Dust off your artistic skills with these online drawing courses – CNET | Candle Made Easy

You don’t have to go back to college or buy expensive tools to learn to draw; All you need is an online art course. From character drawing to illustration to graphic design, there are online drawing tutorials that can take away the artistic itch.

We’ve rounded up five of the best drawing courses online to help you learn the basics of drawing and develop your own art style. It’s time to pick up a pencil and start sketching, whether you’re a seasoned artist looking to expand your skills or a complete beginner. We update this list regularly.

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The Ultimate Drawing Course on Udemy doesn’t ask you to go out and invest in high-end supplies when you’re starting out, which I appreciate a lot. The course has 12 sections with 64 lectures covering the basics of drawing and building on each other. On this drawing journey you will learn about perspective, texture, drawing from life, drawing the human face and figure, space, value and contrast. There is also a bonus video about animation style art.

What it costs: Udemy course pricing is set by each instructor based on a pricing tier, unless they offer them for free. The Ultimate Drawing Course is currently available for $19.

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Udemy’s Complete Drawing Masterclass course also covers some basic artistic tenets like lines, values, contrast, and perspective, but goes a little deeper in each lecture. In addition, the course also explains art supplies such as different types of paper, recommended brands, sanding tools, and how using a table or easel can affect your work.

What it costs: Udemy course pricing is set by each instructor based on a pricing tier, unless they offer them for free. The Complete Drawing Masterclass course is currently available for $18.

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I loved that art teacher Amy Wynne’s landscape class was also about enjoying the great outdoors and relaxing – which is key as trying to learn a new skill can be frustrating if you don’t pick it up quickly as you would like it to be. During the course, you’ll put together a field sketchbook while Wynne teaches you about seascapes, landscapes, and industrial landscapes. In this online course, you will learn how to put together an efficient (but portable) art kit, how to use light and a viewfinder, how to achieve sky-to-land ratio, depth and atmosphere.

What it costs: With CreativeLive, you can purchase a Creator Pass for $39 per month or $149 annually. This gives you access to features like the site’s entire library of over 2,000 courses and ways to track your goals with learning paths. You can also set up an account and purchase classes individually. For example, Wynne’s course is $14 while CreativeLive is running a seasonal sale. Otherwise it costs $29.

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Pilot Precise V7 pens (you can find them at office supply stores) are one of my favorite drawing tools. Of course, pen and ink art can go far beyond that, and it’s all about what works best for you. If you are interested in pen and ink, Yasmina Creates offers a course on Skillshare that covers everything.

The online drawing course breaks down the different tools and explains how different tools work. You’ll also learn tips and tricks like line variations, textures, and patterns.

I liked that the lesson projects displayed on the course page showed different styles such as realism, illustration, and cartoons, so it seems like the teacher gives you space to find your own art style.

What it costs: Some online courses on Skillshare are free when you create an account, but most require a premium membership, which costs $99 a year or $19 a month. Currently, Skillshare offers a 50% discount for the first year, which means you only pay around $8 per month. You can sign up for 14 free days of unlimited classes. Premium membership is also ad-free and allows you to download classes to your mobile device and watch them offline.

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This online drawing course is rated as Intermediate. So if you’re pretty green at drawing (pun intended) I wouldn’t start with this one. Brickey’s course focuses on lifelike pencil portraits, breaking down pencil techniques, facial features and their proportions, and providing recommendations.

Before you enroll in this life drawing class, Brickey’s syllabus lists class materials – paper, pencils, lead (if you’re using mechanical pencils), blenders (cloths, cotton swabs, or mixing stubs), and erasers. She says you can use any type, but gives specific brand recommendations in the syllabus.

What it costs: Some online courses on Skillshare are free when you create an account, but most require a premium membership, which costs $99 a year or $19 a month. Skillshare is currently offering a 50% discount on your first year, which means you only pay around $8 a month. You can sign up for 14 free days of unlimited classes. Premium membership is also ad-free and allows you to download classes to your mobile device and watch them offline.

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