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10 Sites That Will Teach You How to Draw Well

Saikat Basu 26-10-2017

Most of us wish to be born with two skills. The first one — to sing and play in tune; the second – to draw with ease. Unfortunately, most of us can only stare with envy as some of the blessed ones give their talents a bigger stage.


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I can’t hold a tune, but to a moderate degree, I can wield a brush and palette. That little amount of unpolished skill has helped me breeze through Biology’s vertical sections and sundry anatomical illustrations. The art classes that I took certainly helped to shore up my understanding of symmetry and perspective.

Today, with that smidgen of skill you can start a second career in graphic design Is Art School Necessary for a Career in Graphic Design? If you want to pursue a career in digital arts or graphic design, is it worth getting a degree? Can you get by without one? What exactly does the degree do for you, anyway? Read More . Even if you skip art school, a few online Photoshop and Illustrator classes can take you a good distance. But to really take it to the next level, a good drawing hand is essential.

So, it’s never too late to dust off the years and take up lessons on how to draw. Think of the web and these websites profiled below as your free online drawing and art class. Brush up your skills. Start.

1. Drawspace

Unique Feature: More than 500 classes for all levels.


You can learn how to draw and sketch with this one site. The person behind the site is Brenda Hoddinott. It’s not only the variety of things you can learn to draw or the well-supported discussion board on the site. It’s also the layout of the site — jump straight to your skill level (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced).

Online Drawing Lessons -- Drawspace

There are both free and paid classes, and enough free drawing tutorials (about 15%) to give you a running start.

You might like the high-quality downloadable PDF tutorials that are detailed with illustrations and steps. You can also view them online without a download. If you doubt your caliber as an artist, download and read the lesson titled – Understanding Talent. To access the lessons in full, you need to register (free).


2. Drawing Coach

Unique Feature: Dive into the art of cartoons and caricatures.

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Online Drawing Lessons -- Drawing Coach

The site is a singlehanded effort but you won’t have anything to complain about. I like that the tutorials are light in theory but heavy on technique. If you like a bit of bedrock, look into the Drawing Techniques section.


3. Arty Factory

Unique Feature: A growing section on art appreciation you should study alongside.

This is a clean and free online resource for anyone who wants to learn how to draw, paint, and understand more about design too.Some of the illustrated step by step tutorials are one of a kind — you can learn how to design your own tribal masks. Or, pop-art lessons Make Your Own Retro Gaming 3D Pop Art If you know how to use a printer, glue, and a crafting knife, you can use this guide to turn your most beloved games into pieces of unique 3D pop art. Read More in the style of Chuck Close.

Online Drawing Lessons -- ArtyFactory

I spent some time on the aerial perspective lesson and even tried my hand at it. Try it yourself; it’s a simpler skill but leaves a beauteous impact.


4. Academy of Art University

Unique Feature: A simple one-off lesson that will give you some confidence.

Enter the Flash-based video class. You might hate Flash, but the animation here is high quality. It is just a step-by-step tutorial on a single topic — how to draw a head. But, it is instructive because you will learn all about facial proportion, expression and sketching basics.

Academy of Art

Also, it is a stepping stone to portrait skills. Practice the basics and then draw a friend’s head from memory or a photograph.

5. Rate My Drawings

Unique Feature: All members have the same tools so the difference is just the talent.

Rate My Drawings is a leading online art community with 50,000 plus members. The site is a platform for drawing tutorials and community forums to learn and share. The site has a web interface that’s like an online canvas. Users draw using the Flash-based or the more advanced Java-based or HTML5 drawing software tool, and people rate drawings with a score that’s anything between a masterpiece and a disaster.

Rate My Drawings

The same online drawing tool is also the canvas for multi-user collaborative art. You can draw and chat. For instance, an interactive tutoring session can be easily set up by two or more users.

6. Drawing Now

Unique Feature: Thousands of cartoons, manga, people, animals and more easy lessons.

Drawing Now is a user-driven site that’s simple and not overwhelming for the beginner or the intermediate user. With a free membership, you can enjoy interactive features like live chat and IM. The tutorials are step by step and easy to follow. What makes them easier to follow are the screencasts along with the step by step instructions.

Drawing Now

You can also create your own tutorials, thus teaching others how to draw. There is a Flash-based whiteboard for digital art and mobile apps for iOS to support your learning.

7. Daily Sketch Challenge

Unique Feature: The largest art community on the web.

If you have just taken up the paintbrush or the pencil, it will take you a while to reach Deviant Art. The best social network for artists 5 Best Social Networks for Creative Writing, Photography, Art, Design, and Music Instead of social networking for exposure, you may want to consider social networking for fellowship. The enthusiasm, guidance, and commiseration that you'll find can work wonders for your creativity. Read More can overwhelm you with images of what’s possible when you have serious art skills. But, you can take up the Daily Sketch Challenge anytime because it welcomes all skill levels.

Daily Sketch Challenge

The challenge was started in 2015. The instructions are simple — check the group’s Journal every day for a new subject to draw (e.g. “Scary Godmother”) and post your drawing of that subject each day. As the site says, it’s all about the act of drawing each day as a habit.

8. Ctrl+Paint

Unique Feature: Bite-sized videos on digital drawing and painting.

Keep the sketchbook aside. It’s time to pick up a stylus because this neat website is all about digital painting Learn Digital Art from Scratch With These 22 Lynda Courses With hundreds of online courses to choose from, is the fastest way to mastery of digital art. Here are a few courses to get you started. Read More . The procession of videos is organized like a curriculum and that you can learn complex subjects in small chunks. Each video is just 5 minutes long.

Take a look at the Drawing Habit first. Then, dive into the different topics. For instance, Chapter 2 and 3 cover traditional drawing. They have this advice for beginners — Basic drawing doesn’t seem as exciting as digital painting, so it’s often skipped by beginners. Don’t make this mistake!

9. Pinterest

Unique Feature: Find and save drawing lessons on your own boards.

Try this — type “drawing tutorials” in the Pinterest search bar and see how many results get displayed. Someone like artgirl67 has a board with 966 lessons on “How-to-Draw”. That’s just one drawing buff. Pinterest is a launch pad for more.

Pinterest is a visual smorgasbord. In 2016, the social site has more than 150 million active users a month. And, as it is a conclave for creatives, you can expect to find links to drawing tutorials you can check out with a glance. Just remember to follow these Pinterest search tips 7 Ways to Mine Pinterest for Even More Interesting Pins How can you be sure that you're uncovering all the amazing content that has been generated by other Pinterest users? Here are essential seven tips. Read More to find the most interesting pins you need.

10. YouTube

Unique Feature: Create your own playlist from an almost infinite catalog.

Digest this — one-third of all internet users are on YouTube. That’s one billion and counting. But how many are creating authentic art channels you can learn from? But, as you well know, you can learn anything on YouTube and these fantastic channels on drawing skills Learn to Draw at Your Own Pace With Awesome YouTube Videos Are you interested in learning how to draw? You can learn at your own pace when you have moments to spare thanks to awesome YouTube videos. Read More are a tip of the brush.

YouTube-Drawing Lessons

Use the power of auto-suggestions in the search box. For instance, “drawing lessons for beginners step by step” is a better keyphrase than just “drawing lessons”. Even the former nets you nearly 4 million results.

Turn Yourself Into an Artist

We all were artists once. In the journey towards adulthood, our crayons were forgotten. Thanks to the web, all of us can come back to this skill. It’s just that drawing is all about the eye and the hand. The benefits are many. Right off the bat, a drawing habit will improve your observational skills…and this creative habit might make you a happier person.

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  1. Jamima
    May 31, 2019 at 11:56 am

    This post is really very helpful for the people who are looking for art related sites. Thanks a lot for sharing such great info. You guys can also check here for art materials.
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  2. Frank in The Villages
    December 30, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    The description for the first site listed, Drawspace, says that around 15% of the lessons are free, "to get you off and running". In truth, those 15% are simply the table of contents for each lesson group, so instead of off and running, you're right where you started.
    MUO needs to dig a bit deeper before recommending.

  3. Raxert
    May 28, 2018 at 7:04 pm


  4. Raxert
    May 28, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I prefer Youtube due to its vast collections of videos. I think at some point you will have to enter into Youtube whether it be for tutorials or for reference.

    If you like to draw then you could also check out my website for learning to draw: [Broken URL Removed]

  5. dragonmouth
    October 26, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    If you don't have the talent, no amount of lessons and/or practice will make you good in anything, whether it is art, math, music or a sport.

    • RegalSloth
      January 8, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      False. Talent is just the starting point.

      • Saikat Basu
        January 9, 2018 at 6:14 am

        True. Talent can take you just so far. Plus, trying your hand at something like drawing can be just for enjoyment. Talent or no talent.

  6. Unknown
    October 15, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Ok I will admit umm why was YouTube on this I think every one knows what YouTube I started of with tutorials on youtube

  7. Aidan Sliney
    January 6, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Awesome list of sites. It is all about practice, practice, practice. If you are looking to learn more on how how to draw the human face and figure you should check out our free Android and iOS app “Learn how to draw”. You would be surprised how quickly you start seeing improvements in your drawings. Practice is the key. Just keep at it
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    • Saikat Basu
      January 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Oh great! Both app appear to be free without any in-app purchases so far. Will try them out. Thanks for the suggestion.

  8. V Pignatelli
    September 24, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Very good resource. I would add the emerging to the list

  9. V Pignatelli
    September 24, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Very good resource. I would add the emerging to the list

  10. trawalla
    July 17, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Hi I am a first timer but drawing and art in general is my living and in terms of art drawing I think the basics are fine to learn but then your drawings will be the same drawing with nothing in mind will produce better results plus a drawing takes some time as does painting so your approach should be of a painter

  11. hmcahyo
    July 17, 2010 at 5:05 am

    thank you for nice posting :D

  12. Anonymous
    July 16, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    WOndering how to draw and here are good ways to do that, hope that some of those links functions also on windows mobile, this will make it better to not forget the practice on the road.

  13. Scott_T
    July 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm
  14. Scott_T
    July 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    • Saikat Basu
      July 11, 2010 at 3:29 am

      Have covered it's a very nice site.

      • Scott_T
        July 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

        I probably learned about it from here :P

        • Scott_T
          July 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

          Ahem, duhhh. I see it now.

  15. Natjay
    July 10, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Great sites for learning how to draw and bringing out the inner artist. I also use sites like SumoPaint simply for the inspiration of others' works.

  16. Yamato
    July 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for the nice reviews. As I am about to illustrate a childrens book (story developed by me, but didn't find someone to draw it) they are very helpful for me. Good that you posted that before the weekend.

    • Aibek
      July 13, 2010 at 8:23 am

      please share it with us once it's ready :-)

  17. Helnes
    July 9, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I think that the best way to learn to draw is to practice. Draw - draw - draw!

    • Saikat Basu
      July 11, 2010 at 3:31 am

      Yes, that goes without saying. But it's better if we learn some of the basic techniques first. Techniques are the shortcut through mistakes especially if one does not have natural skills.