Free Printables!

New printable illustrated tutorial pages added regularly. Scroll down to see them all, then click to download and print. Happy Drawing!


 

BEAUTIFUL WINGS: DRAW MOTHS

mothmoth

In the late 17th Century, learned men of science thought butterflies and moths spontaneously burst into life and fluttered away into the world. It’s not hard to see why these creatures seemed miraculous. Some have wings patterned as intricately as Persian carpets. Others grow to be the size of a flying dinner plate. In this tutorial, learn some basic moth characteristics and tackle the challenge of drawing symmetrical wings:

Moth Notes

Symmetry Exercise

Beautiful Invader

REF Butterfly Moth

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DRAW JAPANESE MAGNOLIAS

 

printable pic

These huge, cup-shaped blooms are some of our earliest springtime flowers. They spring right from the bare branches, weeks before the first green leaves appear. Here are tips for capturing their velvety texture and gorgeous form in pencil:

Japanese Magnolia Study

Japanese Magnolia

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DRAWING JUST THE BARE BONES

 

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A thin black line is like poetry: it can distill a subject down to its essence in an elegant and direct way. Here are tips for line drawing in ink, using the bare twigs and dried plant material of winter as our models.

Drawing the Bare Bones

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DRAW ROOTS AND BULBS IN PEN-AND-INK

printables roots

Hidden away all winter long in their dark sanctuary of earth, roots and bulbs store nourishment to feed emerging leaves in the spring. Learn 5 different pen strokes and get tips for sketching the subterranean parts of plants:

Roots in Pen and Ink

REF Roots

REF Roots 2

Roots and Bulbs in Pen and Ink

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JUST FOR FUN: ANY SHAPE CAN BECOME A CAT

Draw Cats

It’s true! Cat’s faces come in an astonishing assortment of basic shapes. Is your cat a triangle? An oval? A sphere? Here’s a lighthearted look at drawing our feline friends, and a page of licensed reference images you can use for practice:

Any Shape Can Be A Cat

REF Domestic Cat

 

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PAINT ROCKS AND BOULDERS IN WATERCOLOR

Rocks and Boulders

Here’s a simple, step-by-step approach to painting rocks and boulders in watercolor — and it’s fun, too:

Rocks and Boulders in Watercolor

Rocks and Boulders in Watercolor2

Rocks and Boulders in Watercolor3

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SKETCH NARWHALS AND BELUGA WHALES

sketch narwhals

There is much we have yet to learn about the “unicorn of the sea,” but its name comes from the Norse nar (corpse) due to the mottled grey coloration of the narwhal’s skin.  Here are tips for sketching a narwhal — and also his relative, the beluga — along with two pages of licensed color reference images:

Sketch a Narwhal

Sketch a Beluga

REF Narwhal

REF Beluga

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DRAW ADVENT PLANTS (AND SOME FACES) IN ANCIENT COPTIC STYLE

coptic drawing style

Elegant and childlike, Coptic art was the art of Egypt in the early Christian era. It’s easy to see the influence of ancient Egyptian design. This simple and very geometric style of drawing is fun and surprisingly easy — and it’s a perfect way to depict Christmas subjects!  Here are some illustrated guidelines for drawing three Advent plants and some Coptic-style faces:

Draw Plants in Coptic Style

Draw a Face in Coptic Style

More Faces in Coptic Style

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SKETCHING COYOTES

coyote printable

Finding the dynamic line (from ears to tail) can help you see how this shy canine is different from his close relative, the dog. Here’s a page of coyote drawing tips — plus two sets of licensed reference images:

Coyote Sketches

REF Coyote 1

REF Coyote 2

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SOME JUICY TIPS FOR DRAWING CITRUS

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A fascinating botanical drawing subject is conveniently located in the produce aisle of your local grocery store. The wonderfully waxy texture of orange and lemon peel is fun to draw — here are some tips to get you started:

Drawing Orange Peel Texture

Meet the Family

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DRAWING FOR COMPARISON: TWO HAWKS

hawks

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird… but which one? Drawing two similar birds can help you recognize and identify similar species. Here are some tips on drawing for comparison:

Drawing for Comparison

REFERENCE Two Hawks

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PAINT A WATER DROPLET

tutorial droplets

Sometimes, a beautiful art technique turns out to be unexpectedly easy. Really, really easy. That’s definitely the case with painting water droplets on leaves… four quick steps and voila! a realistic droplet appears as if by magic. Here are two watercolor techniques for you to try:

Painting a Water Droplet

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SKETCH A PINECONE

pinecone printable

Here on the Gulf Coast, we don’t have piles of autumn leaves littering the ground… but we DO have pinecones. Lots and lots of pinecones. Here are step-by-step instructions for sketching their structure, plus a page of color licensed reference images.

Sketch a Pinecone

REFERENCE Pinecones

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TIPS FOR SKETCHING SEA SHELLS

shelly

Tips for sketching four types of shells in pencil, plus two pages of licensed color reference images. Happy drawing!

Sketching Shells

REFERENCE Shells 1

REFERENCE Shells 2

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TIPS FOR HAND LETTERING SEED PACKAGES

Seed Package Printables

Design tips (and a cool placard alphabet) for hand lettering your own custom seed packages.

Seed Package Lettering 1

Seed Package Lettering 2

Seed Package Lettering 3

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TIPS FOR DRAWING BEETLES

Beetles

Tips for drawing beautiful beetles (and other shiny insects) in pencil, plus a set of reference photos of several very sketchable “good guys.”

Tips for Drawing Beetles

The Good Guys

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TIPS FOR QUICK BOTANICAL WATERCOLOR

milkweed printables

Handy tips for making a quick botanical watercolor in the field — and a page of licensed reference photos of the butterfly milkweed Asclepias tuberosa.

Tips for Quick Watercolor

Monarch Host Plants

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POSITIVE-NEGATIVE FLORAL LETTERING

printables

Elegant positive/negative floral letters are fun to design and draw. I have provided a hand-drawn blank alphabet + a page of tips to get you started. Happy Lettering!

Positive-Negative Floral Letters

Blank Letterforms 1

5-2 Blank Letterforms 2

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DRAWING BLACK AND WHITE ANIMALS

raccoon tutorial copy

Using simple supplies (a black charcoal pencil, a white charcoal pencil and a piece of kraft paper) you can use pencil strokes to create the raccoon’s distinctive dark and light fur. Warm up by drawing fuzzy tails.  Here’s a a set of illustrated printables with tips for drawing one of North America’s most charming mammals.

Click to download:

A Tale of Two Tails

Tips for Black and White Animals

Raccoons for Sketching

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DRAWING MONARCH AND SWALLOWTAIL CATERPILLARS

printable caterpillars

This is the time of year for frequent sightings of two favorite butterflies: the monarch and the eastern swallowtail. Here’s a two-page illustrated printable set about their beautifully striped pupa (caterpillar) stage. Enjoy!

Click to download:

Caterpillar Chronicles

Monarch and Swallowtail

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WATERCOLOR HERONS

Tuesday Tutorial

One stroke makes a feather, another makes a beak. A page of sample brushstrokes to practice + a page of licensed reference images + a watercolor heron! Click the links below to download three printables:

About Brushstrokes

Heron Reference

Heron Watercolor

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DRAWING FROGS

froggies

Not sure about sketching the frog’s lumpy, bumpy shape? Here’s help for drawing frogs and toads with confidence, and a technique inspired by the construction trade! Click the links below to download two printable tip pages and licensed reference photos.

Tips for Drawing Frogs

Simple Ink Sketch

Frog Reference

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DRAWING IN “BIRD SHORTHAND”

bird shorthand pic

Here’s a decorative (and fun) style of drawing birds using just three values: light, medium and dark. Click the link below to download a printable tip page and a set of licensed reference photos for practicing your “bird shorthand.”

Drawing in Bird Shorthand


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33 thoughts on “Free Printables!”

  1. Nancy Bond said:

    Well this is so nice…thank you so much!

  2. Teri Williams said:

    Thank yo7! I’m taking both your bird classes and the freebie above! Every little bit helps

  3. What a wonderful lagniappe. Thank you!

  4. Heather Basson said:

    Val, you are amazing, I took a double take when I saw the birds in my box!!! Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I have been “starting with you from you very first online class and have learnt SO much from you. I am still working on my year Lond nature journal , every Thursday I sit down and do my ” homework ” so I am still creating close to you. Bless you for your generosity and sharing your skills with us all . Keep creating. Much love Heather, Cape Town South Africa.

  5. Heather Basson said:

    Meant to write ” arting” with you !!

  6. Pilar Khder said:

    You are an accomplished artist, an outstanding teacher. Thank you.

  7. Pat Tessier said:

    Thank you so much Val, for being so generous and caring with your students. I enjoyed very much my class, drawing cats and dogs, with you a couple years back. I still practice my lessons when I get the time. Looking forward to taking more classes with you in the near future! I enjoy your artistic style very much!

  8. thank you !!

  9. Suzanne Bond said:

    I hope to practice with these printables then maybe I’ll get up the ambition to take one of your classes. Thank you so much.

  10. Jana Manning said:

    Thank you Val for all your thoughtfulness. I have been missing my online classes with you. Just been so busy I can’t take on anymore right now. I just want to say that working with your classes has truly ignited my drawing ‘spark’. I find myself itching to draw all the time. I feel like my art skills have grown dramatically but no where near where I want them. Now I just have to have the time to really put them to use.

  11. Would love copies of your free printables!

  12. This is so very useful! Thank you so much! 🙂

  13. Kat Goldring said:

    Thank you so much for the freebies. A friend of mine takes your classes–Karon Carter–and says the most wonderful things about your courses. You are first on my list when time and monies open up. Meantime, I learn all I can from practicing with your freebies. Thanks for the encouraging generosity.

  14. Mara Viksnins said:

    I’ve passed your web site on to our Pen Women in Pensacola! Come do a workshop here! We have a perfect venue for you to do it!
    Mara

  15. Thank you so much Val, a pleasant surprise in my inbox. I hope to do another course with you next year. Thanks to your birds in colored pencil, I can draw just about any bird I come across (although emu’s are hard!), and of course your Fairies course was delightful. Thanks again.

  16. Debra Armstrong said:

    How lovely of you, and generous! I’ll look forward to rejoining your fantastic classes in 2018!
    Thank you!

  17. Val, how very kind and generous! Thank you so much! Time to get to work sketching!

  18. This is so generous! Thank you!

  19. Daniel R. Mott said:

    Beautiful. Very instructive.

  20. Thank you so much Val…….so generous to share all this here.

  21. Sherry Webster said:

    I love all of these. I have shared some with my family. I will be signing up for
    your colored pencil birds. I live inFairhope so we are neighbors! Thank you for your
    clear and consideration instruction.
    Sherry Webster

  22. Wonderful support sheets – that you so much for sharing your wisdom and craft

  23. Gracias por compartir y enseñar sus técnicas, soy de Costa Rica , tengo poco acceso al arte pero por internet he encontrado tu página , pronto enviaré mis progresos , gracias !

    • Muchas gracias! Disculpe mi pobre español. Espero visitar Costa Rica algún día. Me gustaría hacer dibujos de las hermosas flores y mariposas.

  24. Such great stuff, thank you. Four of my art students would totally love these, I’m going to send their mom to your page.
    I can’t wait to try more myself!

  25. Fay Bradford said:

    These are amazing. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your hard work.

  26. joanraymondwriting said:

    These are amazing. So much help. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Your generosity in sharing these is amazing! Thanks so much! Sketchook Revival Member

  28. \alan \savage said:

    Absolutely beautiful art.

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