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.

Homework

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 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles

    DapperDragon

    4:32 PM, Saturday September 18th 2021
  • Lesson 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles

    weijak

    5:12 PM, Friday July 9th 2021
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    Cerri

    2:09 AM, Friday September 17th 2021
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    Metal

    12:26 AM, Saturday September 18th 2021
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    Quad

    10:35 PM, Thursday September 16th 2021
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    OpaqueApple

    3:34 PM, Thursday September 16th 2021
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    sikcool

    11:26 AM, Monday September 13th 2021
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    Advait1337

    6:24 PM, Thursday September 16th 2021
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    DCP

    8:27 AM, Sunday September 12th 2021
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    RaminRAY201

    7:39 PM, Wednesday September 15th 2021

Questions/Discussions

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

  • Box challenge construction question.

    JamesAM

  • Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

    Dingus

  • Cylinder Challenge : Circle or Oval Cylinder

    scoobyclub

  • Is there a way to draw "oval cylinders"?

    kikkiling

Sketchbooks

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

  • Splatted's Sketchbook: 50 Building Challenge

  • Shirakumo1cloud's Sketchbook: Hand practice

  • JonathanSins's Sketchbook: Lesson 2

  • Teteyou12's Sketchbook: Took me a month to finish this..

  • zsorzs's Sketchbook: Trees from imagination

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