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

    umbr_ursa

    5:16 PM, Thursday August 18th 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

Questions/Discussions

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

  • Average Time to Draw

    Soprano

  • Convergences 250 Box Challenge

    Mariiii_02

  • Should I practice lines before 250 box challenge?

    dayneb12

  • Quick thought on the fear of making mistakes

    FiddlewheelX

Sketchbooks

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

  • Calathar's Sketchbook: Charcoal Still LIfe

  • bwlaff's Sketchbook: 50 additional boxes

  • Gus91's Sketchbook: Character 1

  • Monte_Cristo_666's Sketchbook: Type 90 doodle

  • eeveedrawstoomuch's Sketchbook: 10

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Color and Light by James Gurney

Color and Light by James Gurney

Some of you may remember James Gurney's breathtaking work in the Dinotopia series. This is easily my favourite book on the topic of colour and light, and comes highly recommended by any artist worth their salt. While it speaks from the perspective of a traditional painter, the information in this book is invaluable for work in any medium.

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