Noupe Editorial Team December 31st, 2019

Procreate for iOS & Android

Procreate for Android

Drawing is one of the most common hobbies. It’s a great way of having fun and expressing yourself.

And now, with the help of technology, it's really easy to draw and edit your work digitally. And, you don’t need a high-end graphics tablet, you can just use your Android tablet or iPad to create real art.

The thing is though, there are many drawing apps to choose from. If you are starting, or just want to learn more about alternative drawing apps, you are at the right spot.

Best drawing apps on Android and iOS:

Procreate (iOS - $9.99)

Procreate App

Procreate is a powerful drawing app that is exclusive to iOS. It gets the best out of the great combination of iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. It’s much more than just a drawing app, it’s a feature-packed digital art studio. It supports 4K canvases, up to 128 layers and more than a hundred customizable brushes. Procreate brings performance to the artists. It’s a robust tool, so it may be a bit hard to grasp at first if you in just for simple doodling.

ArtRage (Android, iOS - $4.99)

ArtRage Android App

ArtRage is a great drawing and painting that works not only on your mobile devices but also on your PC and Mac. It has many tools that mimic the real world painting tools and mediums such as watercolors, rollers and paper options. You can also create custom brushes and use perspective tools. If you are looking for a more authentic and natural touch, make sure to try it.

ArtFlow (Android - Free)

ArtFlow Android App

ArtFlow is a design studio that is exclusive to Android. The free version includes nine customizable brushes, a color picker, a symmetry tool and support for two layers which is more than enough for a hobby drawer. ArtFlow’s premium features are more for seasoned and aspiring digital artists looking for an Android drawing app.

Affinity Designer (iOS - $49.99)

Affinity Designer Android App

If you want to rock the iPad and Apple pencil combo, Affinity Designer is another great choice. It works both on mobile and desktop but it’s more customizable with on the iPad with the Apple Pencil. The finished drawing can be exported in various formats. It’s a bit expensive and complicated for someone who is just doodling, but if you are a hobbyist or a professional you should look into it. The nature of this app means that it is an ideal tool also for app developers or designers who need to a tool that they can use on the go, while also using the pencil tool, something that professional designers will require.

Adobe Illustrator Draw (Android, iOS - Free)

Adobe Illustrator Draw Android App

A vector graphics drawing app from Adobe, it can be enhanced with Creative cloud integration. There are 5 customizable pens, stylus support for popular devices. You can save your work on your mobile device and open it in the desktop version of Illustrator later. It syncs up with Photoshop through exporting the PNG Files, and assets can be imported from Color CC and Shape CC, helping you work wherever you want.

MediBang Paint (Android, iOS)

MediBang Paint Android App

MediBang Paint is also available on PC/Mac. You can use over 800 premade backgrounds, 50 brushes and 20 fonts for free. If you are interested in creating a comic, MediBang is a great choice. It also has an active community so there are many tutorials online that you can benefit from.

Autodesk Sketchbook (Android, iOS - Free)

Autodesk Sketchbook Android App

Autodesk SketchBook used to be paid, but now it’s completely free. It features pencils, inks, markers, over 190 customizable brushes. You also get access to the exclusive Copic® Color Library. You can export your work as JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, and PSD. And the interface is really user-friendly and easy to learn.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Adobe Photoshop Sketch App

From pencils to thick acrylic, Adobe Photoshop Sketch got you covered. You can access 11 tools that can adjust the size, color, opacity and blending settings. You can also create your own brushes using Capture. Again, if you use Creative Cloud services you can take advantage of many other services.

Infinite Painter (Android, iOS - Free 7-day Trial)

Infinite Painter Android App

Infinite Painter was originally an Android exclusive, but it is now available on the iPad as well. After the 7-day trial, the premium features are available as in-app purchases. It offers over 160 brush presets and also the ability to create your brushes. You can transform multiple layers simultaneously and export your images as JPEG, PNG, PSD or ZIP.

These apps will definitely make the difference in your work and would provide you the mobility to work anywhere. If you still going to go ahead and use Procreate, check out Procreate Brushes article for many cool brush options for Procreate.

After you create your designs/illustrations make sure you check out "How to sell art online" for tips and tricks to sell your artwork.

If would are a Windows operating system user and would still like alternatives for drawing apps, definitely check our Procreate for Windows article!

Share your favorite drawing apps in the comment section!

Featured Image by Rober González on Unsplash

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  1. Hi, which app for Android do you recommend for creating and designing fonts? Procreate is the most popular for IOS but I only have android.

  2. Autodesk sketchbook sounds great! Just one question; is it completely free? I mean it seems too good to be true…

    1. It’s free…trust me I had already paid for 1 year when it became free. It’s user friendly and I have it in my computer, the pc version, and on my tablet, the android app. The only thing I wish is that it would have the same features on both…like the ability to crate brushes (only on pc) or the time-lapse recording (only on the android version). One of the coolest things it’s the entire Copic color collection. If you want to check out my work on sketchbook just search me on Instagram @alexvanketeler.

    2. It is! I use it on an Android Tablet, and it is COMPLETELY free! Every brush is free, there are no ads (I think, and if there are, there aren’t many), and it’s a very good program! I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s super easy to use, you should check it out!

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