How to draw on the iPad: your guide to getting started

An artist shows how to draw on the iPad
(Image credit: Hobo_018 via Getty Images)

Learning how to draw on the iPad can open up new possibilities for artists and designers. Combined with an Apple Pencil, the iPad is a powerful tool for art that can serving for much more besides. In the guide below, we'll explain the basics of getting started, from how to connect your Apple Pencil to choosing which apps to use and how to effectively use your stylus. 

We've aimed to cover everything you need to know to start exploring digital art and drawing on iPad, and we've included practice exercises so you can start to hone your skills. If you've not yet chosen a tablet, see our guide to the best iPad for drawing and the best drawing tablets in general. Once you're ready to get started, read on to learn how to draw on the iPad.

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Jon Stapley

Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting. 

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