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Whether you want to sketch a rough drawing to finish later on your computer or create a finished painting or artwork, there’s never been a better time to get creative on your iPad while you’re out and about.

Here we take you through the 12 best apps for drawing and painting on the iPad – whether you’re putting stylus to iPad for the first time, or if you’re an old hand looking for a new tool. We’ve checked out the latest versions of all of the leading apps – from the brand new version of leading painting app Procreate 3.2 to apps from companies best-known for their powerful desktop software – including Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro for traditional-style painting and drawing, or Autodesk Graphic and Adobe Illustrator Draw for creating vector art.

Alongside these we’ve also included output-specific apps such as Comic Draw for creating comics (natch) – and the best painting tools from independent developers from Inkist to Tayasui Sketches.

It’s worth remembering that when iOS 11 arrives later this year it will include a raft of iPad-specific features including drag-and-drop, improved split-screen, and enhanced Apple Pencil support, so keep an eye out for major updates to most of these apps in the autumn.

Read on to discover our favourite iPad apps for artists, to help you decide where to start, but do let us know what sketching and painting apps you depend on.

Image: Pete Fowler drawing on an Apple iPad Pro using Procreate. Read Pete’s iPad Pro review.

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