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 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    GabrielEggers

    5:33 AM, Saturday November 27th 2021
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    sargentobigode

    10:43 AM, Thursday November 25th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Kriss

    3:52 PM, Monday November 22nd 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    MaMind

    11:07 PM, Wednesday November 24th 2021
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    jedoodles

    7:10 PM, Tuesday November 23rd 2021
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    jedoodles

    6:03 PM, Tuesday November 23rd 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    RacIsBack

    4:41 AM, Thursday November 18th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    H0zynT

    2:04 PM, Monday November 22nd 2021
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    MechaCatfish

    5:52 PM, Friday November 19th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Koyomi

    1:52 PM, Saturday November 20th 2021

Questions/Discussions

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

  • Size of near and far planes of a box

    shimone

  • I'm still very confused about head construction

    somethingX

  • When do we start doing warmups?

    Ledvi21

  • Warm up page

    drusk

Sketchbooks

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

  • Tri_Iris's Sketchbook: Ghosting Lines

  • Pencilmonk's Sketchbook: Doodles

  • QuirkyKitty's Sketchbook: A quick kitty

  • BoneHairReptile's Sketchbook: Doodles from Album_2

  • Lefebul's Sketchbook: A few Inktober pieces

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The Science of Deciding What You Should Draw

The Science of Deciding What You Should Draw

Right from when students hit the 50% rule early on in Lesson 0, they ask the same question - "What am I supposed to draw?"

It's not magic. We're made to think that when someone just whips off interesting things to draw, that they're gifted in a way that we are not. The problem isn't that we don't have ideas - it's that the ideas we have are so vague, they feel like nothing at all. In this course, we're going to look at how we can explore, pursue, and develop those fuzzy notions into something more concrete.

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