What is a good free sketching art program on the iPad?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Liam O'Connor, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. My wife today went to an art exhibition and a woman was showing her how to
    use "Procreate" to sketch drawings.

    Searching for equivalent functionality to "Procreate", I entered
    in an App Store search for free "sketch" "drawing" "watercolor"

    I found so many that to select among them is a daunting task.

    I've already downloaded and started testing the following:

    Sketch (various)
    SketchUP lite
    Sketch Pad
    Zoodle Pad
    FS Paint
    Geometry Pad
    My Sketch Pad
    Sketch Painter
    Drawing Pad
    Chalk Pad
    MyBrushes Lite
    tinker Paint
    Paint Pad
    iVisit 3D
    Pen & Ink

    Since the available selection of free drawing programs is so huge,
    may I ask if you have a *favorite sketching program* on the iPad
    that you already know to be free, usable, and functional?
    Liam O'Connor, Apr 13, 2014
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  2. Liam O'Connor

    Savageduck Guest

    My suggestion depends on what you or you wife are actually trying to
    do. If you want the most capable app in this genre then step up and
    spend $4.99 and buy ArtStudio, so you can do this sort of stuff:
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    If you are just noodling around then stick with the free or "Lite" apps.
    Savageduck, Apr 13, 2014
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    RichA Guest

    The world's most expensive Etch-A-Sketch.
    RichA, Apr 13, 2014
  4. Liam O'Connor

    Guest Guest

    nope. there are more expensive tablets than an ipad.
    Guest, Apr 13, 2014
  5. Liam O'Connor

    bob mullen Guest

    I disagree with the logic of spending money first, and asking
    questions later.

    The best logic is to try the freeware, at your liesure, and
    when you find a good one, you're done.

    Almost always (if not always), either a single well recommended
    free program fits the bill, or, as fate may have it, a combination
    of free programs does the desired tasks.

    However, in the rare event there isn't freeware to do what you
    need, after testing the freeware, you know /EXACTLY/ what is
    missing - and - only then - would a smart person plunk down money.

    Of course, nothing is free, so, it takes intelligence to follow
    this logic. Otherwise, money supercedes intelligent thought.
    bob mullen, Apr 13, 2014
  6. Liam O'Connor

    RichA Guest

    RichA, Apr 14, 2014
  7. Liam O'Connor

    RJH Guest

    Well, and even as one of the more parsimonious of the species, not sure
    I agree with you there. Freeware can be very buggy and difficult to use
    and configure.

    Here I agree to a point, but how often does that happen? And apps are,
    relatively, quite inexpensive.
    Depends how much you value your time. As I get older/old, I'm far less
    inclined to invest time into something that has an uncertain outcome.
    I think a decision is informed largely by experience, needs, aptitude
    with app-type things, the device in question, peer review, marketing,
    and wealth. And other stuff.
    RJH, Apr 14, 2014
  8. All good points. Nothing is free. Not even these free apps I'm testing:

    On the one hand, you can PAY for someone to make a good app, and if it
    isn't actually good, you can complain and get your money back.

    On the other hand, you can ASK which free apps are good, and, if
    they're not good, you can try another free app.

    One costs money; the other costs time and effort.
    Either way, you're 'paying' for finding & using the best app.

    It seems, as a general observation, that Apple users are much more
    willing to pay for the advice, and to be told how to do something,
    than are Linux/Android users.

    As just one example, on my Android phones and Linux/Windows dual-boot
    laptops, I can do *everything* I've ever needed to do (within reason),
    and I haven't paid for a single app, ever, on Android/Linux, and the
    only Apps I've ever paid for on Windows are TurboTax & MS Office.

    Everything else I need is easily obtained with freeware; but, I agree,
    freeware also has a cost (i.e., time & effort). That's why I asked.

    Here's the freeware I'm currently testing out, on the iPad:
    Liam O'Connor, Apr 14, 2014
  9. Liam O'Connor

    RJH Guest

    Can't say either way. As a mainly Apple user I do find there's a lot
    less scope to fettle. So you have to do it Apple's way, or not at all.
    iTunes is a maddening example.
    Well, good luck with that little lot :)

    Were you not persuaded by Mr Duck's suggestion, above?
    RJH, Apr 14, 2014
  10. IMHO, only a moron plunks down his money before knowing
    what he can get for free.

    It's like getting married for sex.
    In the long term, you'll wish you hadn't committed yourself.

    Better first to test out the free versions, ask your friends
    what they use, and then, only after you know what you're
    getting into, then plunk down your money.

    By then, you'll know exactly what is out there, and what
    you need to pay for (almost always, you can get all you want,
    or need, for free).

    It just takes effort (which is the cost of freeware).
    Liam O'Connor, Apr 14, 2014
  11. Liam O'Connor

    Savageduck Guest

    I usually check free and *Lite" versions first. However, there are
    always limitations and/or ads, and I inevitably find myself either
    buying the in app upgrade or the premium or Pro version which usually
    run in the very affordable $0.99 to $5.00 range, with some superb apps
    running around $10.00, which if you can afford an iPad/iPhone in the
    first place is not particularly exorbitant.
    That is an entirely different issue. Are you trying to tell us
    something about your current marital condition?

    Then ask your friends. However, you asked here and I can tell you that
    the best of the iPad drawing/art programs is by far ArtStudio which is
    well worth the $4.99 asking price, unless you are just collecting apps
    with no sincere intent to ever use them.
    Since you asked the question here, consider that some of us might have
    already done all that research.

    ....and you still have the issue of having a free app which might fall
    short of your needs and/or expectations, when $0.99-$4.99 could get you
    exactly what you are looking for.
    Savageduck, Apr 14, 2014
  12. Is this how you decide who to marry?

    How many of your friends have to sleep with your prospective spouse
    before you know enough to decide whether to marry that person?
    Doug Anderson, Apr 15, 2014
  13. Liam O'Connor

    Savageduck Guest

    BTW: Here is just one more piece of evidence that ArtStudio @ $4.99 is
    probably the best tool for the art minded iPad owner.
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    Savageduck, Apr 15, 2014
  14. Liam O'Connor

    RJH Guest

    I don;t think anyone is suggesting 'knowledge'.
    Erm, not quite like that!
    Peer and other reviews exist.
    Each to own.

    I'd agree you do stand a reasonable chance of getting what you want for
    very little or no financial outlay. But some considerable time
    investment, as well as the application of a decent amount of

    And I get more or less what I want, for very little time investment and
    some cost. Maybe £50 a year, including apps. And I don't have to use
    what little time or brain I have left :)
    RJH, Apr 17, 2014
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