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Get guided practice sketching corgis, huskies, and lions and take your character sketching skills further with lessons on superheroes and Spartan warriors!

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

ShadowDraw® is patent pending.

What’s New

Version 2021.4

This update introduces seven new courses for beginners and important drawing experience improvements! You’ll get:

- Guided practice sketching animals including corgis, huskies, and lions

- Take your character sketching skills further with lessons on male and female superheroes and Spartan warriors

- Learn how to illustrate photos in a drawing challenge course

- Travel sketch with confidence in a brand new Neuschwanstein Castle course

- Drawing experience improvements that should prevent skips when you lift your pencil during a step

- Bug fixes

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
331 Ratings

331 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 support@shadowdrawapp.com

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 :)

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In-App Purchases

How to Draw Kittens
Learn to draw kittens from scratch.
Human Figures for Architecture
Sketch Like an Architect by David Drazil
Puppy Sketchbook - 5 Sketches
Start drawing puppies like a pro!
Art Studio II: Drawing Faces
Take the same art lessons as Vincent van Gogh
Art Studio I: Drawing Eyes
Take the same art class as Van Gogh & Picasso
Fantasy Portrait Sketchbook
Start sketching fantasy characters like a pro

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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.

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

  • User Content
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  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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