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 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles


    5:42 PM, Monday May 16th 2022
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects


    1:03 PM, Saturday May 21st 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    10:09 PM, Friday May 20th 2022
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge


    11:41 PM, Friday May 20th 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants


    1:10 AM, Thursday May 19th 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction


    2:43 PM, Thursday May 19th 2022
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids


    2:51 PM, Wednesday May 18th 2022
  • Lesson 7: Applying Construction to Vehicles


    10:18 AM, Sunday May 15th 2022
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge


    9:51 PM, Sunday May 15th 2022
  • 25 Wheel Challenge


    5:09 AM, Friday April 22nd 2022


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


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

  • Spikediesel's Sketchbook: Lesson 3:Applying Construction To Plants

  • Lyapka's Sketchbook: Dandelion

  • personman's Sketchbook: practicing the 50% rule since I didn't last time I started the course

  • SKOL's Sketchbook: Lesson 1 HW submission - critique welcome

  • mndlssomssn11's Sketchbook: The back of a beach shack

The recommendation below is an advertisement. Most of the links here are part of Amazon's affiliate program (unless otherwise stated), which helps support this website. It's also more than that - it's a hand-picked recommendation of something I've used myself. If you're interested, here is a full list.
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

This is a remarkable little pen. Technically speaking, any brush pen of reasonable quality will do, but I'm especially fond of this one. It's incredibly difficult to draw with (especially at first) due to how much your stroke varies based on how much pressure you apply, and how you use it - but at the same time despite this frustration, it's also incredibly fun.

Moreover, due to the challenge of its use, it teaches you a lot about the nuances of one's stroke. These are the kinds of skills that one can carry over to standard felt tip pens, as well as to digital media. Really great for doodling and just enjoying yourself.

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