4 iPad Apps I found for Artists and Designers

Nomad Sculpt apps for artists and designers
Sculpting in 3D with Nomad Sculpt

4 iPad Apps for Artists and Designers

I’m hunting for new apps for artists and designers to spice up my learning journey.

It’s a great feeling when you upgrade your skills using new digital tools :).

I searched for my iPad, Macbook, and also Oculus Quest2.
It’s not a complete review of each, since I am still learning how to use them.

It’s my first impression that I hope will encourage you to try them as well!

Let’s start with the apps for iPad today.
(I will cover the Macbook and Oculus in the upcoming days.)

Let me know in the comments at the end of this article your favourite apps or software!


Art Set 4

You can download the app here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/art-set-4/id1418530800

Sketching a Nike sneaker with a sky-high heel.

Art Set 4 is among the same family of “painting software” as the famous Corel Painter on desktop.
They aim to replicate the traditional drawing and painting tools as most realistic as possible.

  • The tool bar is super user friendly and beautiful compared to the Procreate preview of brushes.
  • The painting on canvas looks real. It immitate the thickness of your gouache painting for example.
  • The colours blend when you add an extra layer of paint on top.
  • By default, your fresh paint is wet, you have an option to dry the colour on the spot, so you can add more paint on top without the blend effect.
  • Something non realistic but I love for digital art is the eraser.
    You can erase your paint in a super clean way! Hehe
  • The presence of the layers is an other cheat we have as digital artist compared to the traditional method.
  • The app is a lot affordable compared to Painter.


Pixaki

You can download it here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pixaki-4-pro/id1447665380

Let’s jump into Pixel art!

Born in the ’80s, I remember the watch I had on my wrist when I was 10 years old.
My brother bought it for me during a trip to Canada.
I had a Batman video game on it!
We could play with a few animated pixels throwing “batman’s shuriken” to the enemies!

Crypto Punks

I couldn’t be insensitive to pixel art when I saw the revival through the Crypto Punks and many other NFT projects! Since I grew up, I worked hard on my sketching skills, so I got to try pixel art too!

  • Pixaki is super simple to use! Beginners will adapt fast.
  • The app looks like a mini Photoshop with a reduced interface to the minimum!
  • You can animate your pixel art!
    They propose the option of the “Onion” (to draw the next image, the previous one is displayed with a lower opacity for you to use it as reference)
  • The layers are definitely best to create easily and freely.
    For example, with the basic 3 layers setup.
    1. Top layer is your lines. 2. Second layer displays the colour. 3. Third layer is your background.
  • The app is also affordable.
    If you are not sure you want to dive in, you can try free alternative apps online (See Pixelchain below)

Nomad Sculpt

You can get it here: https://nomadsculpt.com/

Nomad Sculpt is my top fav software of the moment!
I discovered Nomad Sculpt by chance on Tik Tok.

I always thought I was not a “3D guy”, so I specialized in sketching.
I labeled myself as a sketcher, and I would never be deep into 3D since my brain could not comprehend the process as smoothly as in sketching.

It’s not that I disliked 3d art.

I tried to learn years ago (15 years ago) with Maya, 3dsMax, Poser, Zbrush… I even went to extra classes our teachers prepared for the volunteers.
We were only 2 or 3 students haha.
I was excited to start. But I was overwhelmed from day 1 by the sophisticated interfaces and tools.
I gave up focusing on sketching on paper and tablet, using 2D tools like Sketchbook Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator.

A few days ago, (15 years later)
I discovered Nomad Sculpt. That 3D software changed my whole perception of myself.

  • I created stuff I couldn’t imagine thanks to their simplicity of use.
  • From day-2, I was impressed by my 3D creations.
  • The tools are kept minimal.
  • My favourite tools I use the most are: Move, Drag, Crease and Paint.
    With only these 4, I could create the characters you see above

Don’t get me wrong, learning a new skill is not about innate talent, but more about interest.
This is why I love apps and software working on making things SIMPLE keeping the bare essentials.


Hypersketch

Under development

My friend Don Koh from Singapore is developing a sketching app for designers.
It aims to be minimalist, and cover the creative stage when you doodle and communicate your ideas.

I had the chance to be one of the beta testers to share my feedback. 🙂
Stay tuned for this upcoming and promising app!


That’s all for today!

My iPad was full of creative apps icons. I tested plenty of apps.
I selected the ones that I felt promising which I love sketching with.

I hope you do as well!

Cheers,
Chou-Tac

PS: Tell me in the comments your favorite apps or software!

About The Author

Chou-Tac

Hello! I am a Product Designer from France. If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my industrial design career, I believe that they can also help you reach your design goal as a student or professional. My aim is to help you all along with your design projects and journey! Leave a comment in the blog or send me an email at choutac@thedesignsketchbook.com : ) Chou-Tac

3 Comments

  • Susan Fox

    Reply Reply February 19, 2022

    Hi there,
    I’ve been a professional fine artist for over twenty years. Before that I was a graphic designer and illustrator. I started to use CorelDraw on a PC for graphic design in the 1990s.
    These are the art apps I currently have on my iPad. I tend to like ones that are digital versions of traditional media but I’m also having fun with the digital-only brushes in Procreate:

    My favorites:
    Procreate
    Art Set and Art Set Pro
    Sketchbook (from Autodesk)
    Tayasui Sketches Pro
    ArtRage

    I also have:
    Brushes (the app David Hockney uses)
    Colored Pencil
    Water Color Pencil
    iPastels
    Zen Brush

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply February 19, 2022

      Hi Susan,

      Thank you for sharing your creative apps selection on iPad.

      Do you draw fully on iPad all your digital work or do you have another tablet like Wacom connected to a computer?

      Ps: I was glad to visit your blog about your art creation. 🙂

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