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 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    stoneeblu223

    6:51 AM, Tuesday July 14th 2020
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Quetriztesa

    4:04 AM, Tuesday July 14th 2020
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    JoaoSiilva

    6:44 PM, Sunday July 12th 2020
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    robdraws

    6:04 PM, Monday July 13th 2020
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Kaleido

    4:01 PM, Sunday July 12th 2020
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    Saanza

    3:47 PM, Sunday July 12th 2020
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    simmh

    2:40 PM, Sunday July 12th 2020
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    Korosal

    1:10 PM, Sunday July 12th 2020
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    ritacethapa

    10:58 AM, Friday July 3rd 2020
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    ritacethapa

    10:51 AM, Friday July 3rd 2020

Questions/Discussions

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

  • Dark grey doesn't blend uniformly when I'm doing textures

    luc10921

  • How to draw textures on objects?

    ConsciousLemon9

  • Do cylinders have to have to perfectly be snug/tight in the cylinder change

    Grain00

  • need help drawing flower petals (lesson 3)

    riibot09

Sketchbooks

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

  • 930musichall's Sketchbook: Partial Lesson 1 Submission (3 / 10 exercises)

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

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

  • tipoestupendo's Sketchbook: 250 boxes challenge

  • JayGrant's Sketchbook: clone trooper illustration

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Ctrl+Paint

Ctrl+Paint

Many of you are interested in drawing digitally, and that is a fine aspiration. You should still be learning your fundamentals in ink, but once you've gotten a grasp of things and finally feel you're ready to move onto digital media, be sure to check out Matt Kohr's Ctrl+Paint.

They're well structured and have a huge selection of free videos, so be sure to check them out.

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