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11 iPad Apps to Create Stunning Art While Traveling

Creative Market March 31, 2021 · 3 min read
Inspiration can strike at any time, but it hits most often on vacation. On the road, in the air or out to sea, use these drawing and design iPad apps to record those brilliant ideas, enhance your travel photos on the fly and create your own artistic souvenirs.

Adobe Capture CC

Colors that can only be found in nature can now be saved using Adobe Capture. Take photos to generate color palettes, patterns and vector shapes to use as assets in other Adobe CC apps.

Paper by FiftyThree

Leave the physical sketchbook at home and let Paper by FiftyThree serve as your virtual travel journal. Combine quick sketches, imported snapshots and text to create a digital souvenir of your trip.


Never lose another great idea–Forge makes it easy to import photos, make notes and sketches, and compile them into storyboards and mood boards. When you’re ready to share your concepts, you can export files to other apps as individual PNGs or multi-page PDFs.

Tayasui Sketches Pro

With a small but effective selection of tools, this simple app lets you focus on the joy of plein air painting or urban sketching. The pro version unlocks expanded tools, patterns and gradients, unlimited layers and versatile file export options.


Create complex digital paintings using Inkist’s set of versatile and customizable brushes. Start working on your holiday-inspired art on your iPad, and finish at home on the Inkist Mac desktop app.

Auryn Ink

Get back to basics with this authentic watercolor simulator. Using the Windsor and Newton watercolor library, Auryn Ink replicates the look and feel of creating real watercolor artwork.


The most realistic painting simulation, ArtRage is equipped with 24 canvas options, a variety of customizable brushes and pens, and unlimited layers for amazing artistic effects.


Use Procreate to create realistic looking compositions in any medium. With access to 128 brushes, advanced layer blend modes and cinema-quality effects, you can do everything from simple sketches to lush paintings.


When you need a powerful app to enhance photographs and design projects on-the-go, look no further than Pixelmator. This app has all the tools and capabilities of the full desktop version of Photoshop, designed for professional-grade photo touch-ups and design mock-ups.

Autodesk Graphic

A full-featured design app with Adobe CC compatibility, Autodesk Graphic offers designers the ability to easily work on complex documents while on-the-go.


Equipped with this app’s freehand and precision mode options, artists and designers can draw vector illustrations with CAD-like accuracy. The Copic marker color library will make you feel like you’re at the drafting table, even if you’re on the beach.
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