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 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    KiroCosmos

    10:56 AM, Thursday November 24th 2022
  • 25 Wheel Challenge

    Lerin

    11:05 AM, Monday November 28th 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    PkFreeze

    7:15 AM, Tuesday November 29th 2022
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    cuckyoin

    10:59 PM, Saturday November 26th 2022
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    Strelok_2012

    6:37 AM, Tuesday November 22nd 2022
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    XavMeep

    5:25 AM, Tuesday November 22nd 2022
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    eXscythe

    10:15 AM, Sunday November 20th 2022
  • Lesson 6: Applying Construction to Everyday Objects

    PandaCat

    5:16 PM, Friday November 18th 2022
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    Hopperhope

    10:46 PM, Thursday November 17th 2022
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    cuckyoin

    3:56 PM, Wednesday November 16th 2022

Questions/Discussions

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

  • Template for Texture Analysis/Challenge Chart

    Tjudy

  • 25 Texture Challenge - must all textures be different?

    piapal

  • 250 Box Challenge - I don't Control the boxes, the boxes control me

    Vali

  • How long should you wait to use referance in the 50%

    Farhanthenerd

Sketchbooks

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

  • Vali's Sketchbook: A quick drawing of Plankton

  • Chayota's Sketchbook: An interesting picture of a drawing!

  • Bassemanden05's Sketchbook: Just some quick sketches of tools

  • TOXICcreatures's Sketchbook: November Doodles

  • Ji's Sketchbook: applying texture dissections and cast shadows on my drawing

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Color and Light by James Gurney

Color and Light by James Gurney

Some of you may remember James Gurney's breathtaking work in the Dinotopia series. This is easily my favourite book on the topic of colour and light, and comes highly recommended by any artist worth their salt. While it speaks from the perspective of a traditional painter, the information in this book is invaluable for work in any medium.

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