Teach Yourself to Draw Anything

Course outline

Lesson 1: effective practice

Before we begin drawing let's talk about some important things to keep in mind while doing so.

Lesson 2: drawing warm-up

The first step of our routine has us doing a few quick warm-up exercises to make sure our hands are doing what we want them to.

Lesson 3: drawing from reference

In the second step of our routine we start drawing from reference photos. But we're not copying! We're drawing in a way that makes sure we understand the subject.

Lesson 4: drawing from imagination

In step three we hide our reference photos and test ourselves. How well can we draw our subject from our imaginations?

Lesson 5: fixing your mistakes

Inevitably we have made mistakes in our imagined drawing. Our final step has us return to our photos and correct our errors.

Lesson 6: repeat the cycle

30 minutes isn't long enough to master anything. By repeating steps 3 and 4, we can extend our routine as much as we'd like to make sure we reach the level we'd like with our subject.

Lesson 7: putting your practice into practice

We close off the course with some final thoughts about making self-educating and using the routine you've learned today.

Course description

The majority of our improvement comes from the time we spend practicing on our own time. Most of us are no stranger to the idea that it takes 10,000 hours to become a master of something. What many of us aren't aware of is that those 10,000 hours must be quality as well. That's where this course comes in.

After going through these videos and trying the routine out yourself you will have a tool to ensure that every time you sit down to draw you are getting better!

What You'll learn

  • A 30 minute drawing routine that can be applied to learning to draw anything
  • The ability to tailor the routine to be any length that you want
  • How to draw from reference photos so that you aren't just copying but actually learning
  • How to test your abilities to get confirmation that you're improving
  • How to create a habit out of drawing


Once you have followed along with the practice routine it will be your turn to try it out on anything you'd like. Over 30 minutes, you will learn to draw your subject by going through the following:

  1. Drawing warm-up (5 min.)
  2. Drawing from reference (10 min.)
  3. Drawing from imagination (10 min.)
  4. Fixing your mistakes (5 min.)

If you'd like to extend your routine, repeat steps 3 and 4 as many times as you'd like!


About the teacher

Hayden Aube is a designer-turned-illustrator with an obsession for how we learn. Having made many big transitions in his life and career, Hayden now channels his time into helping other artists get where they want to be. This means tutorials, coaching and several community-based initiatives. To stay sharp, Hayden maintains a freelance illustration business, creates a variety of personal projects and is always enrolled in an online or in-person course himself.

This course and many more for just $9/month