Adult coloring books are a fantastic聽way to de-stress and spend some quality 鈥渕e鈥 time. If you鈥檙e as obsessed as we are, you can take聽things to the next level, and really let your inner artist shine by creating聽the drawings from scratch. You can then turn聽these into聽your own custom coloring printables. (Hello, adorable birthday gifts!) Before you embark on your adventure as the author of the next great coloring book, you鈥檒l want to grab your phone聽and give these fun聽apps聽a try. No matter your skill level, their聽easy-to-follow tutorials聽will teach you the basics聽you need to聽let聽your talent flourish. Needless to say, we鈥檙e hooked.


1. How To Draw 鈥 Easy Lessons:聽This is one of THE most popular drawing apps out there and with good reason. Offering step-by-step lessons, it鈥檚 perfect for beginners聽and offers a wide variety of categories, including cartoons, animals and nature. You can also take a break from your lessons and relax with its fun coloring pages. Once you鈥檙e happy with the聽masterpieces you鈥檝e created, you can save them on your device and share on social media!

DL It: Free on聽iOS and Android


2. Learn To Draw Digital Sketchbook by Walter Foster:聽Before venturing into the digital world, Walter Foster was聽a leading publisher of art instruction guides for over 85 years. Now, you can access and enjoy their teaching expertise on your iPad, and learn how to draw beautiful landscapes and figures. Each drawing tool looks and works almost exactly like it would in real life and is adjustable in size, pressure and hardness. Follow one of the step-by-step lessons, or go freehand if you鈥檙e feeling bold.

DL It: Free on聽iOS


3. Let鈥檚 Learn How To Draw!:聽Voted a top聽educational iPad app in the US, Let鈥檚 Learn How to Draw! offers interactive lessons that break down big drawings into simple steps. All you have to do is choose what you want to draw聽(we鈥檙e loving the monsters module!), and work your way through five lessons. Animated strokes will help guide you along and, if you choose Assist Mode, your strokes will be corrected for聽the perfect result every time. You can also try the聽sketchpad, and let your inspiration guide you.

DL It: Free on聽iOS


4. How To Draw: With Artist Matt Busch!:聽If you鈥檙e looking to draw with pencil and paper, rather than on your phone or iPad, you鈥檒l love this app. Matt Busch is a Hollywood illustrator who has worked on countless pop culture projects, including聽Star Wars.聽With this app, he plays the role of personal tutor, teaching users how to draw beautiful portraits. Each lesson is broken down into 11 steps and each of those includes additional tips. Basically, he鈥檚 thought of everything you鈥檒l need to know to succeed.

DL It: $1.99聽on聽iOS


5. PaigeeWorld 鈥 Art Community:聽This app is unique in that it鈥檚 more than just an educational tool 鈥 it鈥檚 a community. Think of it like a social network for artists and art lovers who like to聽share their聽work, make new friends and improve their聽skills. There are hundreds of tutorials to help you master the art of drawing, and the constantly updated gallery is full of inspiration. You can also ask for feedback from fellow members to help perfect your skills even more.

DL It: Free聽on聽iOS聽and Android

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