iLuv Drawing Animals is a fun and educational app for iPad, allowing players to learn how to draw 40 animals, section by section, as they are broken down into elements which are traced over simple templates with the aid of spoken instructions. Finished pictures can be saved to the included drawing book or camera roll and one can also share drawings via Facebook, email, including to these devlopers allowing them to see one’s creations.
Selecting an animal to draw is an intuitive experience as one scrolls through pages of possible selections, tapping on the animal of choice. From here, kids will be instructed to trace a series of templates that have broken down the animal subject into a series of easy to understand shapes that when combined, create the creature in question.
iLuv Drawing Animals is a nice choice for kids who are interested in learning the very basics of drawing cartoony animals that are cute and relatively easy to draw. I like how these illustrations are broken down into smaller shapes that kids will easily understand and have had experience with, and the narration is pleasant and easy to follow.
Beyond drawing the simple lines of these drawings, children are also give a variety of tools to personalize their creation, found at the bottom of the screen. A nice feature typically not seen in other drawing apps is a fun selection of colorful backgrounds one can choose before or after the animal has been completed, as well as an eraser, paintbrush and a crayon or marker icon representing color choices and a pencil for drawing. More than twenty color options are given, and I like that the erase option contains both a “go back” and “forward” button, as well as a chance to erase the entire page with a tap, protected from an accidental touch as one must confirm this choice.
By far my favorite feature of this app is the inclusion of a “paint bucket” choice in the paintbrush mode, allowing one to fill in sections of these drawings with a simple tap instead of drawing with a finger as a paintbrush. It is rare to find this “paint bucket” feature among apps where one draws his own creations, and I am happy to find this here among this app as my son still is mastering his fine motor skills and prefers this method of coloring, as do I. Do be sure to close off the sections one draws before the use of the paint bucket because if these areas are not sealed, the paint bucket will fill more of an area than intended.
It is also nice that the paintbrush and eraser feature different size points that one can use, changing the size of line painted or erased, but I wish the same could be said of the pencil tool as well. Here, the size line drawn is too large and cumbersome for the details to be drawn, creating some frustration for me as I traced these animal figures, as the line provided is larger than the line one is tracing and is as refined as drawing with a chubby crayon, making the including of smaller details such as facial features or detail work on the paws of these creatures nearly impossible.
I do wish the erase feature to had a smaller point as well, as erasing with the provided tip available is less than accurate – an issue I did have with this tool as one often takes off too much for the area surrounding the line that one is actually trying to remove.
I was able to have some success with drawing these animals as one of the included paintbrushes does have a point fine enough to trace the templates in some detail – something parents will want to point out to their child.
It was also sometimes difficult to understanding what reference lines to remove in some of these drawings, although tracing with the smaller paint brush does help with this. I wish the series of mini-lessons could also move a step back if one wanted to, an option I wish was possible when trying to figure out what areas of my drawing to erase that were left over from using basic shapes being combined to create for my animal. Kids would also benefit from being able to see the completed animal as they draw as an added reference.
As an adult, I really enjoyed the blank horizontal and vertical pages included as I have spent some time filling these areas with abstract shapes, filling them in with the “paint bucket” to create a stained glass effect. Parents will also enjoy helping their children work on these animals, even if one needs to draw the animals oneself for the children to simply color in depending on the ability of the child.
There were some unresponsive moments within this app while I was trying to draw, and it would be nice for the final drawings to be saved full size within this app as well as being able to edit or finish drawings at a later time, but all in all, my experience with this app was a positive one.
I do recommend this app to those looking for a nice drawing application for their young children, even with its limitations, as the animals are cute and numerous, and the included “paint bucket” feature opening this app up to creativity not seen in other drawing applications.
iLuv Drawing Animals - Learn how to draw 40 animals step by step.
Developer: MyVijan LLC
Released: 2011-10-10 00:00:00
Description from the Developer** Featured in “iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies” book!
*** Please Note: We have added a new feature where you need to “Press and Hold” the tools on learn to draw page to open those. We implemented this feature to prevent accidental unintentional opening of the tools by kids. *****
Cultivate the love for drawing and boost your confidence as an artist with this super simple, learn to draw application featuring 40 popular animals and many attractive features!
Ideal for kids age 4+.
★ Featured What's Hot in iPad Educational Games and Kids Games
★ Reached TOP #1 education in multiple stores worldwide including USA.
★ Best of 2011 at techinspecialed.com
★ Featured on MomsWithApps Banner Program.
Look for an educational and creative value beyond coloring apps, or drawing apps with blank pages!
✔ Learn to draw by tracing over step by step templates.
✔ Very intuitive and easy to use interface.
✔ Friendly voice instructions.
✔ 40 popular animals to choose from.
✔ A vibrant coloring pallet to color the finished drawing.
✔ Combined brush and color pallet.
✔ 30 custom backgrounds and textures to add to the finished drawing.
✔ Add stickers to the drawing.
✔ Editing tools such as eraser, redo, undo, start over.
✔ Save in a drawing book or photos.
✔ Print your masterpiece.
✔ Ability to edit the saved drawing.
✔ Blank pages to practice what you learned or freehand drawing.
✔ Parents looking for more educational contents than just coloring apps or blank papers.
✔ Learning the basics of drawing!
✔ Age group 4 to 10+
✔ Building confidence with drawing and art in any age group!
✔ Art and creativity, right brain thinking.
✔ Basic building blocks of a drawing.
✔ Fine motor skills for younger audience.
We have worked meticulously to make sure all the drawing steps are simple enough for everyone to follow and remember.
Loved by kids, parents, educators and many reviewers
♥ "I was impressed with everything about this app but I especially enjoyed the user interface." - The iPhone Mom.
♥ "highly recommended, a must have addition to your app collection." - theimum.com
♥ "This educational drawing and coloring iPhone app is definitely the best choice for parents, whose kids like to draw animals.” - A Happy Mom
♥ “iLuv Drawing Animals is an exciting app with a lot of learning opportunities and an adorable cast of animals to draw…” - bestappsforkids.com
♥ "Top Original Learn How to Draw and Coloring App” - funeducationalapps.com
♥ "the creative possibilities for this app are wide open! " - 5/5 from appsforhomeschooling.com
♥ "We just wish something like this had been available to us when we were little, we would have LOVED it!"- teacherwithapps.com
♥ "Makes ME want to draw, not just the kids!"- Lorraine Akemman, MomsWithApps!
♥ "I Can Draw After all! I have never been that good at drawing, even with all those "learn to draw books" and classes. I've had a blast with this app. The more I work with it, the more I like it.”
Try our other titles:
- iLuv Drawing Animals
- iLuv Drawing People
- iLuv Drawing Monsters
- iLuv Drawing Dinosaurs
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✔ Does not contain any ads.
✔ Does not have integration with Facebook or other social networks.
✔ Does not contain In App Purchases.
✔ Does not transmit location data.
✔ Does not collect any personal information.
✔ It contains links to the App Store, Rate Now and share by email buttons.