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 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

    ItsMartin

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  • Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

    Maxhate

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  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Aaronn

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  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    upinthenortheast

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  • 250 Box Challenge

    Figy

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  • Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

    Jaaan

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  • Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

    Walgate

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  • Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes

    BasilVino

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  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Korosal

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  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Jbj20

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Questions/Discussions

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

Sketchbooks

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

  • Razorriome78's Sketchbook: Partial 250 Box Challenge submission

  • ozzydraws's Sketchbook: Partial Lesson 1 Submission (3 / 10 exercises)

  • upinthenortheast's Sketchbook: Partial Lesson 5 Submission (5 / 6 exercises)

  • NeonKraken's Sketchbook: Partial Lesson 1 Submission (3 / 10 exercises)

  • Floyd's Sketchbook: Louse work

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The Art of Blizzard Entertainment

The Art of Blizzard Entertainment

While I have a massive library of non-instructional art books I've collected over the years, there's only a handful that are actually important to me. This is one of them - so much so that I jammed my copy into my overstuffed backpack when flying back from my parents' house just so I could have it at my apartment. My back's been sore for a week.

The reason I hold this book in such high esteem is because of how it puts the relatively new field of game art into perspective, showing how concept art really just started off as crude sketches intended to communicate ideas to storytellers, designers and 3D modelers. How all of this focus on beautiful illustrations is really secondary to the core of a concept artist's job. A real eye-opener.

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