Lately, due to the nationwide lockdown, guitars and baking tins are finding their way out of storage. So, there’s no better time than now to brush up on your rusty art skills; in fact, here are some of the best apps for those who wish to explore their creative calling
Our Instagram feeds are flooded with the likes of intricate charcoal sketches and rough illustrations. If this has inspired you to pick up your brush or pencil and get creative, then here are a few apps to help you out. Learn a variety of techniques—from illustrations to crafts and 3D drawings. Whether you draw a self-portrait or make your own jewellery, you don’t need to be a professional to ace these activities! Also, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any material at home since some of these apps allow you to practise your skills digitally.
How to Draw – Easy Lessons
We swear by this app, which is available on both Android and iOS. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, the app offers an easy step-by-step process, which teaches you how to draw and paint animals, cartoons and even animé. Perfect for kids too, you can either draw on the screen itself or lay down sheets of paper and go for it. The app is free and easy to use. In fact, Play Store has many apps in the ‘How to Draw’ series allowing you to diversify your drawing experience. You can learn how to draw and sketch people, cars or even 3D sculptures for free.
Previously known as Craftsy, this app teaches how to weave, make jewellery and even carve wood at home with ease. With thousands of crafting classes at your disposal, you can attempt something new every day. Not only does the app have various tutorials and step-by-step guides to aid you, it also provides inspiration for your craft—in case you get bored of doing something the same old way or want to create something new. The app is available for Android and iOS. While the first 24 hours of usage are free, you do have to pay a fee for further use.
If learning 3D art has been on your mind, but the costs have kept you away, download Blender. A free 3D art application, Blender equips you with the tools and numerous plug-ins to enjoy the experience. Using this app will become second nature in no time thanks to its simplistic design and easy-to-use features. Sculpt any object or person that you like, or delve into animation—the options are endless. You can access Blender on your Mac or Windows desktop/laptop.
For beginners and professionals alike, we suggest downloading the Brushes app to practise your art. Draw, paint and even customise the thickness of your brushes with the Brushes application. Specifically for iPhone and iPad users, this free app helps you create your own masterpiece without a canvas. And what’s even better is that you have unlimited redo and undo options. Blend and balance colours as you please; moreover, you can incorporate pictures from your gallery in your artwork. We suggest using a stylus for smooth results.
If you have always loved doodling on scrap paper, refine your skills with the Tayasui Sketches app. This free iOS app with nearly 20 tools allows you to experiment with different forms of art—from drawing illustrations to watercolour renderings and architectural designs. Built-in instructions and full-fledged video tutorials on the website make this app incredibly easy to use. What’s more? Each brush or pen stroke feels realistic as the app adjusts to your movements and pressure in real time. In fact, many professionals recommend the app to their students to help them improve their skill.
Remember, your art does not have to be perfect. Being holed up in our homes can get tedious, and art is a good way to relax yourself and challenge your mind. Just have fun and embrace the mess, if any.