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Mobile Drawing App Alternatives to Procreate Pocket

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Mobile Drawing App Alternatives to Procreate Pocket

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:

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick Sketchbook Sketchbook Runner Up Infinite Painter Infinite Painter Also Groovy MediBang Paint - Make Art ! MediBang Paint - Make Art !
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
Our Pick

The undisputed king

  • Sketch and paint on your device with the feel and freedom of drawing on paper
    4.1 Ratings 810K+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich
    Free In-App Purchases


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
    4.3 Ratings 130K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


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.
    4.0 Ratings 294K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


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


    4.1 Ratings 810K+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    From quick sketches to fully finished artwork, Sketchbook goes where your creativity takes you.

    Sketchbook is an award-winning sketching, painting, and drawing app for anyone who loves to draw. Artists and illustrators love Sketchbook for its professional-grade feature set and highly customizable tools. Everyone loves Sketchbook for its elegant interface and natural drawing experience, free of distractions so you can focus on capturing and expressing your ideas.

    • A full complement of brush types: pencils markers, airbrushes, smear and more that look and feel just like their physical counterparts
    • Brushes are highly customizable so you can create just the look you want
    • Guides, rulers and stroke tools support precision when you need it
    • Layers with a full complement of blend modes deliver the flexibility to build up and explore drawings and color
    • Purpose-built for sketching, the interface is clean and unobtrusive so you can focus on drawing
    In-App Purchases
    $1.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    Experience one of the best-designed painting, sketching, and drawing apps for tablets, phones, and Chromebooks. Used by millions, this award-winning app brings rich, powerful features to all artists, whether art is your hobby, passion or career.

    - Best-in-class pencils
    - Minimal and intuitive interface
    - Robust, powerful tool set
    - Share Timelapse recordings with your friends
    - Convert brush strokes into editable shapes

    - Hundreds of built-in brushes
    - Realistic brush to canvas interaction
    - Over 100 customizable brush settings
    - Organize and share your favorite brushes and brush sets
    - Designed for stylus devices with full pressure and tilt support
    - Apply realtime color adjustments and live effects to any brush
    - Sample lower layers when blending
    - Import and export custom brushes and brush sets

    - More canvas, less clutter with a clean, customizable interface
    - Assign finger functions separate from your stylus
    - Expand and collapse layers with a flick
    - Dock brush settings for quick, easy editing
    - Quick access eyedropper
    - Rotate and flip canvas with gestures
    - Group layers with a pinch

    - Pin tools and actions to the main interface
    - Pull the color wheel on the canvas with two fingers
    - Add multiple reference images
    - Lighting-fast saving and loading
    - Step back in time with Project History

    - Simple or complex symmetry with Radial or Kaleidoscope
    - Draw with precision using Guides or Shapes
    - Smart shape detection by pausing when drawing
    - Innovative Hatching guide

    - Design 3D cityscapes with five different Perspective Guides
    - Drag Rectangle and Circle shapes in perspective
    - Create game art with Isometric perspective

    - Seamless Pattern projects
    - Selection & Masking tools
    - Industry-leading Transformations
    - Transform multiple layers at once
    - Gradient and Pattern Fill tools
    - Target separate layers or all layers with Fill tools
    - Drag with Fill tool or Magic Wand for live tolerance adjustment
    - Bring your painting to life with Timelapse
    - Canvas Preview with flip and grayscale (for checking proportions and values)
    - Artistic & Photo cloning
    - Tools for pattern creation

    - 64-bit Deep Color when painting
    - Layer support with 30 blend modes
    - Masks for layers, adjustments, and groups
    - Clipping masks
    - Gradient map, Color Curves, and Filter layers
    - Industry-leading color correction
    - Over 40 live Filter effects
    - Focus and Tilt-shift masking
    - Liquify
    - Crop and Resize
    - Pattern and Array tools
    - Powerful selection workspace
    - Photoshop®-like smart layers for multiple transformations without loss of quality
    - Solo & Trace modes
    - Print presets & CMYK color modes

    - Import from Photos, Camera, Clipboard, or Image Search
    - Search over 1 million free for commercial-use images
    - Export images as JPG, PNG, WEBP, ZIP, layered PSD files, or Painter projects
    - Share artwork to Infinite Painter's ever-growing community and see what others are creating #InfinitePainter

    - 3 layers at the device resolution
    - Solid Fill, Lasso selection, Basic Transform and Symmetry tools
    - Seamless Pattern projects
    - All the built-in brushes and brush editing
    - Smart shape detection

    - HD canvas sizes and tons of layers*
    - Adjustments and live Filter layers
    - Layer groups and masks
    - Over 40 powerful, professional tools
    * Maximum number of layers depends on the canvas size and your device

    See what you can do.

    Tiffanie Mang
    Yong Hong Zhong
    Kamila Stankiewicz
    Anthony Jones (RobotPencil)
    Andrew Theophilopoulos (Theonidas)
    Piotr Kann
    Constantine Rotkevich
    Diane Kay
    In-App Purchases
    $1.99 - $9.99 per item
    $3.99 - $9.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Illustrations/Manga -based effects that have been downloaded more than 75 million times worldwide!
    From drawing of illustrations to beginners to professional illustrations/manga production! It can be used by a wide range of people with simple UI.

    A new time lapse creation function is also available! Let's make a making video of the illustration ♪
    Data sharing on multiple devices can be done quickly!
    All basic functions are free! The hidden advertisement can be done with the subscription "MediBang Premium".

    [What is MediBang Paint? ]
    Free illustration and manga production software. It is a tool that is widely used, from beginners to illustrations to professional illustrators/manga artists.
    A simple and comfortable UI provides creators around the world with the best environment where you can produce anytime and anywhere.

    ◆ Illustration and manga production anytime, anywhere on a smartphone!
    ・ A wealth of functions comparable to PC version software, the most multifunctional paint app in the world. A full -fledged drawing app.
    ・ The movement and capacity supported by users around the world are also attractive.

    ◆ A wealth of ingredients in your hand. Of course it is free.
    ・ All -you -can -use more than 1000 kinds of tones!
    ・ Because there are plenty of background materials such as cityscape and vehicles, troublesome background work is easy.

    ◆ Various brushes, finest drawing comfort
    ・ More than 180 kinds of brushes can be used for free and various expressions can be made.
    ・ You can also create an original brush based on the image.

    ◆ Let's make a making video with the time lapse creation function
    ・ Created time lapse videos can be shared on SNS.
    ・ By saving the production process, it can also be used to prove your own illustration.

    ◆ On the support site
    ・ It is a perfect support system such as tutorials and illustrations of apps.
    ・ It is a site that I want to come to for beginners who want to draw illustrations but do not know where to start!

    ◆ Your work is more manga with manga fonts.

    ◆ Cumbersome frames can be easily divided

    ◆ Stress -free that can be drawn
    ・ The interface is extremely simple. You can easily draw.
    ・ Customize the shot cut key freely!

    ◆ You can easily fix only the parts you care about
    ・ You can use the "layer function" that can be divided into a single picture by dividing the work part separately.

    ◆ Data management is in the cloud
    ・ Since the data can be backed up automatically, it is safe even if there is a sudden accident during drawing.
    ・ Since the created data can be stored in the cloud, you do not need to worry about the capacity of the terminal.

    ◆ Immediately in the usual environment
    ・ The brush / material / palette setting of the PC version "MediBang Paint Pro" and the preset of the brush / material can be synchronized in the cloud.

    ◆ Can be co -produced even in a distant place

    ◆ You can publish your work to many people
    ・ You can easily post works on the manga -illustration posting site "Art Street" ( (free membership registration is required).

    [Make MediBang Paint more convenient]
    ◆ "MediBang Premium"
    A subscription service that allows you to use many benefits.
    You can try it for free only for the first 60 days.
    ・ Unlimited use of more than 200 types of brushes that can be used in MediBang Paint!
    ・ Hide in -app advertising
    ・ Output in various file formats
    ・ Added cloud storage capacity
    ・ Time Lapse Watermark (MediBang logo) hides
    …etc! We will continue to increase its functions in the future! !

    * The pen pressure sensing function is valid for the following stylus pen (setting is required for use).

    [Compatible stylus pen]

    [Recommended terminal]
    Android8 or later

    * To use some functions, an account of "Art Street" ( is required.
    * The comfort of the operation may change depending on the condition of the terminal.
    In-App Purchases
    $2.49 - $8.99 per item
    $2.99 - $9.99 per item
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The 411 from our Appventurer

Stefan Racic
Written by:

Stefan Racic

My phone tends to be filled to the brim with apps I am either trying on for size of using on a regular basis. I use them for a variety of tasks, including sketching and creating art, keeping in touch with friends, being up to date with the latest news, learning about diverse spiritual practices and, of course, playing games!

With over 10 years of experience as a translator and writer, I channel my creativity into writing about things I enjoy. My education in business (I hold a bachelor's degree in operations management) is but one part of expertise. I have worked for art magazines, spiritual blogs, news and business sites, and now I explore the fascinating world of apps.

My previous work is as diverse as my interests. Fresh out of college, I was employed as a translator and interpreter at the fringes of the corporate world and the NGO sector. After switching to writing, I first focused on business news, then shifted to working for a series of art magazines (WideWalls perhaps being the most well known), and even wrote content for a couple of spirituality-focused apps for Labyrinthos Academy. Little did I know that I would eventually devote a good chunk of my time to writing about all sorts of interesting new apps out there.

Mobile Drawing App Alternatives to Procreate Pocket



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