Da Vinci Eye is THE essential digital tool for NON-DIGITAL artists. It's used by thousands of creatives from painters to bakers to make incredible artwork. Da Vinci Eye is not just for tracing, it offers a multitude of drawing tools, lessons, daily drawing prompts, and a supportive community to share your artwork!

******Please... please... please... read how this app works below and the device requirements for AR Mode before purchasing.*****

Scroll down to learn...
- What it is used for
- How it works
- Does it help me learn to draw?
- List of features
- AR Mode requirements

*First, is this app worth it?*

Don't take our word for it...

- Top 5 Graphics & Design app in 100+ countries

- Featured in LifeHacker, Apple News, The Guardian, AR / VR journey, and more.

*What can I use this for?*

For Artists
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 this app to layout your artwork before you begin or check your work as you go along.

Having a hard time seeing where lights are 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.

Can't think of what to draw?
Check out our inspiration section for user uploaded reference photos. Or have a great pic? Upload your own photos for other artists to draw.

Learning how 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.

For Bakers:
Try tracing your favorite cartoon character onto cupcakes, cakes, or cookies.

For entertainment:
Give anyone a professional hand-drawn temporary tattoo.

The possibilities are endless!

*How does it work?*
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 lightbox, 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.

Does this help me learn to draw?
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.

Feature overview

Make drawing or paintings of any size

Create hyper-realistic drawings with our strobe feature

Record time-lapse videos of your drawings to share on social media

Separate images into layers by color value, then view those areas on your canvas

Lessons to learn the fundamentals of drawing

Breakdown any image into step by step instructions to draw

In-app video tutorials on how to use Da Vinci Eye

Filters to apply to your pictures that make drawing easier

Zoom in to capture micro details in your drawings

Community to share your artwork

Inspiration pictures uploaded by the community.

Insanely fast app support!

*AR Mode Requirements*

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.

To use AR mode, you must have an A10x or A11 processor and above in your device. 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

What’s New

Version 3.0.9

New Features Version 3.0.9
- 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
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
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
194 Ratings

194 Ratings

bh108 ,

Does not work on my iPad Pro

I just bought it. I open the app and it says I need an update to use it and gives me an update button. I hit the button and it takes me back to the app page I bought and just downloaded it from with no new update. I hit the open button on that page and it start the cycle all over again. If the developer does not fix this, I want a refund!

Update: Deleted the app and then reinstalled it. It now opens and usable. Will give more impressions after I have time to use it.

Developer Response ,

Hi There,
Sorry about that! This is happening on a very small number of devices, where the device does not download the app properly. This is a bug, we are releasing an update in a few hours to fix this. If you restart your device and/or reinstall the app it should work. You can also email and I can fix the issue for you.


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! 🙏

veejim ,

My First Realistic Drawing!

I completed my drawing 30 minutes after downloading this app. Perfect tool for beginners, like me, wanting to achieve their first realistic drawing or skilled Picasso’s looking for inspiration, can submit their work and request to be featured. App has daily challenges and can even follow your artists!


131.3 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


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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