ShadowDraw: Learn How to Draw 9+

Drawing App & Art Sketch Book

Shadow Draw Inc.

    • 3.7 • 542 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Are you ready to draw with a more confident hand? Learning how to draw better can be easy and fun! ShadowDraw has everything you need to start drawing from scratch. If you’re a true beginner, and want a fast way to learn the basics, ShadowDraw is the drawing app for you.

ShadowDraw lessons use drawings created by real art professionals, and guide you through the exact steps taken to create those drawings. Simply follow the pencil strokes of an experienced artist with your Apple Pencil. In just a few lessons, you’ll discover how to create realistic drawings from start to finish.

Daily practice is important to becoming a great artist. ShadowDraw lessons encourage you to make art every day! Freshen up your skills before jumping into your own unique work.

ShadowDraw works like a real art teacher by making sure you complete each step correctly before revealing the next one. This way, you can progress in small steps. Watch your lines come together step by step to create a complete drawing!

Make practice fun for you with two ways to draw each lesson:

• Art Teacher Mode picks the color palette and art tools so that it's easier to follow along.
• Sketch My Way lets adventurous students choose their own colors and tools to add a personal touch!

Draw something new every day when you join ShadowDraw+. Become a monthly or yearly ShadowDraw+ member to share 2000+ drawing guides with your loved ones via Family Sharing.

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What’s New

Version 2023.6

Hello beginner artists! We're working hard behind the scenes to bring you a major update, but in the meantime, here’s a quick update for you:

• New courses! Learn how to sketch wolves from scratch like a pro in December and illustrate an amazing fantasy dragon step-by-step!
• Winter Art. 'Tis the season to draw winter art! Celebrate the holidays with lessons on gingerbread houses, polar bears, winter villages and an Advent Calendar that unlocks a new lesson every day until Dec. 25.
• Zoom out. Now you can zoom out during drawing lessons.
• Drawing reference improvements. Now the reference can be moved and resized. This is especially useful for left-handed beginner artists who can now place the reference on the left and draw on the right. Simply press and hold the reference to minimize or restore to the original size.
• More Art Tools! Now you can enjoy more art tools when you choose Sketch My Way, including a watercolor brush. An update to iPadOS 17 is required to access the new art tools.
• Want to go premium but don't know how? We've made it easier than ever to join ShadowDraw+ from the course page.
• Stay tuned for exciting new courses and app features coming this winter!

What do you think of this update? Let us know by writing an app review or reaching out to us at!

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
542 Ratings

542 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.

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!

luismg ,

Great app for people with little experience drawing!

I really enjoy using this app. I love how we can follow the lines one by one with the option to see the finished version any time, so I know what the lines are supposed to be. There are a couple of things I would suggest to the dev. One is to make it easy to find all the pieces I purchased so I don’t have to remember which ones are available for me to start drawing. The other one, which is even more important to me, is fixing how the eraser interacts with the coloring tool. The coloring tool allows you to fill in behind the lines you make with color. If you’re like me and erase a ton while sketching, this coloring tool basically doesn’t work properly. It won’t fill color behind the areas that you previously erased. This makes me feel like the eraser tool was implemented as a white marker instead of actually erasing. The app still gets five stars because I love it for learning how to sketch, but please fix the ability to color the areas where I erase.

Developer Response ,

Hi, Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed review :) I love all your suggestions and opinions. I agree we need to make it more clear to find all the art purchased. We are working on a better way to do this. We have hundreds more courses coming and we need to find a way to make art more browsable and especially art you have bought. That is one reason we now have an "All You Can Draw" subscription offer so that you can freely explore and discover new art.
Regarding the eraser tool, we have great news! Apple has worked hard and created a new tool for apps like ours. They call it PencilKit. This means that with the iOS13 release we will have a brush palette designed by Apple and embedded in ShadowDraw. You will have a beautiful pencil brush and pen and an eraser that will work as you have desired. This also means we can focus on giving you more great art and Apple will take care of all your pencil and coloring desires. 
We are going to do things with PencilKit that no other app can do. We are so excited to share it with you :)

Please message me in the chat in the app and I can gift you a special offer :)



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