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 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Photon_

    4:53 PM, Friday October 15th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    MechaCatfish

    7:44 PM, Thursday October 14th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Lupursian

    7:59 PM, Wednesday October 13th 2021
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    B_A_R_C_L_A_Y

    12:08 PM, Thursday October 14th 2021
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    GatoDoKapeta

    12:03 PM, Thursday October 14th 2021
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Eagle2020

    12:58 AM, Thursday October 14th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Tedjiart

    12:56 PM, Wednesday October 13th 2021
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    ASpecialRaptor

    11:04 AM, Monday October 11th 2021
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Snake_farts

    9:01 PM, Tuesday October 12th 2021
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    Acwan

    10:38 AM, Tuesday October 12th 2021

Questions/Discussions

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

  • Complete noob in blender

    Hobhie

  • Help with organic arrows

    Anest

  • how much time does it take to actually start drawing basic lines and shapes correctly, how can i know?

    nitinchaturvedi

  • Question about the 250 Box Challenge

    annyeah

Sketchbooks

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

  • Bearwerm's Sketchbook: Selection of Sketching

  • SmellyPineapple101's Sketchbook: koi fish

  • MichaelWein18's Sketchbook: Some Pictures of Warmups I did

  • Ervi10's Sketchbook: Lesson 1 Single Exercise: Funnels

  • RacIsBack's Sketchbook: Random painting

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