The Complete Online Drawing Course

Learn Fundamental Drawing Skills with Full Mentor Support

If you’ve always dreamed of learning to draw, or if you’ve been drawing for a while and know you need to master the basic fundamentals, then you’re in exactly the right place. This is the drawing course for you.

No more wasting precious time searching around the internet looking for random tutorials. No more wondering if you’re learning the right thing. This is a fully supported course with expert feedback.

One-to-one Expert Drawing Advice with Video Feedback

Just follow my proven plan and laser focussed video critiques created just for you. You’ll amaze yourself as your drawing skills rapidly grow.

Ask questions at any time. Never be left wondering if you’re improving. 

All one-to-one mentoring memberships include feedback via recorded video critique.

Real student video critique example

Your 6 Step Plan to Creating Your Own Original Drawings

Step 1: Start out nice and easy…

Basic shapes and construction drawing: All the fundamentals. Master these and you’ll feel your confidence growing already. Lots of fun introductory projects like ‘Peppie the Pup’ build your skills step-by-step.

Drawing course founder Cindy Wider presents a construction drawing project

Step 2: Wow! It looks so realistic!

Shading and Form: Those skills you’ve admired in other artists for so long are now becoming your skills too. Projects like ‘The Shoe Well Travelled’ will challenge you (by this stage you’re up to the task!) Your drawing will almost ‘pop’ off the page, amazing yourself and those around you.

Drawing course author Cindy Wider demonstrates a shading project

Step 3: Commission-worthy drawings

Portraiture: Capturing a likeness is one of the most admirable skills in art. It’s so satisfying. By the end of this section you’ll be well on your way to pencil and charcoal portraiture mastery. Some students even begin taking commissions at this point. (Yes, the portraits shown here are created by DrawPj students and they were all absolute beginners when they first started with us.)

Portraits created by DrawPj Drawing Course Students

Step 4: Look at the world in a new way

Perspective and Proportion: How can you realistically represent the three-dimensional world on a flat piece of paper? How do things we see change as they get closer, further away or turn towards us? These questions are all answered with perspective. Your eyes are now open to a whole new way of seeing and drawing.

Artist Cindy Wider demonstrates a perspective drawing project

Step 5: Fall in love with Colour

Coloured Pencil Techniques: It’s time to break out. Move beyond shading and into the wonderful world of colour. If you’ve ever wondered how professional coloured pencil artists can create artworks that are so rich, vibrant and with such painterly detail then wonder no more. You’re about to discover the secret.

Cindy Wider demonstrates coloured pencil drawing techniques

Step 6: Original Art. Made by You.

Composition: Your ultimate goal. An original drawing that is completely yours. We’ll show you the way, but everything you’ve learnt so far in the course has prepared you for this moment. You’ll have all the skills to create beautiful artworks, each one as unique as you are. (Yes, again the drawings shown here are all by DrawPj students who were beginners once.)

Original drawings created by DrawPj Drawing Course students

Get started Immediately!

All you need to begin this course today is…

  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Paper or sketchpad
  • Plastic eraser

Note: A computer printer is also helpful if you want to print project booklets. As you travel through the course you’ll add to your supplies along the way.

Picture of Cindy Wider on Ipad with drawing pad and pencils

Mentored Course Pricing

No Risk 30 day money back guarantee

Course Features Explained


One-to-One Feedback

Mentor feedback is provided via email. You may ask your mentor questions about your course at any stage.


Signed Completion Certificate

Upon completion of the course you will receive a personally signed certificate of completion from course author Cindy Wider.

Recorded Video Critiques

Feedback is provided via recorded video critique wherever appropriate. Critique videos are downloadable so you can watch them at any time. 

Private Facebook Group

Join our friendly and supportive Facebook group to share your drawings and connect with fellow students

Lifetime Access

You will have non-expiring access to all your course resources. You can access your course at any time.

The Complete Course Curriculum

Want to know everything that’s in the course? Here’s the complete list.

Introduction and Orientation
IWelcome to the DrawPj Academy
ICreate a Pre-Instruction Drawing
hThe Beginner Drawing Family Facebook Group
hRecommended Art Supplies
hStudying with a DrawPj Mentor
hStudy Blocks for DrawPj Mentored Students

Construction Drawing (pencil)

Essential Skills
IHalving Lines
IDrawing Angles
IIntroduction to Scribble Gesture
IIntroduction to Basic Shapes
IDrawing Rectangles
IDrawing Triangles
IDrawing Circles
IDrawing Ellipses
IDrawing Bell Shapes
IConstruction Drawing Examples
Essential Skills: Downloadable Booklets
hEssential Skills Summary
Essential Skills - Projects
IIntroduction to Projects
Peppie the Pup: Downloadable Project Booklets
IPeppie the Pup – Part A: Construction Drawing
IPeppie the Pup – Part B: Outline Drawing
Tallulah Ted: Downloadable Project Booklets
ITallulah Ted: Part A: Construction Drawing
ITallulah Ted: Part B: Outline Drawing
Major Project - Fred the Sausage Dog
Fred the Sausage Dog Project Booklet
IFred the Sausage Dog Outline Drawing
IFred the Sausage Dog Construction Drawing
Drawing 3D Solid Shapes
I3D Solid Shapes – Cube
I3D Solid Shapes – Sphere
I3D Solid Shapes – Cylinder
I3D Solid Shapes – Cone and Pyramid
Essential Skills - Bonus Project Booklets
Learn to See Shapes in Objects
Simple Man-made Objects
Marmalade the Rabbit Project
Oscar the Cat Project
Cyril the Squirrel Project
Cuddly Cat Bobby Project
Pencil Techniques - Six Pencil Techniques
hSix Pencil Techniques Introduction
IIntroduction and Smooth Shading Technique
IBroad Stroke Technique
IChisel Point Technique
IFine Lines Technique
ICross Hatching Technique
ICross Hatching Technique
IErasing Techniques
Major Project: The Old Hay Shed
Project Booklet
IIntroduction and the Graphite Transfer Method
IPencil Stroke Placement and Shadow Areas
ITrees and Leaves
IBackground Elements
IThe Roof Area
ICompleting the Foreground
Pencil Techniques - Bonus Project Booklets
Tulips in a Tub Project
Giant Cherry Cupcake Project
Happy Campers Project
Happy Campers Project
Shining Lighthouse Project
RConstruction Drawing Quiz
Bonus Section: Extra Reading
The Artist’s Language and Your Four Natural Abilities
Bonus Section: Draw People and Characters
IHow to Draw Cute! (Part A) – live webinar recording
IHow to Draw Cute! (Part B) – live webinar recording
Draw People and Cute Characters
Draw Characters Worksheet
IPractical Application of Fundamental Techniques – ‘Baking for Mummy’

Shading and Form (pencil)

Shading Techniques
Shading Techniques Introduction and Booklet
ICreate a Value Scale
IShaded Curves
ITwo Smooth Shading Techniques
ISoft Edge
IHard Edge
hShading Techniques Summary
The Theory of Light and Shade
IIntroduction to the Theory of Light and Shade
Theory of Light and Shade Booklet
IShade a Cube
IShade a Sphere
IShade a Cone
IShade a Cylinder
hTheory of Light and Shade Summary
Shading - Bonus Project Booklets
Bob the Boat Project
Puddles the Boot Project
Frangipani Dreams Project
The Holiday Project
A Variety of Subjects
Shading - Clothing and Folds
Introduction to Five Folds (essential reading)
IShaded Drawing of a Column Fold (tutorial)
IShaded Drawing of a Column Fold (speed drawing)
Major Project: Silver Kettle
Silver Kettle Project Booklet
ISilver Kettle Tutorial
ISilver Kettle Speed Drawing
Major Project: A Shoe Well Travelled
‘A Shoe Well Travelled’: Introduction and Booklet
IPart a: Introduction, first layer and sole stitching
IPart b: Impressing technique in shoe folds
IPart c: Laces and leather stitching
IPart d: Rubber sole and summary
Bonus Project: The Little Urn
Little Urn Resources
IShaded Drawing of the Little Urn (Tutorial)
IShaded Drawing of the Little Urn (speed drawing)
RShading and Form Quiz

Portraiture (pencil & charcoal)

Pencil Portraiture
Facial Features Introduction and Resources
IShaded Drawing of the Human Eye (intro and tutorial)
IShaded Drawing of the Human Eye (speed drawing)
IShaded Drawing of the Human Nose (tutorial)
IShaded Drawing of the Human Nose (speed drawing)
IShaded Drawing of Human Lips (tutorial)
IShaded Drawing of Human Lips (speed drawing)
IShaded Drawing of the Human Ear (tutorial)
IShaded Drawing of the Human Ear (speed drawing)
IMark the Positions of the Individual Features on a Face
Project: Isha (Child Portrait)
Child Portrait – Introduction and Resources
IPortrait of Isha part a – construction drawing and outline
IPortrait of Isha part b – hair
IPortrait of Isha part c – face and jumper
IPortrait of Isha (speed drawing)
Charcoal Portraiture - Twelve Charcoal Techniques
hIntroduction to Charcoal Portraiture
IArt Materials Video (part 1)
IArt Materials Video (part 2)
ICovering Large Areas with Willow Charcoal
ICovering Medium Sized Areas with Willow Charcoal
ICovering Small Areas with Willow Charcoal
IDrawing Fine Lines with Willow Charcoal
IDrawing Fine Lines with Charcoal Pencil
ICreating Gradations with Blending
ICreating Soft Edges with Blending
ICreating Hard Edges
IHatching Lines with Willow Charcoal and Charcoal Pencil
ILines with Variations in Widths
IErasing Techniques
IWhite Conte and White Charcoal Techniques
Project: Long Hair
Long Hair Project Booklet
ILong Hair: Step 1
ILong Hair: Step 2
ILong Hair: Step 3 (part a)
ILong Hair: Step 3 (part b)
ILong Hair: Step 4 (part a)
ILong Hair: Step 4 (part b)
Project: Short Hair
Short Hair Project Booklet
IShort Hair: Steps 1 and 2
IShort Hair: Step 3
IShort Hair: Step 4
Bonus Project: Curly Hair
Curly Hair Project Booklet
ICurly Hair: Steps 1,2 and 3
ICurly Hair: Step 4
ICurly Hair: Steps 5 and 6
ICurly Hair: Step 7
ICurly Hair: Step 8
Major Project: Self Portrait
Introduction and Resources
IInitial Guidelines
IBasic Outlines
IThe Final Outline (part a)
IThe Final Outline (part b)
IShading Eyes
IShading Eyes (continued) and Forehead
IShading the Nose
IShading the Nose (continued)
IShading around the face
IDrawing Lips / Shading Cheek and Neck
IShading Lips, Cheeks and Neck
IHair (part a)
IHair (part b)
INeck and Clothes
Bonus Projects
Draw Clothing
Child Portrait of Sumaya
RPortraiture Foundations Quiz

Perspective and Proportion (pencil)

IIntroduction to Perspective
IDraw Wooden Floorboards
IDraw a Simple Interior with Floor Tiles
IDraw Simple Rectangle Shapes
IDraw a Bookcase
IDraw a Fence
IDraw a Ellipse in One Point Perspective
IDraw an Opening Door
IDraw some Steps
IDraw the Outline of an Interior Room
IDraw a Chair in One Point Perspective
IUsing a Scaling Stick to Draw Objects in Proportion
IProject: Draw a Simple House in 3 point Perspective
IIntroduction to Perspective
IDraw Wooden Floorboards
IDraw a Simple Interior with Floor Tiles
IDraw Simple Rectangle Shapes
IDraw a Bookcase
IDraw a Fence
IDraw a Ellipse in One Point Perspective
IDraw an Opening Door
IDraw some Steps
IDraw the Outline of an Interior Room
IDraw a Chair in One Point Perspective
IUsing a Scaling Stick to Draw Objects in Proportion
IProject: Draw a Simple House in 3 point Perspective
Bonus Project Booklets
Cosy Cottage
Animal Frenzy
Major Project: House in English Countryside
Little House in the English Countryside – Introduction and Project Booklet
ILittle House in the English Countryside (part a)
ILittle House in the English Countryside (part b)
ILittle House in the English Countryside (part c)
ILittle House in the English Countryside (part d)
RPerspective and Proportion Quiz
Bonus Section: Grid Method
Grid Method Introduction and Project Booklet
IGrid Method: Copy a Pattern (part a)
IGrid Method: Copy a Pattern (part b)
IGrid Method Project: Prepare your Grid (part a)
IGrid Method Project: Create your Drawing (part b)

Coloured Pencil

12 Coloured Pencil Techniques
Coloured Pencil Conversion Charts
ISharp Point
IDull Point
ICross Hatching
IStriking Strokes
Bonus Pencil Technique Project Booklets
Crazy Fluff Balls
My Colourful Kingdom
Secret Winter Wonderland
Country Cottage
Colour Theory Project Booklets
IIntroduction to the Colour Wheel
IThe Colour Swatch
ISix Colour Schemes
ISeeing Colour as Tone
Project: African Daisy
African Daisy Project Booklet
IStep 1
IStep 2
IStep 3
IStep 4
IStep 5
IStep 6
IStep 7
Major Project: Apple
Juicy Apple Project Project Booklet
IStep 1
IStep 2
IStep 3
IStep 4
IStep 5
IStep 6
IStep 7
IStep 8
IStep 9
IStep 10
Bonus Projects and Booklets
Double Hearted Rose Project booklet
Luscious Strawberry Project Booklet
IStep 1
IStep 2
IStep 3
IStep 4
IStep 5
IStep 6
IStep 7a
IStep 7b
IStep 8
IStep 9
RColoured Pencil Quiz


Composition Principles
Composition Downloadable Resources
IHow I Compose Original Art: Three Stage Process
IThe Planning Stage: Ten Principles of Composition
IAnalysis of an Artwork using the Ten Principles of Composition
IComposition Structures
ICreating Thumbnail Sketches using Composition Structures and Principles
Art Style and Inspiration
IThree Drawing Styles and the Development of Cindy’s Style
ICindy’s Art Style: Short film (for ABC OPEN)
Artist Style Case Study: Richard Klekociuk
IBotanical Gardens Art Inspiration with Richard Klekociuk
Art Style Case Study: Jandamarra Cadd
IJandamarra Cadd: Bridging the Divide with Colours and Dots (for ABC Open)
ISeven Tips to Find your Art Style
IExample Outline Drawing: “Waiting for the Next Meal”
IExample Thumbnail Colour Planning: “Waiting for Next Meal”
ISpeed Drawing: “Waiting for the Next Meal”
Colour a Hard Edge Drawing
Final Project: Compose an Original Drawing
RComposition Quiz

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any drawing experience to enroll?

This is for complete beginners and anyone who feels they need fundamental drawing skills. No experience necessary. 

What ages is this suitable for?

This is suitable for adults no matter what age you are. It’s never too late to learn to draw. 

How long does the course take to complete?

If you study for 2 hours per week most students would take approximately 12 months to complete the entire course.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

Once you email your work to your Mentor, you will then receive either video or written feedback (depending on what is most appropriate method at the time) to let you know where you have done well and exactly how you can improve.

What if I get stuck or have a problem?

Yes, you can ask your Mentor for advice at any time during the course. Response is generally within 24 hours on weekdays.

Are there any deadlines for submitting assignments?

There are no deadlines. You can study entirely at your own pace, however, when scheduling your time please take into consideration feedback is provided only on weekdays. Allow at least 2-3 working days to receive your feedback.

Which drawings should I send to my Mentor?

You only send the exercises and projects that are core to the curriculum, as shown on the Study Blocks page.

We’ve filled the course with lots of goodies which are indicated as EXTRA or BONUS items. These are for fun practice. Feedback for EXTRA or BONUS items is only provided if your Mentor specifically requests it (for example if your Mentor thinks you need a little more practice to master a skill).

What art supplies do I need?

To get started right away with the first part of the course all you need is: a pencil, sharpener, paper or sketchpad, Plastic eraser.

A computer printer is also useful if you want to print project booklets.

As you move through the course you will need to add more items to your supplies. For a shopping list see Recommended Art Supplies.

Will my work be graded?

Grading is optional. The grading system is very simple:

A Pass will be awarded when your DrawPj Mentor has determined that your work has reached the appropriate standard. Your Mentor will work closely with you to ensure you can achieve a pass for each section. 

If you choose not to have your work graded please let your Mentor know.


How do I earn a certificate?

Along the way you’ll receive printable certificates of completion for each of the six major sections, as you earn your pass.

When you’ve earned your six passes then your final certificate of completion (for the full course) will be awarded.

Your printed and hand-signed certificate will be posted to you along with a personal note from the course author Cindy Wider.

I am really glad that I chose the mentor option to complete the course. It was worth the money to get the feedback about what I was working on to improve my technique. It was very timely and constructive. Much better than I could ever have gotten going to college! Sheila Perry - USA

I valued my mentorship with you enormously! You guided me so well through my first clumsy artworks to my later more accomplished pieces. You know exactly what a drawing needs and your instincts and advice are invaluable! Marta Oliehoek-Samitowska - Netherlands

Yes, these are real ‘before’ and ‘after’ self portraits!

In fact, the ‘after’ portraits are created just half-way through the course.

Self Portrait Drawing of Julie James
Self Portrait Drawing of John Scott
Self Portrait Drawing of Pam Tickner
Self Portrait Drawing of Shravya Tarimela
Self Portrait Drawing of Patrick Kiernan
Self Portrait Drawing of Kairi Foster
Self Portrait Drawing of Liesbeth Ramon
Noah Nolywaika
Lita Fronika Wales
I didn’t expect much but the program seemed well structured and answered most of my questions so I decided to give it a try and I never regretted it I must say. My life is divided between before and after DrawPj! Olga Rogovets - Canada

For me it wasn’t about just the course content, but the positive encouragement and interaction in the group I experienced. I wanted to learn but the people part was important to me, which I enjoyed. Scott Kunkle - USA

Still have questions?

If so, we’re more than happy to help you

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