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Drawing Tutorials: The Complete List (2017 Update)

If you want to get better at drawing but have no idea where to start, then you will LOVE this guide.

Below you will find a list of the best free and paid drawing tutorials online.

Each website I’ve either personally tried (which will show a little icon), or has come highly recommended by fellow friends and artists

To make it even easier for you, I’ve provided a quick snapshot to let you know the level of teaching you can expect, whether it’s paid or not and what each site specializes in. I’ve also included a short review and summary of what you can expect.

Proko


 Beginners, Intermediate

 Paid

 Recommended

 Speciality: Figure Drawing & Human Anatomy


Intimiated by how much there is to learn about drawing? Stan Prokopenko has bought together an excellent collection of fun resource for artists including simple to follow (and often hilarious) instructional art videos.

The Proko classes feel like you are in the studio with Stan receiving in proper technical instruction. His courses aren’t free, however, they won't break your bank account. Proko gives you the option to buy bundles, saving you even more.

Proko Drawing Lessons

In the meantime, he has set up some excellent free drawing tutorials for beginners on his Youtube Channel.

Cool Feature: Poseable Anatomy Model App

Proko has created a fully poseable, anatomically correct reference skeleton for artists. Available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, the app provides the movable figure “Skelly” to make the study of anatomy easier and more enjoyable for students.

Proko Skelly App

Official Website: http://www.proko.com/

Draw A Box


 Beginners

 Free

 Recommended

 Speciality: Mastering the basics of form, dynamic and constructive drawing, and the human figure


Run by artist Irshad Karim, Draw A Box's humble beginning was as a subreddit where artists could complete lessons and partake in challenges to further their skills.

The Draw A Box website takes it a step further with in-depth lessons, complete with videos on Youtube, exercises and homework assignments.

Personally, I love the attention to detail. Irshad is obviously passionate about drawing and it shows in the amount of effort put into this free drawing resource.

Draw A Box Pencil Drawing Tutorials

Combined with a great community on Reddit, beginners can feel comfortable sharing their work and getting constructive feedback from the community.


Official Website: http://drawabox.com/

Sycra Art Videos (Youtube)


 Beginners

 Free

 Speciality: Drawing basics, light & shadows, case studies and speed painting.


Sycra has created a huge variety of content that is great for those new to drawing. His videos are very personal as he walks you through different process as he draws.

His Youtube tutorial videos often highlight common issue when drawing and how he overcomes it. Many of his videos feel like an over the shoulder classroom as he takes you through different drawing processes.


Official Website: http://www.sycra.net/

Youtube Channel

Art Of Wei (Youtube)


 Beginners

 Free

 Speciality: Drawing specific characters, celebrities, objects and animals.


Wei has put together an awesome collection of simple, easy to follow videos as he draws people, objects and animals in real time.

He providers plenty of examples while talking you through the process the whole way. His portrait videos are excellent examples of how to draw realistic sketches from reference.

In each video, Wei talks about the importance of reference marks for accuracy, and shading to bring out the forms.


Official Website: http://www.artofwei.com/

Youtube Channel

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New Masters Academy


 Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

 Paid Subscription

 Recommended

 Speciality: Drawing, painting, sculpture, composition and anatomy.


New Masters Academy is an online art education website that provides incredibly high quality tutorials at a low monthly costs.

It mainly focuses on art fundamentals, with an emphasis on the figure.

What is really exciting about these workshops is the artistic talent they have teaching. Artists such as Steve Huston, Bill Perkins, Glenn Vilppu, Joe Weatherly and Gary Meyer are several artists who have contributed to this education platform.

Each lesson is incredibly in depth and easy to follow. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a beginner, there is always something to learn.

Check out this free video on their Youtube Channel:

Cool Feature: 3D Content Library

They also have a huge library of 3D scans of live figure models. The amount of detail is excellent.

You can rotate the camera, zoom and move the lighting around to get the perfect composition and reference.

New Masters Academy 3D Content Library

They also have an incredible image library with over 10,000 images of people, drapery, anatomy and animals. By far the best I’ve encountered so far.


Official Website: http://www.newmastersacademy.org/

Drawing Tutorials Online


 Beginners, Intermediate

 Free, Paid

 Speciality: Life figure drawing, critiques and trouble shooting.


If you are into life drawing, Matt from Drawing Tutorials Online provides great Youtube videos on how to break down a pose and flesh out the body.

If you are having trouble with your drawing, and can’t figure out what is not working, Matt also provides detailed breakdown of common issues.

Drawing Tutorials Online Nude Figure

His critiques are in depth and provide great instruction to overcoming common drawing challenges.

Matt also provides well priced online drawing workshops, subscriptions and coaching.


Official Website: http://www.drawing-tutorials-online.com/

Youtube Channel

Scott Robertson (Youtube)


 Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

 Free

 Recommended

 Speciality: Industrial design & 3D composition


Scott Robertson is a concept artist well known for his transportation design work. If you are interested in industrial design, Scott’s Youtube channel is brilliant.

In his videos he goes through how he draws, not shying away from subtle fundamentals such as line weight, perspective and developing your free hand drawing skills.

If you are struggling with drawing vehicles, buildings, or robots, then this is the perfect resource for you.

His books and Gumroad Tutorials are a go-to resource for anyone wanting to master realistic drawing and design.


Youtube Channel

Anthony Jones (Robot Pencil Design)


 Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

 Free

 Speciality: Digital painting & workflow in Photoshop


Anthony provides a great set of Youtube videos on digital painting and concept art workflow in Photoshop.

His videos are sprinkled with some excellent tips that will take your drawing to the next level. He also has some good videos on art practice and studying to get better results.


Official Website: http://www.robotpencil.net/

Youtube Channel

Gnomon Workshop


 Intermediate, Advanced

 Paid Subscription

 Recommended

 Speciality: Drawing, sculpting, painting, 3D modeling, animation, composition & more.


Gnomon Workshop is one of the industry leaders in professional training for artists in the entertainment industry.

They have a huge library of over 300 titles covering multiple art subjects and techniques. They cover everything from design, drawing, painting, as well as 3D modelling, texturing and animation.

When I first discovered Gnomon Workshop you would order a course online and they would mail out a DVD set. Things have changed since then! To access all of their content, you can now pay monthly subscription fee, or you can pay yearly a cheaper price.

Some of the online training can be a little bit overwhelming for beginners, however, for people who are looking to take their skills to the next level, then Gnomon Workshop is awesome.

Gnomon Workshop drawing tutorials

Official Website: https://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/

Ctrl + Paint


 Beginners

 Free

 Speciality: Drawing composition, using digital tools, art theory and mindsets.


​Matt Kohr has created a well organized library of hundreds of professional videos tutorials. Matt is personable as he clearly explains different digital drawing techniques.

Each video provides clear step by step instructions, common mistakes, and easy homework assignments that challenges and helps you grow.

Ctrl+Paint Digital Painting Tutorial

Official Website: https://www.ctrlpaint.com/

Draw With Jazza (Youtube)


 Beginners

 Free

 Speciality: Drawing fundamentals, cartoon and animation.


Jazza’s Youtube channel is full of fun, and informative drawing tutorials.

In each video, he breaks down each technique he uses, while also sharing different methods to ones he favours. He covers everything from traditional and digital drawing techniques, to photoshop and flash tutorials.

His channel also includes competitions and some amazing interviews with other professional artists.

​Cool Feature: Free Reference Files

Many of his tutorials have reference files that you can download and use when going through each video. I love that!

He also a fellow Aussie, which is a major bonus too.


Official Website: http://www.jazzastudios.com/

Youtube Channel

Mark Crilley (Youtube)


 Beginners

 Free

 Speciality: Anime, manga, chibi, and art fundamentals.


Does the thought of anime or manga make your heart beat a little bit faster?

Mark has created an excellent collection of videos to help you not only master different manga and anime styles, but also your general pencil drawing skills.

Mark provides simple guides, sprinkled with excellent tips, as he walks you step by step through the many different facets of Japanese drawing styles.

I particularly love how he compares cartoon style to realism, to help you to figure out what might be missing in your composition.

And for those who don’t have a drawing tablet, Matt works mostly with pencil on paper.


Youtube Channel

ThoughtCo


 Beginners

 Free

 Speciality: Specific drawing guides.


ThoughtCo has a number of drawing tutorials that good if you want to draw a specific object or animal.

Unfortunately, it is not as well laid out and doesn’t go into as much detail as some of the other lessons do.

If you are completely newbie to drawing, you might get frustrated with this site. Many of the tutorial will already assume you have a basic grasp of line and form.

ThoughtCo Horse Tutorial

Official Website: https://www.thoughtco.com/

Learn To Draw (App)


 Beginners

 Freemium

 Speciality: Figure drawing, anatomy


Learn To Draw is a great app for teaching beginners how to draw figures.

The app takes the user through detailed step by step tutorials for drawing human anatomy and proportions. As you advance, the amount of skill level and detail increases in the lessons.

The app is free, however, if you want specific tutorials or more advanced lessons, then you will have to purchase them in the app.

Learn To Draw App Screenshot

Official Website: http://learnhowtodrawapp.com/

Download: Apple iTunes | Google Play

Sketchbook.com Blog


 Beginners, Intermediate

 Free

 Speciality: Step by step drawing guides on specific objects and animals.


For a website primarily showcasing the Sketchbook app, its blog is surprisingly good.

While it doesn’t have a set out step by step lesson plan like many of the other suggestions list, each individual blog post provides an in depth instruction on whatever the subject matter is. 

They list many easy things to draw​ as well as more challenging subjects.

The blog covers everything from drawing foxes and horses to drawing a mecha, tattoos and animated infographics. I’m sure there is something on the blog to inspire your imagination.

Sketchbook Free Pencil Drawing Tutorial

Official Website: http://www.sketchbook.com/

Empty Easel


 Beginners, Intermediate

 Free

 Speciality: Traditional art mediums.


This blog has an excellent array of blog posts covering most traditional art mediums.

The have some great blog posts on drawing, and promote online art competitions you can join in with.


Official Website: http://emptyeasel.com/

LethalChris Drawing (Youtube)


 Beginners, Intermediate

 Free

 Speciality: Drawing specific characters, objects and creatures.


Chris has put together some amazing videos walking you through the process of how he draws everything from anime characters and fantasy creatures to random and interesting objects.

He clearly explains what to do, how to do it, and also why he is doing it (which I love!). A great example is his tutorial on how to draw smoke:

This tutorial shows Chris’s thought process behind the drawing and how that adds up to the final result.


Youtube Channel

Envato Tuts+ (Blog)


 Beginners, Intermediate

 Free, Paid

 Speciality: Drawing specific characters, objects and creatures.


Tuts+ website has a huge variety of free and paid tutorials for almost any aspect of drawing.

From color theory to concept art, the Tuts+ library has a lot of stuff to choose form.

It isn’t as structured as some of the other websites, however there is a ton of content to keep you busy for months.

Envato Tuts+ Character Drawing

Official Website: https://design.tutsplus.com/

How To Draw Manga


 Beginners

 Free, Paid

 Speciality: Manga, anime and chibi.


The Manga University offers a number of different resources to help you master Japanese Illustration styles.

The free tutorials are good, however, they don’t go into a huge amount of details. They also have some free videos that are short, sharp and to the point. The videos are all in Japanese, however they do come with English subtitles.

If you do want something a little more in depth, then you can pay for their Home Study Course. It covers the basics of anatomy, proportions, character design and the history of manga.

The real benefit of this course is having someone assess your working during the course, giving you excellent feedback along the way.

How To Draw Manga Hair Tutorial

Cool Feature: Manga University 101 App

Manga University have also created a great little app to help you on your drawing journey. It includes a bunch of helpful tutorials and techniques


Official Website: https://www.howtodrawmanga.com/

Download: Apple iTunes | Google Play

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