How to draw: the best drawing tutorials

If learning how to draw is something you've always wanted to do, or you're looking to hone your illustration skills in a particular area, you've come to the right place. In our extensive collection of how to draw tutorials, you'll find everything from humans and animals to flowers and the environment, so you're sure to find something of interest.   

The drawing tutorials here cater for all skill levels, from beginner right through to pro techniques and tips on how to draw various popular subjects. There's video tutorials as well as in-depth step-by-step guides to really help you get to grips with drawing, so be sure to bookmark this post and come back whenever you get stuck or want to sharpen your skills in another area.

Some of the drawing tutorials here use digital tools, while others focus on traditional methods (so grab your best pencils), but there's plenty of core skills to learn from both. So no matter what you want to learn how to draw or how you want to draw it, you'll find something helpful here. 

Working in Adobe Illustrator? Don't miss our round up of the best Illustrator tutorials from around the web. And if you're after sketching tips specifically, then be sure to read our sketching tips from the experts.

How to draw animals

How to draw a dog

How to draw a dog

Draw a dog that's realistic and anatomically correct

Not all dogs are alike, but there are some key rules to follow to ensure your dog drawing is realistic and anatomically correct. Kate Oleska offers a simple step-by-step guide to how to draw a dog.

How to draw a cat

How to draw a cat

Top tips for capturing realistic furry felines

The key to capturing a realistic cat is understanding that beneath all that fluffy fur is a solid structure, says Kate Oleska. If you want to learn how to draw a cat, follow this easy to follow, step-by-step guide for more helpful advice. 

How to draw a horse

How to draw a horse

Draw better horses with a solid understanding of horse anatomy and mechanics

Horses are notoriously difficult to capture. There's no mass of fur to hide behind, plus, get it wrong and your steed quickly looks laughable. Find out how to draw a horse that looks realistic in this tutorial, which comes with a helpful video.

How to draw a wolf

Pencil sketch of a wolf with a full winter coat

Learn how to draw a wolf with this easy-to-follow video tutorial

Next up, it's the king of all canines – how to draw a wolf. Believe it or not, there are many differences between dogs and wolves, so don't just assume because you can draw one, you can also draw the other. 

In this video tutorial, discover how these canine breeds differ, before walking through the process of drawing a side view of a standing wolf. As a bonus, there are also instructions on how to add a winter coat for those chillier months.

How to draw a bird

This how to draw a bird tutorial is a step-by-step guide to drawing a side view of a bird, using an American Robin as an example. The lesson begins by explaining the six major body parts to watch for when drawing a bird, before carving out its mass and structure. Finally the guide will cover the fine details, such as the facial features, feet, and most importantly, the feathers. There are also tips on how to draw a bird with its wings open.

How to draw a lion

This step-by-step tutorial will guide you through how to draw a side view of a male African Lion, starting with the skeletal structure, then sketching in form, and finally adding details to create an accurate representation of a lion. The tutorial will also touch on the best way to depict a lion roaring.

How to draw an elephant

How to draw an elephant

Learn how to draw the world's largest land animal 

Master the art of drawing the world's largest land animal with this in-depth how to draw an elephant video tutorial. Start with blocking in shapes and covering basic anatomy, to carving out the elephant's mass and form of the body before diving into the details of this beautiful animal's skin. 

How to draw a bear

How to draw a bear

Follow this tutorial to draw a realistic bear

Want to learn how to draw a bear that doesn't look like a teddy? This drawing tutorial offers pro tips for getting the anatomy right, so that you can create a believable bear.

Top tips for drawing fur

How to draw fur

Use scattering-type texture brushes to blend elements and give the illusion of fur

Fur can be difficult to paint effectively. In this set of pro tips, concept artist Mikaël Léger guides you through how to depict thick black fur on a large beast using Photoshop. 

How to draw cartoon animals

How to draw cartoon animals

Discover how to add personality to creatures and characters that will make viewers care

Once you've learned how to draw animals, you need to know how to make them work effectively within your paintings. This series of pro tips gives you great insight into drawing cartoon animals with personality, and how to use body language to tell a story with your creatures.

How to draw people

How to draw a person

Whichever kind of artist you are, learning how to draw the human form is a fundamental skill that will serve you well. In this brilliant video tutorial, character designer and illustrator Masae Seki will teach you how to draw a person that's realistic and anatomically correct.

How to draw eyes

This narrated step-by-step tutorial for beginners walks through exactly how to draw an eye. It’s easy to follow and will have you drawing realistic eyes in no time – no matter how good (or bad) you are at them now.

How to draw a figure

Drawing a full human figure is no easy feat. In this almost hour long video tutorial, discover how to draw a female figure, covering fundamental aspects including figure proportions, gestures, poses and fluid lines. 

How to draw muscles

(Image credit: Patrick J Jones)

Learn how to draw muscles in motion and harness the power of gesture with this helpful step-by-step guide from artist Patrick J Jones. 

How to draw faces

Another tutorial for beginners, this video explains how to draw faces from scratch. You’ll learn how to draw both female faces and male faces, and you’ll also find out how to demonstrate your characters by making just a few simple changes. 

How to draw a nose

How to draw a nose

This step-by-step guide shows you exactly how to draw a nose

Noses are notoriously difficult to get right. In this tutorial, Kate Oleska breaks the process down into simple steps. She's using oils, but the steps are relevant to any medium.

How to draw hair

This detailed video walks through how to draw hair. It’s a long video – but you don’t have to watch it in one sitting, and you can fast-forward, too. If you want to find out how other artists draw hair, this is worth a watch.

How to draw hands

How to draw hands

Many artists struggle to draw hands

Learning to create realistic hands is a stumbling block for many an artist. This fantastic tutorial breaks the process down into easy steps, so you'll be drawing realistic hands in no time. It also features some bonus tutorials for drawing hands.

How to draw nature

How to draw a rose

How to draw a rose

A rose by any other name would be just as complicated to draw

You might know how to draw flowers generally, but do you know to draw a rose? It's one of the most popular flowers around, yet many artists hit a wall when trying to figure it out – here's a step-by-step guide to nailing how to draw a rose.

How to draw a landscape

How to draw landscapes

Get some top tips for creating an atmospheric landscape in pastels

This tutorial walks though how to create an atmospheric landscape using chalk pastels, including how to create intensity and use highlights effectively.

How to draw water

If you want to learn how to draw water, this super short tutorial has some great tips. Give it a watch if you need to know how to draw realistic drops of water.

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