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Learn to Draw Anything with These Handy Online Resources and Books

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How to Draw for Free with YouTube

Not sure you want to commit to an online class subscription? Fear not—there are other options available. YouTube has many channels where you can learn how to draw for free. Here are some of the top videos. For even more, check out our comprehensive list of YouTube channels that’ll teach you to draw.

Schaefer Art — The Schaefer Art Youtube channel introduces the very basics of how to draw in a lifelike way. Some of the highlights include clever tips and tricks for obtaining accurate and realistic proportions. They are the type of things you’d learn in a class at art school!

Alphonso Dunn — When you’re looking for guidance on how to draw a nose, flowers, mushrooms, and more, turn to Alphonso Dunn. His videos are subject-specific with step-by-step instructions that break down even the most daunting topics.

Dan Beardshaw — Artist Dan Beardshaw has a meticulous drawing style that showcases incredible texture using pencils. Because of this expertise, he’s the one to look to for hyperrealistic drawing. Realism isn’t the only style of art that Beardshaw produces though. If you want to stretch your imagination, he has advice for drawing fantastically, too.

Emmy Kalia — Visit Emmy Kalia’s channel if you want to learn to draw realistic human faces. She offers tutorials on drawing facial features as well as hair (including braids). Colored pencil is one of her strengths, so be sure to check out her videos on drawing skin tones and an eye.

“How to Draw” Books You’ll Reference for Years

Want to build your creative library? Because drawing is a timeless activity, it’s perfect for collecting hard copies of books. The following texts will offer introductions to the basics techniques of drawing. Think of them like reference materials that you can turn to as the years go by. They have another benefit; unlike online classes and tutorials, these publications come with exercises—some of them to complete in the book itself.


Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson — Written in 1990, this book is proof that these reference guides will be helpful for decades. Author Bert Dodson has a drawing system featuring 55 “keys” demonstrating how to sketch any subject—no matter your skill level.


You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw in One Month or Less by Mark Kistler — Mark Kistler offers the ultimate crash course in learning to draw. Taking a fun, lighthearted approach, he has you drawing from day one. In the span of a month, you’ll learn how to make your drawings look 3D and delve into more challenging lessons.


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition by Betty Edwards — This is the world’s “most widely used instructional drawing book.” It’s intended to give you greater confidence in your art and “deepen your artistic perception.” Great for left-brainers, the exercises will help make you into a drawer, both on paper and how you view the world. “One day I was walking down the street,” one reviewer writes, “and was stunned to realize I was really SEEING the faces of the people walking toward me—the shape, the proportions, the perspective—as I had never ever seen them.”


Perspective Made Easy by Ernest R. Norling — Perspective drawing can be tricky, but it’s made simple with the help of this book by Ernest R. Norling. It clarifies the laws of perspective and over 250 lines drawings to illustrate the concepts. By the end of the book, you’ll know how to draw interiors, shadows, and more.


How to Draw What You See by Rudy De Reyna — Drawing what you see is one of the hardest things to learn. It takes years of direct observational sketching to get to that point, but it’s the only way to truly capture the world around you. How to Draw What You See shows you how to do this with exercises in perspective, landscape, figures and more.


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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