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.

When I was younger, I was taught that without talent, one could only get so far. Drawing classes at school and at local colleges all seemed to reinforce this notion. "Just draw", they'd say, and if it doesn't click eventually, maybe you aren't cut out for it.

Drawabox rejects the concept of talent, and focuses instead on building concrete skills through structured exercises. This course takes what I learned from Peter Han's Dynamic Sketching course at Concept Design Academy, and builds upon it with a focus towards understanding how to think in three dimensions, rather than seeing our drawings as a collection of lines on a page.

These lessons won't turn you into a master on their own, but they will give you a strong foundation of understanding that will make further courses, lessons, and tutorials much easier for you to understand and apply. We cover the skills other instructors want you to have already learned. They're valuable for both beginners and those who've been self-taught to formalize their understanding so they can move onto their next steps with confidence.

So, if you're looking to learn to draw and are interested in a structured, exercise-based approach to developing your fundamentals and setting you in the right direction, Lesson 0 (Getting Started) is a great place to start.

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Pens from Drawabox

Pens from Drawabox

When it comes to getting your hands on fineliner pens, there's a few common challenges. They tend to be on the expensive side, with reasonably priced packs usually including pens of many different sizes (since we're only using the 0.5mm pens here, that means a lot of extra ones you won't necessarily use). On top of that, depending on where you live, it can be quite difficult to get access to pens to begin with.

In order to help with this, we are now selling pens through the Drawabox website. Packs of 10 (all 0.5mm) go for $16.50 USD, with free shipping in the continental United States. We tried pens from several different suppliers, and chose the ones that felt best.

Now, if you can go to an art supply store and pick pens up in person, that's still your best bet (especially if the stores sell the pens individually). But if you can't, these may ultimately be a cheaper option. We even test them all out before sending to make sure you don't get stuck with any duds.

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