The displays on our smartphones have increased in size quite a bit over the years. While some might find that they are getting too big, the upside is that those who enjoy taking notes or drawing on their phones now have a lot more screen real estate to work with. Plus it’s so much more convenient compared to lugging around a sketchbook and pens with you, especially if you happen to own a handset that comes with a built-in stylus.
So if you love drawing and want to be able to doodle while you’re on the move, maybe while on a bus or train, or while you’re waiting on someone or waiting for your food to be served, then these are some of the best drawing apps we’ve found for your Android smartphone.
Sometimes to create a drawing or a painting, you need a variety of pens, pencils, and paintbrushes, which is fine if you’re at home or at your studio, but what if you’re on the go? Thankfully with apps like Infinite Painter, you’ll be able to access over 160 different types of brushes that you can use to create your masterpiece.
There are even tools that let you create your own brush so that you can get the effect and strokes that the current presets don’t have, and you’ll be able to switch between all the brushes with ease. It also comes with editing features like layers, blending modes, cloning tools, liquify tools, and more.
So what if you wanted to draw something and also animate it at the same time? On your computer that isn’t an issue, but what if you’re on your phone? That’s where RoughAnimator comes in. The app will let you sketch out your animation frame by frame, and when you’re done, it will animate it for you and you can then export it and share it with your friends and followers on social media.
There is also support for importing audio for lip syncing, importing video for rotoscoping animation, and there are also a variety of formats that you can export your animation to in case you need to share it on other types of devices.
Similar to apps like Infinite Painter, ArtRage is another drawing/painting app for your smartphone or tablet that comes with its own host of brushes, pencils, and tools that will help you in your journey of creating your art masterpiece. It also supports things you might do on an actual paper like smearing and blending of oils.
Users will also be able to choose properties like paint thinners, pencil softness, and more, tools that you might be able to choose from if you were to make that drawing or painting in real life using real world tools. It has also been designed with mobile devices in mind, meaning that the UI has been optimized to make sure you are able to find what you need without getting in the way.
If you’re familiar with apps like AutoCAD or Fusion 360 by Autodesk, then you might be interested in checking out Sketchbook, an app that’s available for mobile devices that lets you create digital art while on the go. Sketchbook is actually one of the older mobile drawing apps around, but it’s a pretty solid app with a ton of tools and features that’s perfect for beginners and also serious mobile artists.
One of the problems with a lot of drawing and painting apps is that sometimes the interface can feel very intimidating and overwhelming with all tools and options presented to users. For professionals, this isn’t an issue, but for beginners, it’s like where do you even start?
With Tayasui Sketches, the app is pretty simple and straightforward and focuses more on letting the user draw and paint rather than overwhelm them with options. This isn’t to say that the app isn’t as powerful as some of the others listed above, but if you’re looking for an app that lets you dip your toes in the water, this could be it.