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Recommended apps for Android Artists


posted at the end of December 2013. Hardware tested on, Nexus 7 (2012) and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. These are independent and unsolicited opinions.


First I must provide a caveat. Each of these apps come from a relatively casual approach to sketching on the go. None of them are as good at delivering finished work as your average workstation setup. If you want to take your sketches from tablet to completion, it’s easy enough to start a drawing on your tablet, export it as a PSD, and then finishing it at your workstation. Oddly I’ve had less success the other way around attempting to move PSDs from the workstation to the tablet, but it can be done with care. Other image files translate with no problems at all.

If you want a singular device to complete projects on while away from home, you’ll want to look at a variety of Windows 8 devices. A good place to start looking is from the Samsung ATIV Tab series, the Sony Tap 11 series, Microsoft Surface Pro, the Sony Vaio Duos, or the top of the line Wacom Cintiq Companion. Each of those devices should run your usual illustration programs with no fuss at all, excepting the Sony series which uses N-Trig technology that Photoshop and a few others don’t support. They are also, with the exception of the lowest end Samsung ATIV Tab, more expensive than your average Android tablet.

That said, drawing away on a casual tablet is a fun and remarkable experience. The casual or hobbyist artist can get a lot of mileage from these devices, maybe more so than if they had a professional workstation. And many artists have taken up tablets as a form of digital sketchbook for easily carrying a whole host worth of tools in one small package. There are other useful aspects a tablet has, but this is already beyond the purview of this post which is to point out a variety of Android Apps worth checking out.

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