Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cool Illustration YouTubers

While drawing, I tend to either listen to podcasts, audiobooks, or YouTube videos. Personally I find it very motivating to listen to people talk about drawing while I draw. If you're struggling to stay focused and motivated, give some of these YouTubers a try. This is not by any means an exhaustive list, just a few of the channels I know about and enjoy. If you have any recommendations, please leave a comment!

Fran Menses - short, well-edited videos about common topics such as how to find your style, how to open an online shop, and how to be more productive.

Matthias Pilhede is new to drawing, but still has a lot of good (and very funny) insights into learning to draw.

Kiri Leonard's videos give you a look into a day in the life of a professional illustrator.

One Fantastic Week is a long-running YouTube series. Topics usually revolve around how to succeed in direct sales, conventions, Kickstarters, and social media.

Cynthia Sheppard paints pictures while clearly discussing her process and the mindset behind her choices. You can learn so much from a single video!

Bhairavi Kulkarni is just starting up her channel! She's my friend from art school so I just wanted to give her a shoutout here. Go give her videos some views and likes!


  1. Cynthia Sheppard's channel is one of my favorites, her videos are brilliant!

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I can't believe I hadn't discovered her channel before. Added to the post!

  2. Sounds like we have similar routines of listening to podcasts while working. Lately I've been tuning into more art or entrupenial podcast/videos like Chiustream or Comic Lab. I've added a number of Fran's video to my Watch Later and look forward to learning more.

    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing! Of these 5 I only knew about Fran; yay new finds! My favorite YouTube illustrator of the moment is probably either Holly Exley or Minnie Small- both of their editing styles are so peaceful and calming!

  4. I absolutely love Pearl Fleur; her watercolour works are mesmerising and she has such a personal style! Draw With Jazza is also a great channel, I particularly like it because Jazza has so much fun with art, something I sometimes forget to have while painting or drawing.


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