Learn about Drawing Theory

Become a better artist with these drawing theory tutorials. By mastering the fundamentals, you'll soon see the results as you create more successful drawings.

All Drawing Theory content:

1. Geometric Design: Working With Circles

Tutorial Beginner

In this lesson that rounds off the basics of geometry, we learn to draw spirals and to fit circles inside other shapes.

2. 10 Drawing Myths That Block Your Progress

Tutorial Beginner

Are you frustrated about your art? Discover ten popular misconceptions about drawing that may have a negative impact on your progress

3. Quick Tip: Five Uses of Coil Drawing

Tutorial Beginner

Discover a very simple technique that will solve five of your problems with drawing: copying proportions from a reference, achieving depth, creating...

4. Quick Tip: Turn a Side View Into a 3D View in Photoshop

Tutorial Beginner

Do you feel limited by a simple side view, but perspective seems too complicated for you? There's a trick you can use to give your characters a new dimension!

5. The Basics of Sketching With Charcoal

Tutorial Beginner

Nothing is more freeing than sketching with charcoal. You can capture quick moments or detailed scenes with this black stick. In this tutorial I'll cover the...

6. Geometric Design: Working With 5 and 10

Tutorial Beginner

In this lesson you will learn how to construct the remaining polygons, with not only five and ten, but also seven, nine and eleven sides, and explore the...

7. Draw Your Mind Out: How to Create Without Thinking

Tutorial Beginner

How to draw something you have never seen? How to create on the fly, without a reference, when you're not experienced yet? How to bring your ideas out and...

8. Two-Layer Color Pencil Technique

Tutorial Intermediate

Colored pencils may seem like a childish medium, but in this tutorial I'm going to show you the two-layer technique. By layering two disparate colors, you...

9. Geometric Design: Working With 6 and 12

Tutorial Beginner

This third lesson covers six- and twelve-sided shapes and stars, the construction grids that go with them, and a slew of new basic and intermediate tiling...

10. Why Is It So Hard to Draw From Imagination? Here's How to Do It!

Tutorial Beginner

Can you draw from a reference, but not from imagination? Are you constantly frustrated because of that? In this article I'll show you the reason for it and,...

11. Geometric Design: Working With 4 and 8

Tutorial Beginner

In this part of our series on geometric design, you'll learn to construct static and dynamic squares and octagons, our first grid, and tiling patterns based...

12. How to Create a Tonal Portrait Using Pencils

Tutorial Intermediate

Want to create a stunning black and white portrait while skipping a few steps in the middle? Tonal portraits use the color of the paper as a middle tone,...