15 Drawing Tutorials: Learn Drawing Techniques from leading Artists and Illustrators

Step-by-step drawing tutorials and tips – across hand-drawn and vector art, digital colouring and more.


Across Photoshop, Illustrator and other software, improve your drawings with these incredible tutorials and tips by leading artists and illustrators. Learn how to create the cutest of characters, digitally colour portraits and more.

The ever-growing number of tools in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and the like can be daunting – a far cry from the simple, humble pencil drawing in your notepad. Thankfully, these step-by-step tutorials and tips by talented, professional illustrators and artists make it easy to turn your sketches into even more exciting new works of art. 

Here, we’ve rounded up the best tutorials and tips on Digital Arts, so you can get your drawings in tip-top shape with clever tricks and techniques – split into drawing, vector art and digital colour, and then useful tips.

Drawing 

Best drawing tutorials: How these amazing BAFTA 2016 posters were drawn and painted 

Each year, as well as awarding amazing creations, BAFTA releases its own in the form of beautifully designed posters. Artist Levente Szabo reveals step-by-step how he drew and painted the artwork for this official BAFTA Awards poster.

Best drawing tutorials: How to draw a mandala

Create a mandala template that automatically repeats what you draw around a circle with this step-by-step Illustrator guide by Brazilian artist Breno Bitencourt.


Best drawing tutorials: Create a digital comic, from sketch to pencil drawing to inks

Recreate a roughed-up look for a graphic novel (or comic-inspired illustration) using digital pencils and inks with a Painter tutorial by Douglas A Sirois.

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Best drawing tutorials: Cute character art techniques

Top tricks from Yupyland's Meni Tzima for creating adorable characters in Adobe Illustrator, all the way from the initial sketch.


Vector art

Best drawing tutorials: Create vector type with an animal theme

Marcus Reed details how he creates letters with an animal theme in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.


Best drawing tutorials: Create colourful vector character art

Hone your character design skills with this Illustrator vector art tutorial from onesidezero, detailing how to create a fully digital image from an initial sketch.

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Best drawing tutorials: Create vector portraits in Photoshop

Daniel Caballero shows you how to turn photos into vector artworks in this step-by-step Photoshop tutorial, adding in graphic elements to create a detailed illustration.


Digital colouring

Best drawing tutorials: Digital colouring techniques for pencil-drawn art 

Marguerite Sauvage reveals how to use Photoshop to colour pencil-drawn artwork while still maintaining a handcrafted feel.


Best drawing tutorials: Colour a beautifully feminine portrait in Photoshop 

Artist Emma Leonard shows how to digitally colour a soft, Spring-season illustration in Photoshop.

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Best drawing tutorials: Colouring tricks for inked artwork

Tim McDonagh looks at how Photoshop can be used to add colour and depth to all your inked artwork.


Tips

Best drawing tips: 20 colour tips

Discover illustration tips from the likes of Owen Davey, Maria Munn, Dave Bain, Ana Galvan and more.


Best drawing tips: 27 tips for drawing flowers, plants and nature 

Illustrators including Johanna Basford and Kristjana S Williams reveal techniques and approaches for producing beautiful, powerful drawings of the natural world.

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Best drawing tips: 11 character art tips from top illustrators

Super-useful advice and techniques from 10 top artists for creating black-and-white (and other monochrome) artworks.


Best drawing tips: 37 brilliant black & white art tips from leading illustrators

Super-useful advice and techniques from 10 top artists for creating black-and-white (and other monochrome) artworks.


Best drawing tutorials: How to draw an owl 

Though not a Digital Arts tutorials, we couldn’t miss this considered, succinct guide. With some practice, you should soon be able to skip the first step.

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