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20+ YouTube Channels to Learn How to Draw for Free

Learn How to Draw

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As one of the most basics skills of any artist, drawing is an essential part of the creative process. Centuries later, we still remain fascinated by the sketches in Leonardo’s notebooks and Picasso’s poetic line art, each for their respective ability to show us the purest form of an artist’s skill. But you don’t necessarily have to attend art school in order to learn the basic drawing techniques. These days, if you want to learn how to draw—whether you are a beginner or an artist looking to refine your skills—there are a vast number of free drawing tutorials on YouTube to help you improve.

Think about it. It doesn’t matter where you learn to draw, just that you are able to progress your creativity. In fact, some of our favorite artists are self-taught, and these online drawing tutorials allow you to go at your own pace—for free! From learning the basics, like how to select the proper drawing tools and color theory, to more complex information on how to draw an eye, a little digging will turn up a wealth of information. Some videos are step by step tutorials, while others are time-lapse demonstrations that will allow you to see the process from start to finish.

Let’s look at some of the top art instructors on YouTube, who will help you learn how to draw in no time. And while you are at it, brush up on your knowledge of materials by looking at our selection of the best drawing pencils and the best colored pencils for beginners and professionals.

Here are some amazing artists on YouTube that will help you learn how to draw for free.


Emmy Kalia


Dan Beardshaw




Alphonso Dunn


Schaefer Art

The Drawing Database


My Drawing Tutorials


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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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