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Whether you want to learn the basics of drawing or how to make your character sketches more dynamic, these expert-taught online classes cover everything you need to know. You can buy or gift all of these for either a one-time fee or a monthly subscription, with the most expensive option ($129.99) giving you over 26 hours of in-depth instructional material. Read more: 10 affordable online writing classes taught by bestselling authors and writers to improve your communication skills Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals.
Besides being fun, drawing and doodling have a wealth of stress-relieving, memory-boosting benefits. And while you can't go to an in-person art class right now, there are seemingly endless drawing and illustration courses you can take virtually. The best part is how specific these online offerings can be. You can sign up for an in-depth beginner course that teaches you all the fundamentals of drawing, or choose a class based on a skill you want to improve at (like sketching more expressive faces or realistic clothing). You can also take classes from artists with millions of Instagram followers or impressive illustration careers. All of the classes below cost either a one-time fee through Udemy or a monthly fee via Skillshare. 10 affordable online drawing and illustration classes:The Art & Science of Drawing / BASIC SKILLS
Available on Udemy, $13.99 for the course The course's instructor Brent Eviston asserts that "drawing is not a talent. It's a skill anyone can learn." With 17 lectures and over four hours of videos, you'll learn the most important groundwork for actually learning how to draw, using shapes and lines to break down complicated subjects and get your proportions right. You Can Draw Anything! In Three Simple Steps
Available on Skillshare, free with seven-day trial, $19 a month or $8.25 a month (annual fee) after trial ends Ink and watercolor artist Yasmina Creates says you can draw anything in three steps, and this beginner course focuses on exactly that. In breaking down the fundamentals of drawing, this class provides an approachable introduction to the craft. Yasmina also talks about a lot of the common challenges artists go through when they first start out, and offers concrete solutions to those obstacles, so being a novice becomes less daunting. The Ultimate Drawing Course - Beginner to Advanced
Available on Udemy, $109.99 for the course Perfect for true beginners, this bestselling intro course offers 63 lectures and over 11 hours of learning material, and doesn't require fancy materials or prerequisite knowledge. You'll work your way up from the basics to drawing specific objects, from a realistic eye to a still life to portraits and figure drawings. Plus, as game artist and course instructor Jaysen Batchelor says, drawing is an extremely sought-out skill for any design job, so this class can open up new career opportunities as well. Learn to Draw: Daily Practices to Improve Your Drawing Skills
Available on Skillshare, free with seven-day trial, $19 a month or $8.25 a month (annual fee) after trial ends In one and a half hours, portrait artist Gabrielle Brickey shows you how to see your subjects as shapes and think about negative space when you draw — two fundamentals of drawing that are crucial for all beginners to know. You'll also cover basic measuring techniques to draw more accurately, and will have plenty of class projects to test out your new skills right away. Character Art School: Complete Character Drawing Course
Available on Udemy, $129.99 One of the most popular drawing courses on Udemy, this class features a whopping 115 video lectures (over 26 hours of content), so despite the pricier price tag, the instructional material will last you a long time and is incredibly thorough. Illustrator and character artist Scott Harris will teach you what you need to know to create exciting, vibrant character art, from getting the form right to drawing realistic hair and clothing. Character Illustration: Drawing Faces, Figures & Clothing
Available on Skillshare, free with seven-day trial, $19 a month or $8.25 a month (annual fee) after trial ends Intended for more intermediate artists, this one-hour long course teaches you how to add more exciting, dynamic touches to your subjects. It's taught by Brazil-based graphic artist Gabriel Picolo, who has over 2.8 million Instagram followers and illustrated books for DC Comics, and covers the four core facial expressions of characters. He'll also teach you how to add more "movement" to your artwork via the hair, clothing, and body language of your characters. Drawing Comics: A Beginner's Guide
Available on Skillshare, free with seven-day trial, $19 a month or $8.25 a month (annual fee) after trial ends Taught by comic illustrator and teacher Ira Marcks, this class is great if you love telling stories with your artwork. In about two hours of instructional material, he'll help you arrange your scenes in panels, show you the right drawing tools to use for your projects, and provide professional tips and examples from famous artists. Ink Drawing Techniques: Brush, Nib, and Pen Style
Available on Skillshare, free with seven-day trial, $19 a month or $8.25 a month (annual fee) after trial ends This beautiful beginner-level course is for anyone who's specifically drawn to inking. It's led by illustrator and veteran School of Visual Arts professor Yuko Shimizu, whose work has appeared on GAP and Nike t-shirts, Pepsi cans, and VISA billboards. In about an hour and a half, she'll go over basic brush and nib techniques; the best ink, paper, and brush supplies to use; how to achieve different textures, and, lastly, how to start your first sketch. Drawing and Painting on the iPad with Procreate
Available on Udemy for $19.99 If you're particularly into digital art (and own an iPad), you can take this course to learn more about the graphics editor app Procreate. In about five hours' worth of video lectures, comic artist and graphic designer Brad Colbow will go through all the tools available on Procreate before having you draw a comic for yourself. Drawing as Self-Discovery: 5 Ways to Start
Available on Skillshare, free with seven-day trial, $19 a month or $8.25 a month (annual fee) after trial ends If you're looking to doodles as a form of emotional release, this 40-minute course is perfect no matter what drawing level you're at. Writer and illustrator Mari Andrew, whose artwork attracts 1.1 million followers on Instagram, provides reflection prompts to think about before you start, and teaches you how to work through your emotions as you draw so you can learn something new about yourself through the process.
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