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Da Vinci Eye is the #1 essential digital tool for non-digital artists. Don’t just take our word for it - we’re one of the top five Graphics & Design apps in over 100 countries.

Da Vinci Eye is used by thousands of creatives from painters to bakers to make incredible artwork. The app is not just for tracing, it offers a wide range of drawing tools, lessons, daily drawing prompts, and a supportive community to share your artwork!

IMPORTANT!: Please read how this app works below and the device requirements for AR Mode BEFORE purchasing.


• Create incredible artwork from your own photos
• Make hyper-realistic drawings with our strobe feature
• Record time-lapse videos of your drawings
• Separate images into layers by color value, then view those areas on your canvas
• Easily learn the fundamentals of drawing
• Breakdown any image into step-by-step instructions
• Video tutorials
• Use filters to make drawing even easier
• Zoom in to capture micro details in your drawings
• Connect with our community to share your artwork
• Insanely fast customer support!


• Bakers
• Cartoonists
• Tattoo Artists
• Illustrators
• Fiverr Designers
• Hobbyists
• Makeup artists
• Nail Technicians
• Animators

No matter what skill level you’re at — Da Vinci Eye is here for you!


How many times have you been drawing a portrait for hours only to realize that the nose or the eye is in the wrong place? You can use Da Vinci Eye to layout artwork before you begin or even check your work as you progress.

Having a hard time seeing where lights or darks go? Breakdown images into layers by color value. Then virtually project those layers on top of your image. You can see exactly where to place the darkest darks, mid-tones, and highlights.


Check out our inspiration section for user uploaded reference photos. If you have a great pic, you can even upload your own content for other artists to draw.


We have lessons using our unique patent-pending learning method. You can also turn ANY photo into a step by step shading drawing lesson.


Based on a tool that has been used by artists for centuries, this app is a digital version of a Camera Lucida.

You suspend your iPhone or iPad above or in front of your canvas with a stand, tall glass, or other objects easily found around your house.

When you look through your phone, you will see both the image and the canvas simultaneously. It's similar in functionality to an art projector or light box, but with the ability to do so much more.

You can draw on any surface, zoom in to draw micro details in your drawing, and you don't have to draw in the dark.


Using Da Vinci Eye, you will be training your eye to recognize proportions and draw with shading while training your hand to translate precise lines and strokes on paper. You’ll learn faster and more efficiently using our proven techniques compared to any other app.


To use AR mode, you must have an A10x or A11 processor and above. We recommend using:

– iPhone 8 and newer (iPhone 7 and below will not work)
– iPad Mini 5th Generation and newer
– iPad Air 2019 and newer
– iPad Pro 3rd Gen (Any pro made after 2018) and newer


AR mode anchors your image to an object in the real world. This lets you move your canvas or phone, and the drawing and projected image will stay aligned.

Classic mode is like a normal art projector, where if you move your phone or canvas, the drawing will no longer be aligned.

AR mode is especially useful for drawing or painting on an easel. However, in most cases, Classic mode will achieve the same result.


Download Da Vinci Eye today! No one ever regretted sharpening their drawing skills.

What’s New

Version 3.1.0

New Features Version 3.1.0
- Better on screen walkthroughs
- Minor bug fixes and visual updates
Version 3.0+
- Use AR to anchor your reference image in place
- New interface and design
- Save past projects and timelapse video recordings
- Better timelapse video recording quality
- Share your artwork with other users
- Upload inspiration for other artists to draw
- Recommended products section to see what other users are creating with
- New and improved video and lessons sections
- 20+ New Filters and New Filter Interface
- New filter switch to turn filters on and off to compare the original reference image to the filtered image
Bug Fixes:
- 1 and 2 minte
- Blur and line filters should no longer crash
- Grid now locks to reference image.
- 2-minute video option exports successfully now
- Long drawing recording bug fixed. (The middle of drawings was getting cut out of the video)
- Fixed-sign in issues experienced by some users
- Created offline mode for users that are behind a firewall
- Fixed very long videos timelapse videos to crash when being creating

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
257 Ratings

257 Ratings

Cuaddu ,

Love it 😍

This was such a buried gem-app to find. I was aiming for a tool to help me trace outlines, I was intrigued by the AR capabilities, I tried a free version of a similar app but then decided to “throw away” the money for this one and boy I’m glad I did. Best $$ spent on an app ever. To my surprise I found myself enjoying different aspects of the app rather than what I initially thought I was going to use it for and it took me to the next level with the very first artwork I did. I enjoy my art very much now and it makes me happy and literally less stressed and more smiley all the time. The possibilities are endless and I can’t wait to see where the Da Vinci eye will get and see it go viral as it should 😍😍😍 thank you for making this app!

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much! 🙏

heatherharris8098 ,

Five Stars

I dislike having to have an anchor. Other then that this app is great!

Update: I should’ve tried both modes out first! Thank you for the response. I saw this advertised on Instagram and usually I don’t click on ads but this one really stuck out to me. I love it. Thank you so much. This has made being able to paint large canvas images so much nicer.

I bought a gooseneck arm for my iPhone 11 Pro Max and I haven’t tried using it on my iPad Pro yet

Developer Response ,

Have you tried the classic mode without the anchor? Its pretty awesome too!

Mauijoe ,

Lame reason you need to give your personal details

Why 1 star?
Had zero issues with paying for this app.
In fact IF it does what it says it can do, it’s well worth the $4.99 fee.

So why 1 star.
After down loading the app and opening.
The app wants you to give your personal details by filling out their form, email, etc....

So you go to FAQ and see why the want your email address and for you to set up a password.

In the FAQ you need to scroll down to something like point 5&6 to find out why. Then when reading it, even says make up a fake email address if you want to.

When Apple sends my receipt, I will be asking for a full refund.

This is a LAME app based on requiring the user to create an account with them AFTER you paid the $4.99 fee.

I do not need to share my art work with others and do not care to see their work. If the app developer wanted to create an opt-in type “group” that would be acceptable. However, to open the app and needing to automatically join? NO.

There is ZERO need for this developer to have my email address.
Their lame excuse of saying its for advising the user of app updates, is just that LAME- Apple already does that.

Don’t waste your time nor your money buying this app.
Unless of course you don’t mind freely giving up your personal details.

Developer Response ,

Hey there, I’m sorry you feel that way about signing in, we actually aren’t requesting any personal information from you. As it says in the FAQs the sign In is for a couple reasons. 1. It’s for the app security and deterrent preventing spam accounts, 2. I’m going to be making several apps that you will be able to share data across, and 3. It’s for customer support. Like you mention you don’t even have to use a real email, you can just use a fake email, I’m not even asking you to verify your email address, or you can use Sign In with Apple which is completely anonymous. So no personal information is ever needed. As I say in the FAQs as well, I do not plan on doing anything with your email, if you choose to login that way, unless you are in need of support. Also, you can just open the app in airplane mode if you really want and it skips the whole login screen, but you don’t get access to any of the information on the server. I hope you’ll give us another shot, and if you have any questions feel free to reach out and let me know! Getting a refund shouldn’t be an issue at all, if you have any issues with that let me know. I’m sorry again you feel that way about logging in even if it is anonymously.


132.7 MB

Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity


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