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.
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.
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?
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
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.