50 Clever Tutorials and Techniques on Traditional Drawing


Traditional drawing is certainly way harder than digital and it is true that people are able to progress much faster digitally, but one should learn the traditional type of drawing and painting before starting digital drawing, since it often lays out the foundation for screen design.

This article contains a mixture of traditional drawing tutorials, drawing techniques and some methods for transforming and preparing your creations for screen design. Some are intermediate level and some are advanced tutorials that include general theory, useful tips, comic inspired art, sketch a pencil drawing, coloring processing, character sketching, shapes, proportional, perspective and much more. We hope that drawing tutorials and techniques in this post will be a great help to you.

Traditional Drawing Tutorials

Marilyn Portrait Tutorial1
A truly fantastic drawing tutorial to learn how to draw a portrait of Marilyn Monroe with pencil. Each step of the portrait is perfectly well explained and commented. This tutorial is very detailed, and requires a lot of patience.


Portrait tutorial3
This is a step by step tutorial on how to draw a realistic portrait. The artist assumes that you have a basic understanding of drawing and shading before attempting to draw a serious portrait. For this lesson he is drawing on 11″x14″ Fabriano Hotpressed Watercolor Paper. He is using Derwent Graphic Pencils ranging from 2H to 7B. For more information on any of the drawing tools that he mention in this tutorial, visit the drawing materials page.


How to draw lips5
In this tutorial artist will explain how to draw the structure of the human lips.


How to Draw a Car7
For this tutorial the artist will show the different steps he takes in drawing a realistic looking car. He chose to draw an american classic, the Corvette. This tutorial will apply to any car though because for the most part, they are all the same. The key to drawing a car that will pop off the page is having a good balance of lights, midtones, and darks along with clean, sharp edges. He is using Derwent Graphic Pencils and Fabriano Artistico Bright White Watercolor Paper, he is also using mechanical pencils for small details.


How to Draw Optimus Prime From Transformers9
In this tutorial you will be learning how to draw one of the most popular of the Autobots, Optimus Prime. This drawing tutorial will show you in detail how to sketch, draw, and shade in this character that is popular around the world


Pet Portrait11
A very good tutorial about how to draw pet portraits with colored pencils. Basic process and tips. Medium : Prismacolor Colored Pencils.


How to Draw a Ninja13
This tutorial will show you how to draw a ninja step by step. This tutorial has easy to follow directions and steps making it that much more possible for anybody to tackle


Portrait tutorial15
Artist is going to show several step photos along the way on this one. Artist chose this photo because of it’s RICH content, and it’s HIGH amount of TONAL VALUES, CONTRAST as well as it being a high resolution file, Finding just the right photo is half the battle to a good drawing. NEVER EVER work with a low quality photo.


Hair drawing tutorial17
Drawing hair is definitely one of the trickiest part of almost every portrait. However, you will definitely like it if you acquire technique and skill in it. Therefore Artist introduce some easy and effective ways to draw wavy or straight hair or hair blowing in the wind. No matter how much chaotic the hair is, you’ll be able to draw it.
This tutorial explains two techniques of drawing hair on four portraits.


Eye-drawing tutorial by Sarah19
A great and very detailed tutorial, to learn how to draw an eye in 30 steps


How to Draw a Realistic Eye21
Artist made this tutorial to show the different steps that he take in drawing a realistic eye.


How to Draw a mouth and teeth23
Artist made this tutorial to show the different steps that he take in drawing a realistic mouth, lips, and teeth.


At most design schools they teach you how to use a single wooden pencil to create an entire rendering, sometimes referred to as a “Prisma-rendering” due to the type of pencil usually used (Prismacolor wood pencils). These are fast and very pretty looking techniques, and they are fairly easy to master. This will be more of a walkthrough then a tutorial in the sense that artist won’t describe every pen stroke, more the basic steps and thoughts behind. Ok, let’s go!


Drawing Hands and Feet27
Some useful explainations and tips about how to draw hands and feet.


Drawing a Rose29
An excellent tutorial offered by Rachel, to learn how to draw a pink rose.


A Pseudo-Sugar Skull: From Start to Finish.31
Create a highly detailed sugar skull illustration by following this expert tutorial, with details on the process from sketch to final digital design.


Hair Amanda Tapping33
A step by step drawing showing amazing hair on a portrait of actress Amanda Tapping. The result is impressive realism. A must see!


From Sketch to Vector Illustration35
Create inspiring digital creations from hand drawn sketch using these helpful tips.


Manga Making Tutorial37
In this tutorial artist will show you the process of creating a complete Manga comic strip using traditional tools.


How to draw a fashion figure39
In this video tutorial you will learn how to use existing reference photo to trace a fashion inspired sketch.


The Dragon Tutorial41
In this great dragon inspired tutorial artist will teach you some techniques and useful tips, you can also use this techniques in you other fantasy realted drawings.


Leather Wings43
In this tutorial you can get ideas and techniques for drawing realistic wings stracture, Artist focuses at drawing wings.


Pencil Sketching by Max MaxBert Bertuzzi45
very comprehensive theoritical tutorial, this article will increase knowledge and power of your drawing skill


Drawing Hair in Pencil47
Some very useful tips for you on how to create extremely inspiring and realistic drawing hair in pencil work


Drawing Hands49
Follow these simple and easy tips to avoid the difficulty of recreation of hands in pencil drawing and to learn some great tips and techniques of drawing hands.


Clothing Tutorial51
An excellent roundup with plenty of tips and clothing tutorials. So, dress your characters in the best way by practicing these tips.


Comic Story Step by Step53
If you are looking for a comic story guideline, here is a perfect step by step guide for you that will guide you starting with sketching and moving on through the inking and digital processes.


How to draw Marlon Brando step by step55
It is now time to show you “how to draw Marlon Brando step by step” All the steps and instructions are laid out in the simplest format possible to help make this tutorial a breeze.


Face drawing: the heroic male57
In this tutorial we’ll draw a character face of a hero-like character. In the process we’ll review an optimal placement of the facial features and the best ways to emphasize the features of the face that will make our character look manly and heroic.


Evil skull drawing59
Looking for a terrifying evil skull drawing tutorial? Just follow the steps and you should be able to walk away with a scary skull to use in your scary projects (whatever they might be).
Let’s start with the evil skull drawing tutorial!


How to draw a female anime Dark Angel61
The video demonstrates how to quickly create an efficient concept design from concept idea into visual. How to put rough idea onto the paper sketch and create fantasy or sci-fi character concept art online lesson for comics cartoon illustration, manga, and anime.


Lone Wolf Pencil Drawing63
Here is a new miniature speed pencil drawing. Artist wanted to make this one different from my other ones. He combined two drawings in one to make a single image. The sunset and the single wolf. It gives the final image a different look and feeling.


How I making manga part 265
A step by step comprehensive and detailed tutorial about making manga.


Graphite Portrait67
This tutorial explains all steps to create a portrait of Zinedine Zidane in graphite pencil. Time to complete: 10 hours.


Dance of Spring Tutorial69
A step by step detailed tutorial that will help you with your Colored pencil.


Traditional Drawing Tips & Techniques

How to Draw what you See: Techniques and Tips to Improve your Drawing Skills71
This article contains step-by-step images of the process Artist uses to create realistic looking drawings, as well as tips he have picked up over the years which anyone can use to improve their drawing skills.


Shading and Blending73
This brilliant tutorial is all about shading and blendng, so let start and get lot of tips and amazing techniques.


Tips for drawing hands75
In this tutorial Artist will include many tips about drawing hands he has picked up which are useful for getting better at drawing hands, including foreshortening, nails, and finger shapes.


Circulism Technique77
Circulism is a very interesting technique to create skin texture with pencil. With this great tutorial, learn how to acheive a realistic skin texture with circulism.


3 Dimensional Drawing Techniques79
To learn the basics of shape, perspective and shading in order to create depth in your work.


9 Steps to Creating Better Compositions81
Great compositions don’t just happen by accident. They take planning, patience, and a knowledge of all the visual elements at your disposal. The great thing is, no matter how much or how little talent you have, you’ll always be able to improve your art by sketching out a good composition before you begin.


Drawing clothes techniques83
A less general point that the portrait seems to pose few problems is the representation of clothing. In this tutorial, clothing can be summarized in two points: the folds and textures.


Editing Drawings 85
Editing Drawings by Cataclysm-X offers valuable tips for bringing out the best in your traditional drawings after they have lost their depth and luster due to scanning.I am sure this technique will help many traditional artists in the presentation of their work.


Detailed Hair87
This article contains high quality tutorials that will guide you how to create highly realistic and inspiring hair on your subjects.


Hair Perspective & Lighting Tutorial89
A very helpful and step by step comprehensive and detailed tutorial about Hair Perspective & Lighting


Portraiture lesson91
To study draw a portrait using the ‘inside-out’ method.


Proportions in any drawing assignment hold great value; therefore we have come up with these five most helpful techniques that will help you getting grips with proportions in your drawings.


How to Draw Caricatures: The 5 Shapes95
This is a great collection of tips and techniques you can use to draw caricatures and learn the basic theory and 5 shapes of caricature design.


How to Draw Caricatures: Head Shapes97
Head shape is the most important part of a caricature and in this tutorial you will learn great techniques about it.



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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

  1. 1

    Man! I really wish I can draw a nice portrait of a lovely woman… sigh~

  2. 102

    Little Miss Daisy

    April 14, 2011 6:02 am

    The post is not entirely useless. A beginner may be daunted by these drawings but other artists may find it useful by picking up some tips from other artists.
    Every artist has their own uniqueness. Why not share them?
    It’s a wonderful collection. Very inspiring.

  3. 203

    This is just good work. Thumbs up!!!

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  5. 405

    dexter olivar, is the name

    July 3, 2011 6:30 am

    great!!!!!…..talent’s given to us………….

  6. 506

    collection is super
    and helpful.

  7. 708

    Aderibigbe Seyi

    July 20, 2011 4:30 am

    I am in art school presently in art school, and I am not fine art student in primary and secondary school, please how can you help me to improve on my drawing


  8. 809

    Very nice list. It covers many of the basics that someone learning to draw needs to know. Thanks!

  9. 910

    just amazing !!very nice and helpful

  10. 1011

    I luv these ideas!!!! I think they r interesting!! :)

  11. 1112

    These are awesome ideas.i’m inspired:) and I’m interested to see what ideas are to come :)

  12. 1213

    They are excellent

  13. 1314

    Gita Kharicha

    May 3, 2012 1:07 pm

    very useful!
    I’ve just started drawing classes as a hobby and this has really inspired me to continue my lessons!!

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    nandkishor shinde

    May 15, 2012 10:36 am

    excelent teaching steps for new learners

  15. 1516

    Very Beautiful and useful

  16. 1617

    but where are the techniques???

  17. 1718

    very useful info..for a beginner.like me i love it

  18. 1920

    good drawings i wish to draw like this one day ,can you give me tips on how can i be successful on my dream.

  19. 2021

    i real want to learn these skills

  20. 2122

    it is real phantaburous

  21. 2223

    very useful

  22. 2324

    These are brilliant, many thanks for this web page and rescourse…will take me some time to sample & learn from the ones that interest me.

  23. 2425

    The “Dance of Spring” tutorial is for copic markers not colour pencil.

  24. 2526

    I long to perfect my drawing and sketching skills. I hope I can perfect it after going through it……thanks and keep up the good work.

  25. 2627

    very nice .and easy to learn and very helpful………………

  26. 2728

    I’ve bought an expensive drawing pencil set just to make at least one professional-looking outcome and yet failed. I think, I would never learn how to draw good drawing. But I like your article anyway. It’s impressive. I just hope I can do it too..

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    Julien Brightside

    May 24, 2013 12:24 pm

    I think a lot of these can be useful for learning to draw.

  28. 2930

    Aquil Akhter, very proud of you! Great piece of Arts, attracting Inspiring and symbol of excellence

  29. 3031

    I am interested in learning more everyday.

  30. 3132

    awesome!!! now i have learn some new moves. thanks

  31. 3233

    fonkie jules Frank

    September 16, 2013 8:19 pm

    i’m feeling like being home.want to learn more because i want to draw and i’m not that well in drawing so this is a good start i think.

  32. 3334

    Very beautiful and useful

  33. 3435

    the list of tutorials you have given us is just great. Please do continue in this manner. You are helping us in acquiring a skill and that is priceless. Thank you

  34. 3637

    love drawing~!!!!! ^^Y
    and finally let me found of drawings techniques~!!!
    wanna keep on improve my drawing~!!!

  35. 3738

    You are a great artist .Im trying to learn skeching please help me

  36. 3839

    this is art…

  37. 3940

    Mind blowing and awesome drawing…trurely unbelievable

  38. 4041

    i love art bt loving is not enough…i want my works to be loved by others like i do.may be this help me to the way.

  39. 4142

    You are a great artist , but please make drawing video . I’m trying to learn how to draw a realistic faces and if u made drawing video it will be more easier to me

  40. 4243

    it was really amazing and they give an ideas. that why arts inspired me to draw :)

  41. 4344

    so any good tips and tutorials to choose from XD!! thankyou so much, this has to be one of the most useful posts i’ve ever seen :) it completely makes sense :D!!

  42. 4445

    let me know more drawing technics.

  43. 4546

    Shading tutorial highly useful, as well as comprehensive. Using this resource for my extension homework was a pleasure. Fantastic!

    8th Grade

  44. 4647

    I really enjoy looking at on this website, it contains great articles. “Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.” by Demosthenes.

  45. 4748

    Thanx I’ll take a look.


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