Description

A painting app for all artists, whether you’re experienced or just starting out.
Perfect for creating beautiful works of art or a quick sketch whenever you have a burst of inspiration.
You can also try out ideas and compositions before starting on a new painting in real life, or practise and refine your skills, all without the added cost of art supplies.

• LIFELIKE PASTEL SIMULATION •
The app features live-calculated brushes and strokes, making a realistic pastel simulation possible.
Painting tools include soft pastels, oil pastels, pastel pencils, smudge tool, and more.

• REALISTIC PAPER/CANVAS TEXTURES •
When creating a new picture, a unique, non-repeating paper texture is generated that will interact in real-time with the live-calculated strokes you paint.
You can change the default-generated texture to, for example, canvas, which goes great with oil pastels!

• PRECISE COLOR BLENDING •
When painting, especially with soft pastels, use Smudge or the Cotton Swab to blend and smoothen the colors right on the paper, as you would in real life.
With oil pastels, in addition to smudging, the blending is often done by the pastel sticks themselves (for best results, reduce the force or use a similar or lighter color).

• APPLE SILICON •
Native support for Apple Silicon (M1).

• UNIVERSAL PURCHASE •
If you choose to buy the Pro upgrade, this one-time in-app purchase will unlock all Pro features in the app on all available platforms (Mac-iPad-iPhone)!

• METAL •
The engine is based on Metal, with 128-bit color and floating-point arithmetic.

• SWIFT •
The app was developed entirely using Swift (earlier versions used C++).

• FULL SCREEN PAINTING • SEAMLESS PATTERN EDITING MODE •
• DARK MODE • TOUCH BAR SUPPORT • WIDE COLOR •
• MULTIPLE LAYERS • PHOTO TRACING MODE (Pro feature) •

What’s New

Version 5.2

[IMPROVED] The app now makes use of the extra screen space next to the camera inset (“notch”) on Macs with that type of screen.
[NEW] Options for Reset Zoom (in the Settings Menu).
[IMPROVED] Minor memory optimizations.
[IMPROVED] Misc. additional things.
[FIXED] A few minor issues.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

SketcherDoug ,

It’s A Great App!

I’ve always enjoyed sketching even though I’m not good at drawing. I usually use markers and colored pencils. I’ve been looking for a digital sketching / drawing / painting program or app for quite a while... tried some and ended up not using them. I found iPastels and it’s the app I’ve been looking for. It’s easy to understand the tools and options. The price is a bargain even for the upgrade to the pro version. This is my go to sketching app. Give it a try and iPastels will be your go to app as well.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the review. We’re glad you like it! 🙂

McDbeginner ,

Great feel and love the layout!

Pastels are my favorite hands on medium...however, the dust bothers my eyes. This app is the closest thing to the real thing and NO DUST! I quickly upgraded to the Pro version...it is very good.

I love the new layer feature layout with toggles and tracing too! The mountain, house, flower icons are brilliant. I also love and use the color feature that shows the complement of a selected color in the drop down menu; makes a painting pop!

Thank you for the loving attention you've put into it. :)

Developer Response ,

We're glad you like it! :)

Msjdepon ,

Awesome App!

Very intuitive, haven’t used pastels in over 45 years since I was a teen. Which, I was concerned of at the time due to the possibility of inhaling some of the inevitable pigment dust. As soon as tried the free app I instantly did a portrait of my beautiful Havanese dog. Took me all of five minutes from download to finishing his beautiful, long silky hair and big brown eyes! Felt like the real thing on my iPad Pro with the paper like grit feel of pastel paper. Highly recommend this App!

Developer Response ,

Thank you! 😀

App Privacy

The developer, Norbyte, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

Supports

  • Family Sharing

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

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