5 iPhone Apps for Artists

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The iPhone has variable uses. Apart from the customary features that an iPhone is endowed with, for example, iOS 5, iCloud, A5 Processor, Better Camera compatibility and Display screen of 3.5 inches, there is a range of apps that can be downloaded on to the iPhone for subjects as varied as exercise, diet control and heart control and what have you. However, if you are an artist, have you ever heard of special iPhone apps for an artist?

Here are 5 iPhone apps for artists.

Colored Pencils

Colored pencils is an app designed to reproduce the effect of drawing with color pencils. It is interesting because you can replicate even the pressure applied on the lines so that they taper off towards the end. Though there is no apparent flexibility to the mark value, its transparency can easily be adjusting it. This app takes care of paper texture, and if your intention is only to draw lines; colored pencils would be your ideal choice.


This app allows you to paint as if you would do in Adobe Photoshop. With an easy interface and multiple layers, this app allows you to retrace your steps and correct the errors. Transparency can easily be adjusted with the offer of several brushes to choose from, in the app. Using two fingers; you can use the zoom out facility conveniently. Other unique features are that all your brush strokes are recorded after downloading into your file and can be replayed in Mac OS X, allowing for export as a Quick Time movie, bringing your painting to life after finishing it.


This is an app with a painting agenda, comprising five layers of paint/color, which you can comfortably manipulate to move, edit or remove at will. By far, one of the easiest apps for painters, it is easy to use and justifies its name. Although these features are available in Brushes, as well, it definitely seems easier to handle under this app, which also boasts of a smudge tool, which, though attractive on paper, seems a little impracticable in actual use. This app provides you the facility of being able to change brush sizes as well as transparency and color. “Layers” is MAC OS X compatible, and like “Brushes,” can be replayed in its viewer. Being able to send finished images as JPG or PSD files on email is a top feature of layers.

SketchBook Mobile

This is an extension of the other apps, and features layers. The advantage is that you get to play with six layers in this app, and what’s more, layers can be duplicated. This app features oodles of pencils, brushes, and even markers, with facilities to customize the brush settings. However, most users have given kudos to SketchBook Mobile for its unique feature of synthetic pressure sensitivity, which purportedly, not only gives a natural effect to your markers, but also gives you an impression that you are working with a tablet, when using this app.


This app enables you the wonderful feature of being able to bring animation to your iPhone. Its unique onion skin feature enables you to see what you have earlier drawn, thereby making animation much easier. This feature is not only useful, but is also an equally enjoyable one, further allowing sharing your finished product.

The foregoing 5 iPhone apps for artists are sure to provide a fillip for the artists and also allow them to have fun while using them.

This post was generously provided by Kevin Pritchard.

Kevin Pritchard works for the marketing department of Click Discounts where you can get some useful clickdiscounts money saving offers to help you make some savings on your purchases.


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  • Rabecca February 23, 2012, 12:05 am

    Being an artist for several years now, has earned me several awards and business through the use of iphone apps for artists. Talk of the colored pencils, brushes, layers and flipbook they work out very well.Through out my life in artists’ field this iphone app for artists has been my choice.

    • Deborah E February 23, 2012, 1:51 am

      Thanks, Rebecca. Would love it if you told us about some of your awards 😉 -Deborah

  • Manuel Marino February 24, 2012, 8:22 am

    For sure iPhone is an impressive machine! I didn’t know the art side of using such a beautiful gadget (my wife has it, I still stick myself to an old HP phone that I love).
    Anyway, Art is anything related to soul and creation, and you can use an iPhone instead of a brush. That’s fine for me 🙂

    • Deborah E February 24, 2012, 6:45 pm

      Soul and creation! Excellent. So, that means, that if I feel as if I am sculpting something from the soul, when I write (especially my positive thinking articles), then I am creating art in the form of writing? I’m with you, Manuel, on music. It is truly my “language of the soul.”

  • Angel Collins February 29, 2012, 7:35 am

    Good review, I heard so much about this application, but i have much fun on real painting.

    • Deborah E February 29, 2012, 9:01 am

      Thanks, Angel. Our guest blogger did a nice job of pulling together some suggested apps. 😉