New printable illustrated tutorial pages added regularly. Scroll down to see them all, then click to download and print. All reference photos are licensed for educational use only — please do not reproduce them. Happy Drawing!
TIPS FOR DRAWING WINTER TREES
It might be too cold to venture outside, where you live. Luckily these drawing tips also work for sketching trees you can see from your window!
BRR! PENGUINS AND PUFFINS
Take a closer look at these black-and-white birds, and see their differences before you draw them:
WINTER VISITORS: BIRDS IN INK
The seasons are changing and a chill is in the air… A quiet invasion is happening as migratory birds arrive outside their summer ranges. In this tip sheet, find out about techniques for drawing birds in ink:
BEAUTIFUL WINGS: DRAW MOTHS
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:
DRAW JAPANESE MAGNOLIAS
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:
DRAWING JUST THE BARE BONES
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.
DRAW ROOTS AND BULBS IN PEN-AND-INK
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:
JUST FOR FUN: ANY SHAPE CAN BECOME A CAT
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:
PAINT ROCKS AND BOULDERS IN WATERCOLOR
Here’s a simple, step-by-step approach to painting rocks and boulders in watercolor — and it’s fun, too:
SKETCH NARWHALS AND BELUGA WHALES
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:
DRAW ADVENT PLANTS (AND SOME FACES) IN ANCIENT COPTIC 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:
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.”