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Learn to draw in 21 days (Season 2)

with Mark Kistler
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Learn the basics of sketching in 21 fun-filled days. Perfect if you’re an ABSOLUTE BEGINNER!
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Mark Kistler

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Mark Kistler is an Emmy Award-winning author and illustrator and is regarded as one of the world’s best drawing instructors, teaching millions how to draw for over 40 years.

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  • Italian
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese [Auto]
  • B. Indonesia [Auto]
  • Polish [Auto]
  • Turkish [Auto]

What you’ll learn

  • The absolute basics of drawing
  • Draw simple, fun illustrations step-by-step using basic shapes
  • Learn to draw cute cartoon animals, such as seahorses, owls, kittens, ants and more
  • Build up your drawing skills from the ground up, lesson by lesson
  • Learn to draw cool characters, such as Dracula, ghosts, mermaids and others
  • Increase your confidence in drawing fast with a supportive instructor
  • Master 22 EASY enhancements to make your art pop every time
  • Discover simple ways to make objects & characters look 3D
  • How to create realistic forms and awesome textures
  • Learn how to give your art depth with simple shading techniques
  • Easily create objects that are hollow, round, blocky, fuzzy, flowing, smooth, etc.
  • Develop core drawing techniques that you can apply to your own illustrations
  • How to build on your new skills for continued growth
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Description

Contrary to popular belief, you DON’T NEED TALENT to learn how to sketch cool artwork. This breakthrough course is designed for the absolute beginner & gives you all the skills you need to sketch your own masterpieces in just 21 days. No experience or special skills needed – just paper and a pencil!

You’ll learn from Emmy-award-winning producer, Mark Kistler, who’s taught beginners of all ages to draw over the past 40 years (you may recognize him from the famous Mark Kistler’s Imagination Station). After this course, you’ll be able to share your art on social media and WOW your fans and friends!

Join Mark as he reveals his unique step-by-step system to master the key techniques of sketching through fun and engaging video lessons. This course builds on the fundamental concepts taught in his first course, ‘Learn to Draw in 21 Days’ (a MASSIVE hit).

Each lesson is short enough for you to watch in a single sitting… but long enough to cover each subject in detail.

Build your sketch skills from the ground up, starting with basic shapes before crafting 3D images that pop off the page!

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to confidently sketch a range of cool objects and quirky characters – candy, kittens, dinosaurs, Dracula, and more.

PLUS the course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t like it, simply let us know and we’ll refund your money.

Sign up now and in just 3 weeks you’ll be proudly showing off your sketches to impressed family and friends!

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Who is this course for

  • Absolute beginner students who have never drawn before and are looking for an easy way to start!
  • Artists who want to refresh their knowledge on foundational concepts and drawing techniques
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This course includes

  • 9+ Hours of on-demand videos
  • 21 Reference images
  • 4 Cheat sheets/guides
  • Bonus material
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll need

  • Just a paper/sketchbook and a pencil
  • No drawing experience needed
  • (Optional) Ruler and Blending stump
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Introduction

03:16

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Do you wish you could draw but feel like you’ve got zero talent?

Meet Mark Kistler, the Emmy-award-winning instructor who’s been turning absolute beginners into sketching superstars for more than 40 years!

Just spend 20 chill minutes a day with Mark, and watch your drawing skills skyrocket! Starting from the basics, you’ll master new techniques with each lesson and WOW your homies with your newfound drawing mojo. 🚀🎨


0.1
Introduction
03:16
01

Fabulous Fish

17:21

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Let’s begin by drawing an adorable fish, starting with super simple shapes. All you need is the confidence to draw the very FIRST line!

You’ll discover how to draw contour lines to make the fish look 3D and also create cool textures and wrinkles!


1.1
Fabulous Fish
17:21
02

Illuminating Ideas

24:00

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Next, we’ll jump into another fun lesson: drawing a bright, radiant lightbulb (like when someone in a comic or cartoon gets an idea)! 🙂

You’ll discover how to make it really glow and stand out with a fun sunburst effect—which you can use in other ways too!


2.1
Illuminating Ideas
24:00
03

Terrific Toucan

31:47

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Ready for another creative season with Mark? He’ll guide you in sketching a terrific toucan perched on a branch, sporting an awesome beak.

You’ll practice variations of dark and light shading as well, to make your art more interesting!


3.1
Terrific Toucan
10:06
3.2
Toucan Shading
07:39
3.3
Toucan Beak
07:20
3.4
Finishing Up
06:42
04

Textured Owl

26:47

Learn how to draw an owl flying the easy way - Beginner lesson

Ever wanted to draw something super impressive that inspires awe (and maybe a bit of fear?)

Well, today is the day! Mark will show you how to create an owl with a wide wingspan and detailed texture on the feathers! You’ll love it!


4.1
Textured Owl
14:24
4.2
Owl Shading
12:23
05

Whoosh Cloud

12:18

Learn how to draw cool clouds the easy way - Beginner lesson

A great way to create a sense of movement and action in your artwork (like the FLASH zipping along), is by adding whoosh clouds with a turbojet stream!

Prepare to be blown away by this lesson! You can use this cool effect for superheroes, rockets, motorbikes … or a kid running away from their chores!


5.1
Whoosh Cloud
12:18
06

Parachuting Penguin

17:55

Learn to draw a fun parachute and cute penguin - Beginner lesson

Since Penguins can’t fly, it’s only fair to let them have their own parachutes. Right?

Fun fact: This character was the no. 1 favorite of Mark’s online students!

Besides teaching you how to draw this fun fellow, Mark will also demonstrate sketching some initial guidelines to make everything much easier!


6.1
Parachuting Penguin
17:55
07

Space Kitties

25:00

Learn how to draw furry kittens with space helmets - Beginner lesson

What’s better than regular, cute kitties? Space kitties! (with little helmets and antennas) Awwww!

We guarantee you’ll have loads of fun drawing these furballs at different angles and picking up great new skills, like adding contrast!


7.1
Space Kitties
11:09
7.2
Space Kitties Shading
13:51
08

Abominable Snowman

24:21

Learn to draw the abominable snowman in the mountains - Beginner lesson

Moving on to more scary characters: The Abominable Snowman!

Not only will you get to practice your existing skills in new ways, but also experiment with some fun embellishments, like drooping snow, sharp teeth, and winding train tracks (to draw the viewer in).

You also learn the difference between shading and shadows. Fascinating!


8.1
Abominable Snowman
14:18
8.2
Abominable Snowman Mountains
10:03
09

Candy Cane Lane

41:02

Learn to draw a line of candy canes in piles of snow - Beginner lesson

Join in on this whimsical adventure in creativity with 1-point perspective (It’s MUCH easier than it may sound)!

You’ll have a blast with Mark drawing Candy Canes in mounds of snow, all pointing the way to the North Pole Castle! So fun!

Plus, you master key concepts such as horizon lines, varying object size, and overlapping to give your illustration realistic depth!


9.1
Candy Cane Lane
07:10
9.2
Details and Shading: Candy Canes
14:09
9.3
Finalizing Candy Canes
19:43
10

Snowmen

34:47

Learn to draw three singing snowmen with hats - Beginner lesson

In this fun lesson, Mark shows you how to draw his interpretation of the famous Rat Pack singers, … but with a trio of Snowmen instead!

Draw fun details like hats, scarves, and carrot noses—each one at a different angle to help you master 3D drawing.

Your sketching skills will SNOWBALL in this lesson! 🙂


10.1
Snowmen
08:10
10.2
Adding Details: Snowmen
08:53
10.3
Shading and Finalizing the Snowmen
17:44
11

Seahorse Symphony

20:09

Learn how to draw a seahorse trumpeting a melody - Beginner lesson

Another cute creature is coming your way!

Get ready to draw a trumpeting seahorse with Mark today (Not the celebrity artist we deserve, but the one we NEED)!

You’ll get to add lots of interesting details to the seahorse, like elegant S curves, fluted fins, and textured scales—plus, enjoy some jazz music during the lesson!


11.1
Seahorse Symphony
11:12
11.2
Shading and Finalizing: Seahorse Symphony
08:57
12

Magical Mermaid

26:44

Learn how to draw an elegant swimming mermaid - Beginner lesson

Got your paper and pencil ready? We are going to stay underwater for this lesson to sketch a happy little mermaid (dancing to the seahorse’s tune)!

Mark will show you how to draw her flowing hair, a cool twisting tail, and lots of fun little bubbles. You’ll adore this lesson!


12.1
Magical Mermaid
09:36
12.2
Detailing and Shading: Magical Mermaid
17:08
13

Count Dracula

27:38

Learn how to draw Dracula and spooky bats - Beginner lesson

Time to leave the sea and head into the spooky domain of Hotel Transylvania, starting with Dracula himself!

Discover how to make him look 3D, popping off the page to terrorize your friends. Ahhhh!!

To add to the menacing vibe, Mark will draw a colony of bats and an eerie full moon in the background!


13.1
Count Dracula
06:21
13.2
Sketching Bats
12:33
13.3
Shading Count Dracula
08:44
14

Frankie Stein Monster & The Flying Ghost

30:09

Learn how to draw Frankenstein and a ghost - Beginner lesson

Continuing with the horror theme, we’ll take on Frankenstein in this lesson. (He is super friendly though, and goes by ‘Frankie’)

Besides drawing Frankie with a scary scar, spiky hair, and a sly smile, you’ll also create a flying ghost with vacant eyes and rippling robes.


14.1
Frankie Stein Monster & The Flying Ghost
11:52
14.2
The Flying Ghost
10:11
14.3
Blending, More Shading and Coloring in Hair
08:06
15

The Planet of Twinkies

36:35

Learn how to draw a planet with craters - Beginner lesson

Moving on, our next illustration will be a cool, cavernous planet inhabited by adorable Twinkies—those delicious sponge cake snacks!

You’ll dive into perspective drawing in this lesson, adding Twinkies and hollow hideaways along the curve of the planet!

This skill is essential to give objects realistic 3D form and depth, which will instantly upgrade your artwork!


15.1
The Planet of Twinkies
09:44
15.2
Shading and Detailing: Planet of the Twinkies
13:49
15.3
More Shading and Detailing
13:02
16

Ants' Highway

36:00

Learn how to draw a cute ant in underground tunnels - Beginner lesson

Let’s go underground to get an insider’s look into an ant’s intricate tunnel system.

By just changing the contour lines of a cylinder, you’ll learn to draw pipes, tunnels, and tubes twisting and turning in lots of different directions—and it’s surprisingly easy!

Mark will also show you a simple method to draw a front-facing hollow cave using shadows and perspective.


16.1
Ants' Highway
16:37
16.2
Shading Ants' Highway
08:51
16.3
Cut-Away and Background Shadows
10:32
17

Pigasus

21:10

Learn how to draw an adorable flying pig - Beginner lesson

What’s better than a flying horse? A flying pig, of course!

Using simple spheres and cylinders, you’ll get to practice the skills you’ve acquired so far to sketch this lovable creature.

Plus you’ll learn how to make it float above ground.


17.1
Pigasus
09:15
17.2
Shading the Pigasus
11:55
18

Baby Octopus

21:04

Learn how to draw baby octopuses swimming - Beginner lesson

Our focus will be DEPTH in this lesson as we draw a consortium of octopuses in different sizes, looking like they are disappearing into the distance.

You’ll discover how action lines and other concepts can give your artwork nice flow and balance.


18.1
Baby Octopus
07:36
18.2
Additional Octopuses
02:22
18.3
More Shading and Details
11:06
19

Dinosaur Herd

36:07

Learn how to draw a herd of dinosaurs - Beginner lesson

Next up: a traffic jam of Brontosauruses during rush hour!

You’ll have a great time sketching out each one with their long necks and various sizes, using overlapping to make some closer and others further away.

Mark will also add a nice dark background to make the dinos pop out nicely!


19.1
Dinosaur Herd
13:28
19.2
Shading Dinosaur Herd
13:17
19.3
Adding the Dark Background
09:22
20

Lettering 2-0

36:12

Learn how to draw a beautiful lettering styles - Beginner lesson

In Mark’s first drawing course, he taught how to draw four different lettering styles.

In this lesson, he’ll show you three more cool styles, using stacked bricks, a hovering 3D block, and tree roots!

These are great for birthday cards, hand-written signs or journals to spice things up and make them memorable.


20.1
Lettering 2-0
13:23
20.2
Hovering H
10:47
20.3
Tree Root R
12:02
21

Birthday Present

30:38

Learn how to draw a beautiful present with looping bows - Beginner lesson

You reached the end of this sketching course!

To celebrate this occasion and reward yourself for your hard work, let’s draw a beautiful present, filled with all the skills, knowledge and fun that you acquired in this course!

Well done! You’re a sketching star! 🌟


21.1
Birthday Present
13:46
21.2
Birthday Present Shading
16:52

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Emanuela B.

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Wow! I just finished "Draw in 21 days" and a new course of Mark Kistler appears :D! I'm soooo happy!!
I recommend it for Beginner
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Jeffrey C.

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I love learning with Mark. He makes everything so much fun and makes you feel so good about what you're doing. I'm so happy he is doing another season.
I recommend it for Absolute Beginner
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Khan M.

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Mark is an inspirational tutor regardless of your drawing ability.
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love this, I am a very beginner in art, this course is brilliant.
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Sybille D.

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I already want a season three of these great moment with great memories. Mark Kistker is simply so fun that I don't want to stop drawing after the lesson.
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Ceo O.

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Just as before in "Draw in 21 days", Mark once again has re-inspired me to draw. The examples that Mark have are "Out of the box", i have forgotten that by drawing something new as of subject, would be exciting
I recommend it for Absolute Beginner
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Easy drawing good and for any age. The teacher is wonderful and funny. Nice example and explanation about 3-D drawing.
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I am an absolute beginner, who always wanted to be a better drawer. This course is super fun. Mark is engaging and he takes all the pressure off for someone who’s learning. Easy to follow lessons. I look back at what I’ve done in the lesson and can’t believe it was me that did that.
I recommend it for All levels
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I like drawing silly creatures.
I recommend it for Beginner
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Mark Kistler, an Emmy Award-winning producer, author, and illustrator, is widely recognized as one of the world’s most popular drawing teachers. With over 40 years of experience, he has devoted his career to inspiring millions of fans worldwide to DRAW! DRAW! DRAW!


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