5 Best Apps for Artists

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5 Best Apps for Artists

Modern phones let you do anything. Even with the cheapest device, users can read books, watch YouTube videos, play baccarat live casino, and chat with friends. Moreover, they can help you become an artist. If you want to create amazing paintings, download one of these user-friendly apps.

Handy Art Reference Tool
A painting is a frozen story without words, artists need to use all available means to convey emotion nonverbally. Professionals pay a lot of attention to hand work and put meaning into every gesture. At the same time, hands are a headache for beginners. They are difficult to draw because of the complex geometry of the hands and fingers.

Handy Art Reference Tool tries to solve this problem. In the app, you can choose from a variety of suggested gestures. The brush and parts of the forearm can be twisted to find the right angle.

If you are not satisfied with the availability variants, make your own reference. In a special mode, "bones" appear on the model. By moving them, you bend and unbend the phalanges of the fingers and rotate the model's hand. Keep in mind that the application does not take into account the limitations imposed by anatomy. So, fingers can easily be "broken" and twisted at unnatural angles.

In addition to hands, Handy Art Reference Tool has models of male and female heads, stumps, and skulls. Models of animal feet and skulls are available for a fee.

If you need to illuminate a model, you can add up to three light sources to the scene. They move in any direction. This is enough to set up a standard three-point lighting scheme: main, backlight, and reflected light sources.

Google Arts & Culture
This app provided by Google provides you free access to exhibits from over 1,200 museums worldwide! It's a terrific app for those who don't have the opportunity to see art in person. You can zoom in to see the strokes and details in incredibly cool quality. Virtual tours of world-famous landmarks, online exhibitions, daily art news summaries. You can find these materials and much more wonderful content in this app.

This editor is available only to iPad owners. ProCreate imitates the behavior of real materials for drawing in digital.

The app has a large library of built-in brushes. More than 200 pieces are sorted into groups. You can customize each one with many options - stroke movement, smoothness, shape, edge adjustment, and so on. Of course, the tools respond to touch force, stroke speed, and stylus tilt. You can connect not only the Apple Pencil but also other devices.

ProCreate has built-in support for layers, and there are more than 25 blending modes available. This app offers 11 filters to simulate the illusion of depth, motion, or add special effects. Drawing is automatically saved after every touch so that a sudden failure or a dead battery won't ruin your progress.

You can export the finished work in various formats, including psd. ProCreate also allows you to record timelapses in 4K resolution. You can post them on social media in their entirety or in a short 30-second version.

On the wave of success, the developers released a mobile version of the app called Procreate Pocket. It does not differ much from its older counterpart. All the basic features are provided, but since the phone screen is much smaller than that of a tablet, it will not be very convenient to draw. Its main purpose is to be always at hand, so you can make a quick sketch on the go.

Artflow Studio
Turn your phone or tablet into a digital sketchbook with over 80 paint brushes, blot mode, fill and eraser. This simple and intuitive drawing and painting app lets your creativity run wild. You can turn your device into a real artist's canvas thanks to its stylus pressure control.

This app is free, but to use a number of advanced features and tools, you need to purchase the professional version by making a one-time purchase directly in the app. A single license purchase allows you to use the app on all devices linked to your Google account.

Autodesk SketchBook
Autodesk SketchBook is a raster-based graphics editor that simulates real-world drawing materials. It has over 190 customizable brushes, markers, airbrush, pencil, ballpoint pen, and so on. Paints are blended and shaded, and the tools respond to the pressure and angle of the stylus. This allows you to make smooth transitions between colors.

The interface is easy enough to learn. Everything there is geared primarily for drawing. The mobile version is not much different from the desktop version. You can connect a stylus to the tablet or draw with your finger. Gesture commands are available to rotate the canvas or scale the image.

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