Step by Step Drawing Tutorials

Welcome to the step by step drawing tutorials section of The Drawing Source,
where you will find all of our free online drawing lessons listed from beginner to advanced.

Drawing Tutorials for Beginners

How to Draw a Value Scale

A value scale is a system of organizing values into nine steps, ranging from white to black. Your ability to see and draw changes in value will determine how convincingly you can create form, depth, space and atmosphere in your drawings. Learning how to draw a value scale is one of the best ways to become familiar with and draw these value changes.

How to Draw a Sphere

This is such an important exercise that it took three pages to explain it thoroughly! (So please don't miss the continuations at the bottom of pages 1 and 2!) You come across spherical shapes everywhere, whether you are drawing a still life, figure, portrait or landscape. Learning how to draw this basic shape teaches you much of what you need to know to draw... just about everything else!

Tutorials for Intermediate to Advanced Students

Blocking in the Portrait

This page is about the all-important block-in: the detailed line drawing of the face that maps out the information you need to complete your drawing. Learn techniques for placing the features of the face accurately, drawing concepts such as negative shapes and rhythms to help you draw a precise, yet organic-looking portrait, and much more.

Shading the Portrait

On this second page of the tutorial, I pick up where I left off with my completed block-in and begin applying tone, or value, to my drawing.

Learn how to begin shading the portrait, how to analyze and simplify values, how to render in an order that is most efficient, and more!

Drawing Realistic Hair

How you draw hair can vary quite a bit from hairstyle to hairstyle, requiring you to be flexible in your approach.

Here you will learn how to simplify such a complicated subject as hair, how to draw hair that actually looks like your model's without obsessing over every detail, and the key to drawing realistic and dimensional locks.

Drawing the Cast

A comparative measurement approach to cast drawing. Cast drawing wonderfully bridges still life and figure drawing.

It can be a less intimidating way to study figure drawing by removing a few of the challenges of working with a model. Cast drawing teaches you much of what you need to know to successfully draw the figure.

Drawing the Figure

Learn to block in the figure with this first page of the figure drawing tutorial.

This page discusses: how to start your figure drawing, using the head as a unit of measurement, drawing the gesture of the pose, relating interior forms to the contour, and various other tips and techniques for drawing the figure.

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