Castle Painted on Android Galaxy Note 8 in Sketchbook Pro

Best Painting Apps for Android Tablet or Phone

Drawing and painting apps for Android tablets and phones have been looking up lately. True, there are still not nearly as many Pro level Android offerings as you can cram into an iPad. Still, if you like a variety of versatile tools, you now have a wider choice of painting apps for Android devices with offerings above kindergarten level.

Is Sketchbook Pro still the best of the painting apps for Android bunch? A day or two ago I’d have said yes. Now I’m not so sure.


Photoshop Touch has blossomed out with 24 new brush tips for its painting tools. 24 flowers made from Photoshop Touch brushes

New Brushes in Photoshop Touch. Stems are the strokes. Flowers are the dabs.

Added to the new brushes, Photoshop Touch has some natty wysiwyg (What You See Is What You Get) brush adjustment sliders. Once you get the hang of them, these are exceptionally easy to use.


I painted these mountains in Photoshop Touch a while ago. Delighted to have the new brushes.

Battle of the Brushes

The two main contenders for the crown of the Painting Apps for Android kingdom are created by giants of the graphics world.

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How to Draw a Sad Face.

Do you really know how to draw a sad face? Do you even want to?

Courage! There’s nothing for learning like doing.  Take up your pen – or preferably your tablet, phone, finger or stylus – and draw a sad face, here and now.  Scribble a few even sadder faces.

If you instantly get stuck for capturing a sad expression, help is at hand. Just remember the simple rules for creating a smiley.

The sad face smiley is simply a reversal of the familiar smiley smile.

Hang on though. Is that right?

You know the accepted wisdom of the smiley world.

1.  A smiley can be any colour as long as it’s yellow. Round yellow sad smiley face
I hate to disillusion you, but a sad face smiley to use when you are blue is more effective if it’s – well, yes. Round smiley face coloured blue

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Which is the Best Stylus for writing and drawing on my tablet?

Upward view of petticoats made of lines drawn with finger or stylus
Which is the Stylus Best for You?

What’s this? A worm’s eye view of layers of petticoats. Each petticoat was drawn with varying pressure on finger or stylus on an iPad or a Galaxy Note 8 tablet.

Petticoat petticoat tell me true.

Which is the stylus best for you?

Do you like a variable line?

Finger Painting

You can draw with your finger on all touch screens. (Well, provided you’re using the right drawing or painting app and settings.) Finger painting, however, gives a flat unvarying line, however hard or lightly you may press.

Best Stylus for Writing, Drawing and Painting on an iPad

What’s the best stylus for an iPad?

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Faces showing emotions

The Art of Expressive Colour


Wherever you go with a smartphone, you go with a camera. Oh yes, you can shoot everything in sight, but really you can’t beat the freedom of sketching to express what you feel about what you’re looking at.

A photo is a record but a drawing is a memory.

You see more intensely when you draw than when you simply snap a photo of a subject.

Sketch on a tablet, phablet or phone and you have a full studio toolbox with you as well as a camera.

Expressive colour makes mood moodier

Most mobile drawing or painting apps include a rainbow palette of colours, literally at your fingertips – without the fag of carrying a paintbox or bundles of crayons.

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The Joy of Drawing on a Tablet