This goes without saying in my opinion but Procreate is one of the best apps for painting on an iPad. With Procreate 5 they added more robust animation tools and a crazy advanced brush studio. These things are things that I am not that skilled at using but I enjoy playing with them and it is an app that there is no parallel to on iPad. app store $9.99
Now this app is truly my go to drawing app. Linea Sketch by Iconfactory. I have never used a digital drawing app that is so close to actually drawing on paper. This app is really my favorite, with few exceptions I draw all my Inktober drawings using this app. It used to be $9.99 in the app store; but now it is free to download and if you want there are subscription options.
Ok so I have been an avid photographer since my parents bought me my first point and shoot film camera around age 10. When I was in college as a photography student and later graphic design student I trained in Adobe creative suite, however their subscription prices are insane in my opinion. Enter Affinity Photo, not only is it a full featured photo editing app that rivals Adobe in my humble opinion, but it is also only a $20 purchase one time.
This falls in the same line as Affinity Photo for me. As someone who trained in Adobe Creative suite and also as someone who doesn’t use a traditional laptop anymore (iPad all the way for me). Affinity Designer is the the most powerful and full featured vector app on iPad. I use it for all my vector logo work and a fair amount of page layout (until publisher is available on iPad). $20 in the app store.
As a Photographer and artist I try to photograph and create all my own work. That said there are times where I just don’t have the reference or element I need to create the piece I am working on and when that happens I go strait to Unsplash. It is a great resource of photography and stock photos, they are creative commons and when I use a photo I always credit the photographer. Free in the app store.
When I need a Color palette this is the only app that I use. Coolors is an app that will generate palettes quickly and efficiently. You can lock down colors you like and have it shuffle through other options till you find the perfect palette for you project. It is definitely my favorite and I use the app on my iPad all the time. $2 in the app store. Keep in mind that the website is free at all times if you don’t want to buy the app.