dizzying array of customizable brushes and the option to scan your own line art – all free
  2. 2Turn your drawing into a time-lapse movie – SketchBook will speed up the footage for quick playback
  3. 3Smooth out bumpy lines and imperfect circles with precision tools like predictive stroke

Concepts - Sketch, Design, Illustrate

Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Let your imagination run wild with advanced tools and an infinite canvas – extend it as far as you want in any direction
  2. 2Drag menus around your canvas and customize the Tool Wheel’s size and contents (with your eight go-to tools)
  3. 3Create for free or choose the upgrade that works for you, from a-la-carte brush packs to a subscription for everything

Flipaclip: Cartoon Animation Creator & Art Studio

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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Bring animations to life frame by frame, with simple drawing tools and an easy-to-use timeline
  2. 2Level up your creation with multiple layers, imported images or videos, and audio
  3. 3Choose the perfect canvas size for where you share: YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and more
Why we love this
  1. 1Make layered vector artwork you can zoom up to 64x with this designer-beloved app
  2. 2Customize brush opacity, color, taper, and more – with previews for each stroke as you choose
  3. 3Adobe integration lets you export layered images to Photoshop with layers preserved, access your Creative Cloud libraries, and more
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