One time a sketchbook was the only way to express ideas on the go. With the digital revolution and mobile devices, several apps have arisen which allow artists to create art – anytime, any place - right from an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.  Some of these apps allow digital painting and drawing, which when completed can be instantly uploaded to Facebook, Twitter or even emailed.

Listed here are some of the more popular of these apps, all of which are available on the iTunes store.

Art Apps for Artists


Art Studio – draw, paint and edit photo

art studio iphoneArtists can use Artstudio to draw and paint anywhere. It allows uploading and manipulation of photographs. Artstudio has 16 tools: select, wet paintbrush, pencil, dry paintbrush, dots, spray, eraser, bucket fill, smudge, gradient, clone, text, heal,  dodge/burn, blur/sharpen, and eyedropper. Artstudio also has 450 brushes (150 are in the free version, 300 in the paid). There are many other features such as guidelines, grid, select tool text tool, stroke settings, layers, filters, and much more. Artstudio is a powerful tool for creating art on the go.

This app is optimized for iPhone5, but also compatible with iPod Touch and iPad.


Brushes 3

brushes3 appBrushes 3 allows painting anywhere with your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It allows creation of paintings up to 2048p x 2048px and has unlimited redo and undo. Only one layer is available in the free version, but 10 can be purchased within the app. The brushes in this app can be enlarged as much as 512px x 512px. Other features include adjustable color opacity and brush settings, simulated pressure, 14 brush shapes, etc. This app also allows Tweeting and posting of paintings to Facebook.


Auryn Ink

auryn ink appIf you are a watercolor painter, you will love Auryn Ink. Artists can easily create watercolor paintings with fingers or a stylus. The colors move and blend just like in a physical watercolor painting. Auryn Ink allows artists to select type of paper, adjust brushes and select a canvas. There are effects that simulate real watercolor painting, such as air drying, glazing effects, lifting color with water, etc.

Auryn Ink is compatible with iPhone, Ipod Touch and iPad


ArtRage for iPhone

artrage iphone appThis app simulates the process of painting. ArtRage keeps track of the amount of paint used, and how much it has dried. Colors can be blended on the canvas while painting. More paint can be applied for using a palette knife. Simulated canvas grain affects the look of brush strokes.

Features include layers, importing photos, tracing images, etc. ArtRage includes the tools oil brush, palette knife, paint tube, inking pen, pencil, crayon, and eraser.

This app is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.


Colored Pencils

colored pencils iphone appThis app uses colored pencils instead of paint. There are a range of options here for choosing pencils and blender tools. Colored pencils has a range of canvas sizes, layers support, color history, zooming in, mixing colors, and more.

When your artwork is finished, it can be sent via email or uploaded to Twitter and Facebook.

Colored Pencils is available on iPad, IPod Touch and iPhone.


Color Schemer

color schemer appColorSchemer is meant for artists who use various painting palettes. This app includes over 1 million palettes from the COLOURlovers community. There is also a social aspect to this app – leave feedback on the palettes, or love and fave.

ColorSchemer can also be used to create palettes. Use the color wheel or create them from photos.



Have you used any of these art apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch? Are there any others you use not mentioned here?


  1. and what about the ANDROID tablet users???

    There are plenty of art apps for Android users.. maybe I'll write a post on that soon... :)

  3. I'm finding it's hard to paint on the iPhone. I now need a stylus. But I'm thinking practice should help.

  4. These look fabulous. I use Painter on my computer. But I sure wish there was a stylus for the iPhone. I will have to change my style of painting.

  5. Hi,thanks a lot for your sharing.Color Schemer is a flawless application to go for shade plans. I am a gems originator and when I see a shade plot some place I can rapidly snap a picture of the shades and recovery my palette. I do wish that there was an approach to select correlative colors, part integral, tertiary, proposed shades to run with a color. A capacity, for example, that would be an extraordinary showing device for my 12 year old. it would likewise be an extraordinary capacity when I'm befuddled on an optional compliment to match with the principle color of one of my pieces.Have a nice day.


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