10 Free Apps All Artists Need In Their Lives

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The chances are, when you think of the medium in which art is created and displayed, you’re thinking of blank canvasses or sketch paper waiting to be scribbled on. But technology has well and truly changed this. Thanks to the increasing development of smartphones and the complex technologies involved, people are now able to create art whilst staying closely connected to the industry.

In this roundup, gathered by the guys at Big Red Illustration, we'll take a look at the best free apps for artists to help artists create, enhance, and share their works with the world.



Typendium allows you to discover the history behind some of the greatest and most popular typefaces we all love and adore including a unique collection of short essays and illustrations. Learn why certain types are considered controversial, or why Palatino is the world's most pirated typeface, along with many other interesting tales from the world of typography. Who knows, you might just get inspired!

Art Guide

Art Guide.

The Art Guide app is your gateway to experiencing a host of great art across the UK; helping you discover the best exhibitions and museums near you. This is one of the most comprehensive listing apps available for free and is brought to you by the charity behind the National Art Pass. A must have!



Eager to learn the stories behind the art you visit in galleries or exhibitions? Wish you could carry your favourite art with you at all times to share with friends? Share the art you discover in museums and galleries with Smartify. It’s really easy to use. Hold your phone up to a desired piece of artwork and the app will recognise the image and you'll be able to find out more about it immediately on your phone.



Instagram is today one of the most popular social networks with billions of users uploading images every day. Follow your friends, artists and influencers in the industry to see what they’re up to. It can be a brilliant marketing tool for all artists, and uploading images and videos couldn’t be easier thanks to the filters and creative tools within the app.



InShot is one of the highest rated movie maker and HD video editors (with music) on the worldwide app market. The app helps you create video with ease along with editing video for YouTube, Instagram, IGTV, Facebook, Messenger, Musical.ly, Tik Tok, Twitter and many other platforms.



Whether you’re an illustrator, animator or photographer, precious files need to be stored securely and easily – look no further than the MEGA app. Many artists are more familiar with Dropbox but MEGA goes a step further with cloud storage that is user-controlled encrypted, which means your data will only ever reach your devices. Easily search, store, download, stream, view, share, rename or delete your files any time from your smartphone or tablet.



GIF’s are one of the most effective ways of reaching others online – they stand out and catch the eye thanks to their interactivity. GIPHY Cam allows you to create GIFs anytime, anywhere. Get creative by adding filters and special FX to your GIF then quickly and easily share them via text, Facebook Messenger, or post it on your social media pages for fans to see.



Hitting a creative brick wall is one of the most frustrating feelings any artist can experience. OverDrive could be the app to spark new ideas and allow the creative juices to flow again. OverDrive allows you to gather eBooks, audiobooks, and stream videos from your library using the app on your device. More than 30,000 libraries worldwide offer titles from OverDrive, so download the app and discover your next piece of inspiration!



Dribbble is a show and tell app for artists from all directions – illustrators, graphic designers, web designers, typographers, logo designers, and many others share small screenshots of their work, process, and current projects. It’s system is very basic: you upload a shot at 400×300 (120.000 pixels), the community takes a look and then give feedback if they want to. This system was designed for feedback from other designers, so you’ll always have many other opinions if you’re unsure on a project or need some advice.

Genius Scan

Genis Scan.

As an artist, keeping your invoices and receipts in one place can be pretty chaotic. I mean, who care about boring paperwork, right? Genius Scan takes care of these tasks for you. Simply take a photo of your art sketch, invoice, receipt or note and it will upload to your desired cloud service app installed on your device to allow you to export your scans whenever you need to.

Maria Fraser | The Big Red Illustration Agency


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