iOS has always been friendly for creative people. There are a variety of drawing apps, video editing tools, and various other artistic apps. In this list, we’ll round up the best drawing apps for iPhone and iPad. If you also rock an Android device, we have an awesome list of artist Android apps on our sister site. All drawing apps on this list are for iPhone and iPad unless otherwise specified.


Adobe Illustrator Draw
Price: Free / Optional subscription
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Adobe Illustrator Draw is easily one of the best drawing apps for iPhone and iPad. It has most of the desirable features, including layers, advanced drawing tools, 64x zoom for detailing, and support for Adonit, Wacom, Pencil by 53 and Apple Pencil devices. Most of the features are completely free. However, you do get a few extra perks with an Adobe Creative Cloud account. It also has support with other Adobe apps, like Adobe Capture CC.
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Adobe Illustrator Draw

Adobe Photoshop Sketch
Price: Free / Optional subscription
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Adobe Photoshop Sketch is a slightly less intense version of Adobe Illustrator Draw. It includes many of the same features, including zoom support for fine detail, support for various drawing hardware, layers, advanced tools, and more. It also comes with support for Adobe's desktop apps, although you do need a Creative Cloud subscription to take full advantage of everything. It's extremely good for what it is and what it does.
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Adobe Photoshop Sketch

ArtStudio
Price: $4.99 + $2.99
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ArtStudio is a fairly powerful drawing app on iPhone and iPad. It features 450 brushes, layer support (along with tons of layer controls), filters, tools, and more. It's capable of producing some fairly quality stuff. The UI is a bit long in the tooth because of all of the features. That is only a minor complaint, though. The app is actually pretty fantastic. This one does work on both iPhone and iPad. However, it does have different apps for each device. The iPhone app is linked at the button. You may have to search the iTunes store for the iPad version.
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ArtStudio

Astropad Standard
Price: $29.99
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Astropad Standard is one of the older drawing apps for iPad. Also, this one is only available for iPad. There is no iPhone app. This one is a little different. It lets you use your iPad similarly to a Wacom device. It connects to drawing apps on Mac. This app connects to your Mac just like a drawing device normally would. It also supports a range of stylus devices along with pressure sensitivity. It doesn't draw anything on its own, though. You need a Mac and a drawing app on it to use this one.
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Astropad Standard

Inspire Pro
Price: $7.99 with in-app purchases
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Inspire Pro is another older drawing app. This one is only for iPad and, strangely, iMessage. In any case, Inspire Pro is above average. It features 80 brushes. You can get 70 more through in-app purchases. You also get 1,000 levels of undo and redo and various other tools. The app also video records your progress for playback. That should be enough for most intermediates and some advanced users as well. There are better options for professionals, but hobbyists should be happy with this one.
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Inspire Pro


MediBang Paint
Price: Free
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MediBang Paint is probably the best free drawing app for iPhone and iPad. It features over 100 brush types, tons of assets, various fonts, support for layers, and support for 3D Touch on newer iOS devices. The UI is a tad cramped on the smaller displays of the iPhones as opposed to the iPads. Otherwise, the app held up excellently during our testing. It doesn't compete with the biggest of the big in this space. However, it's still excellent for artists on a budget.
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MediBang Paint

Paper by FiftyThree
Price: Free / $5.99 per six months
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Paper by FiftyThree is an older app, but it's among the best drawing apps for iPhone and iPad. It's also one of the more versatile apps. It supports sketches, notes, drawings, journals, and other types of personal and productivity stuff. That makes it a great app for both artists and business use. The app is free to download and most features are also free. There is an optional $5.99 subscription that renews every six months. That's a little off-putting, but the app is still pretty good.
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Paper by FiftyThree

Procreate
Price: $9.99
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Procreate is another intensely popular, very high-rated drawing app with an amazing amount of features. It features the ability to use a 4K canvas with over 120 brushes available. On top of that, there are 25 customizable settings for every brush resulting in a nearly unlimited number of combinations. On top of that, there are an absurd list of other features you can use including various import/export settings, 250 levels of undo/redo, optimizations for 64-bit processors, and plenty of deeper functions such as exporting HEX values for color. It’s very powerful. It's also only on iPad.
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Procreate

SketchBook by Autodesk
Price: Free
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SketchBook by Autodesk is one of the most powerful and popular drawing apps for iPhone and iPad. It has all of the basics, including a variety of brushes, layers, effects, iCloud support, and other tools. The UI is fairly outstanding and easy to use. Additionally, Autodesk made SketchBook entirely free. That makes it arguably the best free drawing app on the iPad and iPhone. There isn't much else to say. We highly recommend this one.
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SketchBook by Autodesk

Sketch Club
Price: $2.99
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Many of the apps in this list include the same basic functionality, but Sketch Club takes drawing apps for iPad to a social level by introducing a community of artists. Sure, you have a large selection of tools and can use layers and 4K canvases to create masterpieces, but the social aspect is what lands this app on the list. Within the community, users can share custom brushes, collaborate on projects and follow each other to see new work. This is also a great outlet for feedback from other artists to perfect your masterpiece.
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Sketch Club

If we missed any great drawing apps for iPad, tell us about it in the comments! You can catch more of our app lists here!

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