What are the best cartoon drawing apps?

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    #1Adobe Photoshop Sketch

    Adobe Photoshop Sketch

    Adobe Photoshop Sketch is an app for both Android and iOS devices. Users can paint and create works of art using Photoshop brushes and all the layers you can think of. Create realistic paintings and customize them by adjusting their size, color, and opacity, among many other settings.


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Melissa Guzman
    Written on December 7, 2017
    "I’ve been using adobe photoshop sketch for a few months now. When i first got it, it was good but not perfect. However, slowly but surely with each update, adobe added things i was longing for but the app didn’t have. Custom canvas sizes, resize all layers.. each update is an improvement to my experience which I think can be actually rare sometimes. The only thing that I would need to make this app perfect is a selection / wand tool"
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    Procreate is a professional drawing app designed for mobile devices. Its wide range of brushes and tools, advanced layering system and finishing effects ensures a natural and fluid painting experience. 



    $9.99- with in-app purchases

    Christian Munoz
    Written on December 9, 2017
    "Drawing one of the best gifts I could ask for. I wish I could draw better than I do now. But the app procreate allows you to create things you could only dream of. Procreate is an awesome app that you can use to brings things to life. I've used to help brings some concepts I had in my mind to life. Seriously this is one of the better apps to have for drawing, give it a shot today."
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    #3Inspire Pro

    Inspire Pro
    Inspire Pro is an iOS application that lets you create the most realistic paintings. It is a simple but powerful tool for those who want to have an intuitive and smart illustration app.



    Andrew Young
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "Its realistic rendering engine makes this app stands out among all other. I bought an apple pencil and i updated my device to ipad pro, along with this app, my work has never been this easier. The opacity of the brush strokes are responsive to the pressure i make."


Did you know that The Spongebob SquarePants Movie is the fifth-highest grossing animated TV adaptation ever? The film featuring one of the world's most popular cartoon character made over $140 million. The iconic "Spongebob SquarePants" cartoon character first appeared in the American animated TV series with the same name under Nickelodeon. The Spongebob media franchise has produced over $13 billion in revenue as of 2017. The series and movie adaptation both follow the adventures of Spongebob and his friends in Bikini Bottom. Other cartoon characters from the TV franchise also got pretty popular like Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, and a lot more. Moreover, Spongebob SquarePants series has won lots of awards over the years. Its notable awards include 4 Emmy Awards, 15 Kids' Choice Awards, British Academy Children's Awards, Annie, and Golden Reel Awards. 

There are lots of people to give credits to when it comes to the continued success of the whole Spongebob franchise. But if you are looking for the person behind the popular Spongebob SquarePants character itself, we have Stephen Hillenburg to thank. Stephen Hillenburg is the creator and Illustrator of Spongebob. His love for the ocean and art led him to be one of the most loved (especially by kids) cartoonist and animator. Who would have thought that simple cartoon drawings would turn into a huge media success? If you also wish to pursue animation or cartoon drawings, you can start practicing by using any cartoon drawing apps. Or get inspired by watching Spongebob episodes online

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    #4Adobe Illustrator Draw

    Adobe Illustrator Draw

    Adobe Illustrator Draw allows users to draw elaborated illustrations and organize all your works with this official Adobe app. You will be able to add tons of layers, use a stylus, pencils, pens, and brushes and edit your creations and export them in many different file formats. 


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Teresa Parker
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "If you are into vector graphics, this one is for you. I am also a fan of illustrator cc but this app has a lot more simpler user interface than the ilustrator cc. I am yet to try the online cloud adobe offers."
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    Graphic is a useful app to create digital illustrations from your iPad. It allows you work with layers, add effects and masks and much more. Also, you can export and import PSD files. 




    Emma McDonald
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "I like to draw as a hobby and I needed a way to do that digitally. This app is a great option. Great editing capabilities and the layers are awesome to work with."
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    Pixelmator is a tool wherein you can touch up photos or create your digital artworks from scratch using its wide range of tools, brushes, and effects. This is a great iPad alternative to Photoshop.


    Mac, iOS


    Brian Cox
    Written on January 8, 2019
    "Now it may be a little pricey but it sure is amazing! Pixelmator is a little complicated compared to basic drawing and editing app but once you get familiar you'll love it!"
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    #7Photo Cartoon Camera

    Photo Cartoon Camera
    Photo Cartoon Camera is a free app for Android devices that lets users transform any of their pictures into pop art photo, cartoon pics, art pic and more! It's a complete tool for people who love to edit pictures by using incredible filters.


    Free- with in-app purchases

    Cathy Jiang
    Written on December 4, 2017
    "This is a good app to use filters on your photos and turn them into cartoon pictures. However, it's not good for freeform drawing of cartoons."
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    Animator is an amazing app for iOS devices. With this app, you can create stunning drawings and animate it. The app is perfect to produce GIF animation too. 





    Diana Hughes
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "Way too complicated for me. I just wanted a simple app, but this one has a bunch of options... except for the one I need most (copy one frame to the next so I don't have to redraw). I didn't get very far with it, but I heard it glitches out the longer the animation is."
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    #9Animation Desk

    Animation Desk
    Animation Desk is an animation app designed by Kdan Mobile Software Company. It's a great drawing application that helps us flesh out every creative idea into animated figures, animated movies and e-cards.

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Alexander Curtis
    Written on January 8, 2019
    "Animation Desk deserves to be on the number 1 spot! This is the best animation how-to app EVER 😍 Seeing my cartoon sketches come to life and in motion is soooo entertaining "
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    #10Animate Me

    Animate Me

    Animate Me is an app for iOS devices. With this app, you can create amazing and funny portraits and videos. The app has a lot of eCards and GIFs to insert your photo.




    Kyle Carter
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "This app will definitely be a hit at any social gathering. I played around with it among family at a reunion this summer, and everyone got a kick out of it. It's also really fun to make animated GIFs to send to friends to score a laugh or too. Be forewarned - this app requires a subscription, but I find it worth it for the entertainment value."


Best What are the best cartoon drawing apps
1Adobe Photoshop SketchApps 21 Free
2ProcreateApps 20 Paid
3Inspire ProApps 17 Paid
4Adobe Illustrator DrawApps 14 Free
5GraphicApps 13 Paid
6PixelmatorApps 12 Paid
7Photo Cartoon CameraApps 11 Free
8AnimatorApps 8 Free
9Animation DeskApps 8 Free
10Animate MeApps 3 Free

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