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by guest author: Andrew Salmon

Love to doodle while on the phone or while trying to stay awake during staff meetings or in class? Well, why not develop that natural talent?

Whether you’re looking for a career as an artist or just want to indulge in drawing as a hobby, the internet is a great place to learn the basics or further develop the talent you’re already cultivating. Here are five websites that will help you learn to draw.

1. sketchup.google.com/

The incredible success of movies like Avatar has turned the world of movies and TV into a 3D world. So why not get in on the ground floor of this visual revolution? This new, free software from google allows you to create 3D models and even present them to the public via google. With a vast array of video tutorials offering step-by-step, easy to follow instructions, this is a great tool if you want to take your art into the 21st Century.

2. www.how-to-draw-cartoons-online.com/

Want to be the next Charles M. Schulz? Then this is the website for you. Offering a vast array of styles and techniques, this site is better than any book about cartooning one is likely to find. Beginner of intermediate, you can easily navigate around this site. The information and lessons are presented with clarity, energy, excitement and humor. This site is a lot of fun.

3. www.drawspace.com/

This is the most comprehensive site I’ve seen to date for learning how to draw. There is an incredible amount of information here in beginner, intermediate and advanced categories covering every type of illustration you can imagine. Faces and Figures, Perspectives, Caricatures, Shading, Color Basics, Cartoons… this site is invaluable.

4. www.unclefred.com/index.html

This one is for the young, budding artist. It offers easy to follow drawing tutorials for cartoons ranging from a chef to a bunny to a happy puppy. The site is very easy to use and kids can indulge their talents in a fun and engaging way drawing all of the characters on the site. The kids can spend hours drawing along with this site and have fun doing it.

5. www.artgraphica.net/

Although this website offers programs for purchase, there is quite a bit of free instruction and exercises as well. Here you can learn to paint, draw and sketch so there’s something for everyone. Whether you want to go pro, or just want to hone your talent, this website is a must.

And there you have it. These and many other great websites will help you become the next great artist in just about every art field out there. Most are free, some offer courses you can buy if you’re really serious about your work. So why just draw on paper when you can draw on these great online resources as well?


Andrew Salmon contributed this guest post. He writes about art and photography topics like printing photos on canvas for ImpressionsOnCanvas.com. They provide high quality canvas reproductions of your original photographs and art.


Thanks, Andrew, for sharing those fun and interesting sites. I am sure this article will be helpful to many.

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Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of FineArtTips.com, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.

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