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 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    Skygrinder

    12:04 PM, Sunday July 3rd 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Skygrinder

    11:57 AM, Sunday July 3rd 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Skygrinder

    11:28 AM, Sunday July 3rd 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    MinaRay2022

    1:21 PM, Saturday July 2nd 2022
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    quan

    2:25 AM, Friday July 1st 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Wizard_hatt

    3:28 AM, Saturday July 2nd 2022
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    Purpel

    7:01 AM, Wednesday June 22nd 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    DouglasSales

    8:17 PM, Saturday July 2nd 2022
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    Bruh

    7:29 PM, Friday July 1st 2022
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    Ratte

    5:09 PM, Friday July 1st 2022

Questions/Discussions

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

  • A question about organizing the time in the 50% rule

    Sedim

  • How can I improve if I am too impatient?

    Chayota

  • Just a suggestion for helping us with ADHD

    FiddlewheelX

  • Am I doing the 250 Box Challenge correctly?

    Aubiter

Sketchbooks

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

  • Krull233's Sketchbook: Small Drawings colored

  • VertiJo's Sketchbook: First time drawing a landscape. Turned out alright

  • FiddlewheelX's Sketchbook: Quicky

  • vish's Sketchbook: Drawing Prompt: Fantasy Ice Cream Cart

  • DerMajk's Sketchbook: Drawing Prompt: Fantasy Ice Cream Cart

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