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Mobile Drawing App Alternatives to Procreate Pocket

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Do you really need to shell out $5 for Procreate Pocket to capture the sights of the world and the visions of your imagination? We've done the research. Here are the results.

Stefan Racic Writer
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Mobile Drawing App Alternatives to Procreate Pocket

Introduction

The nature of the creative mind is such that inspiration can strike at any time. You can be in your bedroom, in a park, visiting a museum, on a train to work, or out camping. What can you do if you cannot get a hold of a pencil and paper? Use your smartphone, of course.

Maybe the screen is not the biggest surface you've ever worked on (although, with each passing year, they seem to grow) but the opportunities it offers can be substantial. We have tested more than half a dozen apps to see if any rival Procreate Pocket in enabling you to unleash your creative side on the go - and found that SketchBook is the best for the job without breaking the bank, considering it is 100% free. Here's how we chose:

Our Pick

The undisputed king

  • Autodesk SketchBook

    4.4 Ratings 625K+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
    Free
    Free

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Apps devoted to sketching on today's market are both numerous and of pretty decent quality. The competition is quite stiff yet AutoDesk's SketchBook manages to come head and shoulders above all others.

Why we chose SketchBook:

  • Extremely easy to use - no matter your level of skill
  • Well suited for professionals and amateurs alike
  • Offers a massive drawing space and is free from clutter
  • Loads of brushes, a good selection of special effects, and the option to use layers
  • The fully-featured version is completely free to use - forever

If you're looking for a solution that will cover all your needs for creating art on the go yet don't want to be burdened by a clunky piece of software - not a substantial bill - this should be your first pick.

Read SketchBook's Full Review
Runner Up

Learn something new

  • Painting, drawing, & sketching

    4.0 Ratings 98K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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It is perfectly ok if you don't feel secure about your skills. Even the most experienced artists have plenty to learn. A few lessons could come in handy and this is precisely where this app excels.

Why we chose Infinite Painter:

  • A simple yet potent user interface
  • A wide selection of brushes and effects at your disposal
  • A community section that gives you a chance to share your art and appreciate the work of others
  • Most importantly - a great collection of lessons and tutorials that will enable you to make huge progress

There is no need to be shy about your skills or lack thereof. Take it easy, experiment, try out a few things, and you will get a lot better in no time.

Read Infinite Painter's Full Review
Also Groovy

Old school class and charm

  • Over 1000 brushes and tones!
    This app has everything you need to make art.

    4.2 Ratings 256K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Not every sketching app needs to adhere to the aesthetic of traditional media. In fact, many users prefer a distinctly computer-generated look. If this is your thing, don't miss this awesome app.

Why we chose MediBang Paint:

  • It connects the quick nature of a sketchpad and the old school approach to graphic design
  • A strong social media component will connect you to creative minds from across the globe
  • It never lags behind neither SketchBook nor Infinite Painter in regards to brushes
  • Great customizability allows it to fit like a glove - no matter your needs and expectations

Some may find the look a bit old-fashioned, reminiscent of programs created c.1998 but don't let this discourage you. Underneath lies a powerful beast.

Read MediBang Paint's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick

    SketchBook - draw and paint

    4.4 Ratings 625K+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
    SketchBook for Everybody!

    At Autodesk, we believe creativity starts with an idea. From quick conceptual sketches to fully finished artwork, sketching is at the heart of the creative process. You never know when a great idea will strike, so access to fast and powerful creative sketching tools is an invaluable part of any creative process.

    For this reason, we are excited to announce that the fully featured version of SketchBook is now FREE for everyone!
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Runner Up
    We are not Sketchbook.
    We are not Photoshop.
    We are not Procreate.
    We are Infinite Painter.

    Superior brushes - The most advanced painting engine on tablets
    • 160+ natural brush presets
    • Create new brushes
    • Change brush settings with ease
    • Brushes interact realistically with paper textures

    Superior tools - A place for everything
    • Experiment with four types of symmetry
    • Layers and Photoshop blend modes
    • Create clean lines with guides: Line, Ellipse, Pen, Lazy, and Protractor
    • Draw 3D cityscapes with five different perspective guides
    • Selection and clipping masks

    Superior interface - Everything in its place
    • It’s simple. It’s organized. It’s out of the way.
    • Organized workflows:
    Paint - Sketch, Paint, and Blend
    Clone - Turn a photo into a painting
    Edit - Adjust color, Liquify, Pattern, Crop, or add a filter
    • Move your favorite tools to the top bar for quicker access

    Advanced features
    • Transform multiple layers simultaneously
    • Transform tool: Translate, Scale, Rotate, Flip, Distort, and Skew
    • Create seamless patterns with the Pattern tool
    • Liquify tool: Move, Bloat, Pinch, Swirl, or Ripple
    • Gradient and Pattern Fill
    • Reference images
    • Rotate and flip the canvas

    Import and export
    • Import and export PSD layers
    • Add images from Gallery, Camera, or search the web
    • Export images as JPEG, PNG, PSD, or ZIP
    • Share to Infinite Painter community, PEN.UP, or Instagram
    • Search millions of colors, palettes, and patterns via ColourLovers

    Artwork provided by:
    Andrew Theonphilpoulos
    @dwight_theartist
    Constantine Rotkevich
    Piotr Kann
    Diane Kay
    Ssecretgarden
    Gadelhac
    RapCore
    Sunyu
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $1.99 - $9.99 per item
    $3.99 - $9.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    What is MediBang Paint?

    MediBang Paint is a FREE lightweight digital painting and comic creation program that comes loaded with brushes, fonts, pre-made backgrounds, and other resources. MediBang Paint is available on Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS. The app uses cloud saving allowing users to easily transfer their work between platforms.

    The Android version allows illustrators to draw anywhere they want, while retaining all of the features of the desktop versions of the software.

    MediBang Paint includes many different creative tools for illustrators and comic book artists. Some of these include, numerous brushes, screentones and backgrounds, cloud fonts and comic creation tools. Finally registering on MediBang’s site for free gives users access to cloud storage so they can easily manage, backup and share their work.


    Want to know more about MediBang Paint?

    ☆ Paint or make comics anywhere on your smartphone!
    ・This app comes with almost as many features as a desktop painting program.
    ・Its interface is made specifically for smartphones so users can easily paint, change brush sizes, or colors with no problems.
    ・Color can be intuitively changed in HSV mode.

    ☆Painting Tools
    ・Use over 100 free brushes* to draw a variety of colorful spectacles.
    *A great selection available from Airbrush, Pencil, Watercolor, G Pen, Mapping Pen, Sumi, Flat Brush, Round Brush, Acrylic, School Pen, Turnip Pen, Drawing Pen, and Soft Pastel to Multi Brushes like the Salad Brush.
    ・Force Fade in and Out makes your lines sharp even if you’re drawing with your fingers.

    ☆ Access tons of Resources for free
    ・Users get access to 850 tones, textures, backgrounds and word balloons for free.
    ・There are premade backgrounds that include city scenes and vehicles to cut down on user’s workloads.
    ・Tones, textures and backgrounds can be dragged and dropped into a picture. They can also be rotated, scaled or transformed freely.

    ☆ Free comic book fonts to give your comics a professional look.
    ・Depending on what fonts you use, the atmosphere of your comic can change enormously.
    ・Having the right fonts for the right scenes and characters is very important.

    ☆Create comic panels easily
    ・Just dragging across the canvas can divide a panel into more panels.
    ・You can transform or add color to panels after you create them.

    ☆Stress free drawing
    ・MediBang Paint’s interface is extremely simple and user friendly.
    ・New users can easily pick up the programs, and begin making comics or illustrating. 
    ・Users can customize shortcuts making production even easier.

    ☆Draw efficiently
    ・Snap guides make drawing in perspective easy.
    ・Pen correction helps make the lines you draw smooth.

    ☆Easily edit your work.
    ・With layers you can draw different things on different layers.
    ・Draw a character’s hair hairstyle on one layer and you can change it without having to redraw the entire head.

    ☆Using a photo to draw a picture.
    ・You can take photos and place them in their own layer. Then create a new layer on top of it to trace over them. This is particularly useful for drawing backgrounds.

    ☆Adding dialog with speech to text
    ・You can add dialog to your comics with your voice to text feature.
    ・Of course you can still use the keyboard if you want for longer dialogs.

    ☆Work with others no matter where you are
    ・Files you’ve uploaded can be shared with others allowing you to work together.
    ・You can use this feature to work on a project with several people.

    ☆With just one single click, you can share you work.
    ・With one click you can upload your work to the MediBang art community.
    ・Work you’ve uploaded can also be shared on your social network accounts.

    ☆Easy to use
    ・Even if you do get stuck there’s a help feature in the app.

    [External links]
     For more info, click here.
     https://medibangpaint.com/
     Updates and news are also posted on Twitter and Facebook.
     https://twitter.com/MediBangPaint
     https://www.facebook.com/pages/MediBang-Paint/450942718399062
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $4.49 - $6.49 per item
    $3.99 - $5.99 per item

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