This post by Robert Flint, one of the co-founders of 3PM Made Easy, is an introductory tutorial to how to actually learn how to draw online.
Good Places Online To Start Learning How To Draw
People who know me know that I like drawing. That love of looking at the world, trying to draw it, and using it in some way has carried on into my creative pursuits.
In addition to drawing and coloring, which I find more enjoyable than art lessons, I still consider myself to be in my “comic book phase.”
Why comic books? First, they provide me with solid material and a base from which to make up stories. But even more important is the incredible responsibility I put on my head every time I pick up a comic book.
That sense of accountability, that responsibility to put things on the page, makes comics such a good gateway drug to making the leap to original creativity.
Comics haven’t really had a big push to increase the number of accessible and engaging mediums available in the 21st century. There is a great deal of diversity in comics on the web, but as far as drawing goes, the biggest platforms are still paperbound or for children.
I feel the idea of doing a coloring book has only grown in popularity over the last year or so. Even in the old days, most of the options were limited, from coloring books to mere pencils. But now, in a world where more and more people are experimenting with technology, it seems to make a lot of sense to try and make comic books more accessible.
Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The web has been flooded with new app developers for both iOS and Android. From dedicated app makers who focus on just drawing and coloring, to app makers who try to teach techniques, there is a wide variety of options.
Check out a few of my favorite drawing and coloring apps below.
One of my favorite ideas is the Google Tintri which is quite simple and has more similarities to an email inbox than a standard coloring app. You get many of the features of the stock version of Tintri, but with exclusive sounds and a quick and simple, simplified interface.
Another app that I love is SimplyDraw. It gives you so many options and is so intuitive to use. I find it easy to work with, and easily tips over into something I want to play with more often.
Both Google Tintri and SimplyDraw have a built-in background (hopefully a background that doesn’t change). You can snap a photo of yourself, use an existing file of your own, or take a shot with a standard camera app.
Doing another version with the primary app maker is a much better way of creating an app that becomes part of your comfort zone. I think this is where the traditional app that makes a push on user interaction like Switch Comics or Interaction Comics get most of their value. These apps become part of the family because they take the best of both worlds.
Even though drawing online is still a niche genre, that content is growing in accessibility.
I’ve also written about Cards Against Humanity and their Anime partner Cosplay, for best use of the experience to educate a wider audience.
But is it possible to find some action in the genre?
One of my favorites is Chocorobo, a website where you can follow the drawings of people across the country.
Included in Chocorobo are various art forms. You can watch as people paint, draw, or cast animations on what looks like a large and open screen. For either activity, the end result will either be an excellent painting, animation, or painting that anyone would be proud to show friends.
For those who can’t get enough of drawing online, use a browser like iSmash My Screen to record what you are doing and playing along.
Having done this in years past, I can tell you that this gets more fun the more you do. The more you know about your art, the more you want to see what people are doing. It’s awesome to see what kids, adults, and even artists are up to.
And at the end of the day, the idea of drawing or drawing fun on the web allows you to explore a variety of art forms. Try out the software you like.