By DB on July 22, 2010

Top 15 Online Tools For Drawing And Sketching

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If you find yourself bored at work and have the artistic streak in you, you should probably busy yourself with working on a drawing project you can later show off to your friends. Instead of going the traditional way and sticking to pencil and paper, you should explore the arena of computer aided drawing. Chances are you do not have software installation privileges on the work computer you use therefore online tools would be the best way to go.

Below you will find my gathered list of 15 online tools for sketching and drawing. Try out each one and see what service best suits your tastes. You are welcome to share if you know more useful drawing and sketching tools which our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter.

1. Flame

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This tool is simply brilliant. It gives you simple tools which create flame-like textures. These textures can be adjusted according to your preferences: you can change colors, saturation, opacity, etc. Even random mouse gestures can end up creating wonderful patterns. Visit Flame here.

2.  Scribbler Too

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Scribbler Too is another greatly engaging sketching tool. Its web-like drawings are easy to create. Many color options are available for you to modify. Learning the tools is quite easy and once you have learned them, creating masterpieces is quite easy too. Visit Scribbler Too here.

3. Flash Paint

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Flash Paint is a full web based drawing tool with many drawing features. The feature I liked best was its ability to create complex geometrical drawings with ease. This was achieved through a combination of lines and curves which you can modify easily. Click here to visit Flash Paint.

4. Odosketch

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Odosketch supports brush-based drawing. Brushes of varying thickness are provided; these can be used to form brilliant drawing on the virtual canvas. Visit Odosketch here.

5. Sketch Swap

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This sketching website has only drawing tool: a thick dark brown pencil. You draw a sketch and then swap it with somebody else on the site. When you view the other person’s sketch, a replay is shown of the sketch was built from zero to completion. It is quite interesting to see an empty canvas take the form of a finished product. Click here to visit Sketch Swap.

6. Draw.To

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Draw.To lets you draw simple small drawing and share them on Twitter and Facebook. The small canvas can be used to show off your creativity. Click here to visit Draw.To.

7. Penolo

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Penolo is a somewhat similar to Draw.To. You are provided with a small canvas and some basic tools to draw with. The result can be shared on your Twitter account. Visit Penolo here.

8. Canvastic

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This online drawing tool is quite basic and very suitable for children or for quick time passing. If you want, you can accompany your pictures with explanatory text. Your brush strokes are recorded and a “replay” button can be used to see exactly how your sketch came into being. Visit Canvastic here.

9. Queeky

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Queeky lets you create simple drawing with tools that are seemingly basic but provide comprehensive drawing options. Finished drawing can be saved and share. Browsing others’ drawing is also possible through Queeky. Visit the site here.

10. SketchPad

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SketchPad is a simple sketching tool with wonderful colors of canvas and brushes. The results you get are quite interesting because of the amazing color combinations. Click here to visit SketchPad.

11. Viscosity

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Viscosity makes it very easy to create abstract art. If you have great drawing skills, you can use Viscosity to create something truly unique. Click here to visit the site.

12. Doink

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Doink is another site which I thought made it a lot easier to create complex geometrical drawings through straight lines and curves. Apart from that, basic tools on the site make sketching fun and quick. Visit Doink here.

13. Flock Draw

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Flock Draw is a collaborative drawing tool which can be a lot of fun if you have a partner to draw with on another computer. Click here to visit Flock Draw.

14. My Oats

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This is an absolutely amazing website to create symmetrical circular drawings. You will get the hang of the available tools and mouse gestures rather quickly and easily create wonderful drawings. Visit My Oats here.

15. Draw Things

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Draw Things is another simple drawing tool which lets you create simple sketches via variable pen thickness. The provided color range is not very vast but it does the simple sketching job fine. Draw Things is ideal for quickly killing some time. Visit the site here.





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Comments

It uses Air and isn’t online but, LiveBrush is awesome.

http://www.livebrush.com/

Thanks for including http//www.doink.com on your list. Not only is it a fun drawing application but it also provides cool animation tools similar to Flash. Once you’ve created your clips, you can post your art to YouTube, Facebook,embed in blogs & web sites & Tweet it.

Thanks for this great list.
I’d also recommend checking out http://drawonthe.net/ which allows multiple people to work on the same drawing, and also allows drawing on top of a webpage (or image).

Very well done! This was a great list of the tools out there for drawing and sketching. I will keep up my own research and be sure to add more to this post in the near future. My favorite tool right now is my pogo stylus for I phone and I pad use. Douglas Wittnebel

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There were a lot of drawing apps here that I never knew about. I especially think that myoats was really cool. Do you think that you could add http://www.drawinghowtodraw.com/ to your list? We just added a drawing app and a collaborative drawing app to our drawing tutorials site. Thank you in advance.

how come drawsum isn’t on your list?

it’s a fantastic open art project where anyone can draw onto a big canvas, brilliant :D

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