Best Digital Art Programs For Beginners

By Izzy Lash

1. Procreate

A well known digital art program with plenty of quality brushes and features. It has a one time cost of $10 but it’s well worth the price. There is a wide variety of brushes, custom canvases and even animation, all of which has been compiled into a user-friendly interface. It can be glitchy and low resolution when the canvas size is too small or too many things are going on, but it’s a very good program regardless. Procreate is available on most Apple iPads.

2. Adobe Fresco

An Adobe product for digital art. It requires a subscription, but it has animation and brushes that mimic paint and marker. It’s complicated, however, it’s a good program with a variety of features. It’s available on iPhone, iPad, Microsoft Surface Pro and Creative Cloud Desktop.

3. Medibang

A digital art program with a variety of quality brushes and it’s entirely free, though there are ads on the margins. It’s difficult to figure out, but once you get the basics, it’s a quality, well developed program. It’s available on Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Honorable Mention- Sketchbook

a free program with a variety of tools and most art mediums. It’s available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android devices.


Honorable Mention- Linea Sketch

a program with very basic tools and colors. It’s both free and simplistic, so it’s perfect if you’re just giving digital art a try. It’s available on an iPad with iOS 13 or later and a 64-bit processor.

Honorable Mention- Paper

a free digital art program with basic tools and a user-friendly set up. There’s no layers and you cannot rotate the page, but it is high quality. It’s available on iOS 13 and above.