ShadowDraw: Learn How to Draw 9+

#1 Drawing App for Art Lessons

Shadow Draw Inc.

    • 4.0 • 388 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Now enhanced with pop ups! Vincent van Gogh comes to life as you read his letters to family while drawing and painting his masterpiece Café Terrace at Night.

Recommended by The New York Times

"At first, I didn’t think this method would work. Then I found myself doodling on cocktail napkins and was sold." — App Store Review

Forget everything you’ve been told about learning how to draw! Discover a fast, fun and easy way to learn how to draw that actually works! If you're ready to finally learn how to draw, you're ready for ShadowDraw® for your iPad & Apple Pencil.


"This is a perfect app to make mistakes, refine strokes with a steady hand and not fear failure." — United States

"Good app that teaches you how to draw sketches by shadowing the strokes of an artist. Very simple but effective." — United Kingdom

"Great app. Lets you copy the pen strokes of another artist to recreate their drawing. I found it oddly relaxing to just trust what was happening and watch it emerge." — App Store Review

"ShadowDraw for the iPad and Apple Pencil is one program that teaches drawing forms by having you follow along the animated pen strokes of another artist in an updated take on the “copying the masters” approach." — The New York Times


ShadowDraw takes the stress out of learning to draw and only leaves the fun! ShadowDraw® brings drawing lessons to life with interactive tutorials that teach you how to draw. Start drawing great art in just a few minutes!

ShadowDraw® is designed to solve your drawing problems:

Imagine curling up under a blanket with your iPad and drawing something new and exciting every night. To draw better, you need to draw regularly. This means you need a way to draw that is easy to integrate into your lifestyle. And it has to be so much fun that you keep doing it. That’s what ShadowDraw® is all about.

Imagine an app that could take your hand and actually guide it — something you could only get in an art class! Just open ShadowDraw® on your iPad and let our artists magically guide your hand! You never have to worry if you’re doing it wrong because we’re with you every step of the way.

ShadowDraw doesn’t take up any more space than an iPad and an Apple Pencil. That’s it! Just a few taps and you can start drawing. You’ll save time since you won’t need to gather any art supplies. You decide when and where you learn — under a blanket, on the couch, in an airplane, or on the go!

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Terms of Service

By downloading ShadowDraw®, you'll have a hand in making a new way to draw possible.

ShadowDraw® is patent pending.

What’s New

Version 2022.5

Thank you for making ShadowDraw part of your daily drawing habit! This update includes:

- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
388 Ratings

388 Ratings


Has potential

The app is a good start, and can be fun, especially with more artists added. I have two suggestions to make it more useful. First, when starting a new drawing, it is imperative to have a faint outline of the actual finished drawing in the background. I just spent like 10 minutes drawing the squirrel, except for most of it, I was just scribbling circles and lines without knowing how they related to the final product. To learn to sketch, I need to know how to look at an image and break it down into those lines and circles. Just blindly scribbling doesn’t help a lot. Also, with the more complex drawings, at times, the artist’s next line is a dot somewhere on the page of scribbles and I can’t find where to make the next line, so I have to just randomly draw until I find out where the dot was, as the drawing won’t continue until you match the artists lines.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your suggestions and review. We have been thinking about the ideal way to show not just a finished drawing, but a preview of the next steps. Right now we have a cool preview mode that will reveal each new step moving forward. If you press and hold on the circle on the top right you will see what the artist created come to life. Please tell me what you think of that feature by emailing me at

Also we have added a new Skip a step feature in the 1.3 update. Whenever you see a little dot or you can’t find the next step and you want to go your own way, simply tap the screen with 3 fingers at the same time and you will skip forward one step. Please try this in the update and tell me what you think.

Johhanna ,


Coming from someone who started using this app years ago... I just started to use it again and so many things have changed. It is an incredible app you must try if you are learning to draw! The guidelines are slow enough to follow along and be able to loosely recreate what it is showing you to draw as the drawing progresses. I find it much easier to follow and feel it gives me time not only to follow but also understand what is being done and why. The lesson on eyes is amazing and I have tried it several times getting better as I go. I love that there is a reference of how the drawing will look when it is done as it gives me a chance to make the lines more like they should look in the end instead of blindly following along and not knowing if I am connecting correctly, how it will look compared to the finished one, etc. If there are lessons that do not use a reference on the side, I may snap a picture with my phone to use at the same time. So many possibilities! A lot of apps don’t seem they would translate well to doing the same drawing on paper, but with some repetition I have no doubt I could recreate it later. I am so happy I came back and tried it again and I am amazed how wonderful it has become! I plan to make drawings I learn in this app and transfer them to Procreate as I am learning that as well. Try this drawing app and you will love it :). No other drawing app compares to this!

Darius - the IPad Pro Rookie ,


Stop looking for other drawing apps because you just found the best drawing app there is PERIOD. This is by FAR the definitive, must have, absolute winner of the drawing apps. Not only is there so, SO much content to learn how to draw, the way in which the tutorials work are intuitive. If I can draw using this app, trust me you can too! Step by step tracing instructions, abilities to alter the canvas and zoom in and out to better see the strokes and the endless amount of subjects to draw! You want to learn how to draw faces better? They got it, Male and female faces. You wanna draw horses better? They got it! You wanna learn how to draw mountains, trees, bushes, landscapes, portraits, THEY GOT IT! If they don’t have it, message their team. I have never had customer support like this. These people actually do care, I know that makes you uncomfortable thinking that they actually do care. But they do so get over it! I love this app. It will never get old. Even when I become a professional artist! I’ll know where to hone my skills. Man I am thirsty. Gotta go! Download this app now! You won’t regret it!


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In-App Purchases

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Start drawing puppies like a pro!
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Start sketching fantasy characters like a pro
Figure Drawing - Female Heads
11 step by step drawing lessons
How to Draw Male Heads
Learn to draw heads at different angles

App Privacy

The developer, Shadow Draw Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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