Which are the best iPad apps for artists? That depends on the artist, of course; but there are a few leading candidates worth consideration. Here, we review eight of the best iPad apps for artists, whether for sketching, drawing or painting.

Apple's tablet is tailor-made for touchscreen creativity – as are many iOS apps. But which apps should artists invest their time and money in? There are a whole host of software tools and apps for the Apple iPad that will allow you to unlock your inner creativity and produce everything from doodles and drawings right through to full works of art.

There are so many, in fact, that it's tricky to tell which are good enough to match your level of artistry and which are suitable for the idle doodler – but that's not a disaster, as even the best will set you back less than a tenner. Here we've collected our favourite iPad apps for artists, to help you decide where to start, but do let us know what sketching and painting apps you depend on.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to see our pick of the best apps for artists.

Right: Procreate 2 is among the apps in our top 8 iPad apps for artists. Read on to find out more.

Are you looking for other creative apps? Follow the links below to see our app round-ups.

Best iPad apps for designers
Best Android apps for artists
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