Art in the Digital Age: A Look at the Best Art Apps

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best art appArt is no longer only a hands-on experience, it has come into the digital age. There is no comparison to seeing the Mona Lisa in person at the Lourve, but what if you could take a virtual tour of one of the most famous museums in the world? There is a copious amount of art apps on both iTunes (iOS system) and Android systems. Some of these apps are offered for free, while others do cost money. There are many apps that help with drawing or editing images or even learning “how to’s”. There are various research and educational apps for art history lovers. Of course, you can’t forget the really fun apps that let you play around with art digitally. I’ve done some research for you and here are some of my suggestions on the many different apps out there for all you artists and art lovers alike. The pictures I’ve included go along with some of the apps, each clickable to the app store or website.

Want to go on a virtual field trip to a far off museum? There’s an app for that. While the Lourve may be a little hard to get to, there is an app for you to view the collection of the famous Parisian museum – Musee du Lourve (both iOS and Android). There are other museums who offer a virtual tour of their collections and sometimes a behind the scenes look. Love Art (iOS) is dedicated to The National Gallery in London and also features stories behind masterpieces. MoMA (iOS) and Guggenheim (both iOS and Android) also have apps available for a virtual gallery experience.

Guggenheim app
Guggenheim app

There are also many apps dedicated to specific artists which include a virtual gallery of the respective artist in different categories related to their periods (i.e. early work, collections from specific times and places). These apps include high-definition with the highest possible resolution for an amazing experience of viewing the artwork, even just on a phone or tablet. Many of the apps also include educational information about the artists and their work. Some of the artists that have their own apps include Monet, da Vinci, Renoir, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Klimt.

Monet HD app
Monet HD app

Instead of focusing on specific artists, there are many apps for a large collection of a wide variety of artists. Two examples are Art Academy (Android) and Gallery of Painters (iOS). Both are useful for research and learning about artists of all different genres and eras of art.

Art Academy app
Art Academy app

Adobe is one of the premier softwares for creating amazing images and videos with professional quality. They have 3 apps for your phone or tablet: Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe Ideas, and Adobe Kuler. These Adobe Touch apps are designed for your phone or tablet and can be used with a stylus or your finger. Each Adobe Touch App is integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud to view, edit, and share on all your Adobe software. Adobe Photoshop Touch is available on iOS and Android for both phones and tablets. It has your favorite Photoshop features and can sync to Creative Cloud. Adobe Ideas comes as an app for your tablet or phone on iOS. This app works well with Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Kuler is a little different in that it is designed for color inspiration. On iOS phones, you can take pictures and capture colors to use with Illustrator CC to apply to your designs.

Adobe Touch apps
Adobe Touch apps

There are countless art apps to help artists cultivate their skills. If you’re looking for an app for life drawing references, I would recommend Life Drawing (iOS) or Pose Tool 3D (Android). Both have an extensive collection of poses to study life drawing.

Life Drawing app
Life Drawing app

A little bit different, there are apps that are simply fun to play around with. Animoto (iOS) is a brilliant app for artist presentations or portfolios. It coordinates your images to the beat of music. It is nearly identical to its web-based software. Another fun app to play around with light is Light Painting (iOS) that turns your phone into a lighting tool. This app has some really cool features to play around with photographic light painting.

Light Painting app
Light Painting app

For news and podcasts, I’d recommend Open Culture (both iOS and Android) in their “ideas and culture” section or searching “art” in AP Mobile (both iOS and Android). Both are for more than just art, but they keep you up to date with audio and video podcasts from well-known art museums and news articles from around the world within their search categories.

AP Mobile app
AP Mobile app

Of course this isn’t a complete list of all the different kinds of art apps that are out there – that’d be a ridiculously long blog post. But these peaked my interest and hopefully peaked yours as well. Do you have any art apps, on either iOS or Android, that you think should be mentioned? Comment below your favorite apps and share this post with your tech-savvy art friends.