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 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    weijak

    4:15 PM, Monday October 12th 2020
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    FilipKara

    8:57 AM, Monday October 26th 2020
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    Vanillanya

    5:49 AM, Monday October 26th 2020
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    EpicGamer

    1:08 AM, Monday October 26th 2020
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    EpicGamer

    12:52 AM, Monday October 26th 2020
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    EpicGamer

    12:42 AM, Monday October 26th 2020
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Sion

    8:08 PM, Sunday October 25th 2020
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Jekettex

    2:14 PM, Saturday October 24th 2020
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Midnith

    7:01 PM, Thursday October 22nd 2020
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Jrfan06

    9:02 AM, Thursday October 22nd 2020

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.

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

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

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

  • Stretch2194's Sketchbook: Partial Lesson 1 Submission (3 / 10 exercises)

  • kareem's Sketchbook: Partial Lesson 2 Submission (2 / 7 exercises)

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