Each week I’ll add new printable illustrated tutorial pages. Scroll down to see them all, then click to download and print. Happy Drawing!
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:
SOME JUICY TIPS FOR DRAWING CITRUS
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 FOR COMPARISON: TWO 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:
PAINT A WATER DROPLET
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:
SKETCH A PINECONE
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.
TIPS FOR SKETCHING SEA SHELLS
Tips for sketching four types of shells in pencil, plus two pages of licensed color reference images. Happy drawing!
TIPS FOR HAND LETTERING SEED PACKAGES
Design tips (and a cool placard alphabet) for hand lettering your own custom seed packages.
TIPS FOR DRAWING 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 QUICK BOTANICAL WATERCOLOR
Handy tips for making a quick botanical watercolor in the field — and a page of licensed reference photos of the butterfly milkweed Asclepias tuberosa.
POSITIVE-NEGATIVE FLORAL LETTERING
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!
DRAWING BLACK AND WHITE ANIMALS
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.
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DRAWING MONARCH AND SWALLOWTAIL 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!
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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:
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.
DRAWING IN “BIRD SHORTHAND”
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.”