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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Sakura Pigma Microns

Sakura Pigma Microns

A lot of my students use these. The last time I used them was when I was in high school, and at the time I felt that they dried out pretty quickly, though I may have simply been mishandling them. As with all pens, make sure you're capping them when they're not in use, and try not to apply too much pressure. You really only need to be touching the page, not mashing your pen into it.

In terms of line weight, the sizes are pretty weird. 08 corresponds to 0.5mm, which is what I recommend for the drawabox lessons, whereas 05 corresponds to 0.45mm, which is pretty close and can also be used.

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