Paper by FiftyThree is one of the most beautiful applications available for the iPad. What is most impressive is the user interface, which makes full use of the iPad touchscreen, using swipes and pinching gestures to switch between documents and pages. A tool bar slides up from the bottom to reveal different tools for drawing and applying washes. Tools are purchased through in-app purchases. Version 1.2.1 introduced a mixing palette and the ability to add background colors and version 1.3.1 enables you to pinch and zoom into specific areas of a drawing, much like a magnifying glass. In 2013, FiftyThree also introduced "Pencil," a stylus that pairs with Paper via bluetooth. Check it out the My Apple Podcast review on YouTube.
Next to Paper, Tayasui Sketches of one most innovative drawing applications available for iOS. The application comes with a tool bar with various options for pencil, pen, and brush marks, and a color swatch menu for custom colors. The tool bar also includes the ability to control the size of the brush mark and opacity. Some of the latest features introduced by Tayasui Sketches include layers and painterly effects. The user interface is defined by swiping gestures to access controls smoothly and quickly. Receiving regular updates, Tayasui Sketches has evolved to coincide with Apple's operating systems, combining the skeuomorphism of early designs with the flatness that was introduced in iOS 7.
Forge by Adonit Corp
Similar to Paper by Fifty-Three, Forge moves the traditional concept of the sketchbook into the digital age. Sketchbooks are beautifully conceived in digital format, enabling the user to set up projects that show a progression of steps and ideas. Projects appear in a smooth grid format, and each sketch can re-positioned or placed in the corners as ideas that can be accessed later from any project. When a drawing is launched full screen, you can access a menu of five drawing tools, plus and eraser, a tool for importing images, and a palette tool for colors. Users also have the option to sync the Jot pen for more control. Forge also makes use of pinching and swiping gestures to navigate between projects. Check out our review to learn more.
Bazaart is a collage application for the iPad and iPhone that enables you to create collages with images from your camera roll, as well as images from social media sites like Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, and Google+. Bazaart also comes with the ability to add text, with additional options available through in app purchases. Among the numerous iterations and updates, Bazaart introduced the ability to control the opacity, clone and flip images, and magically or manually erase unwanted details and backgrounds. Version 2.0.0 enabled the user to browse collages by theme, and follow other users. As of December 2015, Bazaart includes the ability to add filters and effects, save high defintion images and transparent pngs, integrate projects with Adobe's creative cloud. If you are looking for a creative way to express yourself on your iPad or iPhone, and share your creations with an online community, Bazaart is a nice option to have.
FoolProof Art Studio
Foolproof by Studio Mee turns your photos into action paintings. You can import any photo, but portraits work the best. The application interface is designed like a virtual artist's studio. You begin by choosing an easel with a textured canvas, with warm or cool tones. The canvas conceals the photo and you have the option to choose thick or narrow brushstrokes. Using your finger as a brush, you begin by swiping across the textured canvas with rapid gestures, as quick zigzag patterns of color begin to reveal the photo underneath. You can reveal details of the photo by slowing the pace of your finger. Save your project as a photo or video that captures the transformation of your image from start to finish.