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 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    ToasterStrooder

    3:48 PM, Wednesday August 17th 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Nuwu

    12:33 AM, Tuesday August 16th 2022
  • 25 Wheel Challenge

    samuele_caldini

    7:56 AM, Tuesday August 16th 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    LukeSnywalker

    7:15 PM, Monday August 15th 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    FlippytheTrier

    10:03 PM, Wednesday August 17th 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    DouglasSales

    12:53 AM, Wednesday August 17th 2022
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    perkfever

    12:35 AM, Monday August 15th 2022
  • Lesson 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles

    Sparrowsky

    7:02 PM, Thursday August 11th 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    izaku777

    4:53 PM, Sunday August 14th 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    izaku777

    4:31 PM, Sunday August 14th 2022

Questions/Discussions

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

  • Convergences 250 Box Challenge

    Mariiii_02

  • Should I practice lines before 250 box challenge?

    dayneb12

  • Quick thought on the fear of making mistakes

    FiddlewheelX

  • Birds - best way to construct wings/ feathers?

    Fornever_yours

Sketchbooks

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

  • bwlaff's Sketchbook: 50 additional boxes

  • Gus91's Sketchbook: Character 1

  • Monte_Cristo_666's Sketchbook: Type 90 doodle

  • eeveedrawstoomuch's Sketchbook: 10

  • AllDayArtist's Sketchbook: Octopus

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These are my favourite sketchbooks, hands down. Move aside Moleskine, you overpriced gimmick. These sketchbooks are made by entertainment industry professionals down in Los Angeles, with concept artists in mind. They have a wide variety of sketchbooks, such as toned sketchbooks that let you work both towards light and towards dark values, as well as books where every second sheet is a semitransparent vellum.

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