Best apps for artists

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned artist or just a person full of creativity, the term “artist” carries a number of different meanings. If you’re an artist, you could be a sketchbook artist, a music artist, an animation artist, and so on, without stopping there. Whatever your niche may be, chances are, there’s an app for that.

That’s why today, we’re bringing you six of our favorite Android apps for artists, specifically focusing on drawing and painting, music, and animation. Even if you’re not an artist, but have always wanted to dabble in something to get your creative juices flowing, here’s what we recommend:

Sketchbook by Autodesk

It’s just not one our our articles for artists unless Sketch by Autodesk is on the list. One of the most professional apps for digital drawing, Sketchbook is an awesome tool whether you’re already an advanced artist or if you’re looking to become one. It’s easy to test out and mimic certain techniques, save pieces, and completely start over with a clean slate if need be.

The neat thing about Sketchbook is that it’s more than your typical drawing or painting app. Each brush has pressure sensitivity, just as if you were to be drawing on actual paper, and the effects that you can create with the different types tools are stunning. They’ve also added a time-lapse feature, so that if you want to record your drawings coming to life to share with the world or to save for later, it’s extremely easy.

Download it now: Google Play

Music Maker Jam

If you’ve wanted to create your own music for fun or to see if there’s interest, but haven’t known where to start, Music Maker Jam offers more than ten free “style packs” for you to start out with. In the app, you’ll combine unique sounds that fit your style and voice. You can record yourself singing your own songs, alter the harmony and tempo, and create a masterpiece that will take you places.

In Music Maker Jam, after you’ve created, tuned, and edited your piece to sound just the way you envisioned, you can upload directly to Soundcloud and social media sites. You can also join the community to share your music with, or listen to some of the other 2 million tracks that have been posted by other users. Fun, easy to use, and great to get started with, Music Maker Jam will give you a feel for making your own music and sharing it with the world.

Download it now: Google Play


In Animator, it’s fun and easy to start making your own simple cartoons. If you’ve wanted to get into animation, Animator makes it a cinch to get the ball rolling. One frame at a time, you’ll add onto your basic sketch, adding layers for more detail, and in the end you’ll come out with something awesome that you might’ve thought you’d never be able to do.

The beauty of Animator is that it takes something that usually seems complicated, and turns it into something that anybody can do. So even if you feel that you’re not an advanced artist in the least, but you can create a mean stick figure, then Animator is perfect even for you.

Download it now: Google Play

Infinite Painter

Designed specifically for painting, Infinite Painter is not your typical paint app. It’s not just for dragging a digital brush around and and making stick figures. Professional painters will fall in love with Infinite Painter’s keen attention to detail and precision.

With Photoshop blend modes, the capability to turn photos into paintings, and the ability to paint 3D pictures from nothing, Infinite Painter excels above other painting apps. You’ll have access to over 80 different brushes, with the ability to create your own. You can import and export, create patterns, liquefy, flip, and entirely transform your paintings into something spectacular. If you’re an artist looking for a new medium to try your hand at, we highly recommend Infinite Painter.

Download it now: Google Play


Similar to Music Maker Jam, Bandlab allows you to create your own music and record your songs, all within a simple app. However, Bandlab offers a whole different feel that sets it apart. Slightly simpler, Bandlab may be a good option to begin with if you’re new to creating your own music and are still getting accustomed to different styles and whatnot.

In Bandlab, you’ll be able to take advantage of their 12 track recording and their built in tools (one being Guitar Tuner). It’s also compatible on both your Android devices and on your desktop, so whether you’re recording yourself at your computer or on your tablet, it will keep your music synced so you can access them from anywhere.

Download it now: Google Play


Another animation app, Flipaclip helps you create animations and bring your artwork to life with a little more detail. You can work on your projects and save them, create mini movies, and share your creations with your friends. Animating made easy, straight from your Android device.

In Flipaclip, you really have a lot of control over what you’re drawing. With pressure sensitivity, it’s just as if you were painting on an actual flip book, and it even works with the Samsung S pen. You’ll also have access to a feature called “Onion Layers,” where you’ll be able to see before and after ghost frames to give you a better idea of the process.

Download it now: Google Play


As we mentioned before, being an artist can mean plenty of things. You may be an artist already and not even know it! No matter what kind of creativity you have or artistic hobby you enjoy doing, there’s different apps that can help you create professional content for yourself and for the world to see.

We really stand behind these apps because each of them are perfect for all skill levels. So whether you are more advanced or you’re wanting to learn something new, you really can’t go wrong with any of these.

About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.