Drawabox | A free, exercise based approach to learning the fundamentals of drawing

Anyone can learn to draw. It's not some magical talent a few people are born with. It's a skill you can train. We can help.

Drawabox is a set of free exercise-based lessons that focus on the fundamentals - the skills you'll need to make sense of all the other resources and tutorials out there. First we focus on the basic mechanics of mark making, and how to use your arm. By the end, we develop a strong understanding of form, 3D space and construction.

I won't lie to you - our approach is tough and involves a lot of hard work. It's also structured and gives you a clear path with concise explanations and assignments you can complete and submit for review.

You can read more about Drawabox and how it came about here.

Or you can join the community of thousands of beginners and professionals alike and get started.


Once you've completed a lesson, one of the best ways to refine your understanding of that material is to help others by critiquing their work. After having done thousands of critiques and having improved immensely over the last few years, I can attest to that myself.

  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids


    12:47 PM, Tuesday May 21st 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    11:52 AM, Tuesday May 21st 2024
  • Lesson 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles


    5:35 PM, Wednesday May 8th 2024
  • Lesson 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles


    5:40 PM, Monday April 29th 2024
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction


    9:05 PM, Thursday May 16th 2024
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals


    7:18 PM, Tuesday April 30th 2024
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals


    7:39 PM, Wednesday May 1st 2024
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids


    4:29 PM, Tuesday April 30th 2024
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge


    5:35 PM, Thursday May 9th 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    12:40 PM, Tuesday May 7th 2024


Take a moment to answer someone's question, or contribute to a discussion, if you have anything to offer.


Along with Drawabox work, our community members also post other artwork to their sketchbooks.

  • MeaPr0's Sketchbook: Yuu & Touko (from Bloom into you)

  • SuchARiq's Sketchbook: Some of my drawings from the last year/months

  • akisforsaken's Sketchbook: 50% Rule Sketches

  • Eldast's Sketchbook: 50% for 250 Box Challenge - Comic Page

  • Morsrael's Sketchbook: Necromancer Staff Design

The recommendation below is an advertisement. Most of the links here are part of Amazon's affiliate program (unless otherwise stated), which helps support this website. It's also more than that - it's a hand-picked recommendation of something I've used myself. If you're interested, here is a full list.
Ellipse Master Template

Ellipse Master Template

This recommendation is really just for those of you who've reached lesson 6 and onwards.

I haven't found the actual brand you buy to matter much, so you may want to shop around. This one is a "master" template, which will give you a broad range of ellipse degrees and sizes (this one ranges between 0.25 inches and 1.5 inches), and is a good place to start. You may end up finding that this range limits the kinds of ellipses you draw, forcing you to work within those bounds, but it may still be worth it as full sets of ellipse guides can run you quite a bit more, simply due to the sizes and degrees that need to be covered.

No matter which brand of ellipse guide you decide to pick up, make sure they have little markings for the minor axes.

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