Favorite iPad drawing/sketching apps?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by fig, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. fig
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    I did a search through the iPad Apps forum before posting this question and, as I suspected, it was mostly people trying to sell their apps or people looking for random apps to make hearts and smileys on photos :)

    So for you actual designers and artists, any preferred sketching and drawing apps? I'm looking for something primarily for sketching figures/people and design thumbnails, I've been researching a bit and the way that Paper lets you set up different notebooks seems really useful.

    A related question, is anyone doing a lot of sketching on an iPad Mini? My wife has an iPad that I use occasionally but I'm looking to get my own tablet in a month or so (will probably wait for the next update), and I was wondering if the Mini has enough usable area for sketching or if the full size iPad was a better way to go.

    Thanks!
     
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    The sketching app I use is Procreate. I started with Brushes, but now I favor Procreate. I use it for quick sketches of people, landscapes, etc. I'm also excited that Wacom has announced a pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad, coming this fall.
     
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    SketchBook Pro here. It's nice to play with, but I've never been a good finger-painter. Lots of better artists than I have expressed praise for SketchBook Pro, but I have to say I haven't used it much the last year since getting a new Cintiq 22HD (which is awesome, by the way), but I intend to buy a pressure sensitive stylus soon to play with on the iPad, just gotta decide which one.
     
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    Same here. I started with Brushes which I still love but Procreate blows it out of the water.

    Procreate also now apparently lets you record your strokes like Brushes does so you have a video of you making your art which is a great feature.
     
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    Sketchbook Pro, just for the ability to go from my Mac to iPad.

    I've been using Procreate more too, it feels really natural.
     
  6. fig
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    Good stuff, thanks guys. Seems like Procreate is worth checking out, I will give it a look.

    I was looking at styluses (stylusi?) and there's a few that look solid, found a nice breakdown of lots of different models on The Verge if anyone else is looking.

    And I've got my giant jar collecting change for whenever they announce the next iPad :)
     
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    Procreate and Paper (Fly 53) are my apps of choice. I'll then use iDraw, which is a good vector app (Mac version also available)
     

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