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Our top ten art application picks for Apple IPad

September 5, 2016




With the birth of the IPad on April 3rd, 2010, the IPad has always had the hidden potential to be an excellent tool for the creative junky. With a large growing community of digital artists, Developers have jumped onto the creative functions of the IPad and have created some pretty amazing applications that utilize it's capabilities. We here at Arts Avenue have a ton of different apps we use for our works much like with Android. You can check our top ten Android list here:


Here our our top ten best Ipad apps we've chosen:



Honorable Mention:

Astropad: (19.99)


 Before we start our list we cannot proceed without mentioning that the Astropad app as the absolute go to app to be used to turn your iPad into the greatest tool for digital artists. Astropad is an amazing app that turns your iPad into a professional art tablet. Utilizing the new Apple Pencil with pressure sensitivity this app works amazingly. Photoshop and other desktop art applications work seamlessly with Astropad, The app even provides shortcuts to for quick access for needed tools. Astropad is an unbelievably crafty app that turns you iPad Pro into a pro artist tablet,I use it religiously for digital art and for 20 dollars it is the absolute best investment.



10. Drawing Desk (Free)




Drawing Desk  makes it to our top ten list do to its unique approach to drawing, doodling or even editing pictures. Drawing desk comes in four types of creative modes: Kids desk, sketch desk, photo desk and the doodle desk. Each desk comes equipped with different tools to accommodate the user experience. For instance, kids desk provides a fun drawing experience with stickers, stamps, brushes and a variety of stencils and filling options to really help and nourish a child's creative muscles. Sketch desk is equipped with pen, pencil water color highlighter, smudge tool and a whole plethora to help get your ideas quickly on to virtual paper for later refinement. Photo desk is designed for the camera junkies with different editing tools and filters to bring out the absolute best of your photos. Last but not least comes the the doodle desk designed for the loose creative with a ton of different stickers and specific brushes designed for the doodler and will certainly amaze you. All in all drawing desk is a great app and is definitely something to check out.



9. Art Rage: ($4.99)


As a standalone program, Art Rage for the iPad is fun to use. What sets this app aside from the others is it stems from a category known as "natural media emulation" which essentially means it takes your digital screen and turns it into a real-world painting canvas. This software features a whole arsenal of brushes such as watercolor,oil paints, charcoal, ink, etc. It bleeds, blends, smudges and even mimics the natural responses to textured canvases ( don't worry you won't have to prime this digital canvas though.) Painting on this app will feel as natural as it can get with colors blending and mixing just as it should just as long as you keep it all on the same layer. For $4.99 this app is perfect for any artist who loves to paint but is looking to try something new but with a very familiar feel.



8. Autodesk Graphic ($8.99)


As a separate entity Autodesk Graphic is an app that is tailored for the serious graphic designer and illustrator. Graphic is an vector drawing app that creates fast snap speed lines and offers pro desk top class tools that help you create finished illustrations and works where ever you may happen to be. My favorite tools to use in Graphic are the line tools. After drawing a line you can then refine and tweak it to your desire with its intuitive graph editor. Instead of a large set of brushes it goes by each line to create precise line work. If your looking for a complete Adobe illustrator replacement this app won't completely give that to you, but it will give you a very close experience and offer you a great on the go alternative.



7 Art Studio ($4.99 Iphone version available)




ArtStudio for the iPad is an indispensable app for a wide range of artistic practice. It's accessibility, comprehensiveness and wide-open capabilities spark inspiration to create images. This app is geared towards sketching, painting and photo editing but is flexible enough to be used in a variety of ways. Featuring sixteen tools 150 brushes, Palm rejection, Favorited brush settings, customizable canvas options and multiple stylus support. My favorite part about using ArtStudio are both the text and sketch tools. I find my self always creating cool designs or making some of my of my earlier works come to life in a brand new way by adding cool texts and added line work. ArtStudio is a solid app and is a great tool for beginner or advanced digital artist.




6. Autodesk Sketchbook Pro (Free, Iphone Verison available)