Inspiration strikes when you least expect it, and while physical sketchbooks are great for jotting down ideas, they aren’t always the most convenient things to have on hand. Now, with apps that allow you to sketch and design on the go, all you need is your phone or tablet to bring a stroke of inspiration to life. The apps below are handy tools that allow you to sketch, animate and easily share your images to social media, bringing a new dimension of ease to your artistic process!

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Adobe Photoshop Sketch allows you to sketch with a variety of brushes and materials, such as graphite pencils, ink pens, and watercolor and ink brushes of different thickness. It also allows you to add multiple image and drawing layers, as well as adjust size, color and blending settings to create the visual effect that you want. Added bonus:  Send files to Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC, or share your work easily through Facebook, Twitter and email.

Tayasui Sketches

Tayasui Sketches is another useful tool that allows for sketching on the go. With multiple pencil, pen and brush tools, this app is great for quick and simple sketches, which you can then easily save to a virtual sketchbook within the app!


Paper by FiftyThree

A sketch board for watercolor renderings and architectural drawings, Paper by FiftyThree re-creates the effect of sketching in a journal or sketchbook. In addition, Paper uses surface pressure technology so that you can create different textures and effects when using a stylus. While a litte more basic than the other two, Paer is still a great tool for quick sketches.

Animation Desk

Animation Desk allows you to create quick hand-drawn frame animations with a variety of brushes and pigment cans. The app also includes accessories like shapes and motion backgrounds, and allows you to add recordings and soundtracks to your animation! Added bonus: You can export and share your videos easily upon creation.

Font Candy

Font Candy allows you to overlay text onto your images in a variety of fun fonts. The app also allows you to share images directly to your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr accounts, making it an easy resource for livening up your posts.  It also has a built in camera with a timer, allowing you to snap photos of yourself in the studio.


With Assembly, you can easily create graphics, motifs and logos with the provided set of vectors, curves and shapes of different sizes. In addition, you can create and combine existing shapes, as well as layer, stack and position them to create the design you want.


We hope this list has inspired you to try some of these apps out! Let us know about your experience with these, and any other apps you know of that are great for artists and creatives.