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Best apps for drawing & painting

Whether your discipline is sketching, painting or designing – or you dabble in all of these – there’s never been a better time to capture creative thoughts and inspiration on your iPad while you’re out and about.

Procreate 3.2.1 launched in the new year fixes to the Apple pencil, pressure and layers. Procreate 3.2’s new features includes live recording, faster Layer workflow and bigger brush sizes, not to mention reliable apps Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, among others, remaining hugely popular.

With Apple honing in on the power of their mobile devices for creative professionals, a whole host of artist apps are also emerging. 

We’ve put together a list of the 12 best, which will let you unlock your talent, and potential (if illustration is still new to you). Pair this software with one of our six favourite iPad styli and you’ve got a winning combination. For more information on best Android and iPhone apps for designers and artists, skip to the end of the list.

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.

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