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

    vassassin

    6:24 PM, Saturday June 19th 2021
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    Gabepia34

    4:38 PM, Saturday June 19th 2021
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Ajax

    11:31 AM, Saturday June 19th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    lemonynade

    11:30 PM, Friday June 18th 2021
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    Dotky

    4:18 PM, Friday June 18th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    ethanteng

    6:44 AM, Friday June 18th 2021
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    SquidBlood

    10:48 PM, Thursday June 17th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    ls4453

    12:39 PM, Thursday June 17th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Metal

    12:47 AM, Thursday June 17th 2021
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    Koicoy

    4:36 AM, Wednesday June 16th 2021

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.

  • Allipses's Sketchbook: Final Fantasy Bomb

  • Philipjude1's Sketchbook: trying to get better at line confidence

  • scyllastew's Sketchbook: More art by me

  • dekarrin's Sketchbook: Day 1

  • Hiab2021's Sketchbook: Bored at 10:50pm

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