The Five Best Free Drawing Apps for Mac [February 2021]

Digital art has made it easier than ever before for creatives to get to work on their passion projects, but unfortunately, premium professional art tools still cost an arm and a leg. Apps like Adobe’s Illustrator and Procreate have made it so anyone with a computer or tablet and some decent talent can start crafting some fantastic pieces, but unfortunately, the price of both pieces of software can stop incredible artists from getting to share their talent.

Thankfully, if you have a Mac, drawing on your computer doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny. In fact, while apps like Illustrator can be pretty expensive, there are plenty of apps that offer similar, if not identical, features as what you’ll find in Adobe’s drawing app. This means they allow you to create professional-grade sketches, vectors, and concept art. If you are really serious about digital drawing, the money you save on app subscription can go towards other gear. For example, a good drawing tablet is roughly the same price as Adobe Photoshop or the latest edition of Corel Painter.

Professional or novice, the software in this write-up allows you to hone your drawing skills, and you can hardly go wrong regardless of which one you choose. All in all, you should consider what you need out of an app before diving into any of these. With that in mind, let’s see which apps made it on our top five list.

7 thoughts on “The Five Best Free Drawing Apps for Mac [February 2021]”

Eliza says:
Fun fact, the organization that develops Firealpaca also make Medibang which is why these two programs are very similar.
Also, Sketchbook is only free on mobile devices you have to pay 20 USD for the desktop version.
Bev says:
How can these be free? Where is the profit for the companies?
Bev says:
Do MACs come with simple draw programs like PC’s do?
Leslene says:
I’m trying to figure out how I can enhance sketches for a book that are in hard copy. Is there a way to upload photos of them to one of these programs?
Fi says:
Using Autodesk Sketchbook on my MacBook has caused its screen to flicker/glitch whenever I move my cursor around. This only happens when I’m using my pen and tablet. Not sure why it does this. Anyone know of a solution? I’ve tried re-installing the app and restarting my laptop but nothing seems to work.
Ross Ramsdell says:
These are painting tools, not drawing tools
Barbara King says:
my macbook wont allow me to open the firealpaca, thinking it is malware. is there a way you can verify for mac02 that it is not an app that will carry malware?
Jeff says:
You probably figured this out already, but… you can navigate to the app in the Applications folder in finder, then two-finger click it and select open. The OS will then ask you if you’re sure you want to open this application and if you say yes it should run it. You only have to do this the first time.

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