Since it became available for public use in 2004, Krita is a free digital drawing software for Windows and Mac, ideal for color smudging and adding textures with its built-in brushes.
Inkscape is a digital drawing tool for illustrators. It is ideal for drawing vectors. The free version includes basic tools for creating lines, freehand lines, shapes, and curves.
Windows, Mac, Linux
With its large selection of brushes and highly customizable user-interface, Artweaver is a digital drawing, sketching, and tool created by Boris Eyrich for Windows and Mac.
$39.17- Varies by plan
WHAT’S THE MEANING?
Vector graphics is the art of creating digital images through the application of mathematical statements or a sequence of commands in a given two-dimensional or three-dimensional space. The defining factor of a vector graphics is the utilization of a series of points that will be eventually connected to create a very high-resolution image.
DID YOU KNOW?
As an artist or an aspiring one, you would notice that Raster (Bitmap) and Vector are two of the most common type of image files that are supported by most digital drawing software. But really, did you know the difference between the two? The difference ultimately lies in scalability. In comparison with raster, vector-based images are completely resizable while retaining its quality. So, if you would ask "Can we enlarge or alter the pixel dimension and the resolution of a raster image?" We are afraid not. Once the raster image is created at a particular dimension (length and width), resizing it at a higher scale would affect its quality. Yet, most graphics artists found a workaround by using the digital art software Photoshop for manually increasing the resolution.
Interestingly, digital artists and illustrators use a certain tool called graphics tablet (also known as a pen tablet, drawing tablet, digitizer, or digital artboard) to draw or sketch animations and graphics using a pen or a stylus in the same fashion that they draw images with a pencil and a paper. Aside from its artistic purposes, this technology is also used in capturing hand-written signatures. Advantages of using vector images include its versatile scalability because they are resolution-independent and therefore increasing or decreasing the size to any degree will not affect the crispness and sharpness of the image. On the other hand, one major setback is that they are not so fit in producing realistic photos as they contain solid areas of color.
As its name suggests, Animation Desk is a portable animation app for Windows, iOS, and Android that specializes in creating animated movies with more than 40 brushes to choose from.
Windows, iOS, Android
Free- with in-app purchases
Popular among graphic artists and digital illustrators, MyPaint is a software for digitally sketching and creating vectors, whether creating from scratch or making complex ones.
Vectr is a free graphics software for creating any kind of 2D graphics easily and intuitively. Vectr allows you to work from your desktop or online if you want.
Web, Mac, Windows
MediBang Paint is an easy-to-use painting tool which includes more than 100 free and unique brushes, fonts, backgrounds, and textures to create a drawing, illustration, or painting.
Windows, iOS, Mac
GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an illustrative digital freeware which serves as a photo-retouching program, image compositor, and image authoring. This program was created in 1996.
Windows, Mac, Linux
Pixia is the English version of a famous Japanese free painting and retouch software for full-color graphic, with masks and layer functions. This program also allows users to customize their own brush tips for desired effects.