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.

When I was younger, I was taught that without talent, one could only get so far. Drawing classes at school and at local colleges all seemed to reinforce this notion. "Just draw", they'd say, and if it doesn't click eventually, maybe you aren't cut out for it.

Drawabox rejects the concept of talent, and focuses instead on building concrete skills through structured exercises. This course takes what I learned from Peter Han's Dynamic Sketching course at Concept Design Academy, and builds upon it with a focus towards understanding how to think in three dimensions, rather than seeing our drawings as a collection of lines on a page.

These lessons won't turn you into a master on their own, but they will give you a strong foundation of understanding that will make further courses, lessons, and tutorials much easier for you to understand and apply. We cover the skills other instructors want you to have already learned. They're valuable for both beginners and those who've been self-taught to formalize their understanding so they can move onto their next steps with confidence.

So, if you're looking to learn to draw and are interested in a structured, exercise-based approach to developing your fundamentals and setting you in the right direction, Lesson 0 (Getting Started) is a great place to start.

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Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

This is a remarkable little pen. Technically speaking, any brush pen of reasonable quality will do, but I'm especially fond of this one. It's incredibly difficult to draw with (especially at first) due to how much your stroke varies based on how much pressure you apply, and how you use it - but at the same time despite this frustration, it's also incredibly fun.

Moreover, due to the challenge of its use, it teaches you a lot about the nuances of one's stroke. These are the kinds of skills that one can carry over to standard felt tip pens, as well as to digital media. Really great for doodling and just enjoying yourself.

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