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

    dargonfyl

    5:32 AM, Thursday April 18th 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Supertree22

    10:39 AM, Sunday April 21st 2024
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    laurada

    5:34 AM, Tuesday April 16th 2024
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    Grumdere

    9:04 AM, Wednesday April 17th 2024
  • Lesson 5: Applying Construction to Animals

    seebfl

    8:17 AM, Saturday April 13th 2024
  • Lesson 3: Applying Construction to Plants

    Culhwch

    9:58 PM, Saturday April 13th 2024
  • Lesson 2: Contour Lines, Texture and Construction

    QriousK

    2:23 AM, Wednesday April 10th 2024
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    srpadlop

    7:02 PM, Saturday April 13th 2024
  • 250 Cylinder Challenge

    seebfl

    8:11 AM, Tuesday April 9th 2024
  • Lesson 4: Applying Construction to Insects and Arachnids

    Fable

    7:52 PM, Wednesday April 3rd 2024

Questions/Discussions

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

  • Can i post my warmup pages in drawabox?

    anstupidartist

  • Should i redo the homework before submitting?

    Tresza

  • How is this pen for the course?

    RGBlack

  • Is this regular?

    RGBlack

Sketchbooks

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

  • Zoltez's Sketchbook: what have i done

  • Omertoso's Sketchbook: 50%, Part 1: Realizing my fears

  • pmpman2001's Sketchbook: Armored heart

  • Armageddun's Sketchbook: some old drawings i like to share with yall :)

  • see_wolf's Sketchbook: Man Shows Fish Eclipse

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Staedtler Pigment Liners

Staedtler Pigment Liners

These are what I use when doing these exercises. They usually run somewhere in the middle of the price/quality range, and are often sold in sets of different line weights - remember that for the Drawabox lessons, we only really use the 0.5s, so try and find sets that sell only one size.

Alternatively, if at all possible, going to an art supply store and buying the pens in person is often better because they'll generally sell them individually and allow you to test them out before you buy (to weed out any duds).

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