Artists and designers on the go would find some of these apps useful for their Android phones and some even optimized for the Honeycomb tablets. Here are some of the best Android sketching and drawing apps for the designers and creative types. If you are looking for a bit more precision you can also get these stylus which will also work on your Android device.
app 1: Paint Joy
Let’s get this ball rolling. The first app we will be looking at is called Paint Joy which is made by Bejoy Mobile. As you can see below Paint Joy is targeted more as a casual app. It’s not something I’m gonna pull out at an art show and show my new masterpiece. However it’s still a fun app to waste some time with. The interface is quite simple to use, I applaud the developers for this. It features 6 simple buttons at the bottom of the screen.
Simplicity was the mission for this app, and I think the developers succeeded in doing just that. The neon like brushes make any simple sketch pop out at you. There’s no call to be an amazing artist here, however I feel like with the right mindset one could achieve some amazing artwork.
App size: 810 KB
Supported: Android 1.5 and up
app 2: Sketcher PRO
I must start off this review by saying this is my FAVORITE sketching app. The moment I realized how it helped you draw I fell in love. The developers of this app are Wargoth, which make various android apps that fall under the tools category. They made their effects automatically appear when you draw. Let me explain; When you sketch on this app it helps you out by subliminally adding shading or other natural sketching effects.
This app is a ton of fun, it’s definitely going to keep me busy in bed. The only problem I have is, I wish the canvas was bigger. Obviously that is due to my phone screen not being large enough. I will definitely have to try this app on my tablet and expand the possibilities. If you want to impress some people, this is the app for you!
App size: 147 KB
Supported: Android 1.5 and up
app 3: Draw!
Draw! Is a very simple tool to use. I chose this app because I see a lot of potential in it. Especially because of the very bright and vivid colors in it’s brush set. They aren’t neon bright, but more of a pleasing to the eye bright; This is what made it stand out from the other apps. If you use this app, and you decide you hate the artwork you’ve just created just simple shake the screen a bit and it disappears! No need to open up a menu and look for the clear button.
It doesn’t just stop there though, another great feature called “curved text” will definitely catch your eye. It allows you to write certain text, and put it in your artwork, but in curves or figures that add mystery to any artwork. If you get bored of drawing you can always try the two free mini-games included! Jigsaw, Red Vs Blue.
App size: 321 KB
Supported: Android 1.6 and up
app 4: Tripping Fest Drawing
Tripping Fest Drawing is an amazing game/tool to say the least. Although a drawing app I feel the need to somewhat call it a game; The reason being is when I was using this I couldn’t stop playing with the patterns. The tittle of the app does say it all “Tripping Fest”. Going straight into the app you see a quick tutorial on the controls and then you’re left with a black canvas to fill with rainbow colors. By just clicking the screen and moving your brush a little you see symmetrical wonders pop-up. You quickly realize how to use it and it gets better, and better.
If you really get into the app you find it has lots of minuscule options that you can change to create something totally eye-gasmic. The best feature included in the app has to be the “automatic” button. With one click the app throws shapes at you and fills your screen with artwork. The shapes can be anything from lines to even stars and its amazing to watch it unfold in front of you.
App size: 960 KB
Supported: Android 2.1 and up
app 5: Sketch-A-Etch
I choose this app because it brings back a lot of memories. Memories of having a hard time sketching anything. The Android version of an Etch-A-Sketch is just like the real thing. It comes with red paneling, and two knobs. These basic features are all you need when using Sketch-A-Etch. Although very hard to draw on, it is an amazing addition to have in my app library and I’ll pull it out for fun sometimes.
App size: 89 KB
Supported: Android 2.0 and up
app 6: Fresco Pro
Fresco Pro is a cheap drawing app with lots of Photoshop related features. My favorite feature I could not find in anything else but Fresco Pro is the layer feature. Although simple, it can have a lot of potential. If this wasn’t enough you can export your artwork into .PSD format which is the Photoshop default format. This app is truly dedicated to the hard working artist that has inspirations on the go. You can start some doodling on your Android device and finish it off on your home computer. If you’re a truly dedicated artist you will appreciate all the features this has to really customize your artwork. The easy transition makes this app a must have!
Category: Media & Video
App size: 307 KB
Supported: Android 2.1 and up
app 7: DrawFree – Honeycomb Tablet
This app is proclaimed to be the first drawing app for Android Honeycomb. It’s really basic that it’s only got a pen, eraser and a marker. It’s better than nothing and it’s also free.
App size: 37 KB
Supported: Android 3.0 and up
app 8: Drawing Pad
Drawing Pad is one of the best drawing apps out there that’s optimized for the tablet. It’s like having an entire kid’s art studio in one app where you have Crayons, Markers, Paint Brushes, Colored Pencils, Stickers, Roller Pens and more to choose from. After you are done drawing and painting, you can save your art work in the album and also share it via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picasa, etc.
App size: –
Supported: Android 2.2 and up