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how to draw comicsI’ll come right out and say it: I can’t draw. If I had to draw a cartoon to save my life, it probably wouldn’t end well. My drawing talents start and end with stick figures, and even that’s a stretch. Despite this unfortunate fact, or maybe because of it, I got interested in video tutorials that teach you how to draw.

YouTube is full of such tutorials for anything from a smiley face to complex characters, but many of them are hard to follow or just plain bad. How can you know which channels to focus on if you want to learn to draw, or hone your drawing skills? That’s what MakeUseOf here for! Below you’ll find a list of the top YouTube channels, arranged by drawing level from simple to more advanced, that will help you learn how to draw. Whether you’re a total beginner or you’ve already done some drawing, you should find at least one you’re going to love.


If you’re really a beginner like I am, this one is perfect for you. Short and sweet, these videos will teach you how to draw very simple cartoons in a matter of minutes. Seriously, even I can draw these. Yes, they’re slightly out of focus, and yes, they can (and are) done by kids, but they’re excellent little tutorials. DoodleKat’s tutorials are done with black marker on paper, and in 2-3 minutes, you’ll find yourself drawing a cute little owl, horse, cake, or even a taco. Guaranteed.


While these tutorials are probably meant for kids, they’re also great for those of us who are just starting our journey into drawing. Using black marker on paper, these short videos will teach you how to draw very simple doodles such as a ladybug, a raccoon, a shark, etc. These are really, really simple drawings. Even if you’ve never drawn anything before, you’re going to be able to follow these easily and get some cool drawings you’ll be proud of.

Mark Crilley

If you’re new to drawing but you’re ambitious, Mark Crilliey’s videos are going to get you hooked. In these very detailed videos you’ll learn how to draw Manga characters, dragons, and more, and even find specific tips such as how to draw hair or feet. The videos are mostly done with pencil on paper, and are easy to follow despite the use of stop motion techniques.  Almost every line is explained in full, and you can easily pause and continue to catch up with each new line. Even for a newbie like me, these are a joy to watch.


If you can handle a pencil, and want to draw your favorite cartoon characters, Evan Burse from CartoonBlock will show you how. These are pretty short videos, so the tutorials are not very detailed, but if you just need guidance and inspiration, they can be very useful. Done with pencils on paper, the tutorials include many different characters, from Wolverine and Anakin Skywalker to Bart Simpson and Sonic. Also included are some videos of famous artists sketching some characters from scratch. Great for inspiration, if you already know what you’re doing.


Despite its name, IDrawGirls is not just about drawing girls, but about drawing characters in general. It’s not for beginners – I will probably never be able to draw like this – but it offers long and detailed tutorials that can help you reach real results. Most drawings in the videos are done with Photoshop and a Wacom tablet, so if you’re using those, you’ll find it much easier. If you’re drawing on paper, you can still get some pretty useful tips.


If you’re really into drawing already, and are looking for good, advanced tutorials, look no further than Sycra. You won’t find 3-minute tutorials here. If you want to draw a dragon, you’ll learn how to do so in 5 separate videos, each longer than 10 minutes. The videos include detailed explanations that go even beyond the basic drawing techniques. Most of the drawings are done with Photoshop and a Wacom tablet, and can also teach you about things like proportions, patterns, and more.

Bottom Line

As you can imagine, these are just the tip of the iceberg. As a beginner, I tend to pick tutorials that include explanations and are easy to understand, and not those that just show speedy drawing with music in the background. I would love to hear about your own favorite YouTube channels for learning how to draw. Which style of tutorials do you prefer? And if you can’t draw (like me), hopefully you’ve just found some inspiration to get started!

Image Credit: drawing man image via Shutterstock

  1. Jessica Penick
    October 14, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    These videos are all well and good, but better learn-to-draw videos will teach you fundamentals of self-sufficient drawing rather than just drawing a specific thing in a specific style. Teach an artist to draw a cat and they'll draw that cat, but teach an artist how to learn to draw cats, and they'll be able to draw all kinds of mammals. Or something like that. is a good website for learning such things. It's made entirely by concept artist Matt Khor (who uses Photoshop and a tablet or cintiq or something). Most of the videos about taking advantage of Photoshop features, but there are more than a few video series in the library about traditional drawing, techniques, perspective, composition, color, etc. It is a fantastic resource!

    To be honest, everyone starts out drawing a specific thing in a specific style, though. The learning comes from trying to stretch that knowledge. Have you ever used one of these tutorials and then tried to draw the subject in a different way? Art involves a lot of exploration; you have to be willing to draw ugly imperfect drawings before you can figure out how to bring to life that vision in your head.

  2. Jose
    January 9, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Our channel can be very inspirational we show top international comic book artists drawing online + some interviews + some reviews of digital tools for artists.

    • Yaara Lancet
      January 11, 2013 at 7:27 am


  3. Douglas Mutay
    November 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I doubt that anyone without the art skill in himself will be able to really master this. I am sure you need to have something inside of you to be able to draw something beautiful. I know people that really can't just draw anything even with an intensive training and other that have been born with it and have the basis to learn how to master what they have in them.

  4. Patricia Calvert
    October 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I will definitely be forwarding this to some young kids I know! Creativity can sometimes start with the smallest of seeds.

  5. Mac Witty
    October 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    A very good collection of tutorials
    The sad thing is you seems to have some kind of talent too ;)

  6. Nikhil Chandak
    October 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I saw these videos ....
    they were just amazing to teach the art of creating comics !!
    u just chose the best videos of teaching the art of creating videos ...
    fantastic !!

  7. Nitish Kumar
    October 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Great videos

  8. Gabriel Barron
    October 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Hello everyone, what is the general consensus on a best one to use.

    • Nitish Kumar
      October 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Mark Crilley is best among them

  9. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    October 25, 2012 at 5:10 am

    But the takeaway is, no matter how much time you invested watching these videos, your skill will not increase if you don't practice. This is the same for other art branch (writing, songmaking, etc) so make sure you get yourself a hefty time of practice if you're really into it.

  10. Nguy?n Tân
    October 25, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Nice! But I never have had any child :))

  11. Yudono Ra
    October 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    i love dragon and mythical creature drawings, gonna tell some friend about this

  12. Lyndon Dees
    October 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Great article! I also like to watch Bruce Blitz teach cartooning.

  13. Harshal Warkhede
    October 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    This tempts me to draw some cartoons...

  14. Damien Garcia
    October 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Yes!!! This is what i was thinking about earlier today. if i could learn to draw online. Thank you, if anyone knows somewhere different to learn to draw, please share.

  15. druv vb
    October 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Thats motivating... But unless you are really keen to draw, you will have little success...

  16. salim benhouhou
    October 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

    thank you Yaara those channels will help me learn digital art

  17. Boni Oloff
    October 23, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I always want to learn drawing, but noone can learn that fast. ;)

  18. Siddhant Chaurasia
    October 23, 2012 at 12:36 am

    DoodleAcademy is my favourite

  19. Javier Vega
    October 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Great selection, i'm already subscribed to 2 of them, this aint new topic for me, but nice to order some info for others who could be interested in knowing more.


  20. Dino Pearsons
    October 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I have a friend who's really into drawing, I think he'll appreciate this.

  21. Anonymous
    October 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Good idea for a list.

  22. Ivan Zanetic
    October 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Wow, this sounds inviting!

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