Let Droid Teach You To Draw

Danny Stieben 13-04-2013

android learn drawingIf you are like me, then your best drawing doesn’t get any more complex than the simplest of stick figures. Crooked lines and a lop-sided circle usually plague my drawn characters, and I’m not afraid to admit that. I absolutely envy those who are artistically talented, because it really seems like something that you are either born with or not. The only thing that makes me feel a little bit better is the fact that there are others who are struggling just like me (I’m sorry — I definitely feel your pain).


Recently, however, I felt the need to try to improve my drawing skills, and have looked around the Internet for Android apps which could help me. I have found three that have helped me quite a bit, and I hope that they are able to make some difference for you too.

How To Draw Cartoons

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The first app is called “How to draw cartoons” and there’s no hiding what the app is intended to do. It is extremely simple to use and should keep the process fairly straightforward. When you open the app, you can choose from a list of cartoon characters for which the app has drawing steps. Once you choose one, it will jump right in and show you what you need to do on your paper or other drawing material. Each step will be shown in red, and everything that you should already have drawn out should be shown in blue.

Once you have completed the portion in red, just continue on to the next step until you have completely drawn the cartoon character. If you want to draw a different character, just repeat the process. It is really as simple as that, and the small steps that you complete make it easy to comprehend and to learn from.

How To Draw – Easy Lessons

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The next app I’d like to recommend is called “How to Draw – Easy Lessons”. It’s actually pretty similar to the above app, except that the cartoon characters which it includes tend to be more generic. Additionally, while the steps are also shown in red with portions already completed shown in black, the steps are a bit more complex than those of the above app. Therefore, while this app is meant to give easy lessons to the user, it is still a bit more complex and uses some common art techniques, especially for faces.

The other great thing about this app is that you can practice your drawing skills right on the screen — there’s no need to have to get out a sheet of paper. However, if you’re using it on a smartphone, don’t expect drawing on the app to be easy (see the screenshot from my Nexus 4 Google Nexus 4 Review and Giveaway Even though I am an iPhone user and have been since the first generation iPhone was announced by the late Steve Jobs back in 2007, I've tried to keep an open mind about viable alternatives.... Read More ).


How To Draw Manga

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Last but not least I would like to recommend “How To Draw Manga”. Some people have a heightened adoration for this type of drawing and would like to get into drawing manga or anime characters. The app is not quite as good as the above two apps because it doesn’t offer step-by-step instructions which you can go through at your own pace — instead, it provides videos which demonstrate how to draw manga characters. While it provides good step-by-step instructions along with some additional comments that the above methods cannot provide, you’ll have a slightly harder time because you will need to pause the videos if you need more time for whatever step you’re on.

Then again, that’s my opinion — some people might actually like the video better just because it can provide more information. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video is usually 30 pictures every second. However, there are tons of high-quality videos that show you how to produce some amazing results.


Hopefully these three apps will be able to increase your artistic abilities by a large amount. In this case, I really think that keeping things as simple as possible for beginners or noobs like me is ideal, because you can focus on what you need to do, and not any theory behind it. Theory doesn’t really help if our ability is not good enough to turn it into something nice. So use these apps regularly, and practice a lot. With time, you will slowly get better and eventually you will not have to rely on apps like this anymore. Just remember not the get frustrated and keep trying!

For more Android goodness, don’t forget to check out our Android Guide The Android Beginner's Guide: How to Set Up Your First Smartphone If you're just getting started with your first Android smartphone, this in-depth guide has everything you need to know. Read More as well as our list of the Best Android Apps The Best Android Apps on the Google Play Store for 2019 Looking for the best Android apps for your phone or tablet? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for Android. Read More  and Best Android Games.


How difficult is drawing for you? What Android apps do you use to help you do other stuff besides drawing? Let us know in the comments!

Image Credit: Barb Watson

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  1. bromberg
    February 11, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Do you have a link in mind for “How To Draw Manga” ?
    If so, what is it?

  2. Emil89EC
    April 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I'll definetly try this. Just to get a free day off or a weekend :)

  3. Keith Swartz
    April 15, 2013 at 3:31 am

    "Mama Mia! I gonna' learn how to draw!!"

    I will {all kidding aside!} make use of this site! Thanks Danny &!:)

  4. Ben J
    April 15, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I shall have to try this with, like others have said, plenty of time and patience. I really would like to be able to buy a drawing tab soon. That would help out on the digital end.

  5. Kirby
    April 15, 2013 at 1:50 am

    The green eyed monster in me always shows up when I see someone draw so effortlessly . Maybe in time with the help of the apps above I could improve my drawing skills too.

  6. Bumferry
    April 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Patience really is the key. I hope one day somebody will be able to create an app that gives you more! haha. I'm going to download those first two apps as I think they will give me a good starting point.
    My best mate draws web comics and can create the most amazing scenes with just a biro and ten spare minutes. I'm lucky if i can get away with that can pass above a four year old scribble. .. for now.Thanks for the tips!

    • Danny Stieben
      April 29, 2013 at 3:31 am

      Does he not offer you any lessons? :P

  7. Chris Marcoe
    April 13, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    One of these days, when I have the patience, I'll have to try this. I agree with you about people who can actually draw and make it look like what its supposed to be. But I'm not one of them.