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Forget everything you’ve been told about learning how to draw! Keep reading to 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. Try for free today!


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

"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 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 in 3 ways:

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 3.2

Thanks for your feedback! You can now enjoy bug fixes and new drawing courses in this update. This update brings you:
- Bug fixes and performance improvements
- Brand new drawing lessons on figure drawing, dragons and Greek mythology
- Improvements to manga fantasy characters
- Improvements to fantasy portraits

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

The Reluctant Critic ,

Getting Close To Greatness

A long overdue update finally hit, and I don’t have to keep looking at Easter bunnies in the middle of July. An app like this needs frequent updates, because one can quickly work through exercises. If the developers show more commitment to this app, and get this app using at least half the potential of the Apple Pencil, I’ll give it 5 stars. It seemed like they fell asleep at the wheel, but the latest update should keep everyone busy for a while. And adding top notch artists like Robert Marzullo is a great start towards greatness. Developers, please don’t make us wait another four months. You’ve got a good thing going now.

On another note, I was disappointed to see they have a version of this app for $20. In a world where consumers are becoming more wary of “standard” and “deluxe” versions of apps and even more so with subscription pricing, I don’t think their “Academy” version is going to fly. Time will tell. But that app appears to be where they are focusing the bulk of their time on, especially with respect to getting more out of the Apple Pencil. They should have stuck to one app and developed it fully with in-app purchases instead of crippling one app in favor of the other.

Developer Response ,

Hello and thank you for your detailed review :) From an outsiders perspective I can see where you are coming from. Please let me share from an insiders perspective :) Also please email me anytime marty@shadowdrawapp.com There I can share things that I may not be able to share here as my review may not get approved ;)

-Yes the update did take a while. It was because we needed to change some processes of how we got art from hardworking artists.
-We are 100% committed to the app. We are a team of 2 with some more help on the sides. We really love ShadowDraw and want to bring on more team and we are a small business. We will continue to grow. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow. Believe in us and give your passionate reviews and share ShadowDraw and we will grow. I know it may seem on the outside that we feel asleep at the wheel but we have not. My cofounder barely sleeps ;). I will do my best to make sure you don't feel that way again :)

The ShadowDraw Academy app is designed for Schools and the Education market. We can't have the same art, we can't have the same features. We had to develop a whole new app that meets the important rules for teachers and students and child safety. We were encouraged to get this new app out in time for the upcoming fall school year. We are not allowed to have in app purchases with School apps. There are a lot of things we can and can't do but we still want to be able to pay our hardworking artists including Robert Marzullo and David Drazil and all of our others so we do work hard on a business model that works for you, the artists and ShadowDraw. You are not a teacher or a student so you only need to get ShadowDraw - Learn How to Draw. You never have to worry about looking for 2 different apps from us. Also we had to change the name from just ShadowDraw because we learned we would never show up in the search for "how to draw" otherwise :(

From this moment forward we are focused on both ShadowDraw apps because we care about students and teachers and we also care about you and other creative people who are not in school. Please tell me what you think about my reply and also email me :)


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.

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 :)


ShadowDraw +
All You Can Draw (Monthly)
Free Trial
How to Draw Wolves
Learn how to draw wolves step-by-step.
Drawing Lines & 2D Objects
Master the basics of architectural sketching!
How to Draw Fashion Croquis
Learn to draw templates for fashion design!
How to Draw Dragons
Learn to sketch dragons in fantasy settings
How to Draw Cat Expressions
Learn to draw angry cats, happy cats & more!

In-App Purchases

How to Draw Perspective
Learn the elements of one-point perspective.


Shadow Draw
720.9 MB

Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.


English, Swedish

Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
In-App Purchases
  1. How to Draw Perspective $1.99
  2. Cartooning a Puppy $1.99
  3. Drawing Stick Figures $1.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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