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8 Amazing Art-Making Apps for Kids

Take your creativity to new heights with art-making apps that help your imagination soar!

Maria Bailey · 5 months ago

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Smartphones and tablets are cool new canvases for creativity — and while sometimes there's just nothing better than a good old notebook and some colored pencils, creative art-making apps are an awesome way to bring your creative vision to life! From digital drawings to 3D animations, your imagination is the limit when it comes to the creative process with these art-making apps! 

1. Just a Line

Imagine doodling with your fingertip in thin air and then being able to walk around — and even through — your elevated masterpiece! Just A Line is an app (available on Android and iOS) that allows you to do just that, creating an augmented reality where you can illustrate simple line drawings on your phone and see them hover before your very eyes.

2. Draw It!

Put your creative doodling skills to the test with Draw It, a rapid-fire drawing game (designed for iPads) where you compete with other players and the clock! Testing your speed and drawing ability, the app makes sketching into a head-to-head game of accuracy and instinct.

3. Toontastic 3D

Lights. Camera. Play! Toontastic 3D introduced animation art to little creatives and allows their creativity to really shine by putting them in the director’s seat to produce their own cartoons! Draw, animate, and narrate characters from your imagination and bring them life in 3D.

4. How To Draw

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Want to draw a dinosaur or your favorite anime character but don’t know where to start? The interactive drawing app How To Draw guides you step by step to help you create a drawing based on a category of your choice. Follow the prompts to trace the lines you see before you, and watch in amazement as the lines you draw come together to create your character, place, or thing!

5. Doodle Buddy Paint Draw App

Sketch, smudge, and draw on photos, or choose from dozens of colorful backgrounds on the Doodle Buddy Paint Draw App. Create mixed media art and achieve the effects of your favorite art mediums (without the cleanup), including pastel smudging, sketching, painting, and more, using just your finger! Aside from illustrating freehand, you also have access to a variety of stencils and fun stamps to add sharp, clean lines and add patterns to your handiwork.

6. Scribblify

Scribble like you’ve never scribbled before using Scribblify! Tap into your wildest creativity while creating a spectacular drawing with the use of 140 handcrafted brushes that are unique in appearance and behavior. From kaleidoscope and mirror drawing modes to neon color effects, you’ll never look at scribbling the same way again!

7. Tayasui Sketches

Emulate the look and feel of wet watercolors, acrylic oil paintings, and sketches using one of the most realistic drawing tools out there: Tayasui Sketches. This app allows you to create stunning digital masterpieces that give you the effect of drawing on paper while providing you with exciting editing tools that take your creativity to the next level.

8. Strip Designer

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Make your very own comic book from beginning to end with plenty of POW!, BOOM!, and SHAZAM! Strip Designer allows you to upload your own photos, sketch your own illustrations, and create your own custom layout to give you full creative control of your potential new bestseller! Marvel Comics, watch this space!