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 5: Applying Construction to Animals


    11:15 PM, Wednesday June 19th 2024
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals


    7:00 PM, Monday June 10th 2024
  • Lesson 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles


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


    3:37 PM, Saturday June 8th 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    3:34 PM, Friday June 14th 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    3:51 PM, Thursday June 13th 2024
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals


    5:24 PM, Monday June 10th 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    6:47 PM, Saturday June 8th 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    4:18 AM, Sunday June 9th 2024
  • 100 Treasure Chest Challenge


    2:46 PM, Sunday June 9th 2024


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

  • Can`t post homework for Lesson 5 (Invalid URL)


  • How to spend my 1 Hour a day


  • Lesson 5 Animals foot and head construction


  • What ruler is used in the rotated boxes video?



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

  • Chieftang's Sketchbook: Collection of 50% works

  • IHaveNoCreativityWhenItComesToUsernames's Sketchbook: Lesson 3 - Demos

  • Dotti's Sketchbook: Trees excersize

  • DrawingDad11's Sketchbook: "Y Progress"

  • Pettarderad's Sketchbook: The Wither

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This is another one of those things that aren't sold through Amazon, so I don't get a commission on it - but it's just too good to leave out. PureRef is a fantastic piece of software that is both Windows and Mac compatible. It's used for collecting reference and compiling them into a moodboard. You can move them around freely, have them automatically arranged, zoom in/out and even scale/flip/rotate images as you please. If needed, you can also add little text notes.

When starting on a project, I'll often open it up and start dragging reference images off the internet onto the board. When I'm done, I'll save out a '.pur' file, which embeds all the images. They can get pretty big, but are way more convenient than hauling around folders full of separate images.

Did I mention you can get it for free? The developer allows you to pay whatever amount you want for it. They recommend $5, but they'll allow you to take it for nothing. Really though, with software this versatile and polished, you really should throw them a few bucks if you pick it up. It's more than worth it.

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