FREE Art Instruction: Painting, Drawing and more!

Find instructions for art, new drawing ideas, and more tutorials that are sure to level up your art. Scroll down to see what you can download, categorized by genre and medium, or click below to skip to see projects categorized as follows:

Free Art Lessons by Genre

Free download: how to paint landscapes |

How to Paint Landscapes

Even seasoned artists can find that there’s some new or different way to practice a technique when it comes to painting landscapes. Learn how to paint landscapes with seasoned landscape artist, Sterling Edwards today with help from this download.

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Free download: how to paint portraits |

Portrait Painting Tutorial

Artists are fascinated with capturing the human face: each wrinkle, dimple and freckle helps to not only identify but also to personify subjects that have interesting stories to tell, be it in their poses or just through their expressions. Perfect your portrait paintings in this download.

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Free download: How to sell your art |

How to Sell Your Art

Many artists dream of being able to make a living using their creativity to paint, draw or any other means of making art. Taking it to a professional level takes time, practice, thick skin and bravery, just to name a few things. But once you’ve decided to sell your art, it’s time to take action. Learn how to get your art in a gallery with this guide.

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Free download: Plein air painting tips |

Plein Air Painting Basics

Artists have painted en plein air for hundreds of years, and it’s no surprise that it’s a popular method even today. There’s nothing like being out in nature; it’s peaceful and generally quiet, providing the ideal space for creating art. Learn more about plein air painting today with this tutorial.

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Free download: Still life painting techniques |

Still Life Painting Techniques

We’ve selected three years’ worth of winners–a total of 18–from the still life category to share with you so that you’ll learn from their advice and be inspired by their paintings.

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Free download: atmospheric perspective |

Atmospheric Perspective Basics

Achieving atmospheric perspective in art requires an understanding of the relationship of the object and the viewer, which is also imperative for showing accurate linear perspective and a scattering of light. Learn about rendering perspective, which you can incorporate into your own artwork to achieve realistic landscapes, still lifes and more with this download.

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Free download: how to paint flowers |

How to Paint Flowers

You can now learn how to paint flowers in acrylics, oils or watercolors with this free download.

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Free download: Color mixing for beginners |

How to Mix Colors

Get your color mixes right every time with this guide to mixing colors in every context.

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Free Drawing Lessons

Free download: Sketching techniques |

Drawing Sketches

Whether you want to start with beginner sketches, or you’re needing to strengthen your foundation for paintings, you’ll benefit from this look behind the scenes with conversations with accomplished artists about how to sketch.

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Free download: Zentangle tutorials |

How to Zentangle Step by Step

Break the vicious cycle of a creative dry spell with this therapeutic practice. Never heard of Zentangling? Then you’ll definitely want to be reading this.

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Free download: Pencil shading techniques |

Shading Techniques

Shading art is easy once you master shading an egg (or even a basic circle). Move beyond cross-hatching with these tips.

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Free download: How to draw faces |

Drawing Faces

This free download on how to draw faces features lessons on specific features, such as how draw a nose or how to draw lips, and is a great way to focus on the parts that make up the whole. Read More . . .

Free download: how to draw flowers |

How to Draw Flowers

This free download on how to draw flowers features excerpts from two of Hammond’s popular books, Lifelike Drawing and Lifelike Drawing in Colored Pencil. It includes the following lessons on flower drawing (plus links for getting your copy of each book when you’re ready to learn even more.

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Free download: Drawing basics |

Drawing Basics

The pencil. It’s humble, it’s common, and it’s waiting for you to do amazing things with it. Once you download this free chapter on drawing basics, you’ll want just three things: a pencil, a sharpener, and paper. That’s how easy it is to get started with these drawing basics!

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Free download: Human Anatomy Drawing |

Drawing Anatomy

It’s ironic: so many people go through life oblivious to the intricacies of anatomy; figure artists, however, must have an understanding, a deep knowledge in order to draw humans in a realistic style. That’s why we’re pleased to share with you this free guide to drawing anatomy. Learn the importance of studying anatomy as an artist today!

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Free download: Human Figure Drawing |

Human Figure Drawing

Perhaps it’s the unique nature of the body that makes us want to learn human figure drawing. No two are alike, and even if people share the same shape or build, they each have their own freckles, scars, and physical idiosyncrasies that make them each an individual. Learn how to draw the human figure today with help from this free download.

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Free download: Step-by-step drawing |

Step-by-step Drawing Tutorial for Beginners

You’re inspired, your pencil is sharp and your sketchbook page is blank. You’re ready to draw. It’s tempting to want to jump right in and get your imagery onto the paper, but you have to know where to start. Learn more today with this free download.

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Free download: How to draw animals |

How to Draw Animals

People want to draw animals for different reasons–as a study of the animal itself, as a challenge to draw fur, scales or feathers, or maybe just because you love your pet and want to draw your cat or dog as a tribute. No matter your reason for drawing animals, you can improve your art by learning new techniques for drawing eyes, noses and other animal attributes. Read More . . .

Free download: How to draw colored pencils |

How to Use Colored Pencils

Colored pencils aren’t the throwaway toys you may have grown up with. Their potential in art is huge – and under-rated. Master these and you’ll be able to take on any medium with confidence. They’re remarkably flexible and much cheaper than paints – try it for yourself!

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Free download: How to draw people |

How to Draw People

In this FREE excerpt from The Artist’s Magazine, Robert T. Barrett reviews two drawing lessons: ‘Drawing the Human Figure: Using a Simple Block-In’ (exercise one) and ‘Figure Drawing Techniques: Using a Grid and Landmarks’ (exercise two). A also receive an entire chapter on how to draw people from Barrett’s instructional book, Life Drawing: How to Portray the Figure with Accuracy and Expression.

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Free download: graphite, charcoal, Conte crayons |

Charcoal, Graphite and Conte Crayon Drawing

So what’s the difference between drawing with charcoal, graphite or Conté crayons? There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this wonderful trio of drawing tools. When you know the pros and cons of each drawing medium, you’ll be armed with the accurate information you need to get started experimenting with the medium that speaks to you.

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Free download: How to draw a picture from a photo |

How to Draw a Picture from a Photo

Drawing from reference images can be intimidating, especially when you don’t know exactly what sort of photo you should be looking to. This free drawing tutorial will teach you not just the art of using photo reference, but also what sort of images can be referenced for an admirable work of art.

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Free download: How to Do Life Drawings of Models |

How to Do Life Drawings of Models

Learn how to draw models with this life drawing guide. You’ll also be taught the best life model poses and be inspired once you know just how much live model drawing can boost your skills.

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Free download: How to Draw Landscapes |

How to Draw Landscapes

Learn how to draw trees, mountains and more with these demos and articles providing insight into the secrets of landscape drawing from respected artists.

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Free Painting Lessons by Medium

Free download: watercolor landscapes tutorial |

Watercolor Landscapes

Even seasoned artists can find that there’s some new or different way to practice a technique when it comes to painting landscapes. Learn how to paint landscapes with seasoned landscape artist, Sterling Edwards today with help from this FREE download!

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Free download: pastel painting tutorial |

Pastel Painting Tutorial

This free download on painting with pastels features free pastel techniques for beginners, and everything you need to get started.

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Free Download: Watercolor for beginners |

Watercolor Painting for Beginners

This free download on painting with watercolor encourages you to embrace the freedom of painting loosly plus expert techniques for detail.

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Free download: mixed media techniques |

Mixed Media Techniques

Kick your next piece of artwork up a notch with this free excerpt from Cyr’s guide to mixed-media art. In Mixed Media: 3 Step-by-Step Lessons for Experimental Painting, you’ll receive step-by-step lessons that will inspire your own creative expression. Enjoy!

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How to Use Oil Pastels |

Oil Pastel Techniques

Maybe you’re looking for something that’s not messy, is safe and is easy to transport. Whether you’ve yet to discover painting with oil pastels or you’re curious to learn more about the medium in general, Getting Started With Oil Pastels is the perfect companion to teach you more. And it’s free!

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How to paint with oil |

Oil Painting Basics

In this excerpt, ‘In Mediapedia: Oils’ (from The Artist’s Magazine), Albert tells you everything you need to know about how to paint with oil. This article includes FAQs about how to oil paint, oil painting beginners tools, and must-have advice, plus an overview of the chemistry of oil paint.

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acrylic painting for beginners |

Easy Acrylic Painting Techniques

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to paint, acrylic is a great way to get started. In this free download from Acrylic Painting, you’ll learn how to blend acrylic paint with flat, filbert, round and liner brushes for essential shapes that you can use for still life, figure painting and more.

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Digital art techniques |

How to Draw Digital Art

In these digital painting tutorials for beginners, you will use digital matte painting tools like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to learn digital painting either with or without a tablet. Learning how to paint digitally is a great next step for artists who understand aesthetics but want to cut back on their supplies budget.

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