5 great apps for freelance artists

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Life as an artist is not always easy. But parts of it have gotten way easier, with the arrival of mobile technology. Here are 5 awesome iPhone apps that will boost your workflow, all free and super easy to use.

Instagram

Sharing your artwork on social media has never been easier. Take a shot of whatever is on your art table, hashtag it or write a sentence describing it and click share. You can even hook it up with your Facebook and Twitter, and get a wider reach instantly.

Learning curve: 5 minutes. 10 out of 10.

Tripit

Go to conventions often? Get the free version of Tripit and keep all your travel info in one place. Go to Tripit.com to set up your account. Book your flight however you choose and ust forward your ticket email to plans@tripit.com and your info will be in the easily accesible app in mere seconds. SO much cooler than print outs or scrooling through your inbox for a flight number.

Learning curve: None. 8 out of 10.

Dropbox

This is hardly news, but the Dropbox app is absolutely awesome and essential for artists. Save all the documents you need, like your portfolio, a pdf of your graphic novel or sample pages and have access to them everywhere, anytime. The app allows for easy sharing, so you can email a link to files of any size to people you meet – on the spot. Another great feature is the photo upload that you can enable for on-the-go back up of your photo library, so you can clear more space on your phone without plugging in to anything. The free version of Dropbox gives you 2 GB of storage, the pricing for more is reasonable not to mention tax deductable.

Learning curve: 2 minutes. 10 out of 10.

PocketCasts

Why not get smarter while you’re working on your art? Drawing usually only requires a part of your brain to pay attention, you can easily listen to podcasts while you’re sketching and inking. PocketCasts allows you to add your favorite podcasts and stream or download episodes individually. The free version let’s you only add a handful of podcasts, so get the paid one, it’s cheap.

Learning curve: 3 minutes. 7 out of 10.

WordPress

If you have a blog, it’s probably WordPress. But did you know they have an awesome app that let’s you manage several blogs, write posts and add pictures on the go, approve and reply to comments without ever opening a browser? Well, you know now.

Learning curve: 8-10 minutes. 9 out of 10.

Hope these tips help you get more done on the road and makes life easier for you! Got any apps I should know about? Please comment below!

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