Step by Step Drawing Tutorials

Welcome to the step by step drawing tutorials section of The Drawing Source,
where you will find all of my free online drawing lessons listed!

Realistic braid drawing tutorial

How to Draw a Realistic Braid

A hairstyle can be the finishing touch of a portrait drawing, or its focal point. Learn how to draw a realistic braid in this step by step tutorial!

Realistic lips drawing tutorial

How to Draw Lips Step by Step

Though eyes are usually considered to be the most expressive facial feature, I would argue that the lips are a close second! Learn how to draw realistic lips step by step in this tutorial.

Realistic flower drawing tutorial

How to Draw a Flower

Learn how to draw a flower using graphite pencils in this step by step tutorial!

Realistic ear drawing tutorial

How to Draw an Ear on Toned Paper

Learn how to draw an ear on toned paper in this step by step drawing tutorial!

Realistic eye drawing tutorial

How to Draw Realistic Eyes

In this drawing tutorial, I demonstrate the process of drawing a realistic eye, and illuminate the knowledge and skills that one must acquire to draw this compelling subject matter convincingly.

Realistic eyebrow drawing tutorial

How to Draw Eyebrows

Eyebrows come in all shapes and sizes. Fortunately, there are a few simple guidelines we can follow to learn how to draw eyebrows convincingly and realistically!

Three ways to use a kneaded eraser video drawing tutorial

3 Ways to Use a Kneaded Eraser

In realistic drawing, your kneaded eraser is almost as important a tool as your pencil. Discover 3 factors that set it apart from a regular eraser, and 3 kneaded eraser techniques to use in your next drawing!

How to hold and control a drawing pencil video tutorial

How to Hold and Control
Your Drawing Pencil

Learn three essential strategies that give me the most stability, precision, and ability to manipulate my pencil while I’m drawing, in this video tutorial!

How to Create a Blended Black and White Charcoal Drawing

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite techniques: combining black and white charcoal! White charcoal has a slightly blue color temperature, and when layered overtop of regular charcoal, it creates a beautiful, silvery surface quality.

How to Draw Glass Using
White Charcoal on Black Paper

Challenge yourself with new techniques in this step by step drawing tutorial! From drawing using a paintbrush to creating light shapes rather than shadow shapes, you're bound to strengthen your skills and discover something new.

How to Draw a Value Scale

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 Sharpen a Drawing Pencil

In this detailed video tutorial, learn how to sharpen a drawing pencil the traditional way. Create the most efficient and effective drawing tool to improve both your drawing process, and your final drawing!

How to Draw a Sphere

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!

How to Draw 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.

How to Begin a Portrait Drawing

In this tutorial, learn about techniques for placing the features of the face accurately, drawing concepts such as negative shapes, rhythms to help you draw a precise yet organic-looking portrait, and much more!

How to Shade a Portrait Drawing

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

How to Block in a Cast Drawing

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

Blocking in a Figure Drawing

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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