The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil 2 are my favorite art tools, hands down. (Learn all about iPads here.) They’re the only tools that have ever come close to replacing my box of drawing pencils and sketchbook.
There’s just something uniquely intuitive about the pairing of the Pencil and Pro that makes me want to draw, sketch, paint, and take handwritten notes. And I’m not alone. The app ecosystem that sprung up around the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro is growing fast as more and more professional graphic artists ditch Wacom and Windows for Apple and iPadOS. If you’re an aspiring digital artist, or a seasoned pro looking to make the leap, here are the apps you should try.
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