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How to Draw On Ipad Pro (Complete Guide for Beginners 2022)

The fact of the matter is anyone can draw. It is not a club exclusive for the elite or those with visions like Picasso or artistry like Monet. In fact, drawing can be a great way of letting off steam or finding the creative streak that you never knew you had. Children love drawing without any concern about what others will think. They don't care about coloring within the lines or whether the shades match. Without a doubt, you should take a page out of their book. Let yourself loose and try your hand at drawing – after all, no one needs to see it. Drawing on your iPad can be a great way to get started as it opens up vast worlds of tools and mediums to use. Let us show you how to draw on an iPad Pro.

Top Five Drawing Apps

Digital painting programs are a great way to wet your feet – or brush – into a drawing. You can choose between a range of paid and free apps that cater to complete beginners to those used by professional artists. We found the best top five apps to help you draw on your iPad.

1. Procreate (Paid)

This app is one of the top-rated for pros and aspiring artists. Procreate has all the tools you need to create anything: a rich deep-hued canvas, vivid illustrations, realistic animations, and eloquent sketches. With 100s of handmade brushes, an advanced layer system, and a library of innovative artistic tools, Procreate gives you complete control over your work. 

Use the design tools you need, and take advantage of the full-featured layering system. Select multiple layers to move or transform objects. Crop and resize as needed and transform your drawing into an animation. The app costs $10.

2. Autodesk Sketchbook (Free) 

    Autodesk Sketchbook is a powerful but easy-to-use drawing app. With thousands of five-star ratings, this app has a minimalist, clean look that allows you to focus on drawing solely. Artists and illustrators worldwide love its highly customizable tools and elegant interface. 

    You can choose between a vast range of brushes or customize your own. Precision becomes child's play with grids, stroke tools, and rulers. Autodesk Sketchbook gives you the option to layer your work with various blending modes to build depth and color.

    3. Adobe Fresco: Sketch & Draw (In-App Purchases)

    Unleash your inner artist with Adobe Fresco and sketch, paint and draw as though your life depended on it. Use the app's live brushes that smudge, smear, blend, and blossom watercolor and oil paint, just like in real life. You have access to more than 50 brushes in the free version. If you upgrade to premium, you will have a library of more than 1,000 brushes at your fingertips. Change the brightness, saturation, and hue with the color adjustment layers or bring your artwork to life with the motion tools. The app also has inbuilt video and blog tutorials to guide you every step of the way. 

    4. Linea Sketch (In-App Purchases)

    Linea Sketch brings out your artistic talent with its easy-to-use interface, especially when in a budding phase. Elegant and clean, the app keeps your workspace free from clutter and controls until you need them. The app has a simplified set of layers that can be adjusted, locked, rearranged, or merged. Its ZipShapes and ZipFunction clean up lines and shapes, polishing them to perfection before you adjust for size. Use its range of brushes to create a dreamy watercolor painting or the lasso to freehand your sketch.

    5. Paper by WeTransfer (Free)

    This drawing app is ideal for those who want to try their hand before paying for any programs. In fact, Paper by WeTransfer is extremely popular, with more than 30 million people using it. Use its journals to save notes and sketches. Sketch, collage, paint or draw with its easy-to-use interface. There is no getting lost in Paper by WeTransfer with its extensive library of tutorials, how-tos, and artist tips. Paper by WeTransfer also has a pro edition, which costs $6 for six months or $12 for a year. 

    Key Accessories

    1. Apple Pencil

      The Apple Pencil transformed the world of drawing. Professional and amateur artists love it for its precision and control while giving them freedom of movement. Use it to draw without smudging the painting with your fingers. Draw a straight line or create perfect shapes. Activate the eraser in an instant by double-tapping the Apple Pencil or switching back to the previously used tool. 

      Get used to using the Apple Pencil. Keep in mind that the Apple Pencil is a new tool, so it will take time to get the hang of it. Practice is vital - especially before you start drawing. Find out how much pressure you need to apply, which angle works, and how to hold it.

      2. Screen Protector

      Your iPad 11 Pro takes a lot of handling, especially if you use it to draw. Invest in a durable screen protector that does not get loaded with smudged fingerprints after a few taps. Zugu's screen protectors, for example, offer you superior screen protection with its 0.25 Japanese tempered glass. The screen is antibacterial and fingerprint and smudge resistant, saving you from wiping it down every time you use it. 

      3. iPad Case

      Protecting your iPad is a must. However, it's a bonus if your case works with you. Zugu cases offer maximum protection but have eight different angles. Each of the eight slots has a magnet that holds the case firmly in place, leaving you to focus solely on your work. 

      The Zugu iPad Pro 2018 11 inch case has reinforced corners and will protect your iPad in a five-foot fall on concrete. In addition, it can wirelessly charge your Apple Pencil and has a snug little pocket to keep it in place.