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I have a confession, Appolicious readers. I have not played Draw Something, and I don’t know if I ever will. I admit the idea is clever, but I really hate drawing. I’m not good at it all, and the idea of demonstrating how terrible I am at drawing to another person just doesn’t do it for me. But maybe there are others like me, who need to be coached into letting our inner terrible artist take over? Maybe these simpler drawing apps will help us out.
Drawing Pro ($0.99)
Before you show off your drawing skills to your friends, try messing around on Drawing Pro to get your iPhone drawing fingers wet. You can use 36 different color pens to draw on 10 different backgrounds. There is also a clip art section, in case you think your drawing would look a little better with a hamburger or baseball bat in the foreground.
TrippingFest 2 ($1.99)
While you were busy playing Draw Something, single line drawings became yesterday’s news thanks to TrippingFest 2. The rather unfortunately-named drawing app lets users create symmetry-based drawings using mirror tools and over 20 different kinds of patterns. The results look like something you might find at a Phish concert or an abstract painting. That might not make it the ideal app for everyone, but for the person who has been trying to draw mirrored lines and found their life lacking, TrippingFest 2 has come to the rescue.
I’ll give Draw Something a bit of credit – drawing with someone is certainly more enjoyable than drawing alone. But if that’s what you’re after, Whiteboard Lite: Collaborative Drawing provides the same communal experience without the competition. Two users can connect to the same drawing board over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and create masterpieces with each other’s help.
Drawing with Carl ($0.99)
Drawing with Carl is a fun app geared towards kids who want some characters in their drawing apps. Carl and friends are colorful blob-like creatures that can be placed in and around the drawings made with the app. Kids can also add stickers to their drawings or draw using a paintbucket or mirror tools. Once the drawing is finished they can share it via email or Facebook.
Magnetic Drawing Board ($1.99)
Before there was Draw Something (or even iPhones) there was the Magna Doodle. The magnetic drawing tool has been resurrected via the Magnetic Drawing Board app, and it’s as odd and fun as you remember. The app lets you draw with a magnetic stylus or magnetic shapes, and when you need to erase the board you can use the eraser bar tool for a quick clean up.