10 of the best Android apps for drawing, painting and sketching

10 of the best Android apps for drawing, painting and sketching
While some mobile users are privileged when it comes to sketching, drawing and painting (owners of Samsung Galaxy Note smartphones and tablets are certainly included here), pretty much anyone can create art on their Android device - assuming they have talent, and the right apps. 

Of course, drawing on a screen feels more natural when you are handling a stylus, but don’t worry if you don’t have one - the apps that we’re presenting below work very well with your fingers, too.

We've selected both free and paid apps, and we're pretty sure that you'll find at least a few that are to your liking. Of course, if you know any great apps that we didn't include, feel free to let us know about them in the comments section.



1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Some great tools here. Interesting to see that Fractal Painter finally made it to mobile, as "Corel Painter". I notice that it exports to Photoshop/PSD for easy sharing with desktop apps. I would think SketchBook Mobile files can be used by SketchBook Pro on the desktop as well. I am hoping there is some app made soon that can import S-Note files so I can save them as something else, i.e. Illustrator. It's been frustrating having a lot of S-Note files that I can't edit on my desktop machine.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

+1. Drawing apps are one area that enable the Note to show its stuff. I am going to be loading some of these apps and trying them out. Props to PA for putting up this article!

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Why isn't Procreate 2, Adobe Photoshop Touch, Tayasui Sketches, and Inspire Pro on the list? Best apps for professional artists on a tablet.

3. Jon.b

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 05, 2014

I like "Draw - your messaging keyboard" the best it can get try it out guys your can make it and sent it right from there have look...

5. heabideth

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 21, 2014

Excellent list, but I don't know how you guys could have missed Infinite Painter. The new version's a game changer.

6. gaurav3017

Posts: 1; Member since: May 13, 2016

Also try Doodle Paint by CodeHustle. Its pretty sweet! Search Doodle Paint Codehustle in play store

7. creativityunlimted

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 27, 2016

Also try Paintastic. It has variety of built in shape bundles and unique multicolor feature. Just google "PAINTASTIC" in playstore

8. creativityunlimted

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 27, 2016

Thanks for the insights on few best Android apps for drawing, painting, and sketching. Could you please review android app "PAINTASTIC - Draw, Color, Paint" (bit.ly/paintasticApp) and see if it can make to one of top ones in the category. Its a highly appreciated app with over 1 lakh downloads and a rating of 4.1 Its USP is a lot of custom predefined shapes or vectors ranging from basic shapes to floral to apparels and body parts, and also the unique multicolored brush/background feature. Also there are all sort of edit options as in a desktop paint app.

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